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Date: 3rd-4th July

Retreat Leader: Ven Lozang Yönten

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Land of Joy is currently unable to offer group retreats. As long as this continues all groups retreats scheduled will be offered online.

Start and Finish times: There will be two Zoom sessions each day on the 3rd and 4th July: First session: 4:30pm to 6:00pm (BST), Second session: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (BST)

About the Course

We will use the text, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva the basis for a deep discussion of life and our priorities. It will offer ways to use both happiness and suffering as path for transformation and ways to awaken our fullest spiritual potential.

The Author of the text was and is hailed as the second Asanga, his namesake, Gyalten Tokme Zanpo was a humble and impressive figure in Tibetan Buddhism of the 14th Century. From an early life peppered with tragedy to a young adult with vast study, fierce intellect and deep compassion he eventually took on various leadership roles within monastic communities before going into deep “lo-jong” mind training retreat on Silver River where he composed his seminal text, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva in order to tame him own mind. He would go on to emerge from retreat once a month and teach from the place of immense bodhichitta he had realized.

The main topic of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is ultimate bodhichitta and relative bodhichitta, which will include a summary of the six perfections and radical way to reframe our daily life experiences and relationships.

About the Teacher

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten is an American-born Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition who was ordained in 2003. A practicing Buddhist since 1994, Ven. Yönten moved to Chenrezig Institute in Australia and studied intensively under Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering from 2002 – 2009, completing their Buddhist Studies Program. She then continued to study, retreat and offer service at Dharma Centers in India and Taiwan as well as Australia and New Zealand, becoming an In-Depth Registered Teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in 2012.

Ven. Yönten was the Resident Teacher of Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains of Australia from 2012 – 2015 before becoming teacher-in-residence six months of the year at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity in New Zealand until 2018.

Currently, Ven. Yönten divides her time as a touring teacher and retreat leader, as well as annually offering the Buddhadharma from a secular perspective in Israel as a member of the Buddhist faculty for a seven-year post graduate program called Human Spirit which is a Buddhist Psychoanalytic Training Program.

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