Date: Monday 1st until Saturday 6th July

Retreat Leader: Ray Furminger

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

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

Format: Onsite Only

Start and Finish times: A schedule will be released closer to the time.

Accommodation: Land of Joy wishes for everyone who visits the centre to feel welcome, accepted, safe and secure. Our accommodation options are very limited, with mostly single-sex shared accommodation and only one single room (which is sometimes needed by volunteers). This means single accommodation can only be offered to those who need it the most, but still won’t always be available. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Please read the relevant sections of the booking form carefully.

About the Retreat

For the Benefit of All – Generating A Positive Motivation

An experiential meditation retreat working with the ways of generating a positive motivation for our daily practice.
The lam. rim (stages of the path) tradition is divided into three sections that correspond to different levels of aspiration or motivation from wishing for our own favourable rebirth to the great mind of bodhicitta – wishing to attain complete enlightenment ourselves in order to benefit all beings. Our ability to achieve each of these levels depends on our developing a strong and heartfelt motivation.
We will engage in the meditations on:

The “Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind” (precious human rebirth, death and impermanence, karma and the nature of samsara),

The ways of developing the altruistic motivation of bodhichitta and

The tong.Len (taking and giving) meditation from the lo. jong (mind training) tradition

We shall set these gently within the short practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, whose blessings can help us achieve the precious mind of bodhichitta.

This retreat is for anyone who wants to develop a clear and practical method for developing good motivation that can be easily and quickly applied to their everyday practice.

As this is not a teaching course but an experiential meditation retreat, it is especially suitable for those who have a basic or more advanced grounding in Buddhist philosophy. Beginners are also welcome although doing some prior background reading on the topics above will help you experience the benefits of the retreat greatly.

About the Teacher

Ray has been trying to practice the Dharma for over forty years spending much of that time offering service living in dharma centres, studying, meditating and also training as a thangka artist. He has spent several periods in retreat and has just completed 10 months of individual retreat in the remote wilds of the Shetland Islands where he currently lives.

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You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.


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