Details:

Date: 13th – 16th March 2020

Retreat Leader: Martin Kerrigan

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: The workshop will begin at 7pm on the 13th and finish at 2pm on the 16th. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after.

Accommodation: Dormitory beds, twin and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

Details:

Date: 15th-18th April

Retreat Leader: Lou Beaumont

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 we can currently only offer our group retreats via Zoom. This will continue until we are able to host them onsite once again. When this happens we hope to live stream the onsite retreats online so those who can’t make it to the centre can still join the retreat via Zoom. Therefore, please share how you would prefer to attend the retreat when you complete your booking form so we know how many people to expect on onsite if this becomes possible.

Start and Finish times: The retreat will begin at 7pm on the 15th April and finish at 12:30pm on the 18th April. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after if staying onsite.

Accommodation: Shared and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Develop the determination to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever.

According to Buddhism, the best way to deal with difficult emotions is to acknowledge when they arise in our minds then work on transforming the state of mind they create into something positive. We can then avoid harming others and ourselves.

This retreat will include an explanation of the mind and emotions as well as introducing meditations for working on individual emotions in order to transform the mind to work towards achieving genuine peace and happiness.

Topics Covered:

  • Explanations of the mind and emotions
  • General methods for dealing with difficult emotions

  • How to work with specific emotions

  • What contributes to the development of disturbing emotions

About the Retreat

How do we develop our compassion from just a well intentioned wish to something that can really be of benefit to others?

There are many different methods to do this in Buddhism, one of the most effective being Tantra and more specifically the practice of the buddha of compassion, Chenresig. This weekend will explore how tantra works, why it is so powerful and effective. Throughout the course we can come closer to the deity and therefore our own compassionate true nature.

We will use the Chenresig sadhana, which is perfect for learning the foundations of Buddhist practice, discussion, breathing exercises and simple chi gong movement to connect with the subtle energies in our bodies, so that we can begin to experience the sadhana at its deepest level. It is here that we truly connect with Tantric practice to train the mind with joy and ease and where its power can be harnessed for transformation.

About the Teacher

Lou has been practising and studying buddhism for many years and was fortunate to connect very early on with Chenrezig, the deity who in our system represents great compassion, which is at the very heart of our practice.

Lou has completed nine years of buddhist study online by completing three FPMT education programmes: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, a two year course with Geshe Tashi; The Lam Rim, a two year course with Geshe Tashi and The Basic Programme, a five year FPMT course with Nalanda Monastery, France. Lou has also completed a number of retreats.

Lou has been closely connected to Land of Joy for many years, volunteering and leading retreats.

A Way to Say Thank You

As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our considerable monthly costs (including via an online bank transfer or postal cheque), please choose the amount you would like to offer using the form below (or enter a custom amount), click ‘Donate’, then choose a payment method and provide all the details we require to process your donation. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others.

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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A Discovering Buddhism Module

These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. You are most welcome to attend these teachings whether you plan to follow the full course or not. If you are studying the course there will be the chance to complete the exam for this module.

This is a really wonderful course which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives. Land of Joy will be very happy to support you with your study in any way we can.

A Discovering Buddhism Module

These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. You are most welcome to attend these teachings whether you plan to follow the full course or not. If you are studying the course there will be the chance to complete the exam for this module.

This is a really wonderful course which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives. Land of Joy will be very happy to support you with your study in any way we can.

About the Teacher

Martin has been meditating, studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 25 years, mainly under the guidance of Geshe Tashi Tsering at Jamyang London. 

He is an FPMT registered teacher and has taught for some years both Discovering Buddhism and Foundation of Buddhist Thought as well as a variety of other retreats and courses. 

He also tutored the Foundation of Buddhist Thought Correspondence Course for Jamyang London for 10 years and is currently studying the Basic Programme.

He is now living in South Wales where he and his wife Sara manage a National Trust property.