-New Year Retreat -


27 December 2022 - 1 January 2023

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Chenrezig is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ compassion, the wish for beings to be free from suffering.

When compassion is cultivated, it gives rise to many other good qualities, such as forgiveness, tolerance and the confidence to overcome fear and insecurity. His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that compassion lies at the heart of the Buddhist path.

The Chenrezig practice will be done in conjunction with the 8 verses of thought transformation, a short text aiming to transform self-centeredness into a generous attitude of embracing the welfare of all beings.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, ‘Without compassion you can’t have the realisation of bodhicitta, you can’t enter the Mahayana path, you can’t achieve enlightenment, you can’t achieve the infinite qualities of the holy body, holy speech and holy mind of Buddha. Without great compassion you can’t do perfect work for sentient beings, bringing them to enlightenment’.

An Introduction to the Buddhist path will be included making this course and retreat accessible for those new to Buddhism and for existing students. Some experience of deity meditation is preferable but not essential.

This retreat connects Christmas with the new year and offers an opportunity to relate to these days in the wisest and most healthy way so as complete the year well and start the new year with an altruistic mind.

This retreat will include a Light offering 31 December 2022 10pm

Light dispels darkness, and in a similar way wisdoms dispels ignorance and compassion dispels narrow minded self-centredness. In engaging in the light offering practice on the 31st of December there is an opportunity to complete 2022 in a positive way and start the new year well.

About the Teacher, Ven. Tony Beaumont

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Venerable Tony first made contact with the Buddhadharma in Nepal and India in 1976. Following this he trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse, then in the 1980’s was based at Chenrezig Institute during which time he served at different times as the cook, office worker and gardener.  Following ordination, as a monk in 1991, he lived for seventeen years at Nalanda monastery, France and Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, Bendigo.

He has led retreats and courses at various FPMT centres throughout the world as well as teaching in prisons and schools.

Your investment for this retreat is… $580

This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan/gluten free options are available).

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Camping per person (unpowered)                               $20

Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities)            $38

Single room (shared toilet facilities)                             $60-$65

Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities)                     $65

Single cabin (self-contained)                                         $110

Double room (shared toilet facilities)                           $86 (for 2)

Double cabin (self- contained)                                      $120-$150 (for 2)

Triple room                                                                       $104 (for 3)