LAMRIM STUDY WEEKENDS
30-31 October, 20-21 November, 11-12 December
Join us for a series of study weekends on the Graduated Path to Full Awakening known as the Lam Rim– covering the Small, Medium and Great Scopes. Or, in simple terms, covering the three stages of the path to enlightenment. Over three weekends, we will cover each of the stages. The weekends will include teachings and discussions. You are welcome to join for the entire series, or just one weekend.
These weekends are intermediate level and are open to anyone who has attended a previous retreat at Mahamudra Centre or another FPMT centre. We recommend some previous study of the Lam Rim.
30-31 October: The Small Scope
The Small Scope will take place over the first study weekend of October 30-31st. We begin by remembering death and impermanence. In contemplating the happiness and suffering of future lives, we recognise how precious this human life is as well as our extraordinary potential. This provides the initial motivation. Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is discussed as a method to attain happiness with a long term view. Refuge gives us an infallible inner method for overcoming suffering forever. The first advice given is to live in harmony with the law of cause and effect (karma) by practicing virtue and avoiding non-virtuous actions.
20-21 November: The Medium Scope
The Medium Scope will be over the weekend of November 20-21st. This scope focuses on generating the state of mind in which one becomes actively interested in becoming free from cyclic existence entirely — freeing oneself of all attachment. We contemplate all the suffering of cyclic existence, thereby developing renunciation. We then begin to familiarise ourselves with the path that leads to liberation by examining the causes of cyclic existence, how negativities evolve in the mind and how to apply antidotes. Through this process we can train ourselves to become skilful in reducing, and ultimately overcoming all, suffering and its causes.
11-12 December: The Great Scope
The Great Scope, which will be discussed over the weekend of December 11-12th, is all about Bodhicitta — the mind wishing to attain enlightenment for all living beings, freeing them from suffering and leading them to enlightenment. Bodhicitta is the alchemy that transforms every action into one that benefits others. To accomplish such a beautiful aspiration, we first have to cultivate an equanimous mind. Then the mind is trained in the seven-fold cause and effect instructions and in exchanging oneself for others. Along the journey we train in the six perfections, culminating in the perfection of wisdom.
9:30am-12noon: Teaching with Venerable Khadro
12noon: Lunch Break
2-4:30pm: Teaching with Venerable Khadro
7pm: Group Discussion
9:30am-12noon: Teaching with Venerable Khadro
4pm: Guru Puja with Tsog
Please Note: Meals are NOT provided – you are welcome to use our group kitchen to prepare food or to go to the local cafe in the village.
About the Teacher, Venerable Thubten Khadro
This retreat is guided by Ven. Khadro, who has a unique gift to make these authentic, ancient teachings relevant to the 21st century and our modern lives.
Ven. Khadro was born in Venezuela of European parents, emigrated to New Zealand in 2004, and has led courses and retreats for FPMT Centers in NZ, Australia, India, Nepal, Germany, Spain, US and Latin America. Her international background allows her to have an open, friendly and warm manner. Ven Khadro is a FPMT Registered Teacher; currently studying in an online Master Program in Buddhist Philosophy, is a Buddhist Hospice / Healthcare Chaplain, a 16 Guidelines Accredited Facilitator and has served in various FPMT centres around the world.
Your investment for each workshop is… by donation
These teachings are being offered by donation. This does not include food or accommodation. Food will not be offered during these study weekends, however, you are welcome to use our kitchen to store and prepare your own food. There are also local cafes. Accommodation is an extra charge.
Accommodation is available at the Centre at an additional cost. When making your booking or booking enquiry, please let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will get back to you. (Please note that accommodation for group retreats cannot be booked directly through the online booking system on our Accommodation page.)
Accommodation prices per night
Camping per person (unpowered) $20
Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities) $32
Single room (shared toilet facilities) $55
Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities) $55
Single cabin (self-contained) $100
Double room (shared toilet facilities) $76 (for 2)
Double cabin (self- contained) $100 (for 2)
Triple room $94 (for 3)