The value of meditation for creating a calm space in our very busy lives, and the consequent benefits for our health and well-being, has increasingly been recognised. Whether you aspire to take a break from the hectic pace of urban life, want to learn simple meditation techniques, or wish to benefit from the collective energy of practising with a group, you are welcome to join our teaching and meditation sessions with Geshe Samten. He is happy to share his rich experience of practice and retreat, and answer any questions you may have.
In challenging times, we need to build inner strength to help us face the future with courage, and act in the present with maximum wisdom, skill and compassion. Retreat, even short periods of it like one or two days, is essential to personal transformation on the Buddhist path enabling us to go deeper into our meditation practices. We can develop positive far-reaching attitudes, recognising and healing those mental patterns that we have that hinder rather rather than help us.
Geshe la will guide us in making the best of our limited time for meditation practice, deepening the teachings he gave when he visited last year.
If you are thinking of engaging in the Preliminary Practices, he will also begin to explore some of these.
“Retreat is, in a way, a quick fix. I often think of the nuns of Mother Teresa’s order: they’re not picking up the dead and dying all day long—half the day is spent in prayer. If one is everlastingly giving out without breathing in, one becomes stressed and burned out.”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Geshe Samten is a tantric trained Kopan monk from Solu-khumbu in Nepal. He has completed many of his own retreats . He has been resident at Land of Joy, the FPMT UK Retreat Centre in Northumbria, since March 2018.