Refuge Retreat

Introductory talk with Gen Ani Friday 30 April 7pm & Refuge Retreat (unguided) Saturday 1 May

Deepen your refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddhism and make progress on the path to enlightenment in this guided refuge retreat.

The Retreat

The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge – to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to protect us from fear and suffering; and to Sangha (those practising Buddha’s teachings) to inspire us, show a good example and to help us along the path to inner peace.

During this retreat we will spend time developing the powerful mind of refuge, our actual protection from pain and problems. Through the practice of refuge, relying on the three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we gradually build stable, peaceful and joyful minds that give us the confidence and strength to make authentic spiritual progress.

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We all want a solution to our problems and spend much of our time and energy seeking refuge outside of ourselves – in our social life, our work, or simply time-wasting and indulging in meaningless activities. This is a fruitless search since none of these has true power to help us.

In Modern Buddhism Geshe Kelsang writes:

“When our life is in danger or we are threatened by someone, we usually seek refuge in the police. Of course, sometimes the police can protect us from a particular danger, but they cannot give us permanent liberation from death. When we are seriously ill we seek refuge in doctors. Sometimes doctors can cure a particular illness, but no doctor can give us permanent liberation from sickness. What we really need is permanent liberation from all sufferings, and as human beings we can achieve this by seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.”

We can find true refuge within ourselves by cultivating love, compassion, and wisdom. This inner experience is the Dharma – a Sanskrit word meaning “protection.” Deep experience of these minds has complete power to protect us from suffering and give rise to deep inner happiness. We cultivate this inner refuge by relying on Enlightened Beings (Buddhas) and our spiritual friends and companions (the Sangha).

Retreat Sessions

There will be three retreat sessions. Each of which is unguided. Each session will consist of chanted prayers and silence for meditation on refuge.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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The Venue

Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane

109 Leichhardt St, Spring Hill

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Dates

Friday night 30 April – Introductory talk with Gen Kelsang Ani. 7 – 8.15pm

Saturday 1 May – unguided refuge retreat day

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Fee & Bookings

Friday night 30 April – introductory talk – $15

Saturday 1 May – unguided refuge retreat – free