‘What is Buddhism?’ Refuge Retreat | Guided by Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dawa
During retreat we reduce normal worldly activities, concentrating instead on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within.
Retreat Sessions | Wed 6-Fri 8 Sept
There are 3 guided sessions a day. Sessions last for 75 mins and consist of chanted prayers in English. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. See timetable below.
Try and arrive 10 mins before a session starts. Thank you.
Cost: $5 a session, or a $30 retreat card. Light refreshments will be provided but if you would like to stay at the Centre all day, please BYO Veggie Lunch. *NOTE: The retreat card includes free entry into both Wed & Thurs evening GP classes @ 7pm.
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.
Once a year, Gen Kelsang Dawa grants Refuge Vows – the 12 commitments we engage in when we decide we would like to formally become a Buddhist.
In this ceremony Gen Dawa will explain the practice of refuge and grant the Refuge Vows. By taking these vows we commit ourselves to finding happiness from within by relying upon Buddha, Dharma and Sangha throughout our life. We enter the gateway to Buddhadharma and become a Buddhist. You may attend the talk with no obligation to take the vows. For those that have already taken their Refuge Vows, this is an opportunity to renew them.
By learning to keep the refuge commitments, we will easily gain protection from fear and harm, and in particular from strong delusions that prevent us from making progress on the path to enlightenment.