What is a retreat?
During a retreat, we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.
We offer two types of retreats:
Urban retreats are usually a half day or a full day. The format for these retreats are generally one-hour sessions with a short teaching and two or more guided meditations. There are breaks between each session. The purpose of these retreats is to introduce us to Buddhist meditation. These retreats are suitable for all levels.
Annual Retreats *
Our annual meditation retreats offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means withdrawing into meditation. The focus is on essential meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition.
Akshobya Centre offers annual retreats throughout the year and are usually longer retreats. These deeper retreats are led by our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho, They are open to everyone.
Stages of the path *
January 13 – 16
Bringing Meaning into Our Life
On this retreat, each day we will explore four meditations from Venerable Geshe-la’s bookHow to Understand the Mind in the section called Meditation, and recite Prayers for Meditation. It is highly recommended that prior to the retreat, you familiarize yourself with these meditations, prestented in How to Understand the Mind, and contemplate their meaning.
For each meditation, Kelsang Khacho will explain the particular meditation for the session and after the prayers, she will guide us to the object. The aim is to control our mind and gain deep levels of inner peace. Everybody, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, can benefit from these meditations because Kadam Dharma accords with people’s everyday experiences.
Half-day Urban Retreat: Meditations for Inspiration
Saturday 23 January
This half-day retreat gives us the opportunity to relax, unwind and learn how to cultivate a peaceful mind in the heart of the city.
We will learn simple, practical meditations that help us let go of fear, stress and worry. We can then carry this experience of inner peace into our busy daily lives.
Vajrayogini Retreat *
January 29 – 31
For those who have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Vajrayogini, this will be a delightful opportunity to strengthen your practice through a weekend retreat. Each session will start with a short 15 minute teaching instruction. Most sessions will have some guidance within the Quick Path to Great Bliss sadhana.
*Open to Highest Yoga Tantra practitioners only and those who have a sincere wish to get their HYT Empowerment soon*
The Energy of Life: Amitayus Retreat*
On this retreat, we will engage in beautiful chanted prayers, meditations, and mantra recitation requesting blessings for ourselves and others to enjoy a long, happy and meaningful life.
Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of long life has the power to bestow upon us immeasurably long life, profound wisdom and great good fortune.
Everyone is welcome!
Half-day Urban Retreat: De-stress and Decompress
Saturday 27 February
Let’s spend a half-day on retreat. Join us for 2 sessions of meditations to de-stress and decompress. These meditation sessions are geared toward overcoming fear, stress and anxiety. In this retreat, we will be given meditation techniques to apply in our daily life and two sessions of guided meditation practice. By engaging in retreat with these simple meditations, we will experience the benefits of inner peace and calm. We can carry this calm into our daily life by continuing these meditations at home on our own by establishing a simple meditation practice.
Everyone is welcome!