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Lam Rim Retreat

Lam Rim Style retreat with Thubten Gyatso

The retreat is conducted in the style of the famous Lam Rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment) meditation courses that first began at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu in the early seventies. The whole day is divided into guided meditation sessions, discussion groups, and explanations of the Buddhist world-view, including psychology, rebirth, karma, and how to cultivate wisdom and compassion, the two goals of the path to enlightenment.

The retreat is suitable for both new and old students. It is an intense group event during which everyone must stay at Atisha Centre and attend every session. There should be no need to contact the outside world: no visitors, phones, internet, or radio. Vegetarian food and all needs are provided. On some days the 8 Mahayana Precepts to avoid killing, stealing, lying, sexual activity, intoxicants, eating after midday, and so on, are taken for 24 hours.  

These courses have been greatly appreciated by many thousands of people as being an excellent means for clarifying their direction in life, no matter their religion or philosophy. Gyatso attended his first course in 1974 and, over the years, has led many such retreats at Kopan Monastery and many other countries around the world. Don’t miss it.

This Retreat was held from 21st April - 29th April, 2012.