Meditation Retreats

You can do meditation retreats in the town – there’s no need to disappear to a cave! For those interested in deepening their meditation experience, the Centre offers regular one-day urban retreats. Retreats are designed to help us focus exclusively on a particular meditation practice without the normal distractions of everyday life. You are welcome to come to all the sessions or however many you can make.

TO BOOK: Please email

If you haven’t attended a retreat before and/or are new to Kadampa Buddhism, please email and ask for more information and advice before booking.

Each retreat has 3 sessions per day. Cost is £3 per session or £7 full day (unless stated otherwise) – Free for Gold Card holders.

Nyungnay Purifying Ritual Practice Retreat

Sat 13 & Sun 14 Apr 6:30am-4pm

This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara.

On the first day it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours.

Those unable to engage in the 2nd day complete fast can participate provided they have taken Precepts that morning and abstain from all meals except lunch.

On both days, after taking the Precepts, we engage in 3 sessions of the sadhana Drop of Essential Nectar. These sessions involve making offerings, praises and requests to Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion. In the middle of the session we all stand and make numerous physical prostrations while reciting a beautiful verse.

Throughout the whole retreat we try to emphasise compassion and bodhichitta, and the four opponent powers of purification.

Please note: This retreat will be unguided.

Session times each day:
6:30-7am Mahayana Precepts
7:15-8.30am Session 1
10-11.15am Session 2
12:30pm Precepts lunch (Sat only – please pre-book lunch. Cost for lunch is £3)
2:30-4pm Session 3

Lamrim Retreat

Sat 8 & Sun 9 Jun 10:30am – 4pm
with Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogma

Lamrim means the ‘stages of the path to enlightenment’ and is a special set of step-by-step instructions that can easily be applied and practised in busy modern life. The Lamrim presentation lies at the very heart of Kadampa Buddhism and includes all the essential teachings of Buddha. The instructions are easy to understand and practice, making Lamrim a practical spiritual path for modern people. 

This guided retreat will help you get started on regular practice of Lamrim meditations.

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