This retreat is ideal for those who would like to open their hearts wider and learn, embrace or deepen the powerful and practical skill of shamatha / calm abiding which is the development of a focused and concentrated mind.
The meditations on shamatha will be guided and focused first on the breath, gradually moving to being mindful of mental activity and moving even subtler inwardly to being mindful of awareness of awareness. The meditations on Bodhichitta, the altruistic open and good heart of enlightenment, will be based around the two traditional methods of developing Bodhichitta within Tibetan Buddhism.
This retreat will have a strong focus on being mindful of our motivations and how to transform them into being compassionate and wise ones. The retreat will include full days in silence and will allow participants to build a regular practice. Students are advised to have a notebook.
Venerable Khadro was born in Venezuela and raised in Argentina. In 2004 Khadro immigrated to New Zealand where she first encountered Tibetan Buddhism. Since then has engaged in formal Buddhist studies, served in various FPMT Centers, led many projects and courses in NZ, Australia, Colombia, India, Nepal and Germany. Venerable Khadro is currently the Spiritual Programme Coordinator of Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India. Venerable Khadro’s "international" background and experiences allows her to have an open, friendly, warm and approachable manner.
The ticket investment covers the facility fee and fully catered vegetarian meals. This excludes accommodation. Mahamudra offer a 20% discount on the range of accommodation options including camping which are made available to participants. Information is provided when booking the retreat.
A 10% membership discount is applicable for members (please contact the Main Office).