Refuge Retreat

Refuge Retreat

If we do not have a practice of refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – we will not enter Buddhism and this means we have no opportunity to attain permanent liberation from suffering or the supreme happiness of Enlightenment. Then we will have lost the meaning of human life.

refuge retreat - Buddha Shakyamuni

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.

Buddha Shakyamuni - Refuge 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. You are welcome to drop in for any or all of the retreat sessions. Each session consists of a short teachings, time to engage in prayers and meditation.

Everyone welcome to our refuge retreat.

See our upcoming retreats below.

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Through continually receiving Buddha’s blessings we can maintain a peaceful mind all the time. Buddha is therefore the source of all happiness. Dharma is the actual protection through which we are permanently released from the sufferings of sickness, ageing, death and rebirth; and Sangha are the supreme spiritual friends who guide us to correct paths. Through these three precious wishfulfilling jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – known as the ‘Three Jewels’ – we can fulfil our own wishes as well as the wishes of all living beings.

~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso — from Modern Buddhism

Upcoming refuge retreats…

Other Centre Retreats

  • Guru Yoga Mandala Offering

  • Highest Yoga Tantra Retreats

  • Lamrim Summer Retreat

  • Lamrim Winter Retreat

  • Nyungne Fasting Retreat

  • Vajrasattva Retreat