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Long Life, Merit & Wisdom – Amitayus Day Retreat

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

£30
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About This Event

Our human life is our most precious possession because it gives us the opportunity to improve ourselves and attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment. We therefore need a long and healthy life. To engage successfully in spiritual practice we also need wisdom, as well as the merit or good fortune that gives our mind the strength to support the growth of inner realisations. 

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit, and wisdom. By engaging in Amitayus practice, we can develop these qualities and eventually attain the deathless state of enlightenment. We can also use this practice to help remove obstacles endangering the lives of others, especially our close friends and family.

Retreat Sessions & Times

The retreat begins with an introductory talk with Gen Togden at 10am. There are then three retreat sessions, consisting of chanted prayers sung in English and silent mantra recitation. All those attending the retreat will receive long life pills to take home with them.

10 – 11:30 – Introduction

12 – 1 – Session 1

2 – 3 – Session 2

3:30 – 4:30 – Session 3

About The Teacher

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Gen Kelsang Togden

Gen Kelsang Togden is a Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre London.

He began his studies of Modern Buddhism in Toronto, Canada, in 1993. He received teachings from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for the first time in the summer of 1994 at Manjushri KMC in the Lake District, and since then has been committed as his close student by making effort to study and practice his instructions.

Gen Togden is loved and admired by his students because of his practical knowledge and warm presentations, authentic teachings, as well as his natural joy and sense of humour. He usually has a broad smile and a good heart, making effort to put everyone at ease and to help them solve their many problems and anxieties with practical Dharma advice.

What to Expect

What will each session consist of?
Each session will include a combination of teachings and guided meditations with an opportunity to ask questions at the end and socialize with like-minded people during the break time.

Do I need to bring anything or wear anything special?
No. All sessions will take place on chairs but there are optional cushions if you prefer to sit cross-legged. You don’t need to bring anything else with you, but some people like to take notes during the session, so feel free to bring a paper and pen.

What if I’m new to this?
Everyone is welcome to participate in this course and will benefit both new and experienced people alike. Our reception staff will happily recommend some follow on reading or classes after the course if you are interested.

More questions?
Contact info@kmclondon.org and we will happily help you with your query.

What Do People Say About Our Events?

Robert Thomas
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"very peaceful open space to take a break from the craziness of London. I really enjoyed the half hour meditation class with simple beating meditation and some good advice and meditation on how to appreciate and enjoy the kindness that sustains our life"
Jackie King
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"Really enjoyed my retreat style course on mindfulness meditation was great how it was all broken down and practiced and then we all had a chance to ask questions to make sure we all went away knowing how now to meditate. lovely place really warm and inviting and nice to meet people from all different backgrounds from all round the world. You were not pushed into becoming budist would defo recommended attending one of the courses."
Paolo William Nicosia
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"It’s truly the best place to get away from the rush of London and from the busyness of our lives and learn how to be happier, with authentic meditation teachings."
Hayley King
Hayley King
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"This is a very special place for me. Since coming several times a week for 6 months my outlook on life has completely changed and I have happiness in my heart. The teachings on Tuesday night from Gomchen are extraordinary and unmissable and highly recommended. I also attend Wednesday morning meditation class with Susan which I can also highly recommend and if you are interested later in going deeper then Thursday night's classes are excellent. Special events at weekends and at our new sister temple in Kensington are also so beneficial and life changing.. If you are fortunate enough to be able to come then do yourself the biggest favour and just do it. It's the best thing you can do for yourself."
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"Each time I visit this place I feel very welcomed and inspired. Lots of what is said is so useable for daily life - for example how we can use patience to no longer get stressed out in traffic jams , or how we can live in the moment to let go of past stress and worries and simply enjoy . The large statues are beautiful and they have a little gift shop with books and little trinkets. Escape the hustle and bustle and find your inner peace. They are a friendly bunch so you can also ask questions too. Highly recommended."
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Details

Date:
March 7
Time:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:
£30
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Venue

Morden (KMC London)
Kadampa Meditation Centre London, 1A Ashridge Way
Morden, London SM4 4EF
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Phone:
020 8540 0049

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Long Life Merit Wisdom Amitayus Day Retreat
£ 30.00