Long Life, Merit & Wisdom – Amitayus Day Retreat
March 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm£30
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
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.
Contact email@example.com and we will happily help you with your query.
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