Events

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More information on course structure suggested contributions and refreshments can be found at the bottom of the page or through the link here.

10th to 16th December – Refuge Retreat – A port in the Storm

Introduction to the retreat Monday Evening 7.30pm.

Session Times:  Tuesday to Friday: 7 am, 11 am and 7 pm. Saturday 7am and 11am.

Usually, we remember to go for refuge and protection only when we are experiencing difficulties, but if we always go for refuge, even when everything is going well, we shall become so close to Buddha that when we experience misfortune we shall receive help easily.

Realising that the Dharma Jewel is the actual cure for our mental sickness, that the Buddha Jewel is the spiritual doctor who prescribes the cure, and that the Sangha jewel is the spiritual nurse who assists the doctor, we go for refuge with faith, understanding the different ways in which the Three Jewels help us.

For this retreat, we will engage in the Sadhana Essence of Good Fortune and have meditation time to mentally go for Refuge to the Three Jewels.

Everyone is welcome if you have no previous experience the introduction will help you understand the practice.


Retreat Introduction – Refuge Retreat



24 hour Tara Chanting Retreat -Making Our Wishes Come True

4th to 5th January

A wonderful way to begin the New Year. We will make praises an requests to  Ayra Tara every four hours ( six times in 24 hours) following the powerful prayers Liberation from Sorrow. Through turning to her, our good fortune will grow like a waxing moon and all obstacles will be removed.

No previous experience required just a mind wishing for a better year ahead, and a better world.

Times of Sessions: Friday, 6 pm and 10 pm. Bring some food along to share after the first session.

Saturday, 2 am, 6 am, 10 am and 2 pm.

Come along to all the sessions or some.

 Weekend Retreat of Great Good Fortune and Wisdom.

11th to 13th January.

Session times: Introduction Friday  7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm

We all need a long life. If we lose this life, we shall lose our opportunity to enjoy a human life, to practise Dharma, and to attain liberation and enlightenment. This is why Je Tsongkhapa said that for those who wish to experience pure happiness, the greatest obstacles to the fulfillment of their wishes are death and ignorance. Death destroys our opportunity to take the essence of our precious human life, and ignorance destroys our opportunity to develop a pure experience of Dharma.

To overcome these obstacles, we need to increase our lifespan and our wisdom, and the principal method for doing this is the yoga of Buddha Amitayus.

Everyone is welcome to come along to this retreat. If you have no previous experience it is helpful but not necessary to come to the introduction.

Calm and Confident You, Day Course: Saturday 19th January 10.30am to 3.30pm

Start the year off in a calm and confident place, let go of the strain and tiredness of the previous months.  On this day we will engage in some relaxing and energising meditations, which will help us feel calmer and more positive. We will also reflect upon why our confidence can reach a low ebb and how we can rebuild our inner strength based on the wisdom we find in Buddha’s teachings.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy an inner boost to get us off to a good start for the months ahead.

Day Course – Calm and Confident You



Refresh the Mind, Morning Workshop: Saturday 26th January 10.30am to 1.30pm

Our feelings of physical tiredness often have their root in our mental fatigue. Feeling restless, distracted, worried, unable to switch off all take their toll on our mental and physical health.  On this morning we will simply emphasise doing some guided meditations to refresh the mind.

No previous experience is needed and everyone is welcome.

Morning Workshop – Refresh the Mind



Love Without Pain, Morning Workshop: Saturday 9th February 10.30am to 1.30pm

Our relationships with others are very important. And our loving mind towards others is a powerful and essential part of our experience. So why do we often find that what starts as a pure wish for others to be happy and a deep happiness within our self, can become painful and negative?

Often it is because we have not been able to distinguish between our pure mind of love and the delusion of attachment. If we are able to begin to do this we can ensure that our loving relationships improve and grow and difficulties begin to dimish.

To be loved, we need to give love, understanding the role of attachment in our relationships helps us begin to experience love without pain.


Morning Workshop – Love Without Pain



Infinite Possibilities, Centre Away Retreat: Friday 15th March – Sunday 17th March – held Tara KMC

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful and inspiring weekend in the company of Sangha, (spiritual friends) at Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre.

Founded in 1984 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Tara Centre is 1.5 hours north of Cheltenham. Set in 38 acres with mature gardens,  beautiful meditation rooms, and cafe, it is a major centre of the New Kadampa Tradition, in the UK.  For more details about the centre go to: tara.org

During the retreat we take ourself away from the distractions of daily life and develop concentration on meaningful objects; understanding and experience naturally develop. This year we will spend time exploring the wisdom of emptiness, the essence of Buddhadharma.

Je Tsongkhapa said:

The knowledge of emptiness is superior to any other knowledge,

The Teacher who teaches emptiness unmistakenly is superior to any other teacher,

And the realisation of emptiness is the very essence of Buddhadhamra.


Friday: 6pm Supper, 7.30pm Introduction to the Retreat

Saturday: 9am, 11.30am, 4pm and 7.30pm

Sunday: 9am, 11.30am

The weekend will be guided by our Resident teacher Kelsang Opel.

Shared lifts will be available leaving Friday late morning and returning after lunch on Sunday. If you can offer to take people or need a lift let us know.

For details on accommodation options and booking see below.

Mind Yoga, Morning Workshop: Saturday 23rd March 10.30pm to 1.30pm

In the Sutras it says; If you realise your own mind you will become a Buddha; you should not seek Buddhahood elsewhere.

On this morning we will take as our object of meditation the mind itself. We will identify the nature, function, and location of the mind, which in this context means our root mind located at our heart. This meditation is a powerful method to reduce distractions and develop concentration. Although a profound meditation it is simple to engage in. No previous experience is necessary.

Stop the Week: Saturday 30th March 7pm

An evening to enjoy with friends and family. A short and simple guided meditation to let you unwind from the week, followed by a delicious three-course vegetarian meal.  Details to follow.

Becoming Vajrayogini, Day course: Saturday 6th April 10.30am to 3.30pm

Learning to Relax, Morning Workshop: 13th April 10.30am to 1.30pm

We all want to be able to relax and feel peaceful. Meditation is the best method to help us connect to and experience the inner peace and happiness within our own mind. Then we can be relaxed and peaceful anytime and any place. This morning is an excellent introduction for anyone who wishes to put the break on a busy day, is new to meditation or wants to improve.

Letting go of Anxiety, Day Course: 18th May 10.30am to 3.30pm

Many people can suffer from feelings of anxiety and fear, and most of us at times can be overwhelmed by the stress and demands of everyday life. On this day course, we will engage in meditations and ways of thinking, coming from Buddhist teachings, that help us to become positive and strong in the face of problems and difficulties. Meditation is a tried and tested method to help overcome our negative emotions and feel more confident and effective. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this day.

The Truth of Karma, Morning Workshop: Saturday 8th June 10.30am to 1.30pm

Stop the Week, Saturday 15th June 7pm

An evening to enjoy with friends and family. A short and simple guided meditation to let you unwind from the week, followed by a delicious three-course vegetarian meal.  Details to follow.

 Meditations for Busy daily life, Morning Workshop: Saturday 22nd June 10.30am to 1.30pm

When we are busy we just seem to get busier with no time for enjoyment and relaxation. Meditation is the best method to help us connect to and experience the inner peace and happiness within our own mind, then although our daily life is busy, we can be relaxed and peaceful anytime and any place. This morning is an excellent introduction for anyone who wishes to put the break on a busy day, is new to meditation or wants to improve.

Weekend Events Information

Day Events

Day Events are suitable for everyone. It is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 10am to enjoy refreshments. There is free parking available at the back of the centre. The suggested contribution for day events are £24 or £17 concessions. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments and a delicious vegetarian lunch is provided. If possible please book in advance  to help planning of meal or email; To make payment online please pick from the drop-down box below the course or email info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk Payment can also be made on the day.

Morning Workshops

Morning meditation courses are suitable for everyone, the morning consists of guided meditations and short talks. It is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 10am to enjoy refreshments.   There is free parking available at the back of the centre.

The suggested contribution for morning courses is £14 or £10 concessions. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments are provided during the morning. To make payment online pick from the drop-down box or email info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk. Payment can also be made on the day.

Day Retreats

Day retreats  consist of  explanation and joining in the chanted meditations of different Buddhas.  It is not necessary to have previous experience, however some familiarity with the teachings and meditations can be helpful. Everyone is welcome to try out these day retreats.  There is free parking available at the back of the centre.

The suggested contribution for morning courses is £14 or £10 concessions. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Brunch is provided during the morning.  To make payment online pick from the drop-down box or email info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk. Payment can also be made on the day.

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