Download as iCal file
Green Tara & Lam Rim Retreat – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel
From Saturday, 3. November 2018
To Friday, 9. November 2018
Location : Main gompa

A seven-day – almost full silence – introductory retreat to the practice of Green Tara and buddhist Philosophy, the Lam Rim: the graduated path to enlightenment led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel.

Retreat leader

Ven. Namgyel is a Western senior monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start. His western view of Buddhism allows students to understand the Buddhist Psychology in a very experiential manner.

Retreat content

Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form.The Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, wept with compassion as he looked out onto the world and observed the depth of suffering experienced by all sentient beings. It was from a single tear that Tara, female Buddha of enlightened activity, was born. Tara, whose name means "she who ferries across", can be seen stepping out in immediate readiness to assist any sentient being who is suffering. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.

The lam-rim contains every single teaching of the Buddha. Even one syllable of a lam-rim teaching can be seen by the practitioner striving to achieve enlightenment as a personal instruction. The goal to study and understand the lam-rim is to tame the mind, because your heart and mind are the creators of all the suffering. When you transform your heart, you are the creator of your happiness and peace, liberation and enlightenment.


This retreat serves as either an introduction to Buddhism or as a complementary course for those who have already attended an introductory course and would like to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism. The retreat will include mindfulness meditations, Buddhist philosophy classes, Green Tara practices group discussions and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa for blessings and inspiration on alternate evening sessions.

This retreat will include full days in silence.


Sat 3 Nov  
4.00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm First session with Venerable Namgyel
Sun 4 to Thu 8 Nov  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Session with Venerable Namgyel (with tea break)
12 noon Lunch
2.00pm Discussion groups
3.00pm Break
3.30pm Session with Venerable Namgyel (with tea break)
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening meditation/Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa
(alternate days to be announced)
Fri 9 Nov  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Last Session with Ven. Namgyel (with tea break)
12 noon Big Love Lunch


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


Express interest & find out more