This is a special course, that will combine the foundational aspects and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, and the basics of Yoga led by Annie McGhee. It's an ideal course for those who would like to strengthen, develop and open their bodies and minds.
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 philosophy in a very experiential manner.
Annie resides in Australia, is a fully qualified and accredited yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for over five decades and teaching for more than twenty-five years. She is experienced in numerous styles of yoga that are influenced by her Tibetan Buddhist practice.
For his presentation of the basics of Tibetan Buddhism, Venerable Namgyel will be following the Lam-Rim. The lam-rim contains all the teaching of the Buddha, which allows one to transform and tame own's mind. Tibetan Buddhism offers an array of points of view and ways to make the most of this very precious life. This philosophy uses logic and reasoning, and incorporates the understanding of the law of cause and effect, reincarnation, how to develop and good heart and focused mind.
The yoga will offer a perfect counterbalance of dropping into stillness of "being" rather than "doing". This type of yoga allows the observation of moment-to-moment awareness discovering a sense of openness and acceptance.
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 and Yoga. The retreat will include mindfulness meditations, Buddhist philosophy classes, Yoga practices, group discussions and optional pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa. For students that would like to deepen their practice we suggest them attending the next course: Level 2- Advanced.
Teachings are presented from an experiential point of view.
This course will include full days in silence.
|Mon 12 Nov|
|4:00pm||Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator|
|7:00pm||First session with Venerable Namgyel|
|Tue 13 to Thu 15|
|10:30am||Session with Venerable Namgyel|
|4:30pm||Session with Venerable Namgyel|
|10:30am||Last session with Venerable Namgyel|
|12 noon||Big Love Lunch|
|2:00pm||Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi temple (optional)|
Note: This schedule is subject to change.