CALM AND CLEAR – MEDITATION RETREAT
An 8-day retreat to experience meditation fully
Dates : from 2 to 9 March
In the heart of the sacred environment of Lerab Ling, we offer you an eight-day meditation retreat to allow you to gradually enter into this experience of meditation.
The practice of meditation taught by the Buddha is more than just a stress management technique. In fact, the true purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death.
This path to enlightenment begins with the meditation of calm abiding (shamatha), through which we develop stability and relaxation. This is what then gradually allows our true nature to manifest
The practice of meditation is therefore a unique way to spend time and make friends with ourselves, and to begin to discover and reveal who we really are, beyond our usual concerns and patterns.
The retreat will begin with meditation instructions, which will gradually give way to meditation practice, both sitting and walking. Silence will be introduced from Day 2 and maintained for most of the retreat. It will be held by several of Rigpa's qualified meditation teachers.
A typical day will include seven hours of alternating sitting and walking meditation. You will have the choice of sitting on a cushion or a chair for these sessions.
In addition to the meditation sessions that will take place in the temple, each day will include some time for gentle physical exercise, optional personal interviews with instructors to clarify one’s meditation practice, and time for ourselves to fully enjoy the environment of Lerab Ling.
This retreat will be held simultaneously in French and English (all the speakers are bilingual). It is open to all, although it may be preferable to have at least one year of knowledge and experience of meditation in order to derive greater benefit from such intensive practice retreat.
> PRACTICAL INFO
START Saturday 2 March – 10am
END Saturday 9 March Month – 6pm
Check-in and pick-up badges:
Friday 1st March: 2pm to 6pm
Saturday 2nd March: 9am to 9.45am
CONTRIBUTION to the event - € 256
(Does not include accommodation and meals)
Teachings: English, French
Translation: English, French
Friday 1st March
From Lodève to Lerab Ling - Free bus service - Travel time 30mn
Departure at 5.30pm from the bus stop in front of Lodève Tourist Office
Alain Beauregard is a physicist by training and a high-tech entrepreneur. He has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1995. Alain has been an instructor in Montreal since 2002 and has been teaching healing internationally since 2011, based on his own healing story. He is a Rigpa senior teacher and teaches primarily on healing and meditation, with a particular interest in applying the millennia-old teachings of Buddhism to modern life.
Frédéric Chastelas has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1997. Since 2009 Frédéric has been teaching meditation as part of events organised by Rigpa and helped to develop a programme of personal retreat in Lerab Ling – offering the opportunity to discover or deepen the practice of meditation to anyone who is interested. He is part of a team of instructors who hold regular courses and weekend events on meditation, compassion and other practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
Yara Vrolijks grown up in a Buddhist family, Yara devoted her time, from an early age, to Buddhist study and practice. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy from King's College London and spent a number of years on the Milinda programme, supervised by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Yara is becoming a regular in the team of instructors holding public events in Lerab Ling and is professionally trained as a Tipi emotional regulation therapist.
Vinciane Rycroft is an educator interested in ways in which the modern world can benefit from the peace, compassion and wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings. She initiated several projects, including a programme bringing mindfulness and awareness into schools, and conferences on compassion in society.
EXAMPLE OF DAILY SCHEDULE
07.30 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 - 12.00 Session 1 (includes 20 mins of physical exercises)
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
14.30 - 17.30 Session 2
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner
19.00 - 20.00 Session 3 (optional)
> FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Our commitment is for everyone who wishes to come to Lerab Ling, to have access to our programmes, whatever their financial circumstances. We offer different options for those who are unable to pay the standard contribution.
More info about Lerab Ling financial support for attending our retreats/events.
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