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with Geshe Samten

Meditation lies at the heart of Tibetan Buddhism.  Retreat, even very short retreats of one or two days, are essential to personal transformation on the Buddhist path. Retreat enables us to go deeper into our meditation practice to develop positive, far reaching and all encompassing attitudes and to face up to and deal with the mental patterns we all have that hinder rather rather than help us to live life to our full potential and achieve happiness.

Geshe Samten is a monk from Kopan Monastery in Kathmandhu. Originally from the Solu-khumbu region of Nepal, Geshe samten has completed many of his own retreats and is very experienced in practising tantra. He has been resident at Land of Joy, the FPMT UK Retreat Centre in Northumbria,  since March 2018 helping with the ritual side of retreats such as making tormas and setting up fire pujas as well as sharing his knowledge with others.

“Why is retreat important? In order for our spirituality, pure morality, wisdom, single-pointed concentration and insight into reality to grow, we need time and space. The normal twentieth-century environment does not give us this. It induces either distraction or sluggishness, and retreat can take us beyond both. As human beings, we have the potential for unlimited growth, for limitless compassion and wisdom, bodhicitta and the six perfections. So retreat is very important in expediting this.”

Lama Thubten Yeshe

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