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Join us for the annual JBCL Spring Retreat with Buddhist monk Geshe Namdak at Ackworth, near Pontefract in West Yorkshire.

Friday 3 April (from 17:30) until after lunch Thursday 9 April (6 night retreat)

Friday 3 April (from 17:30) until evening of Sunday 5 April (weekend retreat)


Mind and Its Ultimate Nature
In order to achieve more happiness for self and others, it is important to understand our mind, to understand how we perceive the world around us and to see what actual reality is. Samsara and nirvana are also created by the mind. In order to get out of the cycle of suffering and help others to achieve the same we have to generate the wisdom realising ultimate reality. In this retreat Geshe Namdak will guide us through the important points of understanding the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim), emptiness and the ultimate nature of our mind by teaching essential sections of inspiring texts like Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom and In Praise of the Vajra-Mind and Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lam Rim texts. He will not only clearly explain these texts but will also kindly lead us in the meditations on these subjects.

During the retreat there will be a mixture of teachings, guided and silent meditations and opportunities for questions and answers. You will be also be invited to participate in periods of silence and in taking the 8 Mahayana precepts (please email smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk for further details about the 8 Mahayana precepts).

Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your meditation practice in peaceful surroundings with an experienced meditator such as Geshe Namdak (see biography below).

Although attending the 6 night retreat is recommended, you can also book for the weekend of the retreat (Friday evening to Sunday evening (2 nights) as a really useful way of engaging with meditation practice in a special retreat environment.

Contact smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk if you would like advice about retreat, precepts or for more information before registering.

This retreat is open to beginners and more experienced meditators.

Please scroll down for further information on Geshe Namdak’s biography.


Ackworth School, Pontefract Road, Ackworth, W. Yorkshire, WF7 7LT.

Ackworth School is a beautiful, historic Quaker boarding school set in its own grounds with parking. It is located midway between Wakefield and Pontefract on the A628 within easy access of the A1, M1, & M62. It is about a 30 minute drive from central Leeds. The nearest train stations are Pontefract (about 15 mins drive from the school) or Wakefield (25 mins drive from the school). By prior arrangement we will endeavour to meet people from the railway stations – but if you are not able to plan your journey with us in advance, taxis and taxi numbers are available at the stations.

For more information about the venue – visit www.ackworthschool.com

For local journey planning – visit http://www.wymetro.com/howtogetto/


Vegetarian food will be provided according to the following schedule:

Friday 3 April – evening meal

Saturday 4 April – three meals

Sunday 5, Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 only one meal (lunch) will be provided when we take precepts with Geshe Namdak

Wednesday 8 April – three meals

Thursday 9 April – breakfast and a celebratory lunch

Please remember to notify us at registration of your dietary needs or allergies.

Accommodation Info

Shared rooms have close access to shared bathrooms / shower rooms and wash rooms.

Bedrooms have: single beds, power sockets, table, wardrobe with hangers, drawers, bedding, towels and soap.

Bedrooms do not have: hair-dryers, kettles, irons, reading lamps (in some shared rooms) or bath robes.

Suggested Donations

For a weekend retreat – Friday to Sunday (2 nights) including meals, retreat sessions and accommodation

Twin-room with shared bathroom: £120 per person sharing.

Single room with shared bathroom: £140

For the 6 nights retreat including meals (except during precepts), retreat sessions and accommodation

Twin room with shared bathroom: £355 per person

Single room with shared bathroom: £380

Single en suite room: £430 (limited availability, book early)

Double/tripe en suite room: £405 per person (limited availability, book early)

How to Book

To book on the spring retreat with Gehe Namdak

Please fill in this online booking form.

Our preferred method for receiving donations is by NoChex (you can also fill in gift-aid information here)

Donations for the retreat may also be made by bank transfer (details sent with confirmation email) or by cheque made payable to Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds.

Supporting the Retreat

In addition to attending the retreat for the benefit of all sentient beings you could offer further support:-

  1. You could drive to the retreat and offer a lift to someone else – please email JBCL in order that we can put you in contact with someone in your area or on your route to Ackworth;
  2. You could be part of the setting-up team on 3 April at Ackworth School, or the dismantling team on 9 April.
  3. You could make prayers that you will attend retreat in the future and access our retreat recordings to become familiar with the practices.

About Geshe Namdak

Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher having graduated in hydrology. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in The Netherlands in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University, South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe program at Sera Jey in 2017 and the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College in January 2019, the first Westerner to do so.

Geshe Namdak was a founding teacher of Sera Jey’s Translators Program and member of Sera Jey’s Education Department for six years, was one of the foundingtrustees and teachers of CKSL, a (FPMT) centre that teaches the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism, Bangalore, and the first director of Shedrup Sungdrel Ling, a house for western monks studying at Sera Jey, for fifteen years. He has received a great number of teachings from His Holiness and many other highly respected teachers and lineage masters, has done many retreats and is an experienced teacher in practical and philosophical aspects of Buddhism that he teaches with great clarity and a good sense of humour.

Currently, he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches also at other centres in Europe and India.