with Geshi Tashi Tsering

Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Friday 6 April (from 17:30) until evening of Sunday 8 April (weekend retreat)

Friday 6 April (from 17:30) until after lunch Thursday 12 April (6 night retreat)

Join us for the annual JBCL retreat with Geshe Tashi Tsering at Ackworth, near Pontefract in West Yorkshire.

Geshe Tashi will once again lead meditations and teachings to help us become familiar with Shamata and Vipassana (calm abiding and special insight into the nature of the mind) to develop single-pointed concentration and deepen our understanding of the true nature of reality.

Shamatha (calm abiding)  is the Buddhist practice of the calming of the mind and is common to many Buddhist traditions. It is accomplished by concentration on a meditation-object such as an image of Buddha or mindfulness of breathing.

Vipassana (nature of the mind)  in the Buddhist tradition means insight into the true nature of reality, namely as the three marks of existence: impermanence (anicca), unsatisfactoriness or suffering (dukkha), and non-self (anattā).

This is a rare opportunity to learn and practise single pointed concentration techniques, essential to the achievement of Shamata and for taking these concentration techniques into the practice of Vipassanā.

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 Tashi Tsering (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 get in touch if you have any questions.

Venue: 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 http://www.ackworthschool.com

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

Meals: Vegetarian food will be provided according to the following schedule:

Friday 7 April – evening meal

Saturday 8 April – three meals

Sunday 9, Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 only one meal (lunch) will be provided when we take precepts with Geshe Tashi

Wednesday 12 April – three meals

Thursday 13 April – breakfast and a celebratory lunch

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


Single, twin or triple bedded rooms with minimum 1 window.

Shared rooms have close access to shared bathroom/  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.


Please register your interest before making a donation, by emailing smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk with the following information:

  1. the name and contact details of your next of kin;
  2. your postal address;
  3. your telephone number/s – particularly a mobile number if you are travelling by public transport;
  4. your dietary requirements (e.g. gluten-free; wheat-free; diabetes; no quorn; lactose intolerance etc.);

[Please be as precise and mention if your diet is for medical or personal preference.]

  1. if you would like transport from a railway station to the school;
  2. if you would like to offer help with transport (from rail stations to Ackworth);
  3. if you would like to assist with setting-up or dismantling the retreat.
  4. please tell us a little about your retreat experience/s e.g. this is your first weekend or seven day retreat.
  5. if you would like a chair in the gompa.

Suggested Donations:

For a weekend retreat – Friday to Sunday (2 nights):

Twin-room shared occupancy: £120 per person sharing.

Single room: £130

For the 6 nights retreat including meals (except during precepts):

Twin room with shared bathroom: £350 per person sharing

Single room with shared bathroom: £375

Donations may 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 7 April at Ackworth School, or the dismantling team on 13 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 Tashi Tsering:

Born in 1958 Geshe Tashi fled his homeland with his parents at the onset of the Han Chinese Communist Party’s destruction of the ancient Buddhist culture of Tibet. His family were some the first refugee Tibetans settled in the uncultivated lands around Bylakuppe in Karnataka in South India. In the 1970s the refugee monks of Sera Mey monastery were finally able to re-establish their monastery in the South too and Geshe Tashi became the first young person to enter the monastery since 1959.

Geshe Tashi went through the complete monastic curriculum studying for a Geshe degree (equivalent to a Doctor of Divinity) which he finally gained with highest honours, gaining a first in the Geshe Lharampa degree. He then went on to the Gyuto Tantric monastery where he studied the major Gelug tantras for one year.

After that Geshe Tashi went to teach at the Nalanda Monastery near Toulouse in France. After a few years he kindly accepted the invitation to be the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, where he has been for almost 20 years.

Geshe Tashi teaches directly in English and is well known for the warmth, humour and clarity of his teaching. He regularly teaches at Jamyang Leeds and leads our annual Ackworth Retreat, as well as teaching and leading retreats across Europe.

Without doubt Geshe Tashi’s greatest inspiration is His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his extraordinary life and work on behalf of the Tibetan people, Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism. When His Holiness is in the UK and Europe Geshe Tashi has the good fortune to interpret for him.