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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- the name and contact details of your next of kin;
- your postal address;
- your telephone number/s – particularly a mobile number if you are travelling by public transport;
- your dietary requirements (e.g. gluten-free; wheat-free; diabetes; no quorn; lactose intolerance etc.);