Residential Winter Retreat

Applying the Three Yanas in Everyday Life with Tsering Paldron

16th – 18th November 2018, Claridge House, Dormans Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH

It is with great pleasure that Bodhicharya London and Kent announce dates for our second Residential Retreat with Tsering Paldron.

The Three Yanas

The Three Yanas are the “Three Vehicles” of Buddhism also known as the Sravakayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana when understood in the context of the Vajrayana. Each one emphasises a slightly different approach to Awakening and this residential retreat will serve as an introduction to these three approaches and some of the main practices each one focuses on. Most particularly, the retreat will help us distil the essence of each Yana and their practices and explain them in an easy to understand way so that we can apply their teachings and methods in our everyday life, for our benefit and the benefit of others.

This retreat is open to everyone.

Please see below for all the information and booking instructions and don’t delay to pay your deposit if you would like to attend, as based on the popularity and success of the retreat last year, we predict places will fill up very quickly.

Why go on Retreat?

Retreat is a precious opportunity to receive teachings and put them into practice on the spot, without the normal responsibilities and distractions of our daily life. In this way we can connect with the teachings and deepen into the experience of the practice more easily and therefore bring that depth of understanding and experience back into our life, for our benefit and the benefit of others.

About Tsering Paldron

Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and traveled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has been teaching and traveling for the past 25 years, has written a number of books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.

She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.

For more information about Tsering, you can check out her English language website here.

Details, Fee and Booking Instructions

Full Weekend (16 residents):

£205.00 En-suite Room
£185.00 Non En-suite Room (limited number)

Includes – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea, Coffee, Cake, Accommodation, Teachings and Body Work

***The cost is not inclusive of “dana”/“generosity” or donations for Tsering. There will be a collection during the weekend for Tsering, so please give what you can and reflect on the personal value of the teachings you are receiving when doing so. Thank you for your generosity***

Food

All food is vegetarian, however vegan, sugar free, diary free and gluten free can be catered for with “prior” notification.

Accommodation

Please note most rooms are twin and you will be required to share. If you have a friend that wishes to attend please let us know when booking so we can put you in the same room.

A deposit of £50 is required to secure a room with the balance due one month before the weekend retreat. You can also pay in full.

If you wish to attend please email Kelly on the following:
kellymerryweather@googlemail.com

For more information on the venue please visit Claridge House website here.

Retreat Schedule

Applying the Three Yanas in Everyday Life with Tsering Paldron

Friday
3:00 Arrival
4:15 Meditation
5:00 Teaching by Tsering
6:30 Evening Meal
7:45 – 8:30 Meditation
Free Time

Saturday (Silent Day)
7:40am – 8:40am Meditation
8:45 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 Meditation
10:30 – 12:00 Teachings by Tsering
12:00 – 1:00 Body Work – Mindful Walking
1:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Free time – Interviews with Tsering
3:30 – 4:30 Meditation
4:30 – 6:00 Teaching by Tsering
6:00 – 6:30 Body Work – Mindful Movement
6:30 Dinner

Free Time

Sunday
7:40 – 8:40 Meditation
8:45 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Meditation
10:00 – 11:30 Teachings by Tsering
11:30 – 12:30 Body Work – Mindful Stretching followed by Mindful Walking
1:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Free Time – Interviews with Tsering
3:00 – 4:00 Teaching with Tsering

Home

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism with Tsering Paldron

20th November, 8-10pm, Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS (£10 Suggested Donation)

“Spiritual Materialism”, a term first coined and extensively explored by the Tibetan Buddhist Master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970’s, describes how the illusory ego, or sense of a separate, independent, self-existing “I” (the root cause of negative emotions, karmic formations and suffering from the Buddhist point of view) can appropriate and use spiritual knowledge, practices, experiences and identities to further solidify and enhance that sense of “I” and consequently perpetuate the causes of suffering.

“The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use… even spirituality.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The problem is this occurs unconsciously in often increasingly very subtle ways while the so-called spiritual practitioner believes they are alleviating the causes of suffering, while in actual fact they are compounding them. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche believed that this tendency was a major block to authentic spirituality taking root and flourishing in the West.

“Spiritual materialism is to deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

So how can we be wise to our own self-deception on the path? How can we work with this insidious tendency of the ego to convert everything it comes into contact with into something for its own use and self aggrandisement? How do we stop continually building and re-building our sandcastles of distraction while the tide comes in but instead face the truth of the matter and begin to mature a spirituality we are truly worthy of?

This evening talk with Tsering Paldron will explore what Spiritual Materialism is so that we can more easily avoid being snared in its traps along the path, as well as look at a genuine and authentic spiritual approach to life that brings deep lasting benefit to ourselves and others.

Dana

£10 suggested donation including refreshments – we value your presence more than your money, so please give what you can or enjoy the talk as a gift from us.

Everyone welcome!

About Tsering Paldron

Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and traveled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has been teaching and traveling for the past 25 years, has written a number of books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.

She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.

For more information about Tsering, you can check out her English language website here.