Weekend Away Retreat at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre 12th to 14th March 2021

This weekend is offering us a chance to get away and visit the beautiful Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre (KMC). Madhyamaka is a special place of tranquility, rest and reflection located near Pocklington in the Yorkshire Wolds.

During this weekend you will have a chance to engage in a weekend of guided retreat. This is a great opportunity to get away from it all and give yourself the chance to unwind and develop a deep feeling of inner peace that can have long term beneficial effects on your health and wellbeing.

The teacher guding this weekend retreat will be Gen Kelsang Chokyong – Chokyong has been the resident teacher at Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre since 2001. He teaches with great humility and humour. He presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and down to earth manner, making them accessible to everyone.

If you wish to attend this away retreat please contact the Education Programme Coordinator at epc@meditationincheshire.org

Lamrim Retreat – 1 week 24th to 30th August 2020

This retreat is a special opportunity to become familiar with Buddhist meditation and in particular the meditations on the stages of the path to enlightenment. These meditations, known as Lamrim, have the power to improve our good qualities (love, compassion and wisdom) and increase our inner peace and happiness.

By practicing Lamrim meditation we can transform our mind.

This retreat is an opportunity to experience the benefits of Lamrim meditation and learn how to integrate them into our life.

What to expect

Each session will be guided by Gen Kelsang Chokyong. He will give explanation on the particular meditation subject followed by a guided meditation. Each session lasts for an hour and a half and consists of chanted prayers, explanations and a period of silence for contemplation and meditation.

Sessions will be daily at 7am, 11am, 4pm and 7pm. You can attend any or all retreat sessions.

Guided Lamrim Retreat – 19th to 24th January 2020

Odiyana Centre are delighted to be holding a 1 week guided Lamrim retreat from 19th to 24th January 2020. This is open to everyone who wishes to take refuge from the busyness and stress of the modern world.

The meditation sessions will be easily accessible and suitable for beginners. They will focus on such things as love, the kindness of others and compassion. Each session will be guided by Bruce Robinson


Bruce Robinson – Bruce has been a sincere Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has a soft and gentle approach that lends itself beautifully to this meditation retreat.

The sessions will be every day at 7am, 11am, 4pm and 7pm and are free.

You do not have to attend every session just those you are able to.

The retreat is completely free to attend.

Saturday 13th June 2020 – Half Day Course – Learning to Let Go

All living beings have the same basic wish to be happy & to avoid suffering but very few people understand the real causes of happiness & suffering. The real source of happiness is inner peace. In our attempt to control the world we often suffer from stress, anger & unhappiness. By learning to let go we can develop a calm peaceful mind & experience a lasting happiness free from problems

On this day course we will learn how to let go and live our lives free from stress and unhappiness

The course will consist of 2 sessions 10-11.30am & 12-1.30pm

The teacher of this day course is Gen Kelsang Chokyong – Chokyong has been the resident teacher at Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre since 2001. He teaches with great humility and humour. He presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and down to earth manner, making them accessible to everyone.

Due to the current Corona virus lockdown this course will take place via live video stream.

Booking

The course will be streamed through Zoom. To register and pay through Paypal – please click here

The cost is £10 per person.

If you have any technical problems relating to registering for or joining the course please contact us at livestream@meditationincheshire.org or call 07421 878559.

Saturday 10th April 2021 – Day Course – Stop Worrying Start Living

Worry and stress are becoming a very common symptom of modern life. Many people suffer from worry and stress at some time in their life.

Stress is the difference between what we want to happen and what is actually happening. Whether we like it or not it is happening. If we can change things then there is no need to get stressed. If we can’t change things then there is also no point in getting stressed.

On this day course learn to understand why we develop this habitual and unhelpful response and how we can replace it with a deep sense of peace

The teacher of this day course is Gen Kelsang Chokyong – Chokyong has been the resident teacher at Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre since 2001. He teaches with great humility and humour. He presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and down to earth manner, making them accessible to everyone.

All our day courses start at 10am and run until about 5pm.
They cost £20 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £5 deposit. You can do this either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

– Calling Odiyana Centre on 01606 77034

– Sending a cheque made payable to Odiyana Buddhist Centre to 163 Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4AG

Saturday 11th July 2020 – Half Day Inner Peace Retreat

Happiness and suffering are states of mind and their main cause cannot be found outside the mind. The real cause of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful we shall be happy all the time regardless of external conditions. If our mind is disturbed or troubled in any way we shall never be happy no matter how good our external conditions are.

This half day retreat is a chance for us to use meditation to develop peaceful and happy minds. We can then carry this peace through our day and eventually our whole life.

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The teacher of this meditation retreat is Bruce Robinson – Bruce has been a sincere Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has a soft and gentle approach that lends itself beautifully to this meditation retreat.

The retreat will be in two sessions 10am till 11am and 11.30am till 12.30pm

Due to the current Corona virus lockdown this retreat will take place via live video stream.

Booking

The retreat will be streamed through Zoom. To register and pay through Paypal – please click here

The cost is £10 per person.

If you have any technical problems relating to registering for or joining the course please contact us at livestream@meditationincheshire.org or call 07421 878559.

Saturday 26th September 2020 – Family Half Day Workshop

Meditation is a powerful method to make ourselves happy and reduce our stress levels. This is essential not just for adults but children to who are now faced with more stress and pressure than ever before. If we can teach our children how to control their minds and make themselves peaceful inside then we are giving them the most precious gift to take with them in their journey through life – the ability to make themselves happy all the time .

On this children’s half day course your children will all learn how to meditate and keep their mind peaceful even when things are going wrong. There will also be a chance for parents to learn how to meditate.

The teachers on this course will be – Diane Batterton and Dawn Vickery

They are both dedicated Buddhist practitioners studying on Teacher Training Programme and are insightful and enthusiastic. Both work as part of the Education Team at Odiyana KMC and are valued and dedicated members of the centre.

Both Diane and Dawn are qualified school teachers with years of experience working with children. They are both fun and engaging

All our meditation workshops start at 10am and run until 12.30pm
They cost £5 per adult and £3.50 per child which includes refreshments.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £3.50 deposit. You can do this either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

– Sending a cheque made payable to Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre to 163 Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4AG

Saturday 14th March 2020 – The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya

Buddha Maitreya is the manifestation of the loving kindness of all Buddhas and if we rely on him with faith we will receive his special care in this and all our future lives.

We all have the potential within us for limitless love, by taking this empowerment we can start to ripen this potential

This Empowerment is an opportunity to receive the special blessing empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and to receive teachings on how to develop the mind of limitless love.

The Empowerment starts at 10am and runs until about 5pm. The cost is £25 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £5 deposit. You can do this either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

Saturday 15th February 2020 – Day Course – The Four Nobel Truths


Even though humans seek happiness all the time it constantly eludes them & even though they try to avoid suffering all the time it falls down on them like rain.

On this course we learn Buddha’s most profound explanation of what causes our suffering & how to abandon it.

The teacher of this day course is Kadam Mike Garside – Kadam  Mike Garside  is the Resident Teacher at KMC Wales, he has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism in the UK and Spain for over 30 years, living in many New Kadampa Tradition Centres during that time.  Mike engaged in long retreat with Venerable Geshe-la at Tharpaland International Retreat Centre from 1986 to 1989 and contributed to the editing of many of his books.  Mike is known amongst his students for his approachability, deeply insightful and inspiring teachings, and his love for meditation and  exploring the meaning of the teachings through discussion.

All our day courses start at 10am and run until about 5pm.
They cost £20 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £5 deposit. You can do this either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

– Sending a cheque made payable to Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre to 163 Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4AG8