The Renunciate - A Special Weekend Course & Silent Retreat | 16-23 Nov
Fri 16 Nov - Fri 23 Nov

Monbulk: Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia
25 McCarthy Rd

Most people believe that to find happiness we should simply experience as much pleasure as possible while trying to avoid problems. The result of this unbridled pursuit of temporary sense pleasure is dissatisfaction, anxiety and confusion. Far from ever feeling truly happy and content, our uncontrolled desire binds us to an unfulfilling and meaningless life where suffering eventually catches up with us. Buddha revealed a different path, the path to deep mental peace. The gateway to this path is renunciation – the wish to be truly free from every trace of suffering and dissatisfaction.

On this course senior teacher and Australia’s National Spiritual Director, Gen Kelsang Rabten will explain renunciation, and give instructions for swiftly travelling the path to what Buddha called ‘Liberation’, the state beyond all sorrow. This is an essential weekend for anyone wishing to deepen their happiness beyond the sense pleasures of this life.

Deeper spiritual transformation occurs by taking spiritual instructions to heart in meditation. After Gen Rabten’s inspiring teachings, Gen Kelsang Dornying will guide us to the mind of a renunciate over four days of silent retreat.

The Teachers

Gen Kelsang Rabten is the National Spiritual Director for Kadampa Buddhism in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. He has trained under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for more than twenty years. His deep faith in Buddha’s teachings and the sincerity of his practice inspire many people to embark on a meaningful and rich spiritual life.

Kadam Mick Marcon is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Newcastle. With a down-to-earth manner, he inspires people to develop a peaceful mind and uncover a deep happiness within. Kadam Mick will guide the meditation sessions.

Gen Kelsang Dornying is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia. He gives clear, practical teachings for solving problems and finding happiness, and is much loved for his warmth and humility. Gen Dornying will guide the silent retreat.


Course dates: Fri 16 Nov – Sun 18 Nov
Course fee: $20 intro talk, $75 per day, $160 whole weekend.

Accommodation per night: camping $25 • shared room $45 • twin $75 p/p • single $95 · Single with ensuite $120

Silent retreat dates: Sun 18 Nov – Fri 23 Nov
Silent retreat fee: $250

Booking required.


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Centre Members register here

Shuttle Services

Pick up at the following times to Belgrave station: $7
Fri 16 Nov @ 5.30pm
Fri 16 Nov @ 6.30pm
Sat 17 Nov @ 9.00am

Drop off at the following times to Belgrave station: $7
Sun 18 Nov @ 5.30pm
Fri 23 Nov @ retreat conclusion


Fri 16 Nov
Intro 8pm
Sat 17 Nov
Teaching 1 10.00-11.15am
Meditation 1 12-1pm
Teaching 2 2.30-3.45pm
Meditation 2 4.30-5.30pm
WFJ Tsog 7.30pm-8.40pm
Sun 18 Nov
Teaching 1 10.00-11.15am
Meditation 1 12-1pm
Teaching 2 2.30-3.45pm
Meditation 2 4.30-5.30pm
Introduction to Retreat 8-9pm
Mon 19/Tue 20/Wed 21/Thu 22 Nov – Retreat
Session 1 9-10.15am
Session 2 11.30am-12.45pm
Session 3 2.30-3.45pm
WFJ 5-5.50pm
Session 4 7.30pm-8.45pm
Fri 23 Nov – Retreat
Session 1 9-10.15am
Q&A Session 11.30am-12.45pm
WFJ 5-5.50pm

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