About the 2017 Summer Retreat

The Wisdom of Awareness

Natural Freedom of Mind: Awakening the Wisdom and Compassion of our True Nature

Led by the Tibetan Buddhist  teacher  Sogyal Rinpoche, one of the most revered masters of our time, this retreat is a rare opportunity to step out of the distractions of daily life and enter into an environment dedicated to helping us  know our own mind and awaken the wisdom and compassion of our true nature.

Sogyal Rinpoche will offer teachings on the Buddhist wisdom of understanding the mind and meditation in the spirit of Dzogchen—the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Alongside the teachings, there will be instructions on meditation, and time for practice and reflection guided by senior students. This will be held in an atmosphere of stillness and silence, which offers a profound space for the wisdom of the teachings to enter our hearts, and for our own insights to blossom.

Many say that receiving teachings in an environment of retreat can bring about a profound transformation in our being and open the possibility of looking at ourselves, our lives and the world around us with a fresh perspective.

When we leave our mind in its true nature, we discover a natural inherent freedom of mind that has always been untouched by stress, confusion and turbulent emotions. As our mind and heart open, our inherent wisdom and compassion begin to radiate out in everything we do and touch everyone we encounter. By integrating the wisdom of these teachings fully into our daily life, we become truly alive—confident, open and at ease in any situation.

The Retreat Experience

This is a rare opportunity to experience, integrate and stabilise your understanding of authentic Buddhist teachings in a retreat environment. The retreat includes teachings by Sogyal Rinpoche, group and personal meditation practice, presentations by Rinpoche’s senior students, as well as group study and periods of silence. Attendees include long time students of Sogyal Rinpoche and students new to Buddhism or to meditation.

For Newcomers

For those who have not attended an event with Sogyal Rinpoche before, it is essential that you attend the orientation session, along with the other students,  on Thursday 12 January 2017 starting at 5pm.