About this retreat

THE BLISS OF CONCENTRATION

We are delighted that Gen Kelsang Devi will guide this very special retreat based on the teachings on how to develop the concentration of tranquil abiding. This retreat will give us the precious opportunity to improve our meditation practice by learning to develop mindfulness and alertness in our formal meditation sessions and during the meditation break. Learn in a practical way to bring these precious instructions to heart by contemplating and meditating on them in our Menorca International Retreat Centre.

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy a silent retreat to improve the power of your concentration. 
  • To experience the benefits of training on tranquil abiding.
  • Take to heart in a practical way the teachings you have received.
  • Learn how to integrate these precious instructions into your daily life.
  • Know our Menorca International Retreat Centre and visit the island.

ANCIENT WISDOM THAT ILLUMINATES OUR PRESENT

Retreats based on Buddhist wisdom that answers with amazing clarity and depth the great questions we keep asking ourselves.

“Before we develop concentration we feel some kind of mental and physical discomfort more or less all the time. Our state of mind quickly changes. For a short while we are happy, but then we are sad. Our physical condition also changes quickly. In the morning we may feel well, but by the evening  we may be feeling sick. When we attain tranquil abiding we do not experience any mental or physical discomfort. Our mind becomes peaceful and we are always able to generate virtuous thoughts and feelings and create the causes for happiness”.

Venerable Gueshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Joyful Path of Good Fortune – Training the mind in tranquil abiding

Booking & Information

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November 20th to December 3rd, 2020

20th to 24th, The Bliss of Concentration, with Gen Devi
25th Nov to 3rd Dec, Develop your concentration, with Gen Dargyay

This special retreat will focus on how we can develop the concentration of tranquil abiding in our modern world. Even a slight improvement in our ability to concentrate will greatly enhance our meditation practice. On this basis, we can learn to master deeper, subtler and more powerful levels of concentration. The result will be the experience of tranquil abiding, a state that will allow us to gain spontaneous realization of all stages of the path to enlightenment.

In order to create an atmosphere conducive to concentration, the centre will be closed only for the participants of the retreat. You are welcome to attend only a part of the retreat, but it is essential to attend from the beginning of the retreat. If you only want to attend part of the retreat, you can contact 691 158 656.

DATES AND SCHEDULE

20th – 24th November 2020

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 20th

Dinner 18:30 (for people staying at the centre)

Introduction 20:00-21:15

SATURDAY 21st to MONDAY 23rd

08.00 -08.30 Breakfast
09.30-10.45 1st session
12.00-13.15 2nd session
13.30-14.30 Lunch
17.00-18.15 3rd session
18.30-19.30 Dinner
20.00 – 21.15 4th session

TUESDAY 24TH

08.00 -08.30 Breakfast
09.30-10.45 1st session
12.00-13.15 2nd session
13.30-14.30 Lunch

For single sessions no prior registration is required.

PRICES

RETREAT PRICES from 20th-24th  Nov
(includes accommodation, meals and teachings)

  • Single room: 328 €
  • Double room: 496€ per room
    • IMPORTANT: when booking the double room, please indicate the name of your room mate
  • Quadruple room: 216 € per person
  • Teachings only: 98€
  • Teachings with lunch: 133€
  • Teachings with lunch and dinner only: 160€

WEEKEND RETIREMENT PRICES 20th-22nd Nov
(includes accommodation, food and teachings from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch)

*If you are interested to come only during the weekend please contact +34 691 158 656

  • Quadruple room: 108 € per person
  • Teachings only: 54€
  • Teachings with lunch: 70€
  • Teachings with lunch and dinner only: 84€
ABOUT YOUR STAY

ACCOMMODATION

If you are camping, you must bring a sleeping bag and towel.

The food is vegetarian. We may be able to accommodate other diets if requested in advance.

HOW TO GET TO THE CENTRE

By taxi or by renting a car

The temple is right next to the Puig de Sa Roca restaurant. Once you arrive, you can call us and we will come look for you to take you to the temple.

There are numerous car rental companies on the island. Below are three options:

http://www.alquilercochesmenorca.com/

http://www.autospt.com/

http://www.alquilercochesmenorcaa.com/

SURROUNDINGS

Situated in a privileged enclave on the beautiful island of Menorca (declared a Biosphere reserve)IRC Menorca, International Retreat Centre, is an ideal place to have retreats, both alone and in a group. The Centre, which is surrounded by a forest of pine trees and holm oaks of great natural beauty, enables you to breathe in a great sense of tranquility and peace and invites you to collect yourself and to deepen in the practice of the Dharma, through the contemplation and meditation of the Lanrim Kadam.

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Gen Kelsang Devi is the Resident Teacher of Kailash International Retreat Centre and KMC Switzerland. She is a modern Buddhist nun originally from Scotland who has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for almost 20 years.

During this time, Gen Devi has engaged in many months of silent meditation retreat and has also taught and skilfully guided numerous group retreats ranging from a few days to three months, both in UK and Germany. These retreats are very popular with international students from all over the world as well as with the local community, and her regular classes, programmes and courses are greatly enjoyed by all.

Gen Devi’s experience makes her teachings and guidance in retreats very powerful, clear and practical. Her joyful warmth and humour make them accessible to everyone. She is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice and is dedicated to helping everyone find peace in their minds through the experience of meditation and through using Buddha’s timeless teachings to discover real happiness in modern life.

What is a retreat?

In retreat you give yourself the opportunity to rest in depth and forget all your daily problems. A retreat is a parenthesis of tranquility, an oasis of peace in your life that helps you discover important aspects of your own existence. For example, you will see how your meditation practice improves. By cultivating positive thoughts as you develop your attention, memory and concentration, you will experience the extraordinary inner peace that lies within your own mind. This inner peace is the real treasure to discover while you are in retreat. It is the supreme medicine that heals your own and others unhappiness. Bring the precious treasure of inner peace back to your daily life and share it with your family and friends. Discover our International Retreat Center, a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a spiritual and very significant holiday in a peaceful and unique environment, in the beautiful and mystical island of Menorca.

The International Retreat Center of Menorca has been visited many times by our Spiritual Guide, the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, so it is a place with very good energy, very blessed. The Center is in the middle of the island, surrounded by a forest of holm oaks, wild olive trees and pine trees. Along with the pure air and the natural beauty of the landscape, we highlight the clarity of its nights; when in the serene sky, free of clouds, you can contemplate the tranquil beauty of the stars and the moon. Whether you are looking for a few days of tranquility to reconnect with yourself, or if you wish to deepen your practice of meditation and Modern Buddhism, the International Retreat Center is an ideal place. We offer personalized retreats  and national and international group retreats. Every year we invite international teachers from other centers to come and lead a retreat in our center.

Everyone is welcome, do not miss this opportunity!

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