THE BLISS OF CONCENTRATION
Silent Island Retreat
with Gen Kelsang Devi
- 15–19 November
- combine it with Gen Dargyay´s retreat, Developing your Concentration, 21-30 November
- Takes place at Menorca IRC. International Retreat Centre
- Silence Retreat
with Gen Kelsang Devi
DEVELOPING TRANQUIL ABIDING IN OUR BUSY LIFE
We are delighted to have Gen Kelsang Devi to 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 both, our formal meditation and in the meditation break. Learn in a practical way how 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:
“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
Although this retreat is guided as a whole there will be occasional unguided sessions to build confidence in our own meditation practice and improve concentration. Brief prayers to aid meditation will be chanted in each session. The retreat schedule allows plenty of time for quiet relaxation, enjoying delicious vegetarian meals and exploring the beautiful surroundings.
Being silent allows the mind to settle and find peace. In this way you will be able to concentrate better during meditation and to leave all the stress and busyness that we are normally immersed in behind.
No previous experience is necessary
PRAYERS AND TRANSLATION
In this retreat the teachings and prayers will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish. We can also offer translation to other languages previous request and depending on availability of a translator.
The booking for this event will open on July 2nd at 5 p.m. (Spanish time)
The booking for this event will open on July 2nd at 17:00h (Spanish time)
Special Fall Retreat
THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION
del 15 al 30 de November 2019
The Blissful Concentration of Tranquil Abiding
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 improve our practice of meditation. On this basis, we can learn to master ever deeper, subtle and powerful levels of concentration. The result will be the experience of tranquil abiding, a state that will allow us to gain the spontaneous realization of all stages of the path to enlightenment.
PRICES FOR 4 NIGHTS (including stay and retreat).
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:
This link will show you how to get here by car: Click here to see the map
If you have any questions, you can call us at +34 691 158 656
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.
Gen Kelsang Devi is the Resident Teacher of Tharpaland International Retreat Centre. She is a modern Buddhist nun originally from Scotland and 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 retreats 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 to use Buddha’s timeless teachings to discover real happiness in modern life
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!