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Ven. Lindy Mailhot, director of Chag-Tong Chen-Tong Centre (CTCT) in Snug, Tasmania, Australia, shared with Mandala a quick message about the center’s 2013 program.
CTCT has enjoyed a wonderful beginning to our 2013 program with visiting teachers bringing great benefit, inspiration, support and friendship to our community.
Ven. Lozang Yonten, currently resident teacher at Kusang Yeshe Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, introduced the New Year with a wonderful weekend on “New Year Resolutions from a Dharma Perspective” based around the seven-point mind training teachings.
Glen Svensson joined us during February, leading two weekend retreats on shamata and the Gelug tradition of Mahamudra. And Thubten Yeshe (T.Y.) returned to lead our annual Easter four-day lam-rim retreat.
One new students shared thoughts on the retreat experiences that have grown over the last two years:
I know that a lot of people find it hard to make the time in their busy lives for retreat; it just seems too daunting! Our commitments to work and family seem to make retreat too difficult to organize … but it’s a challenge that’s well worth the effort.
I never knew what the rewards and benefits were until I recently did my first three-day retreat. I had believed that just attending the day sessions would suffice, but attending a retreat is of much deeper benefit.
Retreat is a time to come face-to-face with who you are and to see yourself clearly for the first time. The benefits are profound, felt not just by ourselves, but also by everyone we come into contact with.
In retreat we can develop the basic qualities of affection and loving kindness, and the teachings help us to learn to put that into practice. Yet even when we return from the retreat to “everyday life,” the values remain strong and the principles stay true.
From each retreat I attend, I know myself a little better and find the teachings resonate with me longer. One of my heartfelt wishes is that everyone can experience a retreat.
It is a special time with like-minded friends living, practicing, meditating, eating together minus the distraction of family/work life, just for a short time.
With our wish to be able to offer regular opportunities of retreat experience, by building this more and more into our program over the last two years we are finding that the students and friends of CTCT are slowly becoming familiar with the methods of integrating study and practice and are enjoying the vast and subtle benefits. Much to our delight, we are starting to hear people talk of their longing to do retreat, even if its just one day.
Ven. Robina Courtin recently visited Chag-Tong Chen-Tong Centre June 4-9 and lead a three-day residential retreat “How to Practice Dharma – Teachings on the Eight Worldy Dharmas.” The center writes that they look forward to Ven. Antonio Satta visitng in August to lead a ten-day vipassana retreat.
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