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‘Subduing the Mind, Actualizing the Path’ Resource Area
Mandala’s collection of interviews, advice and archive stories on retreat:
From Mandala April-June 2012, available online
By Bev Gwyn
By Ben Waite
Thubten Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann) on retreat
More on retreat from the Mandala archive
From Mandala March-April 1996
Ven. Robina Courtin interviews Paula Chichester (Ven. Lhundup Nyingje) and Roger Munro after they completed their first great retreat (four years) at Milarepa Center in Vermont, USA.
From Mandala September-October 1996
Ven. René Feusi talks to Ven. Robina Courtin about his two-and-a half year retreat at O.Sel.Ling Centro de Retiros in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain.
From Mandala January-February 1998
Julia Hengst talks to Paula Chichester (Ven. Lhundup Nyingje) and Roger Munro about the difficulties they experienced during their first long retreat at Milarepa Center in Vermont, USA, and what they anticipate in their next long retreat.
From Mandala August-September 2004
Ven. Lhundup Nyingje (Paula Chichester) writes about retreat lung and offers advice on how to work with it.
From Mandala December 2003-January 2004
Fabrizio Pallotti talks to Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche about how long retreats fit into the Gelug tradition.
From Mandala February-March 2004
Thubten Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann) discusses the preparations he’s making for a three-year retreat.
From Mandala August-September 2005
Four meditators discuss their retreats at Land of Calm Abiding in California, USA.
From Mandala August-September 2006
Graduates of the FPMT Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa reflect on their experiences doing a nine-month retreat.
From Mandala April-May 2008
Lorne Ladner writes about understanding the meaning of retreat and developing ways to be flexible with retreat, including integrating aspects of retreat into our daily lives.
From Mandala January-March 2009
Julia Hengst talks with Ven. Paula Chichester (Ven. Lhundup Nyingje) and Ven. Roger Munro about their second long retreat – a Yamantaka retreat – which they completed in 2005.
From Mandala July-September 2009
Owen Cole interviews Thubten Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann) after his three-year retreat at De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.
From Mandala July- September 2009
Julia Hengst interviews Ven. Paula Chichester and Ven. Roger Munro after their extensive Chöd retreat in the Scottish Highlands.
From Mandala October-December 2010
Elaine Jackson reflects on her more than five years of experience serving as director of Vajrapani Institute, an FPMT retreat center in Boulder Creek, California, USA.
More articles and posts from Mandala tagged “retreat“
From FPMT Education Services, retreat advice available through the Foundation Store
- Four Fundamental Retreats: A Teaching on the Essence of Retreat by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Heart Advice for Retreat by Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- FPMT Retreat Prayer Book: Prayers and Practices for Retreat. This 357-page spiral-bound book includes all of the daily practices advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for retreat and has been used during retreats with Rinpoche.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book has several examples of essential advice from Rinpoche regarding many aspects of practice, including a page dedicated to Retreat Advice.
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