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Four Close Applications of Mindfulness – Meditation Retreat

with B. Alan Wallace

During this retreat, Alan Wallace will offer an oral commentary on Śāntideva’s chapter on “The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness” in his Compendium of Practices (Ṣikśasamuccaya). This chapter presents ways of meditatively exploring the nature of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena from the perspective of the Middle Way view of Nāgārjuna, with a special emphasis on their lack of inherent nature. Following this, he will give an oral transmission and commentary to Mipham Rinpoche’s Lamp to Dispel Darkness: Advice for Pointing Out the Mind in Accordance with the Tradition of the Old Realized Ones. In this brief text, Mipham Rinpoche offers concise, practical instructions on the theory and practice of the Great Perfection, which is regarded by many as the pinnacle of the Buddhist contemplative science of the mind. Both these texts present the investigation of the mind in a radically empirical, rational way, which is both profoundly contemplative as well as rigorously scientific. The retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and open discussion.

Recommended pre-reading for this retreat is the book above ‘Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness

Dates & time: 17-23 July; retreat starts with registration @ 11am and lunch at 12.30pm on 17 July; retreat finishes after a 12.30pm lunch on 23 July.

Early Bird Special

Cost: until Friday 31 March 2017 – Single room accommodation $1895; twin share room accommodation $1495. Retreat fee includes 7 days, 6 nights accommodation and all meals. Shared bathrooms only.

From 1 April 2017 until 14 July 2017 – Single room $1995; twin share room $1595. Retreat fee includes 7 days, 6 nights accommodation and all meals. Shared bathrooms only.

Day only participation

Cost: $800 for full retreat. Fee includes lunch and dinner.
PLACES ARE LIMITED BOOK EARLY. Full payment is required with registration.

This retreat involves frequent periods of meditation and attendees will remain in silence for the duration. If you have a history of psychiatric illness or have received counselling or treatment for any psychological condition, we recommend that you seek professional advice as to the suitability of this retreat for you.

If you have special accommodation needs, or are ordained sangha, please contact VI’s office manager, Anne Sinclair prior to booking a place, at anne@vajrayana.com.au.




About the Retreat Leader

Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.

Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted 14 years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.

With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.

Venue Information

Peter Canisius House, Pymble, is located within the extensive grounds of Canisius College on the leafy North Shore of Sydney. Address: 102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW, Australia (map)
For more information regarding the venue, please visit http://www.petercanisiushouse.com.au/index.html

Booking Fee

A credit/debit card processing fee of 1.5% applies to purchases by credit or debit card. The credit/debit card processing fee factors in a variety of costs, including expenses associated with providing a secure payment gateway, Payment Card Industry compliance, hosting, fraud, pre-payment risk mitigation, and the costs associated with processing credit and debit card payments. The credit/debit card processing fee is calculated as a percentage rate of the ticket price only, excluding any service/delivery fees.

Cancellation policy: 
Cancellation received in writing up to 30 days before the start of the retreat will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. We regret that no refunds can be made if the cancellation is received within 30 days before the start of the retreat unless the place can be filled from the waiting list, whereupon we will refund 50% of the registration fee.
Retreat Scholarship Fund

Vajrayana institute has created a scholarship fund to offer financial assistance to people attending B. Alan Wallace’s retreats who cannot afford to pay the full fee. If you wish to make a donation to the scholarship fund, you may choose to offer $50 or more when selecting your accommodation for the retreat, under the heading “Donation to the Scholarship Fund.” The entire amount of the donation will go towards supporting other retreatants on the basis of their financial needs and merit. Thank you.

The scholarship will be able to fund up to a maximum of 30% of the full fee, depending on availability and at the discretion of Vajrayana Institute. It is applicable for shared accommodation only. To apply for a scholarship, please write a letter to office@vajrayana.com.au stating your motivation for financial support. The amount of support will be determined on the basis of each individual circumstance. Please note that sangha are especially encouraged to contact Anne to discuss a discount.

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Peter Canisius House

102 Mona Vale Road


Please note that all Dharma teachings are freely offered. Your contribution helps to pay for the Centre's facilities. All of our courses include 2 free attendance places for anyone struggling financially. Please feel comfortable in emailing us with your request.