About the Retreat
Arya Tara, the embodiment of awakened activity of the Buddha’s enlightened mind – compassion, wisdom, and love – in a female form, who acts swiftly to answer our requests both spiritual and worldly. Protector and Liberator, Arya Tara frees beings from fear, saves them from dangerous situations, and removes obstacles.
This is a non-residential retreat available to attend in-person or online via Zoom stream. In-person places are limited so please register below
Please BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon tea provided
*Please note that you should avoid ‘black foods’ (meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic and radishes)
Rules of Discipline
Since Vajrayana is a semi-monastic meditation centre and not a guesthouse, we ask all of our retreatants and visitors to observe the following rules of discipline in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to inner reflection and meditation:
- Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.
- Respect others’ property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.
- Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others. This is easy when observing silence!
- Be celibate: no sexual activity. This also includes no holding hands, hugging, massages, and other physical displays of affection.
- Be alert and mindful: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes (we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, one can smoke at a designated place outside the centre boundary).
- Be considerate of others’ silence: respect others that choose to keep silent during the retreat, especially in the Gompa. No singing or playing music and in general, maintain a quiet demeanor while on the property.
- Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully (please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts or tight and revealing clothing).
Basic Retreat Discipline
In order to keep the atmosphere conducive to inner reflection and spiritual pursuit and to minimise distractions during the course, students on our residential courses and retreats are asked to abide by our basic code of discipline listed below.
- Please settle all outside communication before the course begins. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration of the course and sticking by that decision significantly reduces distraction from the investigation into the workings of your own mind!
- Participants should attend all sessions of the course and come to sessions on time.
- Please leave all communication/entertainment devices (laptop / mobile phones /cameras / MP3/CD players) etc at home or switch off and leave in your bag.
- Please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to fellow group members.
Can’t make it yet would like to generate merit by supporting the retreatants?
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that sponsoring retreats generates the same merit as if you had done the retreat yourself.
- If you would like to sponsor the cost of the retreat, please make a donation using the donation box below
- Sponsor one retreatant ($175 or whatever you can contribute)
- Sponsor food (any amount is appreciated)
Live Stream the Retreat
Join our live stream by selecting an option below. If you wish to make a donation select the donate button. Once you have donated, close the donation window and select ‘Join Class’. If you’ve already made a donation or do not wish to donate at this time, click the Join the Class button below.