Retreats

What is a retreat?

During a retreat we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.

Below is our upcoming retreats. They vary from half a day to a week long. All our retreats include guided meditation, some teachings and prayers.

Long Life, Wisdom & Merit – Retreat of Buddha Amitayus

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - January 23 @ 5:30 pm

Soothe Your Mind – Half-Day Retreat

January 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How to Beat Anxiety & Depression

How to Beat Anxiety and Depression and Find a Happy Life ~ Gaining mastery over our inner demons using wisdom and compassion

Public Talk (Friday night into) and Weekend Retreat with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab & others. Book together or separately.

Public Talk: Beat Anxiety & Depression ~ with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

Friday Feb. 12: 7.30 – 9.00 pm: Public Talk (and Session 1 of the Weekend Retreat) | 12$ | available live-streamed or in-person (seating limited, please email: registration@meditateintoronto.com if you would like to attend in person.

Many people today feel lost, even broken, with life seeming to have no meaning. Worry, anxiety, despair and depression consume both energy and relationships across the world, everybody is involved. However, the teachings of Buddha offer ancient wisdom and practical compassion which, if actively put into our lives, can utterly transform our world bringing hope, purpose, light and meaning where previously there was only misery and darkness. Tonight’s talk will explain how it is possible for us to transform our mind from its present confused and self-centred state into perfect wisdom and compassion and thereby fulfil our deepest wishes for a happy life. Everybody is welcome!

Weekend Retreat: How to Beat Anxiety and Depression and Find a Happy Life ~ Gaining mastery over our inner demons using wisdom and compassion, with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab & others

Fri. Feb. 12: 7.30 pm – Sun., Feb. 14: 12.30 pm | Entire Weekend: 42$, Only the final session on Sunday morning 11.00 am: 12$ | available live-streamed or in-person (seating limited, please email: registration@meditateintoronto.com if you would like to attend in person.

Schedule

Friday Feb. 12:

7.30 – 9.00 pm: Public Talk (and Session 1 of the Weekend Retreat)

Saturday Feb. 13:

9.30 -10.30 am: Session 2

11.00 am – 12.00 pm: Session 3

2.00 – 3.00 pm: Session 4

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Session 5 with Q & A

5.00 – 6.00 pm Wishfullfilling Jewel prayers with food offerings (live-streamed and in person, please email: epc@meditateintoronto.com if you would like to attend in person).

Sunday Feb. 14 :

9.30 – 10.30 am: Session 6

11.00 am – 12.30 pm: Session 7 with Q & A

In this special retreat, suitable for people new to Buddhism, we re-visit themes previously covered in Sunday morning classes: what causes us to become angry, anxious and depressed; how to overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation and how we can begin to defeat these bad experiences, to banish them from our life, by reclaiming control of our experiences. We will be exploring practical methods to rid our mind of negativities and replace them with peace, positivity and mental freedom giving us a happy and fulfilled life.

In each session there will be 2 guided meditations and an opportunity for questions.

If you would like to attend any session in person, please email registration@meditateintoronto.com with date and time of your preferred in-person session. Seats will be assigned on a first come-first served basis.

Please note: This class is open to anyone who would have booked to attend in person under normal pre-pandemic circumstances.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada and the NKT National Spiritual Director for Canada. A retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU), he has trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty-five years and holds the lineages of his blessings in his heart. He is a very inspiring example of a pure practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism who relies sincerely upon his Spiritual Guide in all his actions.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and English Buddhist monk who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness. He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.