A big thanks to everybody who participated in the SAMSARA day retreat. It was well attended and enjoyable.

Day Retreat

Saturday, 18/11/2017 with Cesare and Dirk - Meditation Intensive


There are many kinds of meditation. All Buddhist meditation can be categorised as Shamatha (which includes Mindfulness meditation), or Vipashyana. Shamatha and Vipashyana are Sanskrit words, and are translated differently in other languages. In English, Shamatha it could be understood as “calming”, or “stabilising”. Vipashyana is translated by the Wikipedia as “seeing deeply”.
We are going to look at and practise both these kinds of meditation. We are going to look at meditations that are designed to improve and transform us (like meditations on compassion), and those that are designed to investigate our mind without seeking to transform anything. Although not practised with the intention of transforming, this last meditation brings about clarity, transformation and insight because of its nature.

Beginners are welcome!

About Bodhicharya London’s Day Retreats

Bodhicharya London is under the guidance of Ringu Tulku. We have been doing stimulating monthly day retreats at the Helios Centre for some time now.

We do a number of meditation sessions interspersed with the discussions and breaks for lunch, tea and biscuits. By the end of the day, we will have done about three hours of meditation in total. Beginners are very welcome.


HELIOS, 116 Judd Street WC1H 9NS, near St. Pancras Station;map


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The suggested voluntary donation is £20 for the day and the venue. If you can’t afford it, you can give a smaller amount (just mention this to the group guide). We have two optional additional collections. One collection is for either Ringu Tulku or the Rigul Trust, and one for the retreat guide.

We usually have lunch nearby for about £6, if you would like to join us.

We are saving money for future projects (for example our visiting teachers), so if you give more, it helps us fund these. You can also become a member, or make an additional donation on the the day or direct to our bank account.

Future Meditation Retreat Days

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