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From Cherry Rattue, Director of Atisha Centre
In April 2012, over a dozen students participated in the extraordinary and beneficial nine-day Lam-rim Retreat led by Thubten Gyatso. Thubten Gyatso traditionally leads an annual retreat at Atisha Centre and details of his next retreat will be posted on the website. Julie Sloan shares this experience from the retreat:
With Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s increased emphasis on retreat and practice, I was so fortunate to participate in the Lam-rim Retreat to work towards meeting Rinpoche’s wishes right here in Bendigo at Atisha Centre, our very own retreat, meditation and education center. Thubten Gyatso’s loving kindness, peerless retreat guidance and stainless teachings on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment had a profound impact on my mind, deepened my understanding of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings and helped clarify life’s direction. To be on retreat with a group of like-minded people, supported by a precious team of staff and volunteers is like finding a treasure of jewels and gold in a field of mud, a rare event indeed. Thank you everyone. May I create vast benefit for all beings by any virtue I have accumulated on this beautiful, precious and glorious retreat.
Retreats like these happen frequently at various FPMT centers around the world. In addition to the retreat schedule available on fpmt.org, contacting your local FPMT center is a great way to see what other courses are available.
Find dozens of articles related to retreats on Mandala’s “Subduing the Mind, Actualizing the Path” Retreat Resource Area.
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