Meditation Retreat

How to Create Pure Peace – retreat in Malaga, Spain

Kadampa Temple Malaga Spain

Weekend Meditation Retreat with Buddhist Nuns Gen Kelsang Varahi & Gen Kelsang Chitta and with Buddhist Meditation Teacher Ian McGlade

All Inclusive Accommodation Prices:

  • Single room £440
  • Double room £400 each
  • Shared room £400
  • Dorm room £300
  • No accommodation £200

** BOOKING OPENS 10th SEPTEMBER 2024 **

We will be taking deposits from 1st September.

Retreat Schedule

Schedule for the silence periods, meditations and meals.

Wed 19 March
7.30pm – 9pm Introductory Talk and Meditation

Thu 20 – Sat 22 March
9am – 10.30am Session 1
11.30am-1pm Session 2
4.15pm-5.45pm Session 3
7.15pm-8.45pm Session 4

Sun 23 March
9am – 10.30am Session 1
11.30am – 1pm Session 2

We will observe silence in the mornings until lunchtime

When we cannot see clearly what is going on in our mind it will just run along automatic unconscious programmes, which easily become negative and create suffering for ourselves and others. But if we understand how our mind works we can bring our mind under control and create the peace and happiness we want.

Often we feel stuck in painful habits of thought, and our mind seems to us to be fixed and hard to change. But Buddha’s teachings reveal that the inflexible, limited mind we normally relate to doesn’t really exist – and our mind is boundless. This is wonderful news! By meditating on our mind’s conventional nature, clarity, we can free ourself from painful emotions and negative thought patterns. We will come to experience deeper and deeper levels of peace and joy from within. Then by meditating on our mind’s ultimate nature, its emptiness of existing in a fixed, inherent way, we can quickly break free — uncovering our limitless potential for joyful transformation.
Buddha said “If you realise your own mind, you will become a Buddha; you should not seek Buddhahood elsewhere”

This retreat is suitable for everyone from beginners to those with some experience of Buddhist meditation.

On this 5 day retreat we will be guided on our own journey of exploration and discovery of our own mind and it’s emptiness under the skilful guidance and profound yet practical wisdom of senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism. Gen Kelsang Chitta is the Resident Teacher of Northern Ireland, Gen Kelsang Varahi is the Resident teacher of Vajrapani Centre in Huddersfield and Ian McGlade is the Resident teacher at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Derry Londonderry.

We will observe silence in the mornings until lunchtime

The Location
Nestled in the serene landscapes of Málaga, Kadampa Temple offers a unique retreat for meditation and spiritual growth. The temple, surrounded by lush gardens and tranquil scenery, provides an ideal setting for inner peace and reflection. The picturesque Andalusian countryside, with its mild February climate and stunning views, enhances the meditative experience.

Visitors will find the blend of natural beauty and spiritual ambiance at Kadampa Temple Málaga a perfect escape from daily life, making it an exceptional place to rejuvenate the mind. This sacred location is not just a meditation course; it’s a transformative journey in a peaceful sanctuary.

Teachers

The teachings and guided meditations on this retreat will be shared by Gen Varahi of Vajrapani Centre, Gen Chitta – resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Belfast and Ian McGlade – resident teacher at Lamrim Centre, Derry/Londonderry.

Meditation teacher Ian Mcglade    Meditation Teacher Gen Kelsang Chitta

Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi

 

Venue:
Kadampa Temple KMC Spain
Malaga
SPAIN

Memberships
If you attend classes and courses on a regular basis, our Memberships are a convenient way of covering the cost and a great way to support the Centre.

About our classes

  • Our classes consist of guided meditations and a talk covering a different aspect of meditation & positive thinking, offering practical advice from the Buddha’s teachings for a happy and meaningful life. 
  • You’re welcome to drop-in to weekly classes or pre-book for a whole series.
  • You can join the weekly classes at any time, you don’t have to wait for the start of a series. 
  • Please book in advance for Weekend Courses & other events online or by phone.
  • Classes are suitable for everyone.

Benefits of Meditation

  • Even a simple breathing meditation practise can bring many benefits
  • When our mind is calmed by focusing on the breath we will feel refreshed and experience some mental peace and calm.
  • Through this practise we can develop an inner happiness and contentment.
  • This inner peace can reduce the stress and tension that we normally experience in our life.
  • We will find difficult situations easier to deal with and we can even improve our relationships with friends and family.
  • You don’t have to be a Buddhist to practise and benefit from meditation. Everybody is welcome to join a class at any time.

FAQ's

Why is there a charge for the classes?

We are a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, and not for profit. The funds we receive are used to pay for our venues, operating expenses and maintenance of the centre building. Although there is a charge for the classes we want to make them accessible to all, so If you are struggling with the cost of classes or courses, please speak to us about that, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

Do I have to book online?

Please try to book online for weekend courses and other events. For weekly classes booking online is useful, but you can just turn up and pay on the door. You can also get a discount on all our weekly meditation classes by buying a Series Ticket online.

Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Will I have to sit on the floor?

Although some classes do have the option to sit on the floor, there are always chairs available. However, If there is a special reason why you need to sit on the floor please let us know and we can reserve a mat for you.

What should I wear?

There are no dress requirements, please wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
We do ask that you remove your shoes when entering the meditation room.

What if I am not religious or practice a religion other than Buddhism?

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith or to none. We make Buddhas teachings available to everyone with the belief that they are practical methods to solve daily problems.

I have never meditated before, are these classes suitable for me?

Yes, classes are open to everyone regardless of experience. Instructions on how to do the meditations are provided by the teacher who will also guide you through the meditation. If you do struggle with the meditation you can always just sit there and relax for a while!

We should ask ourself what we consider to be most important – what do we wish for, strive for or daydream about?

- Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Buddhist master Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso teaching dharma at a Kadamap Festival