Meditation Retreats

Retreats are a way of stepping away from our busy, daily life and reducing our distractions so that we can focus on our meditations. This can just be for half a day, one day, a weekend, or longer if you have the time.

On meditation retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice.

We will be offering the following meditation retreats, with the level of meditation experience indicated in the retreat details.

Attend these retreats in person or live streamed via Zoom.


Refuge Retreat

Sunday 29th May

Session times: 10:00-11:15am, 11:45am-1:00pm, 4:30-5:45pm, 7:00-8:15pm

Refuge Retreat is the first of the four great preliminary guides that we need to practice if we want to enter into Buddhism and make progress on our spiritual path to enlightenment. Through training in sincerely going for refuge we enter the gateway to Buddhism; and training in the compassionate mind of bodhichitta we enter the gateway to the Mahayana – the main path to the state of enlightenment.

If we do not have a practice of refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – we will not enter Buddhism and this means we have no opportunity to attain permanent liberation from suffering or the supreme happiness of Enlightenment. Then we will have lost the meaning of human life.

There will be four guided sessions and the practice is accomplished within the sadhana Essence of Good Fortune.

Level: Intermediate - some experience of Kadampa Buddhism is recommended before attending this retreat.

Please email epc@meditationindarlington.org for more details or to book a place


Offering our Faith - Celebration of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Saturday 4th June

Session times: 9:00-10:30am, 11:30-1:00pm, 4:30-6:00pm

Every day we remember the extraordinary kindness of Venerable Geshe-la, our Root Guru and Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.
However, on the auspicious day June 4, on Venerable Geshe-la’s birthday, at Kadampa centres around the world, with minds of rejoicing and gratitude, we offer him our faith through using the special prayer Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from his Faithful Disciples and collecting our Guru’s name mantra in a one-day retreat.

On June 3rd in the evening 7:30-8:30pm, there will be an introduction to the retreat with Gen Kelsang Chogma.

Level: Everyone is welcome to take part.

Booking coming soon


Post Spring Festival Retreat

Sunday 26th June

details and booking to follow