University of Wales, College St, Lampeter SA48 7ED
The Seven-Point Mind-Training stems from the teachings of the 11th-century Indian Buddhist scholar and contemplative Atisha and was first written down by the 12th-century Tibetan monk Chekawa. This training summarizes the Bodhisattva way of life by integrating theories and practices for the cultivation of ultimate and relative bodhichitta, or the mind of awakening. Beginning with a careful investigation of the nature of the mind and its relation to nature as a whole, resulting in a realization of emptiness and dependent origination, this training then leads one to the experience of profound compassion and the transformation of all experiences into means of furthering one’s spiritual growth. This training is widely taught in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and provides a practical guide for transformation one’s whole life into spiritual practice. This retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and times for discussion. The retreat will be held in silence.
About Alan Wallace
Alan Wallace is an internationally recognised Buddhist scholar and teacher who has studied and practiced Buddhism for over 45 years. He spent 14 years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama and he has studied with many great teachers from the Geluk, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Theravada schools. Alan is a world-renowned meditation teacher; specialising in śamatha, vipaśyanā and Dzogchen, he teaches with unique passion and heartfelt compassion. He also brings deep insight and extensive knowledge of mindfulness as taught in secular movements and spiritual traditions other than Buddhism.
Apart from his training in Buddhism, Alan has a degree in physics and philosophy of science, and a doctorate in religious studies. Drawing on this multi-faceted background, he brings many years of dedicated and profound practice and the wisdom of authentic experience to the challenge of integrating traditional Buddhist training with the needs of the modern world.
Application is a two stage process
1. Registration and retreat fee – the retreat fee of £250 covers the hire of the hall, costs of setting up, and other expenses. This also includes a fee for the teacher’s time and work. There will still be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to offer Lama Alan dana in gratitude for the teachings.
Please click here to register and pay the retreat fee
There are 3 options:
£565.60 – Twin en-suite room, based on 2 people sharing full board
£353.50 – Single En-Suite room based on 1 person full board
£303 – Single Standard room based on 1 person full board
Camping is not offered this year
Please book your accommodation through the university by clicking here. Lampeter Campus welcomes people to stay additional nights before or after the retreat, book extra nights by clicking here . Accommodation costs include full board with all special dietary options. The rooms are simply furnished, light, airy and pleasant.
CCN offers bursaries to help cover the cost of the retreat. We believe that it is important that no-one is excluded from the retreat because of low income. We offer a full bursary to members of the ordained sangha, and cover the cost of accommodation for ordained sangha members who do not have the means to attend otherwise.
Others on low income may be offered a bursary depending on their circumstances, but will likely have to cover the cost of accommodation themselves.
If you would like to support our vision of making these teaching as accessible as possible, please consider contributing to the bursary fund, details of which are in the registration form.
To inquire about the bursary fund and other queries, please email us at email@example.com