Amoghavira

Amoghavira first encountered Buddhism in 1979 while struggling through a mathematics degree at Glasgow University. Ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1982 he then started working at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. 

He worked for 2 years at the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia from 1988, and on his way back to Britain in 1990, spent 3 months in Kathmandu helping run meditation and Buddhism course there. Falling in love with Nepal, he’s been a regular visitor there ever since.

In 1996, he moved to Dhanakosa to help with retreat leading here, which he’s been doing ever since. He loves being in the mountains and this has led to a passion for landscape photography and he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.

Introductory weekend

Friday, 29 November 2024 to Sunday, 1 December 2024 2024

These retreats are an excellent short introduction to Buddhism and Meditation. We will cover an introduction to two traditional Buddhist meditations: the mindfulness of breathing and the development of loving kindness (Metta Bhavana). We will also introduce some key elements of the Buddhist tradition. As well as giving a grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism and meditation, these retreats are an ideal reflective situation in which to take a fresh look at ourselves.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

padmasambhava and the vajra of awakening

Friday, 22 November 2024 to Friday, 29 November 2024 2024

The retreat will draw on the inspiration of Padmasambhava, Tantric Guru, who was invited to Tibet to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of the mind. Padmasambhava is seen to be both a historical and mythic figure within Buddhism. He was a renowned Yogi, Dharma Teacher, Shaman, and Healer.

We will bring Padmasambhava to life through talks and Buddhist devotional practice through meditation, silence, and ritual we will explore both the energetic and receptive elements of his teaching.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

walking and nature awareness

Friday, 26 July 2024 to Friday, 2 August 2024 2024

On this retreat we will explore how our connection with nature, landscape, and the elements can support a deepening of awareness and a more embodied and harmonious approach to life. We will weave together Buddhist teachings, meditation practice, and an appreciative and playful investigation of the natural world around us to create an experience of depth and connection.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

qi gong and meditation

Friday, 17 May 2024 to Friday, 24 May 2024 2024

Qi Gong is rapidly growing in popularity as a practice which helps to generate more energy and vitality; promotes self-healing and inner harmony; and can improve levels of health considerably. Many people benefit from having a movement practice to accompany and support their sitting meditation practice. Meditation is an integral component of Qi Gong, and they complement each other beautifully.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

the beautiful mind

Friday, 19 April 2024 to Friday, 26 April 2024 2024

Awareness and Wisdom are both qualities of the mind that is beautiful, clear seeing and free. These and other qualities of the 'kalyana', or 'ethically lovely' mind will be explored on this meditation retreat through the lens of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's teaching on Mindfulness, and the five Spiritual Faculties.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Introductory weekend

Friday, 12 April 2024 to Sunday, 14 April 2024 2024

These retreats are an excellent short introduction to Buddhism and Meditation. We will cover an introduction to two traditional Buddhist meditations: the mindfulness of breathing and the development of loving kindness (Metta Bhavana). We will also introduce some key elements of the Buddhist tradition. As well as giving a grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism and meditation, these retreats are an ideal reflective situation in which to take a fresh look at ourselves.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Turning the heart towards freedom

Friday, 23 February 2024 to Friday, 1 March 2024 2024

Where do we turn when we come up against difficulties in life?

In the space of this retreat, we will be learning about the preliminary practices of reflection on what are called the 4 mind turning verses. The subjects of these four reflections can bring us into a direct relationship with: the deeply precious opportunity afforded by our human life; the truth of death and impermanence; karma, or the fact that our actions have consequences for ourselves and others; and the many disadvantages of this conditioned, dissatisfactory worldly existence.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Padmasambhava and the Vajra of Awakening

Friday, 1 December 2023 to Friday, 8 December 2023 2023

The retreat will draw on the inspiration of Padmasambhava, Tantric Guru, who was invited to Tibet to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of the mind. Padmasambhava is seen to be both a historical and mythic figure within Buddhism. He was a renowned Yogi, Dharma Teacher, Shaman, and Healer.

We will bring Padmasambhava to life through talks and Buddhist devotional practice through meditation, silence, and ritual we will explore both the energetic and receptive elements of his teaching.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Dhyana & emptiness

Tuesday, 3 October 2023 to Friday, 13 October 2023 2023

From the earliest days, the main meditative approach to awakening in Buddhism has combined the cultivation of calmness of mind (shamatha) and mental absorption (dhyana) with the cultivation of liberating insight (vipashyana).

Booking Fee: 
£100.00