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Virtual Retreat

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A “Virtual Retreat” is similar to an online course, however, it’s much deeper and focuses on meditation. This time out gives space and energy to evaluate our every day dharma practice.

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All retreats will be led by precious spiritual guide Gen Namgyel-la 

For past virtual retreats recordings 

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Virtual Retreats in 2023

Lamrim

Lam Rim The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment
Virtual Retreat 

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Daily Schedule|

25th February Schedule 

Meditation 

AEST (UTC+10): 14:30 - 15:15

Teaching 

AEST (UTC+10): 15:30-17:30 and 19:00-21:00

26th February Schedule 

Discussion Groups 

AEST (UTC+10): 14:30 - 15:15

Teaching 

AEST (UTC+10): 15:30-17:30 and 19:00-21:00

New!

New!

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Recordings are provided after the retreat for all participants, for their personal use only.

Dates | 25th - 26th February 2023 ​​ (Saturday & Sunday) 

Led by Gen Namgyel-la

Teachings on The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment (Tibetan: Lam Rim) which is a major Tibetan Buddhist text presenting all the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha in a sequence that leads us to understanding and realisations of the Buddhist path. 

 

The Lam Rim teachings cover all the main subjects of Buddhist philosophy and explain how anyone can walk the path to happiness and enlightenment through overcoming our negative emotions & wrong perceptions and cultivating positive & altruistic states of mind.  Even for non-Buddhists, there are so many down-to-earth practical tips on how to live a better life.  

 

At VNOS, we recently completed a 2.5-year-long Lam Rim course, which finished in November 2022. The Lam Rim retreat now provides a great opportunity for beginners to learn about Lam Rim and previous students to consolidate their Dharma knowledge. 

Language |English


Special: This retreat’s merits will be multiplied by millions during the powerful days of Losar & Chotrul Duchen (Tibetan New Year) 21st February - 7th March 2023.

PLPD

Peaceful Living Peaceful Dying 
Virtual Retreat 

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Daily Schedule|

To be announced in mid-February 

Recordings are provided after the retreat for all participants, for their personal use only.

Dates* | 20th - 21st May 2023​ (Saturday & Sunday) 

Led by Gen Namgyel-la

Develop a peaceful state of mind to live a meaningful and joyful life. Even in the face of sickness or death, we can remain peaceful. This retreat will cover aspects of how to live a meaningful and peaceful life leading to a peaceful death, offering an array of points of view and ways to make the most of this very precious life. 

As Gen Namgyel-la says: “Living in a right way to die in a right way. To develop good mental habits to control the mind at the time of death…” An explanation of the death process with its eight stages of dissolution will also be given.

*This retreat will be co-organised with the HK Tara group, providing a hybrid retreat option in Hong Kong. Details to be announced soon. 

Language |English, with Cantonese Translation 

Daily Schedule| To be announced in mid-February 

Recordings are provided after the retreat for all participants.

Special: This retreat’s merits will be multiplied by millions during the powerful days of Saka Dawa Month (Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana):  20th May - 18th June 2023.

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22nd July Schedule

Meditation 

AEST (UTC+10): 14:30 - 15:15

Teaching 

AEST (UTC+10): 15:30-17:30 and 19:00-21:00

23rd July Schedule

Discussion Groups 

AEST (UTC+10): 14:30 - 15:15

Teaching 

AEST (UTC+10): 15:30-17:30 and 19:00-21:00

New!

New!

Use the online time converter to check your local times.

Recordings are provided after the retreat for all participants, for their personal use only.

Manjushri Wisdom Meditation
Virtual Retreat 

Dates | 22nd - 23rd July 2023 ​​ (Saturday & Sunday) 

Led by Gen Namgyel-la

Manjushri Virtual Retreat: practice and related teachings. To cut through confusion and gain clarity. 

Manjushri is known as the Bodhisattva of Great Wisdom—whose name means 'noble, gentle one'— who sees into the essence of each phenomenal event. Manjushri is represented as a male Bodhisattva with his right hand wielding a flaming sword: “Vajra Sword of Discriminating Light,” which represents the sharpness of prajna (‘wisdom’) that cuts through ignorance and entanglements of conceptual views. This sword also represents the light of transformation when the sword is in flames. 

 

Join this retreat to help develop your mental clarity. Gen Namgyel-la will give teachings on how to eliminate confusion and uncertainty from our minds—so we can gain control of our minds, tame our minds and attain confidence, leading to becoming a better and happier person and, finally, a guide for others.


Language |English


Special: This retreat follows right after the powerful day of Chokhor Duchen (The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma): 21st July 2023. 

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4th November Schedule

Meditation 

AEST (UTC+10): 14:30 - 15:15

Teaching 

AEST (UTC+10): 15:30-17:30 and 19:00-21:00

5th November Schedule

Discussion Groups 

AEST (UTC+10): 14:30 - 15:15

Teaching 

AEST (UTC+10): 15:30-17:30 and 19:00-21:00

Green Tara - Female Wisdom
Virtual Retreat

Dates |4th - 5th Novermber 2023​​ (Saturday & Sunday)

Led by Gen Namgyel-la

Green Tara Virtual Retreat - practice and related teachings. To feel her wisdom and love. 

Join this retreat in order to help yourself and others, whether your primary aim is to overcome daily life difficulties or to gain enlightenment. Compassion provides the drive to take action to relieve others’ suffering; wisdom is to know how & what & when. This Green Tara deity practice—with the tantric element that is beyond concepts—is powerful in helping us connect to our inner potential. 

Green Tara is a fully enlightened female buddha; Tara is the actuality of compassion and wisdom. Meditating on Green Tara is a very powerful way to identify and open to our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion.  Whether you are a beginner or more advanced practitioner, this retreat will energise you to connect with Tara, helping to remove obstacles to developing compassion and wisdom, leading ultimately to enlightenment.


Language |English


Special: This retreat’s merits will be multiplied by millions on the powerful day of Lhabab Duchen (Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from the Heaven of Thirty-Three): 4th November 2023

Use the online time converter to check your local times.

Recordings are provided after the retreat for all participants, for their personal use only.

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Developing Love and Compassion: Chenresig 
Virtual Retreat

Compassion
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Daily Schedule|

To be announced in mid-July

Recordings are provided after the retreat for all participants, for their personal use only.

Dates|6th - 8th January 2023​ (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)  

Led by Gen Namgyel-la

Chenresig practice and related teachings to develop love and compassion.

Generating love and compassion is to have the open heart for every living being, producing a sense of loving connection. It is not just a slogan or vague idea. In Dharma there are teachings that provide actual steps for contemplation, using reasoning to approach profound wisdom. 

With Gen Namgyel-la's clear and expert guidance, we can develop our ability to generate a compassionate love for others, both close and distant. The most invaluable thing about teachings on compassion is that during the process we experience real joy and happiness, helping to heal oneself and extend that out to others.

 

In this retreat we will also touch on the practice of Chenresig. Chenresig is said to be the embodiment of compassion. Chenresig will help you develop great love—wishing all beings to have true happiness—and great compassion— wishing all beings to be free of suffering. Connecting to Chenresig can help us develop our bodhicitta, which brings true happiness to oneself and others.

*This retreat will be co-organised with the HK Tara group, providing a hybrid retreat option in Hong Kong. Details to be announced soon. 

Language |English, with Cantonese Translation 

Registration - Offering (Dana*):

Suggested Dana*: 

 

(Depends on your country and financial capability.) We would greatly appreciate if you are inspired to offer more; this would allow us to provide the retreats at low cost. 

 

  • 1-day virtual retreat: USD 35-80

  • 2-day virtual retreat: USD 70-160

  • 3-day virtual retreat: USD 105-240

 

or any approximate amount in your currency.

Scholarship: Financial conditions should never be an obstacle to studying the Dharma. In order to support monks, nuns and laypeople who have the passion to learn Buddhism but have difficulties to donate, our scholarship program provides help. You are welcome to write to us and apply for a scholarship: https://www.venerable-namgyel-online-sangha.com/question 

 

*Dana is a Sanskrit and Pali word that means "generosity" in the sense of providing benefit to others and also cultivating a generous attitude oneself. Thank you for your kind offerings to Gen Namgyel-la and VNOS so that we can continue our work to benefit others in so many ways.

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Registration: 

Registration must be done at least 2 days before the retreat starts. This is to provide time for the volunteers to process the registration. This also benefits the student, by clearly setting an intention to attend the retreat.

 

Please complete and submit the form below to register. If you cannot view the form, please access directly from this link:

The payment procedures will be provided after your application is approved. Once we receive your donation, you will receive a confirmation within 1 day. Please kindly be patient. 

 

You will need the same email address to sign into Zoom for attending the retreat. 

Any questions, click here. 

Notice: 

If you must register within 2 days before the first retreat session starts, you will have to email us (at: venerableonlinesangha@gmail.com) or contact us through our Facebook inbox for fast registration. 

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