This year, Ven. Tony Beaumont will lead a 10-Day Lam Rim Retreat at De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre.
With 10 days of guided meditation and a day of travel on either side, this retreat will be a unique and powerful opportunity to deepen your practice of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim).
Ven. Tony has many years’ experience studying the Dharma with some of Tibet’s great Buddhist masters. He has completed many retreats and has lived in monasteries in France and Australia, including at Thubten Shedrub Ling, Bendigo, adjacent to the world-renowned Great Stupa. His teachings are filled with warmth and clarity, and this retreat will no doubt be a very inspiring experience.
The Lam Rim teachings present the entire Buddhist path in a sequence, like the rungs of a ladder. These teachings derive from the great 11th-century Indian master Atisha, who systemised the many great Buddhist texts into an easy-to-follow series of practices that lead a practitioner from the beginning stages up to enlightenment. The Lam Rim is therefore famed in Tibet as encompassing the entirety of the Buddha’s teaching.
You must practise in order to achieve enlightenment, and you must know what to practise in order to succeed. Some people, wanting to practise the Dharma, but not knowing how to do so, may go to some lonely places and recite a few mantras, make a few prayers, or even manage to achieve a few of the mental states [leading to mental quiescence], but they will not know how to do anything else. You must study error-free instructions that leave out nothing about the practice of Dharma in order to know these things. And the king of such instructions is the Lam Rim, the stages on the path to enlightenment.
Pabongka Rinpoche, “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”