HOW TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL?
ATISHA'S SEVEN POINT MIND TRAINING
If left to their own devises our minds can take us into challenging and unwanted places. They are like a monkey swinging from tree to tree. They never settle and are never satisfied. In this retreat, we will look at how the mind works and ways to bring it back under our control. The retreat is secular and pragmatic.
The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes. The 59 slogans that form the root text of the mind training practice are designed as a set of antidotes to undesired mental habits that cause suffering. Lojong transforms our mind by turning away from self-centeredness and cultivating instead the mental habits that generate the awakened mind that puts the benefit of others above all else.
The retreat is set in a beautiful apple orchard farm stay in Himachal Pradesh, India, with its own secluded meditation hall in the forest. The retreat is open to beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. There will be some walking involved, so mild fitness is required.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to study Atisha’s Mind Training in such wonderful surroundings. There are limited places, so please book early, as it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Food on the retreat will be home-made, vegetarian, and mostly homegrown. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when booking.
Week One: Thoughts – You Can’t Believe Them
- What are thoughts and where do they come from?
- Your subconscious brain (negativity and availability biases) and Fact or Opinion worksheet
- How to work with thoughts (worksheets)
- Four questions and a turnaround
- 4R’s of thought reframing
- ABCD Journaling
Week Two: Emotions – Our Storytellers
- What are emotions?
- What triggers you?
- Helpful or Harmful – ways to deal with emotions
- How to work with emotions (worksheets)
- Getting to know our triggers
- What Could Happen vs What Will Happen
- Emotion exploration scale
- Emotional regulation
Week Three: Acceptance – It Is What It Is
- What is acceptance and why should we do it?
- How to be accepting?
- What things should we not accept?
- How to work with acceptance (worksheets)
- Accepting a Distressing Situation
- Catastrophic Thinking
- Present Moment Acceptance
Week Four: Self-Care – I Am My Own Best-Friend
- What is self-care and why is it important
- Why do we find it so challenging
- How can we care for ourselves better
- How to care for ourselves (worksheets)
- Core Beliefs
- Self-Care Assessment
- Self-Confidence Journal
- Life Story
Week Five: Review – Looking Back to Move Forward
- Thoughts Review
- Emotions Review
- Acceptance Review
- Self-Care Review
ABOUT LAMA YESHE RABGYE
I am a Buddhist Monk from England. I teach Mindfulness, Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and Sound Therapy in many countries around the world. I am a Monk in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. I took my ordination vows from H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche in Sherabling Monastery, Northern India and studied with H.H. Dalai Lama. As of September 2021, my podcasts have been listened to over three million times, blogs have been read over 850,000 times and guided meditations have been practiced over one million times. I have also travelled extensively across Canada, India, Bhutan, Nepal and UK teaching Meditation, Buddhist Philosophy, and mindfulness in schools to administrators, teachers, students and parents. I wish to sincerely help as many people as possible through my teachings, meditation, mindfulness, and emotional counselling sessions.
ABOUT THE APPLE ORCHARD FARM STAY
The farm is in a small village called Rukhla (2100m) in eastern Himachal Pradesh (HP) in the Indian Himalayas.
Our bit of HP in the east, heading up towards Kinnaur and the Tibetan border, remains fairly untouched – at least by tourists. It is mountainous terrain – some of the highest in the world, up to 6,815 metres – and the lower slopes, such as our farm at around 2100 metres, are steeply terraced for agriculture, with wooded peaks at the top of the valley, and fast-flowing mountain streams at the bottom. Due to the steep slopes and the general lack of modern infrastructure and development, plus the fact that most farms are relatively small, there is very little mechanisation – almost all the work is done by hand, using simple tools. Only quite recently, in the 1970s, was a motorable road built up to Rukhla – before that, everything was carried up and down to the main road below – an all-day round trip. There are many farms and villages further up which still do not have road access. Surprisingly though, given the width, gradient and state of the road, there is a daily bus service to the farm from Shimla.
The farm borders protected forest, which grows up to the nearest peak above Reoghati, a three-hour hike up, from where you have 360 degree views, including the Great Himalayas stretching into Tibet. After Reoghati, the forested peaks stretch away through wild, uninhabited country, as far as the glaciers in the far distance. On clear days you can see numerous peaks of around 6,500 metres / 21,000 feet.
Farm video - https://youtu.be/3BF4Ib8WYIU
Meditation Hall video – https://youtu.be/egTTv_i-8DY
TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS COURSES OFFERED BY LAMA YESHE RABGYE
Excellent practice-based course which teaches to integrate body and mind, to better cope with emotions, learn to forgive and be compassionate even towards yourself. Lama Yeshe and Kamal are great teachers.
The A.W.A.R.E course is a truly fantastic course and presented excellently. It’s a course that I would highly recommend to others and have spoken about it to others already. I personally think it should be presented as part of the secondary level education program here in Ireland.
Life seems to be so simple and clear after doing this course. We come across so many difficulties every day and get entangled with them unnecessarily. We have the power to deal with them in a better way, that I have learnt after attending enriched sessions with Lama sir and Kamal mam. Being present is a bliss to be aware of. The facilitators of this course are so humble and knowledgeable who allowed others to learn from each other as well.
I am extremely grateful for getting the opportunity to take this course and work on myself by learning many new techniques and theories. Thank you for taking your time to include everyone and for sharing so much of your knowledge with me/us.
Journey to evolve and understand the phenomena of life, and to be a better and a happier person. These courses help to get back and practice in daily life.
Learning to build up my emotional awareness is like going to the gym to build up my muscles, it’s not done in one visit! Be gentle with myself, forgive myself first. With the breathing exercises I am better with letting go of my anxiety and sleep better. This course was excellent in the content and zoom teaching, very grateful for having being part of it. Namaste to Kamal and Lama Yeshe Rabgye.
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This course is five weeks long and every week there will be 2-hour live master class sessions with Yeshe Rabgye. You will have a worksheets to fill out during the week. You will be offered full support via Zoom, email and WhatsApp.
The cost of the course is INR 6000 inside India or $90 USD outside India.
Date: 29th October 2022 to 26th November 2022
Time: 7.30 P.M IST (click here to find your local time)
Practice sessions are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30 p.m. IST
Each practice session will be 30 minutes.
All sessions will be recorded and sent to you.
At the end of the course, all participants will be awarded a certificate of participation.
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