Men’s National Order Gathering
Friday 1 October – Sunday 3 October
The National Order Gathering for Dharmacāris from around Australia.
Monday 1 November – Thursday 11 November at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights
In this retreat we will practice and explore visualisation and the sādhanā form to enter into the world of sādhanā and accomplishment.
There’s lots of inspiration and imagination in the open-ended world of sādhanā: colour, beauty and love, but to meet the heart of the Yiddam we may have a little work to do. The kleśas may be keeping us from the mutual delight of meeting the heart of our Yiddam. We will engage with vipaśyanā practices to help us to see beyond the kleśas of distraction, hostility, greed, ignorance and pride and come to appreciate how the elements that make up sādhanā are already directly working to transform them.
Dharmānanda and Sudaya will lead the retreat and warmly invite you to a meeting with the heart of the Yiddam.
This retreat is open only to Order members.
All food will be vegan. If you have any allergies that aren't listed on the booking form, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.
Vijayaloka has two single rooms that can be allocated to people with special requirements. If you require a single room to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to ensure availability.
Unless you are coming a long distance we ask that you bring your own sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag (we have plenty of pillows).
It can be surprisingly cold in the early mornings and evenings, and quite hot in the middle of the day, so bring clothes suitable for all weather: we suggest you bring layers as well as a warm jumper or jacket. You'll also need a good sun hat and suitable shoes, especially if you want to bushwalk. There is a river that you can swim in, so you may also want to bring swimwear.
In addition you'll need to bring any toiletries you need including a towel, insect repellent, and sun block. It is also a good idea to bring a torch if you have one and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.
The retreat will begin with dinner on the Monday evening at 6:30pm. You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm. It is normally not advisable to plan to arrive later than this. If you think you might need to, please contact us before booking.
We will finish on the Thursday afternoon, around 3pm.
The retreat is at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights.
Vijayaloka's address for use in sat-navs is 36 Howard Road, Minto Heights NSW 2566. Travel time from central Sydney is about one hour.
There is a blue sign at Vijayaloka's entrance. Enter there and then park the car park immediately on your right.
If you are able to offer a lift to others travelling from Sydney, please let us know.
Vijayaloka is very easy to access by train. The closest train station is Minto which is on the T8 Airport Line towards MacArthur and Campbelltown. Travel time is about 50 minutes from Central.
We can normally arrange for those travelling by train to be picked up from the train station. Please indicate when booking if you need to be picked up and aim to be at Minto around 5:30-6pm. We will contact you shortly before the start of the retreat to confirm. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the bottle shop across the road from the station, or an Uber.
If you are travelling from outside Sydney and don't have an Opal card, you can use any contactless credit/debit card to travel on Sydney Trains.