Pay Urgent Attention to Impermanence

Pay Urgent Attention to Impermanence

Friday 16 October – Sunday 18 October at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights

A weekend retreat for young people (aged 18-35) themed around the advice Padmasambhava (the 8th-century Buddhist master) gave: "Pay urgent attention to impermanence, then strongly turn your mind towards going for refuge."

An excellent opportunity for to spend a weekend going deeper into our practice with each other in supportive conditions, away from the distraction of everyday life. There will be meditation and discussion, as well as plenty of time to relax and explore the beautiful bush setting at Vijayaloka.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Book Now: $200 / $145

We want everyone to have the opportunity to come on retreat. If you cannot afford the cost even with concessions, we may be able to help. Please contact us to discuss.

Typical Programme

Time Activity
Friday
7pm Dinner
8pm Welcome and dedication activity
Saturday
7am Meditation
9am Breakfast
10:30am Talk & Discussion
1pm Lunch
4pm Meditation
6pm Dinner
8pm Pūjā
Sunday
7am Meditation
9am Breakfast
10:30am Talk & Discussion
1pm Lunch
1:30pm Clear up
2:30pm Closing activity & Depart
More questions? Get in touch

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a Buddhist or have any meditation experience?

No, the retreat is suitable for those who are new to meditation and experienced practitioners.

What does the cost include?

The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.

When does the retreat start and end?

The retreat will begin with dinner on the Friday 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 Sunday afternoon, around 3pm.

What will the accommodation be like?

Vijayaloka provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally.

Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.

Can I have a single room?

In order to allow us to accommodate as many people as want to come, we are not normally able to provide single rooms. If you have a very special circumstance which requires a single room for you to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to discuss.

What will the food be like?

Many Buddhists practice veganism as an expression of non-violence. As such, 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.

What do I need to bring?

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 walk in the bush. There is a river you can swim in so you may also want to 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 Team

Aryadharma
Aryadharma
Dhammakumāra
Dhammakumāra
Priyada
Priyada

About Vijayaloka

Our retreats are held at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre which provides simple shared accommodation for approximately 40 people in a beautiful bush setting on the George's River.

Where to Find Us

The retreat is at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights.

Driving

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.

Train

Vijayaloka is very each 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.