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We all come to meditation with our own background and our own state of mind - at different times this might be emotional, out of balance, seeking clarity or peace, or looking for a deeper sense in life. We all bring our own experiences and capacities. This yoga and meditation retreat is designed to help you understand the meaning of meditation and of yourself.
The monastery, which is your home during the retreat, makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and your stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and modern rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleep, all with attached bathrooms, built in Tibetan style. The beds are comfortable with cozy thick duvets. The rooms each have a wardrobe and bed table to keep your belongings, and a table and chair. The rooms also have water boilers, cups and a back up light in case of load shedding. Most rooms have balconies.
The yoga hall has the view of the main monastery hall and the rooftop is also a great place for morning class with a beautiful view. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive.
There are many meditation traditions that provide us with pathways and tools to still and refine the meditative mind. With the 21 stages of meditation, Yogi Bhajan has provided a practical guide to discover our real self beyond the emotions and commotions of life and to being able to express that true self in an authentic way. Continuous practice takes us further, beyond the dimensions of finite existence, on to a path at the end of which we transcend the boundaries of the limited self, realizing the infinite nature of all, merging into the unlimited self.
This certified Kundalini yoga and meditation retreat is based on the KRI 21 stages of meditation program in Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. These 21 stages provide a unique path to realizing our pure and elevated consciousness, giving us the tools and experience to deepen our meditation practice and come to a profound understanding of our self.
This path, though unique in itself, touches on very common aspects and steps of the spiritual path and can inform and guide students and teachers from all contemplative traditions. It is a systematic approach to self-discovery, realization and self-healing through meditation, which are both accessible to new meditation practitioners looking for guidance on their path and for experienced practitioners looking to go much deeper.
Yogi Bhajan describes this meditative path as a continuous process, in which there are three distinct journeys, which follow on each other, but in a way also take place at the same time. While progressing, the journeys need to be revisited - the experiences deepened and refined.
The first journey, The Crystallized Self deals with the veils and disturbances in the meditative process when searching for our inner self: frustrations, boredom, emotional upsets, and doubt.
Once we become clearer about ourselves and more stable and skillful in the practice, and more intuitive and compassionate, the challenge is to live the practice and express its virtues in actions, speech and thought - the journey of The Expressive Self. Continuing on the path of practice, we reach a point where we step out of our ordinary mind driven by feelings, emotions and attachments, and start the journey towards The Transcendent Self, into a higher consciousness, resting in deep stillness, and merging with the infinite pulse.
Tonie Nooyens is a highly experienced practitioner in different traditions of meditation, meditational yoga and healing. He is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and one of the lead trainers on the KRI Asia Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program. He travels widely, facilitating teacher training and teaching workshops and retreats throughout Asia, including Cambodia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping, where we immerse for the training is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
You will be served with full board delicious vegetarian meals during the retreat.