All conflict starts in the mind. If we do not invest time or energy into something, we will not gain a result. This is the same with the mind.
Most of us live in an illusion that we will be happy when things will be as we think they should be. We have many attachments – to physical pleasures, to people, to material, to money – but our biggest attachment is the reality as we think it should be. ‘When my health is perfect, when my kids do everything I say, when my wife or husband is like this and my company goes like this, I will be happy.’ But, we forget that we are the main character of our movies. If we do not have inner peace, conflict will come up in everything else.
Pain is nothing more, nothing less than an alarm ringing that something is wrong. The problem is not conflict, the problem is what is generating the conflict. The problem is not violence, the problem is what is generating the violence. Join us to change the paradigm.
“Doing retreat means you’re making war with your inner enemy – delusions.”
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre
Address: Via Campo dell’Eva, 1, 28813 Albagnano di Bée (VB) Italia
Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre is located near Bée in the province of Verbania on Lake Maggiore. Overlooking the suggestive panorama of the lake, Albagnano is immersed in pine and chestnut woods at an altitude of 600 metres on the edge of the Val Grande national park.
Tibetan Master and Healer T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche inaugurated the Healing and Meditation Centre in 1999. He has been living in Albagnano since then, bringing together a community of people who share an interest in spirituality and wish to live in harmony with nature, carrying out numerous projects that contribute to revitalising the village and rural culture.
The Centre, of Tibetan Buddhist Mahayana Vajrayana tradition, welcomes everyone who is interested in regenerating and healing the energies of body and mind, and developing their human potential through ancient spiritual and healing methods. Courses are held on Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation, and the meditative techniques of NgalSo Tantric Self Healing.
The Centre welcomes people who wish to undertake spiritual retreats in a pure environment. We offer individual consultations, ancient Himalayan medical traditions, therapies for physical and mental wellbeing, Reiki, Yoga, Indian and Tibetan astrology, art therapy and other activities to develop personal qualities, increase happiness and inner peace. The Centre also organizes humanitarian aid for Himalayan countries, pilgrimages to the sacred places of Buddhism and inter-religious meetings for world peace.
It is no surprise that pilgrims are drawn here from all over the world. The awe-inspiring beauty of the ashram, the clear flowing Ganga, the majestic mountains, and the lush green forests will embrace and rejuvenate your entire being. Parmarth Niketan offers comfort, inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine. As you stay in the ashram, you will feel your soul bathing in the peace of sacred energies, including those that emanate from nature and those that linger from the timeless healing powers of saints, sages and holy ones. Parmarth Niketan contains within it the voice and the spirit of divine communion.
The daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation classes, daily satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, the world-renowned Ganga Aarti at sunset, as well as Nature Cure and Ayurvedic treatment.
There are frequently special cultural and spiritual programs given by visiting revered saints, acclaimed musicians, spiritual and social leaders and others.
Additionally, there are frequent camps in which pilgrims come from across the world to partake in intensive courses on yoga, meditation, pranayama, stress management, acupressure, Reiki and other ancient Indian sciences.
Contemplative centres through history have always served as places of peace and reconciliation. A thousand years ago a Benedictine monastery was built in Bonnevaux, near Poitiers in France. On these ancient foundations we are going to develop a contemplative centre for the 21st century.
Bonnevaux will contribute to the peace-building and mutual understanding so much needed in our world now. As a meditation centre with its roots deep in the Christian tradition and yet open to all in an inclusive spirit, it will show the potential of meditation for people of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds to unify minds and heal divided hearts. With its focus on a simple and universal teaching Bonnevaux will deepen the contemplative dimension of Christian life and also bring the fruits of meditation to people of other religious or secular beliefs. A wide range of retreats and events will be shaped to address the needs of participants from diverse cultures.
Bonnevaux is a beautiful site which still retains parts of the original monastery built there in 1119. It is an ideal space, with a spirit of deep peace and beauty, for a contemplative retreat centre attuned to the needs of our time.
Gaia House is a silent meditation retreat centre, a sanctuary of contemplative calm set amongst the gentle hills and quiet woodlands of South Devon.
Founded in 1983, we are a registered charity committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual health through meditation.
Through our year-round programme of weekend and week-long group retreats we offer meditation instruction and teachings drawn from a wide variety of Buddhist traditions. Additionally, we cater for long-term solitary meditators and work retreatants.
We warmly welcome all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity. To benefit from meditation, all that is needed is an interest in inner exploration and development.
What is the purpose of coming on meditation retreat?
Buddhist meditation retreats are an opportunity to explore and develop serenity, wisdom and compassion through meditation and mindfulness practice in a supportive environment.
All retreats at Gaia House share the common aim of Buddhist contemplative traditions: to free the mind and heart from confusion, self-centredness and anguish. This opportunity allows us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness that nurtures inner stillness and peace, insight into the nature of our experience and the fostering of emotional resources with which to respond more fully to suffering.
What sort of meditation is taught at Gaia House?
Our retreats are predominantly based in the Buddhist practices of Insight (Vipassana), Loving-kindness (Metta) and Zen meditation. Despite the varieties of meditation practice, all of our Dharma teachers share an aspiration to encourage a continuity of self-awareness and experiential learning.
The teachings and practices offered at Gaia House are founded in the spiritual teachings of the Buddha, who lived 2,500 years ago. Through his own deep interest in life and commitment to discovering freedom he came to a profound realisation of the understanding and practices that ennoble and liberate a human being. What is offered during retreats is the opportunity to experience this ennobling wisdom for ourselves.
“What you seek is seeking you.”