About the Retreat
This year-end Retreat will help us spiritually take stock for the year past, settle our minds and realign our goals for the New Year. Designed to help participants make merit even as we make merry during the festive season, the Retreat will be held at Thekchen Choling (Malaysia) which houses the Mandala Palace of the 48 feet-tall Tibetan style statue of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig or Guan Yin. Possibly the largest representation of the Buddha of Compassion in Southeast Asia, devotees can offer prayers before Guan Yin to create the causes to overcome difficulties and fulfil their wishes.
We invite all Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to personally experience the Stop.Breathe.Live. retreat. The Retreat is open to those aged 12 years old and above who have taken refuge or are willing to take refuge in the Triple Gem during the Retreat.
Namdrol Rinpoche will bestow Refuge, Guan Yin Initiation, teachings and prayers (including transmission of the sacred Guan Yin mantras), Manjushri Blessings to students and also conduct the Dorje Khandro Fire Puja. The programme will set us on the Path of Enlightenment and help us cultivate Compassion and Insight.
Sign up now for a life-changing experience and come prepared to receive the nectar of Dharma!
1. What is included included in the fees?
- All Meals
- Fire Puja registration fee included
For the 1st 100 sign-ups only: 只限首100位报名者:
- 3-Nights Dormitory lodging at Thekchen Choling Malaysia, Kota Tinggi
- 2-way Coach Transport from Singapore to Kota Tinggi
2. Is accomodation included in the fees?
Yes. For the first 100 sign-ups only (those who register after will need to get their own transport and accomodation). Stay in dormitory-style accomodation with bunker beds (no blanket provided) and shared common toilet and showers (cold water only). Fan and A/C provided. Men and women will stay in separate areas to the extent possible.
3. Are there requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. Only for those 12 and above, willing to take refuge or who have taken refuge already.
Please get your own visa if needed (for Malaysia) and travel insurance.
Participants are required to be on strict vegetarian diet during the Retreat. Only vegetarian food provided during the event (if you have any restriction or food allergy, please inform the organizer).
Participants are recommended to take the bus provided and not to take their own car. If you need to take your own car, please inform the participants.
All to switch off mobile phone or other electronic devices during the Retreat. Only stay in restricted areas. Follow House Rules.
Avoid bringing valuable items and bulky luggage (due to limited space in the dormitories).
4. Is transport included in the fees? What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Transport is included in the fees for the first 100 sign-ups only (those who register after will need to get their own transport and accomodation).
Transportation by A/C bus from/to Thekchen Choling (Singapore) [address: 2 Beatty Lane, Singapore 209945] to/from Thekchen Choling Malaysia (691 Tai Hong Village Kota Tinggi 81900 Johore Malaysia) provided.
Departure: Registration starts at 7pm at Thekchen Choling (Singapore) on 22 Dec 2016 (Thursday). Please have your dinner before registration.
Return: 25 Dec 2016 (Sun).
5. What can/can't I bring to the event?
All participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts during the Retreat. Bure and Tangju should be worn by those who have taken refuge.
Travel documents: Passport (with relevant visa for entry to Malaysia as needed), travel insurance
Personal health: first aid kit, medicine, insect repellent/bites cream, antibacterial gel/wipes, toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, etc)
Clothing/shoes: white t-shirts, sweater/jacket/cardigan, trouser/shorts, socks (some parts of the building may be cold), comfortable clothing, waterproof shoes (for safety purpose), slippers
Practice (if you have): prayer beads (mala), mani wheel, counter.
Others: toiletries, bath towel, umbrella/poncho, torch, shoe bag (can be plastic bag), sleeping bag/blanket (COMPULSORY as the dormitories are cold at night), your own cuttleries if you want to help protect the environment.
6. Are there additional Information I need to be aware of?
Language: Teachings will be in English (translation in Chinese provided).
Disclaimer: All participants are responsible for their personal items, actions and safety. Thekchen Choling (Singapore) will not be held responsible for any item lost nor any injury and accident during the Retreat. Participant shall indemnify and NOT hold Thekchen Choling (Singapore) against any damage, claim, loss caused to the Meditation Center or other property or third party attributable to his/her own act or omission or by any person related to him/her.
Picture / video: Participant may be taken in picture or video during the Retreat. Your image may be used by Thekchen Choling (Singapore) for marketing activities. If you do not wish your image to be used, you have the option to opt-out by sending us an email to email@example.com with the words “TEACHING RETREAT - NO IMAGE” in the subject line.
Cancellation policy: Cancellation received in writing up to 30 days before the start of the retreat will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. We regret that no refund will be made if the cancellation is received after 30 days unless the place can be filled from the waiting list, whereupon we will refund 50% of the registration fee.
7. Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (65) 6466 3720