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Developing a Focused Mind: FPMT Shine Level 2 with Glen Svensson

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014



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Also, check out Level 1 with Emily Hsu next year on May 22-25, 2015


Retreat Overview

What is it?

This program was developed as a result of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's expressed wish for FPMT students to actualize the Lam-Rim, especially attain shiné (shamatha or calm abiding) and bodhichitta.  This retreat is designed to encourage and support keen meditators within the FPMT to advance in their meditation practice.


Retreat Structure:

During the first five days of this ten day retreat we will become familiar with and practice shiné meditations using the following objects of focus:

1.      breath (full-body, abdomen and nostrils),

2.      mind (settling the mind in its natural state), and

3.      no object (awareness of awareness).

Then to deepen the practice, retreatants will use their own object of choice for the following three days.

Day nine is dedicated to vipashyana practice – contemplating and meditating on emptiness.

And finally this retreat will explore how to integrate our shiné practice into daily life and also how to integrate it with the other practices along the path to enlightenment.

During the entire retreat we will be supporting and balancing our shiné practice with daily practice of bodhicitta based on the four immeasurables of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity.


Recommended reading:

  • 'The Attention Revolution' - B. Alan Wallace
  • 'How to See Yourself as You Really Are' - His Holiness the Dalai Lama 


Retreat Schedule:

Day 1 Introduction
Day 2 Shamatha (breath)
Day 3 Shamatha (breath)
Day 4 Shamatha (mind)
Day 5 Shamatha (awareness)
Day 6 Shamatha (object of own choice)
Day 7 Shamatha (object of own choice)
Day 8 Shamatha (object of own choice)
Day 9 Vipashyana (emptiness)
Day 10 Conclusion (advice)


Teacher Bio


 Glen Svensson (originally from Queensland, Australia) has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institutein Italy in 2004.

Since 2005, with a teaching style emphasizing clarity and simplicity, he has taught extensively at Dharma Centres in Australia, Europe and also India where he frequently leads both introductory and intermediate level courses in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation at Tushita Meditation Centre in the town of McLeod Ganj (Dharamsala), home-in-exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

This will be Glen's first vist to Vajrapani and we are really looking forward to hosting him here.

For more on Glen and to see the many helpful resources he has posted online, go to his webpage at www.glensvensson.org



Dec. 5

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm



5:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Working Meditation Training


6:00 pm – 6:30 pm



7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Vajrapani Orientation Session (In Gompa)


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Introductory Session


Dec. 6–13

6:30 am – 7:15 am

Prostrations to 35 Buddhas + Guru Yoga


7:15 am – 8:00 am

Session 1 (shiné + bodhicitta)


8:00 am – 8:30 am



9:00 am – 10:15 am

Session 2 (shiné)


10:15 am – 10:45 am



10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Session 3 (shiné)


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 4 (bodhicitta)


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm



3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Session 5 (shiné)


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm



5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Session 6 (shiné + Q&A)


6:00 pm – 6:30 pm



7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Session 7 (discussion + shiné)


8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Vajrasattva practice


Dec. 14

6:30 am – 7:15 am

Prostrations to 35 Buddhas + Guru Yoga


7:15 am – 8:00 am

Session 1 (shiné + bodhicitta)


8:00 am – 8:30 am



9:00 am – 10:15 am

Session 2 (shiné)


10:15 am – 10:45 am



10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Final Session  (practice advice)


12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Vajrapani Retreat close


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm



1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Final Clean up


2:00 pm

Retreat Ends



Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.


Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
  Option A Option B
Camping $706.50 $990.00
Main Dormitory $936.00 $1,260.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $1,116.00 $1,440.00
Private Room $1,431.00 $1,755.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $900.00 $1,170.00
Cabin $1,656.00 $1,980.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $945.00 $1,305.00
Level 1: One Student $170.00  
Level 2: Two Students $340.00  
Level 3: Three Students $510.00  


10% Membership Discounts are applicable for Members.

Preview Accommodations

Financial Aid is Available!

See our FAQ for full Registration Policies.


Financial Aid

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

·  For detailed information on setting up a payment plan, please see Financial Aid: Payment Plans

·  To see if you're eligible for a scholarship and how to apply for one, please see Financial Aid: Scholarships

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at office@vajrapani.org