Vajrapani Institute of Wisdom Culture
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Mindfulness, Selflessness and Compassion Retreat

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Event Description



June 22 – 30, 2019


All Levels

Silence Level

Full silence

This 9-day retreat will focus on three core elements of practice – shamatha, vipashyana & compassion.  Please see below if you wish to attend part of the retreat.

During the first half of the retreat, we will focus primarily on the shamatha practice, the practice of cultivating mindfulness to develop a calm, clear & focused mind. This will be first introduced through the practice of mindfulness of breathing (rhythm, abdomen & nostrils). Then moving onto observing the mind, resting in awareness, stillness in motion & finally open awareness.

During the second half of the retreat, we will focus primarily on the vipashyana practice, the practice of applying mindfulness to gain insights into ourselves & our world of experience. We will first focus on the insight into impermanence. Then moving onto selflessness, emptiness & finally the nature of mind.

Throughout the entire retreat, both the mindfulness & selflessness (ie. shamatha & vipashyana) practices will be supplemented with compassion practice. Initially this will be introduced through the cultivation of the four immeasurables of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy & equanimity. Then moving onto exchanging self with others & finally the tong-len practice.

The retreat will be run in silence from the first evening until breakfast on the last morning. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in these practices.

Attending part of the retreat

Glen encourages everyone to come for the entire 9-day retreat for maximum benefit.  However, we recognize that this may not be feasible for some.  Therefore, you have three options of attending the retreat: 1) attending the entire nine days, 2) attending the first half (Jun 22-26), or 3) attending the second half (June 26-30).

If you wish to attend only one half of the retreat, please contact our Front Office to register.  If you’re coming for the entire retreat, please click on the Register Now button.  You will find our contact information at the bottom of this page.

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Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.

  • 22 June 2019 to 30 June 2019

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Teacher Bio

Glen Svensson with prayer wheel

Glen Svensson

Originally from Australia, Glen attained a BSc in IT at the University of Queensland. After four years working in Brisbane, he spent the next eight years working and traveling around the world. Having ‘bumped’ into Buddhism during his travels ("I read a book about Buddhism and it seemed so logical and many things resonated extremely well with my innate beliefs"), he attended his first Dharma teaching in Dharamsala, India in 1995. He completed the two following Kopan November courses in Kathmandu, Nepal and joined the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute (Pomaia, Italy). He graduated from the Masters Program in 2004 and completed his studies with an eight-month retreat at Oseling Center in Spain. Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a teaching style emphasizing clarity and stressing the integration of philosophical ​view, meditation and daily life conduct.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a subsidized fee designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. These fees are supported by generous contributions to Vajrapani Institute. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. We encourage you to choose Option B if you’re financially able. The accommodations are the same for both options.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Commuting $550 $750
Camping $789 $989
Dorm $1000 $1300
Semi-private room $1125 $1400
Private room $1500 $1800
Private room – extra person $950 $1225
Cabin $1850 $2100
Cabin – extra person $1050 $1350