Vajrapani Institute of Wisdom Culture
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Shamatha Meditation

Event Description


June 15-19, 2018


Beginner and Intermediate

Silence Level


What is it?

During this five day retreat we will learn how to develop and enhance our attention skills, how to cultivate a calm, clear and focused mind. Within Buddhism this training is often referred to as shamatha — the practice of developing single-pointed concentration, developing a calm, clear and focused mind. This practice is essential if we are to subdue and heal our agitated and unruly mind, to become masters of our mind.

We will be using three techniques that have been found to be effective for people living in the modern world.

  1. Mindfulness of breathing
    This technique is particularly recommended for those who have highly discursive minds and find it difficult to remain in the present moment.
  2. Settling the mind in its natural state
    We are often the slaves of our mind, under the control of and overwhelmed by our thoughts, emotions and memories. Through simply observing these movements of our mind this technique enables us to become the masters of our mind.
  3. Awareness of awareness
    This technique enables us to simply rest within the stillness of our awareness. It also well known for leading us to an insight into the very nature of our mind.

To ensure that our shamatha practice is balanced and effective we will be supplementing it with the practices of loving-kindness and compassion. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in the practice.

For more information about this practice in this tradition see this Mandala magazine article.

Who is it for?

This retreat is appropriate for beginners and those with a flourishing practice interested in deepening it further.

  1. Learn how to develop inner peace and greater emotional balance with the methods of calm-abiding.
  2. Reconnect and find joy with your daily practice.
  3. Cultivate a greater sense of caring and interconnection with others.
  4. See how disturbing emotions and mental problems arise.
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Additional Information
  1. Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
  2. Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
  3. Consider reviewing our accommodations
  4. For more detailed information, please see our FAQ

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

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Teacher Bio

Glen Svensson teaching

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 travelling 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 he 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) in 2004. He graduated from the Masters Program 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 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.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Dorm $500 $639
Semi-private room $542 $680
Private room $752 $886
Private room – extra person $462 $597
Cabin $899 $1,030
Cabin – extra person $483 $659
Camping $386 $474


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.

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