Chagtong Chentong




The heart wish and vision of Chagtong Chentong Centre, is to work towards providing easily accessible  facilities and conducive environment,proficient Teachers and Retreat leaders for practioners' from all over the world to enjoy and benefit from Retreat, following on from all our many hours, many years  listening to and reading the teachings, it is in Retreat, either group or in solitude, where we experience the heart taste ...that sooner or later guides us to Enlightenment.

“Retreat is important because it involves retreating from ignorance, from the dissatisfied mind of attachment and from the self-cherishing thought. These are the fundamental forces from which one must retreat; this is the true meaning of meditation.”

- Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

By supporting and attending the Retreat Program that CTCT offers you will directly be assisting us to actualize our heart wish

thank you so very much in advance



Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“Students who are not interested in retreat and practice should realize if they want something for their heart, if they love themselves and want to do something to affect their heart, and fill their hearts with great satisfaction, deep joy, and meaning, then this comes from retreat and practice”.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche


What is the importance of doing retreat? It is not simply to be quiet, to have a break from one’s family. Instead, there are very crucial reasons, very urgent reasons. One simple reason is happiness. The peace and happiness of parents, for example, depend upon their children having affection and compassion towards them. And the children’s peace and happiness depend upon their parents’ affection and compassion. The same is true for couples, partners, teachers and students etc: each member’s peace, happiness and success depend upon the compassion and kindness of the other person. And on a larger scale, the relationship between the leader of a country and its population.

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Have you a Retreat experience to share ~ a story waiting to be written ~ to inspire, to inform those interested in the practice and benefit of Retreat - short or long term - help build a Community of Retreat practitioners by your example ~ thank you in advance. Please forward your story to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A stream close by to Lauwdo Gompa Nepal ~Nestling in the jade green Himalayan Mountains, amidst the juniper trees, mountain peaks and floating clouds is the most beautiful hermitage of more


One students  personal account of Retreat  experience :

I spent six months of 2012 on retreat.  From February until May, I was in solitary retreat at De-Tong Ling in Kangaroo Island, South Australia.  From August until November, I completed a Vajrasattva Retreat led by Venerable Antonio Satta at Mahamudra Centre in Coromandel, New Zealand.  In between the retreats, I moved house, cried at the Grand Canyon and said I do in Vegas.  In 2012, at age 35, I have just begun to learn what it means to live.

Some people have the idea that retreats are an “escape from reality”. In some ways, they are right.  The most conducive retreat environments are simple, peaceful places of natural beauty, where retreatants and those precious people who quietly support them, create space and time for reflection and stillness.   In retreat, we are away from the pressures of work and family, we turn off our mobile phones and computers, we close our diaries filled with appointments, dinner dates and meetings.  Yes, in some ways, retreats can be a time for rest and rejuvenation.

But those who think that meditation retreats are a blissful escape have never been on one.  Retreats are hard work.  Days can be filled with emotional and physical pain, loneliness, suffering, struggles, doubt and boredom.   However, guided by discipline, commitment, the kindness of a teacher and the truth of the Dharma, the hardship of retreat becomes a source of strength, confidence, faith, compassion, joy, wisdom, freedom and openness.




Ven. René Feusi talked to Ven. Robina Courtin at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in 1996 about his two-and-a half year retreat at Osel Ling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain.

An article online at Mandala

Tell us, why you went into retreat, René.

I think at some point when one studies Dharma one wants the experience to be deeper, one wants some taste of it. That’s the main reason I decided to do a longer retreat. And when the idea came about, Lama Zopa Rinpoche said, “That’s a very good idea, but first you do the nine preliminary practices.” I had the opportunity to do a three-year retreat with a Kargyu group of people, but Rinpoche said it’s more beneficial to do the retreat alone. I was 22 years old at the time; I was ready to do a three-year retreat in a group, but I didn’t feel ready to do it alone.

The nine preliminary practices took me seven or eight years, because some are difficult to organize, like the tsa-tsas and the water bowls. I did them in a retreat situation, but in between I would study at Nalanda Monastery in France.

One thing that is very important is to have studied thoroughly before retreat, to be clean-clear about what you are doing; to know what you aim at and what practice you are doing, and to have had all the teachings clear, and to know the antidote to the problems when they arise. So when you are in retreat you don’t need so much help from teachers. You’re completely clear. I found this very helpful. Eventually I was ready to start the actual retreat. I would have preferred to do it in the East, because of the blessing, but it’s more difficult to arrange visa-wise, so I went to Osel Ling in Spain.



“Retreat is important because it involves retreating from ignorance, from the dissatisfied mind of attachment and from the self-cherishing thought. These are the fundamental forces from which one must retreat; this is the true meaning of meditation.”
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Chag-tong Chen-tong is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

What is Chagtong Chentong?

The development of the good heart, loving kindness, bodhichitta, caring for others more than ones self, is our primary job. Methods to transform the mind and develop these qualities, which is where all peace and happiness originates, is our core activity at the Centre.

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