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We are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to meet with Ahbay Rinpoche. This is a very rare occasion to meet one of Tibet’s teaching masters and to receive a direct compassionate blessing. This three day event will include a Forgiveness and compassion evening ceremony followed by and 2-Day Silent Meditation retreat guided by Rinpoche and Robert Gebka a former Zen Buddhist monk. You will also be able to ask Rinpoche questions.

Forgiveness & Compassion Ceremony: Friday, 6th April, 6.30 – 9.30pm. NO BOOKING NEEDED, just arrive. £10 donation

2-Day Silent Meditation Retreat (with Buddhist chanting):Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th, April, 9.30 – 5pm (both days). Donation of £45 per day or £90 for both days per person.You can join only the Saturday or only the Sunday or both days. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please bring cash on the day, thank you.

Venue: Hallmark Westcliff Hotel, Bournemouth Durley Chine Road BH2 5JS

dmc logo The event is sponsored and hosted by the Dorset Mindfulness Centre.

About Ahbay Rinpoche and Robert Gebka

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Ahbay Rinpoche has a Geshe degree in Buddhist Philosophy, the equivalent of a Ph.D. degree. Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche (full name) was born in Darjeeling/India in 1973. When he was nine years old he was fully initiated into monkhood and the tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khabche Ling Rinpoche gave him the name Thupten Tendar. When he was twelve, His Holiness the Dalai Lama identified him as the reincarnation of the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin. Ahbay Rinpoche has become the Patron of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre in March 2017 after delivering a Dharma talk and Medicine Buddha ceremony at the centre in Bournemouth. Rinpoche is actively engaged in charitable community projects in India that support cultural education of children and the Dorset Mindfulness Centre informally supports this initiative. (Picture, left: HH 14th Dalai Lama with Ahbay Rinpoche)


Robert is a student of Ahbay Rinpoche and is Qualified Mindfulness Teacher with the University of California San Diego Centre for Mindfulness, USA (UCSD CFM). He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He has guided over 50 meditation retreats and attended a number of 3 and 10 day Vipassana retreats himself. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies.(Picture, right: Robert Gebka with Ahbay Rinpoche)


About the Forgiveness and Compassion ceremony

Friday, 6th April: 6.30 – 9.30pm, Hallmark Westcliff Hotel, Bournemouth. This ancient Tibetan Buddhist Green Tara ceremony puja is about cultivating forgiveness towards ourselves and others. It is a wonderful opportunity to generate the open compassionate heart releasing old wounds and emotional sorrows. By cultivating a sense of forgiveness we make space for compassion to emerge more easily. Everyone is welcome. Please note you do not have to be or want to be a Buddhist. This ceremony is not about becoming a Buddhist but is about cultivating compassion for ourselves and others. The ceremony will inculude ancient Buddhist guided meditations, chanting and Q&A time. No booking is needed, just turn up on the evening. Donation £10 per person on the door. You do not have to attend the silent retreat if you do not want to, however if your wish you are more than welcome to join us.


About the 2-Day Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th, 9.30 – 5pm (both days), Hallmark Westcliff Hotel, Bournemouth. This is a city type retreat which is held at the Hallmark Westcliff Hotel, Dorset. The venue makes is possible for people all over Dorset and beyond to attend. Although it is a hotel the venue is quiet and fairly secluded. You have the option of joining either the Saturday or the Sunday or both days. Please note that booking is essential. We ask a donation of £45 per day or £90 for both days in cash on arrival please, thank you.

The type of meditation that we will be practicing is called Awareness of Breath or Ānāpānasati. This type of meditation, in our opinion, is one of the purest and simplest of all Buddhist meditation practices. It’s intention is to develop one pointed attention and a sense of connection to ones inherent inner wisdom and compassion by cultivating an awareness of one’s breath. The retreat is guided by Ahbay Rinpoche and Robert Gebka. The meditation instruction will be mainly led by Robert and the morning and afternoon chanting and Dharma talk by Rinpoche himself.

Click here to view the 2 Day Meditation Retreat with Ahbay Rinpoche 7 & 8 April programme
What a graceful retreat full of relaxation, kindness and investigation into why the mind jumps around from place to place. The message I received during the evening, was to always be present and to view all events in the world without judgement. A wise message and one I hope to use daily. Noel L S
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It was a beautiful experience and an enjoyable opportunity to practice and be reminded of some of the aspects I have learned already but don’t get to practice regularly. Trudie F

This mindfulness retreat is for you if you wish to:

tickTake time out for self-care and healing.

tickDiscover your true purpose, meaning and happiness.

tickDeepen your connection to awareness wisdom and compassion.

tickLearn how to live in the present moment away from past negative habitual responses.

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of self appreciation and self compassion.

tickReduce stress, anxiety and depression and enhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

tickThe retreat venue has an authentic and relaxing atmosphere with close by stunning rurual views which promises an unforgettable and life enhancing experience.

tickThis retreat is suitable for beginner as well as for those with some previous meditation experience.

A lovely retreat – timely for me, as I’m well aware the busier I am the more I need to stop and linger in the present moment and be mindfully aware of all it holds. The group, the guided meditation, the brief wander amongst the stars and bright moon, the cold night air on our faces followed by the warmth and welcome indoors to experience the nuances of our tea meditation all brought a delightful sense of balance and harmony. I left for my drive home feeling refreshed, calm and centred. Margaret R – Dorset

Retreat programme

Click here to view the 2 Day Meditation Retreat with Ahbay Rinpoche 7 & 8 April programme
The length of the sitting meditation practice is 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of mindful movement (easy to do Qi Kung).
Outise walking meditation
The retreat will invite you to explore mindful walking on the house gardens, weather permitting of course.

Why a silent retreat?

A period of deep silence, also called Noble Silence is observed starting from the start to the end of the retreat. This type of silence is very healing. We allow the silence and the calmness to move through our minds and bodies, letting the collective compassionate energy of the group to flow through us, making it easier to meditate and tune into our own sense of wisdom and compassion. You may however at any time speak to the guiding teacher or his assistants should you need anything or have any questions as we are there to support you.

Click here to read more about the benefits of Noble Silence

Retreat options

tickJoin us for the entire retreat on Saturday and Sunday or just the Saturday or the Sunday. You can either stay overnight at the hotel (accommodation not included) or travel home and come back in the morning.

Please contact Hallmark Westcliff Hotel, Bournemouth Durley Chine Road BH2 5JS for accommodation details.

Retreat dontations – The art of Dāna (giving)

We do not have a strong monastic tradition in the West. Still most Buddhist teachers try to follow the ancient model of generosity as much as it is feasible in this culture. Teachers do not receive any payment from the public. Retreat donations cover only the cost of maintaining the retreat. Teacher support is provided solely by voluntary donations given directly to the teacher by students at the retreat. Many teachers are dependent almost entirely on teaching donations.

Although we do not charge for this retreat we ask that you donate £45 for the day or £90 for both days to help us cover the venue cost and make offering to Ahbey Rinpoche for his charitable work with children in India. Please give with an open heart and mind. Please bring your donations in cash on the day, thank you.

What to bring?

Snacks are provided throughout the day, but please bring your own lunch. Also please bring your own meditations mats or cushions. You may use a chair to sit on for the meditation which will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes.

What not to bring?

If possible please leave your mobile phones at home and give yourself permission to unplug form the hustle and bustle. You will be asked to switch off your phones at the start of the retreat.

For more information or to reserve your place please contact Robert

IMG_0066If you are interested in attending the meditation retreat with Rinpoche then please email me giving me your name and whether you wish to attend the Saturday or Sunday retreat. Please note you do not need to book for the Friday Forgiveness Ceremony. Booking is only needed for the meditation retreat.

Feel free to email me on or give me a call on

01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


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