The hand that clings too tightly to familiar things cannot open to grasp something new. It is only by letting go of worldly distractions that we can find true peace. This retreat introduces the concept of Bardo – the liminal state between death and rebirth that animates the Tibetan Book of the Dead – and guides participants towards understanding and acceptance of transience and change.
7-13 October 2021
Over the course of six days, Geshe La leads retreat participants on a journey of understanding through meditation, contemplation, breath work and mantras. Taking place at Amanoi beside Vietnam’s dramatic Vinh Hy Bay, the programme is divided into two halves. The first focuses on cultivating a sense of calm in body and mind; the second explores mortality through mindfulness, teaching how to live a more fulfilled life by accepting what comes after it.
6 nights’ accommodation
One 90-minute Aman signature Grounding massage on the day of arrival
Daily 90-minute group lesson: morning meditation and breathing
Daily 120- or 90-minute group workshop
Daily 90-minute group lesson: evening chanting, mantra and meditation
Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
Transfers to and from the airport
The Embracing Impermanence Retreat is valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and cannot be combined with any other exclusive. Bookings are to be made through Amanoi directly. Cancellations and payments as per Aman’s standard terms.
Geshe La became a Buddhist monk when he was just 13 years old, taking his vows at the revered Nangzhig Bönpo monastery. In the three decades since, his spiritual journey has taken him all over the world, from studying with the 14th Dalai Lama to introducing and teaching the YungDrung Bon Buddhism in Canada, where he currently resides. Today, he is one of a very few Bon spiritual masters living in the west and qualified to offer this teaching.