Amitayus Day Retreat. Increase life Span, Merit and Wisdom at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Centre

9.30am – 6pm |  Sat 27th Jan 2024  |  £14 | Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 11 Pump Street, Derry / Londonderry (through Garden of Reflection gate leading to 4th Studio on left).


  • Arrival: 9:15am – 9:30am 
  • Session 1: 9:30am – 10.45am (1hr 30min)
  • Refreshment break (1hr)
  • Session 2: 11:45am – 1pm (1hr 15min)
  • Lunch break (3hr 30min)
  • Session 3: 4:30pm – 6pm (1hr 30min)

This retreat gives us the opportunity to engage in the practice of Buddha Amitayus, which is a special method to increase our lifespan, our wisdom and our merit, or good fortune.

In the sadhana of this practice Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche explains that there is nothing more precious than our human life, it is our most important possession. Our human life gives us the opportunity to experience both temporary and ultimate happiness. We need a long life, if we lose this life we lose our opportunity to experience happiness now and to attain the permanent happiness of enlightenment through our pure Dharma practice.

Each session consists of chanted meditation in English and silent mantra recitations. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

The long life pills blessed in each session throughout the retreat will be distributed after the last session.

Your retreat guide Ian McGlade, shares the meditation techniques and practices he himself has found so transformative, in a down to earth, humorous and accessible way. With many years of practice and teaching experience you are in safe hands to help you begin, reinvigorate or continue your meditation journey.

Everyone is welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike. No special clothes are required and seating is provided in chairs and meditation cushions. 

Bring a vegetarian or vegan packed lunch or a dish to share in the lunch break, or pop out to frequent one of the many cafes in the city centre. Complimentary hot drinks and light snacks will be available throughout the day.

Members can attend our centre classes and retreats online or in person. For more information please see our Membership page.

Ongoing classes can be found at Classes By Location with forthcoming special events at Events and Retreats.

If you need help with your booking feel free to Whatsapp / Phone us on +44 (0) 7597 773 096 or email at

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