The Three Principal Aspects of the Path - Silent Retreat | 7 - 10 Jun


One of the clearest presentations of the path to Enlightenment is a short poem called The Three Principal Aspects of the Path. This legendary brief poem was composed 600 years ago by the extraordinary Spiritual Guide and founder of the New Kadampa lineage, Je Tsongkhapa. In merely 15 verses, Je Tsongkhapa distils the vastness of the Buddhist stages of the path to enlightenment to three essential realizations, or experiential understandings. Gaining experience of these three – renunciation, bodhichitta, and the wisdom realizing emptiness – will give us the psychological and spiritual tools we need to transform every aspect of our life into our spiritual path, confidently and joyfully.

During this silent retreat Kelsang Monlam will take us on a spiritual journey step-by-step through the development of each of these three understandings, based on the commentary by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in his most recent book, The Mirror of Dharma with Additions.


Kelsang Monlam is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Adelaide and has been teaching since 2008. Monlam presents Buddha’s teachings in a light and practical manner, and inspires us through example to incorporate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life.

Event Information.

Address: KMC Australia | 25 McCarthy Road, Monbulk

Meals: Lunch and dinner are included in the retreat booking. If you have booked accommodation, breakfast will also be included.

  • All meals served are vegan with some non-vegan options such as yoghurt available on the side.
  • We cannot guarantee allergen free meals and it is not possible for us to cater to individual dietary requirements. Our meals mainly use ingredients which are wheat free or gluten free, however there are times that the meal will contain traces of wheat or gluten, or the side dish is, for example, bread.

    Accommodation: If you book accommodation, please note the following is included:

    • Single Ensuite, Single, Pre-Erected Tent Twin, and Double Room: all linen and towel provided.
    • Dorm Rooms: A sheet and pillow with pillow slip is provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel.
    • Camping: you will need to bring everything.
    Shuttle: Belgrave station shuttle available If you need a pick-up or drop-off service, $15 per person per trip. To book please contact us here. 

    Bookings close: 24 hours prior to the event starting. To join the waiting list for accommodation if sold out, please contact us here. 

    Retreat Timetable.
    Friday 7th June
    Registration | 5.30pm
    Dinner | 6pm
    Introduction | 7.30pm
    Saturday 8th June
    Session One | 9 - 10.15am
    Session Two | 11.30am - 12.45pm
    Lunch | 1pm
    Session Three | 4.30 - 5.45pm
    Dinner | 6pm
    Session Four | 7.30 - 8.45pm
    Sunday 9th June
    Session One | 9 - 10.15am
    Session Two |  11.30am - 12.45pm
    Lunch | 1pm
    Session Three |  4.30 - 5.45pm
    Dinner | 6pm
    OSG (optional) | 7 - 9pm
    Monday 10th June
    Session One |   9 - 10.15am
    Session Two |   11.30am - 12.45pm
    Lunch | 1pm