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Thu, 10 Oct


Medicine Buddha Meditation Centre

Mandala Retreat

Come and enjoy a five day retreat in deepening mental tranquility through meditation and mandala painting fully guided by Lama Tendar.

Mandala Retreat
Mandala Retreat

Time & Location

10 Oct 2024, 9:00 am AEDT – 14 Oct 2024, 5:00 pm AEDT

Medicine Buddha Meditation Centre, 132 Kars Street, Frankston South VIC, Australia

About the Event

Lama Tendar teaches the authentic Buddhist Mandala in the Gyuto Monastery tradition, that is originated from an unbroken oral lineage of the Buddha.

The retreat offers a unique way to discipline the mind. It has the effects of practicing calm abiding and insight meditation. It’s a supreme art therapy that removes mental obscuration, purifying mental habitual patterns that hinders the recognition of the true nature of mind.

Confidence and positive energy arise through the joy of drawing and painting the symbols of the mandala. If proper concentration is applied, one hardly notices the passing of time. The process of constructing a full mandala generates a positive shift in the mind of the student that reflects their true inherant buddhanature.

Lama Tendar teaches a wide variety of mandalas, depending on the mental disposition of the individual student. It should be noted that completing a mandala requires a great deal of comittment and may take many months or years to complete.

Starting with the Eight Auspicious Symbols or Avolokitshvara Compassion mandala, we could continue the journey with other mandalas such as Medicine Buddha or Yamantaka mandala.  ( To paint the Medicine Buddha and the Yamantaka mandala, students need to have receive initiation from a fully qualified teacher. ) 

Each mandala, including each symbol of it, is the manifestation of the qualities of the deity. Therefore, painting the mandala is a great offering of positive energy to the universe, it is a great way to generate merits for ourselves and others.

Come and enjoy a five day retreat to assist the deepening in mental tranquillity through meditation and mandala painting fully guided by Lama Tendar.

The contents of the retreat include:

  • Meditation generating one’s mind to align to the enlightened mind energy of the deities.
  • Explanation of the structure of  the mandala and the meaning of the symbols.
  • Painting the chosen mandala fully guided by Lama.


A list of required art materials is available on the mandala web page,  New starters will also need a large plywood board and archive quality paper or canvas - please contact us to check available supplies prior to starting. Paper and boards are supplied at an additional charge.

New students are encouraged to fully commit themselves to undertaking the full retreat.  A great deal of energy and focus is required from both student and teacher to commence the process of drawing the underlying geometric structure of the mandala.

This processes takes up a great deal of Lama Tendars time and energy and therefore, there is a price difference for new students who are attending for the first time to commence their Mandala journey.

  • New Students - No requirement to bring food to share, we want to you to focus on getting started on your mandala journey.
  • Existing Students - Please bring a plate of food to share with the group for daily lunches and tea breaks.

Kitchen facilities are available.

Guest accommodation may be available at the Medicine Buddha Centre for an additoinal daily fee.  bookings are essential, to enquire contact the centre via phone or email at

This course is not available online via Zoom.


  • Existing Students Full Retreat

    Five day Mandala retreat - Existing Students

    +$11.25 service fee
  • Existing Students Daily Rate

    Existing students please select the amount of days you wish to attend by altering the ticket number for the amount of days you would like to attend.

    +$2.25 service fee
  • New Students -Five Day Retreat

    Five day Mandala retreat - New Students

    +$18.75 service fee
  • RSVP - I would like to attend

    Confirm your attendance and pay via Bank Transfer, EFT or Cash at the centre.




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