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Developing a Focused Mind: FPMT Shiné Level 1-Emily Hsu

Memorial Day weekend

May 23, 2014- May 26, 2014



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Level 2 of 'Developing a Focused Mind' with Glen Svensson is scheduled on Dec. 5-14. Level 1 can be taken as a preparation for Level 2.


Retreat Overview

What is it?  

A focused mind is indispensable in order to do anything well, and the spiritual path is no exception. In this retreat, we will learn the basics of how to cultivate shiné (shamatha or calm abiding) using various objects of meditation. This retreat will also explore how to integrate this practice with other practices along the path to enlightenment (Lamrim).  Emily Hsu is one of the few teachers selected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as being qualified to lead this type of retreat.


What is FPMT Shiné?

Shiné or calm abiding meditation creates a stable foundation in the mind where realizations on the path can take root and we can discover the depths of our human consciousness.  The FPMT shiné program was developed in conjunction with the FPMT Education department as a result of our spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche's expressed wish for FPMT students to actualize the Lam-Rim, especially attain shiné (calm abiding) and bodhichitta.   This retreat will introduce the first level in the development towards these realizations.



  • Learn how to develop inner peace with the methods of calm-abiding. 
  • Reconnect and find joy with your daily practice. 
  • See how delusions and mental problems arise.   

Emily Hsu

Emily Hsu completed FPMT's 7-year Master's Program at Instituto Lama Tsong Khapa in Italy in 2004, a condensed version of the geshe studies curriculum.   As a graduate of the Master's Program, she is authorized to teach courses which are normally taught by geshesAfter completing this intensive study program Emily subsequently completed a ten-month solitary retreat in Spain to integrate the material.  Emily continues to do at least one three month retreat in Nepal every year in order to deepen her practice, transforming intellectual knowledge into felt experience.

Emily Hsu is currently the resident teacher at our sister center Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center (OCBC) in San Jose, CA where she teaches a variety of classes including FPMT’s basic program.  Emily is also one of the few teachers selected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as being qualified to lead this type of retreat on shiné (calm abiding).


 “Emily’s teaching goes beyond the simple explanation of complex texts and ideas; she explains things in a way that show us how to apply the Buddha’s teachings in our lives and leads us by excellent example. She is easy to confide in and gives appropriate advice, even on topics that are uncomfortable to talk about.”  -a student from OCBC



Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.


Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
  Option A Option B
Camping $235.50 $330.00
Main Dormitory $312.00 $420.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $372.00 $480.00
Private Room $477.00 $585.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $300.00 $390.00
Cabin $552.00 $660.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $315.00 $435.00
Level 1: One Student $105.00  
Level 2: Two Students $210.00  
Level 3: Three Students $420.00  


10% Membership Discounts are applicable for Members.

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Financial Aid is Available!

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Basic Schedule, Subject to Change



3:00pm – 5:00pm



5:15pm – 5:45pm

Working Meditation Training


6:00pm – 7:00pm



7:00pm – 7:30pm

Vajrapani Orientation Session (In Gompa)



Introductory Session


Saturday and Sunday

7:00am – 8:00am



8:00am - 8:30am



9:00am - 12:00pm

Teaching/meditation sessions with a tea break


12:00pm - 12:45pm



2:30pm – 6:00pm

Teaching/meditation sessions with a tea break


6:00pm – 7:00pm



7:30 pm

Evening session



7:00am – 8:00am



8:00am - 8:30am



9:00am - 12:00pm

Last Sessions with retreat close


12:00pm - 12:45pm



12:45pm - 1:30pm

Final Clean up



Retreat Ends