March 23 – March 30, 2019
What is it?
Have you been curious about Buddhist practice, but don’t know where to begin? Have you attended Buddhist teachings, but don’t know how to meditate on the subjects you’ve studied? Enjoy this comprehensive overview of the entire Buddhist path according to the Tibetan tradition and unlock the keys to creating more peace in your mind. This retreat will not only provide you with a clear roadmap of how to create healthier mental patterns and overcome negative states of mind, but also the tools necessary to undertake that journey.
The retreat is based on the “Stages of the Path” (lam rim) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and will include lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. The “Stages of the Path” was developed as a synthesis of the main subject matter of all the sutras taught by the Buddha. Subjects to be discussed will include: the nature of mind, death and rebirth, karma, how to overcome suffering, mental quiescence, developing the good heart, the ultimate nature of reality (emptiness), how to relate to the spiritual teacher, and more.
This class will also teach you the theory and practice of Buddhist meditation, and give you the tools you need to begin a daily practice and to deal with problems and difficulties once you have started to meditate. There will be guided meditations based on the subject matter presented in the class along with meditations to develop mindfulness and concentration.
Who is it for?
Beginners are welcome and encouraged, as well as more advanced students wanting to review the stages of the path in an experiential format.
Background on the retreat
A one-month meditation course was established in 1971 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu. Since then the course has been held every year, attended by thousands of people looking for meaning and happiness in their lives. The course is based on the lamrim, or Stages of the Path teachings of the Tibetan tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa which provides a systematic and practical approach to the Buddha’s teachings.
If Nepal is too far and too expensive for you to visit, join this unique retreat modeled after Kopan Monastery’s month-long November course, right here in California!
- The Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva, translated by Padmakara Translation Group
- Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective, H.H. the Dalai Lama
- For the Benefit of All Sentient Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva, H.H. the Dalai Lama
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat.
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat.
- For a preview of our accommodations, please click here.
- For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.
Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.