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Serenity and Joy Through Mindful Patience

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Event Description

“The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.”
—H.H. Dalai Lama

Patience is one of the great virtues. It is one of the Six Perfections to be cultivated on the bodhisattva path. Patience is the antidote to anger—the negative mind that can eradicate the virtues of countless past lifetimes.


April 18 – 21, 2019


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What is it?

Patience is one of the great virtues. It is one of the Six Perfections to be cultivated on the bodhisattva path. Patience is the antidote to angerthe negative mind that can eradicate the virtues of countless past lifetimes.

Particularly in today’s environment, patience is a virtue that is essential. Anger, hatred, intolerance and their consequences are creating enormous problems in our collective experience and the physical environment. We can change ourselves and find mental balance, one by one. Thus one by one, we can change our world and the environment.

Join Geshe Thubten Sherab as he leads this retreat on the famous Patience chapter in the classic Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavata) by the Indian master Shantideva. (It went “viral” in the 9th and 10th centuries with dozens of translations and commentaries throughout Asia.) This text is used by H.H. Dalai Lama as a basis for meditation every morning and has been the source of realizations and inspiration for many great masters over the centuries.

Geshe-la will use an experiential approach to show how we can use the concepts of impermanence, karma, wisdom, and compassion to practice patience in our daily lives and attack and eradicate our anger and annoyances, big and small.  His effervescent humor brings any topic he teaches to life.

The retreat will include readings and teachings along with guided meditations on the topics to generate deep conviction.


Harmful beings are everywhere like space itself.
Impossible it is that all should be suppressed.
But let this angry mind alone be overthrown,
And it’s as though all foes had been subdued.

To cover all the earth with sheets of leather—
Where could such amounts o f skin be found?
But with the leather soles of just my shoes
It is as though I cover all the earth!

And thus the outer course of things
I myself cannot restrain.
But let me just restrain my mind,
And what is left to be restrained?

—Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva (tr. Padmakara Translation Group)


Suggested reading

Additional information

***Ordained monastics should contact the main office directly to register: 1(800) 531-4001 ext. 1***

  • 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.


  • 18 April 2019 to 21 April 2019

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Teacher Bio

Geshe Sherab

Geshe Thubten Sherab

Geshe Sherab was born in Manang, Nepal in 1967 as the second of five sons. He attended Kopan monastery at the age of 9 around 1976 and was ordained by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.​ After 10 years of study in Kopan, he went to Sera Je Monastery for further studies in 1987, and graduated as a Geshe at the end of 1999. After that, he joined Gyumé Tantric College for a year and went on to teach young monks at Kopan for a year.​​

In 2001 he was sent by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to New Mexico–to serve and help at the International Office of FPMT and teach at TNL in Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center in Taos as resident teacher. He also served as a Board Member of FPMT for 2 years during that period.​ By end of 2003 in December, he returned back to Nepal to do his own practices. In 2006 he was appointed as Head Master of Kopan monastery and served for 4 years. He served at as acting Abbot for a year in 2011 when the late Guru Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundup became ill.

Since that time, Geshe Sherab has been teaching meditation courses at Kopan Monastery, as well as traveling and teaching in the US, Canada, many parts of Europe, Asia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Australia.

Geshe-la teaches in English.

Here's a video of Geshe-la teaching on the Eight Worldly Dharmas

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a subsidized fee designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. These fees are supported by generous contributions to Vajrapani Institute. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. We encourage you to choose Option B if you’re financially able. The accommodations are the same for both options.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Camping $299 $368
Dorm $391 $494
Semi-private room $422 $525
Private room $580 $680
Private room – extra person $359 $464
Cabin $696 $794
Cabin – extra person $394 $510