November 30 – December 9
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?
This class will be based on the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) 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 main subject matter of all the sutras taught by the Buddha. Subjects to be discussed will include: impermanence, karma, death and rebirth, developing loving-kindness, compassion and the awakening mind (bodhicitta), the ultimate nature of reality, and more.
This class will also teach you the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, and give you the tools you need both to begin a daily meditation practice and to deal with problems and difficulties once you have started to meditate. Throughout the week, you will learn new information about the theory and practice of meditation, and will also be led in a guided meditation on the subject matter presented in class.
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 Buddhism 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 Four Noble Truths, a Guide to Everyday Life, Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Wisdom Publications)
- The Three Principal Aspects of the Path, Geshe Sonam Rinchen (Snow Lion Publications)
- How to Meditate, Kathleen McDonald (Wisdom Publications)
- 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.