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We offer many special events throughout the year. Check back often to see what's coming up!

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JAN 2022 WINTER RETREAT

Lamrim: The Stages of the Path
with Gen Kelsang Chogyop & Menlha Teachers

Friday, January 21 –

Sunday, January 23
Live-stream | on-demand

Everyone welcome.

 

$35 Friday & Saturday only

 


$30 Sunday only

$50 Full Retreat

50% discount for members

Free for Benefactors

Move closer to perfect and lasting happiness by engaging in our annual Lamrim retreat, guided by Kelsang Chogyop and other senior students at Menlha. Lamrim is a special set of instructions that includes all the essential teachings of Buddha. This retreat will be based on Venerable Geshe-la’s latest book The Mirror of Dharma with Additions.

 

Retreats provide the ideal opportunity to take the teachings to heart and deepen our understanding and familiarity with the practice. Compassion provides a beautiful and blessed environment in which to engage in retreat.  Everyone is welcome to participate. 

Schedule

Friday, Jan 21

7 – 8:30 pm • Introduction and Session 1Meditation on the Preciousness of our Human Life with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, Jan 22

10 am • Session 2: Meditation on Death

11:30 am • Session 3: Meditation on Karma and Going for Refuge

2 pm • Session 4: Meditation on Renunciation

4 pm • Session 5: Meditation on our Determination to Recognize, Reduce and Abandon Our Self-grasping Ignorance, the Root of Samsaric Rebirth

 

Sunday, Jan 23

10:30 am • Session 6: Prayers for World Peace: Meditation on our Determination to Engage in the Actual Path to Liberation, the Three Higher Trainings with Sarah Palden

12 pm • Session 7: Meditation on our Determination to Attain True Cessations

2 pm • Session 8: Meditation on Universal Compassion & Bodhichitta

4 pm • Session 9: Training on Relying on Our Spiritual Guide, guided by Gen Kelsang Chogyop

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JAN 2022 HYT RETREAT:

Dakini Yoga
with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, January 29 –

Sunday, January 30
In-person | live-stream 

You must have Heruka and Vajrayogini empowerments to attend this retreat.

$20 Saturday only

$20 Sunday only

$40 Full Retreat

No discounts for this retreat

Those with highest yoga tantra empowerments are invited to engage in a Dakini Yoga retreat, the very blessed practice of Buddha Vajrayogini, led by Gen Kelsang Chogyop.

In each session, Gen Kelsang Chogyop will give some explanation and guide a meditation on a different aspect of the practice. This retreat is essential for those wanting to deepen their familiarity and understanding of the essence of Vajrayogini Tantra and to further their personal practice. The sadhana, Dakini Yoga will be used in each session.

 

In-person option: No registration required. Simply show up!

Schedule

Saturday, Jan 29

Session 1 • 10  – 11:30 am

Session 2 • 12:30 – 2 pm

Sunday, Jan 30

Session 1 • 12:30 – 2 pm

Session 2 • 3 – 4 pm

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AMITAYUS RETREAT:

A Practice to Prevent Untimely Death and Increase Wisdom & Merit

Saturday, February 5
In-person | live-stream 
Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Everyone welcome.

$15

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom – the main qualities we need for the happiness of enlightenment. Spending a day in retreat on Amitayus at the start of the year is considered very auspicious for what the whole of the rest of the year will bring. 

 

We will also be making special dedications for the long life of our Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

 

This retreat is perfect for beginners, as well as more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

In-person option: No registration required. Simply show up!

Schedule

Session 1 • 10  – 11 am

Session 2 • 12 noon – 1 pm

Session 3 • 3 – 4 pm

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Prayers for a New Year:

THE IMMEASURABLE POWER OF PRAYER
with Sarah Paden

Saturday, February 19
In-person | live-stream | on-demand
Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.

$25

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Why pray?  All of us have asked this question, at some time or another. It is a pressing and important question. In this day course we will consider some answers and study a special prayer that may inspire and satisfy: The prayer of 'The Four Immeasurables.'  

 

Just imagine: Immeasurable Equanimity; Immeasurable Love; Immeasurable Compassion; and Immeasurable Joy. These are mental graces that bring us closer to others and to our best selves. Through contemplation and discussion, these mindsets may change our view of prayer and of our own potential. 

 

In-person option: No registration required. Simply show up!

Schedule

Session 1 • 10  – 11:15 am

Session 2 • 11:45 am – 1 pm

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Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration

The Empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani
with Kadam Morten Clausen

Live-stream from KMC Washington, DC


Friday, February 25 –

Sunday, February 27
In-person | live-stream 


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Menlha Center will be live-streaming the Empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani in-person on Saturday, February 26 from 11 am – 1 pm free of charge. Registration for the MADC is required. Everyone is welcome to join us!

The Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration is a very special annual event that connects practitioners around the Mid-Atlantic region. This incredible weekend of practical teachings, powerful meditations, and energizing empowerment is an event not to be missed. If you are new to Buddhism, the Celebration weekend provides a perfect opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings. Everyone is welcome.

At this year’s Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration, Kadam Morten will give the Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani and teachings on overcoming obstacles. Vajrapani is the Buddha of spiritual power, although his nature is love, his aspect is fierce to emphasize his ability to empower us to abandon our delusions and negativity. The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we make a direct connection with this sublime Buddha, and receive powerful blessings.

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Solving Our Human Problems
with Rob Kelly

Saturday, March 5

In-person | live-stream | on-demand
Time: 10  – 11 am

Everyone welcome.

$10

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Join us for a class that explores solutions to our daily problems and difficulties, using Buddha's teachings to change our world by changing our mind.

This class will be based on the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is available in our bookstore, or here in e-book, paperback, and audiobook formats.

 

In-person option: No registration required. Simply show up!

 
 
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"WHEN THE TURBULENCE OF DISTRACTING THOUGHTS SUBSIDES AND OUR MIND BECOMES STILL, A DEEP HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT NATURALLY ARISE
FROM WITHIN."

— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from the book The New Meditation Handbook