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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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Amitayus Long Life Retreat

Saturday, February 4

Time: 10 am – 3:15 pm

 

Everyone welcome.

Snacks & Lunch are included.

This retreat is FREE.

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival. Pre-registration greatly assists us in providing lunch.

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom – the main qualities we need for the happiness of enlightenment. The beginning of February marks a special time when Kadampa centers around the world emphasize the practice of Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of long life, wisdom and merit. Spending time in retreat at this time is considered very auspicious for what the rest of the year will bring.

 

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to strengthen your connection with the long-life Buddha. You are welcome to bring an offering of food or drink for the offering table.

 

Schedule
10 – 11:15 am • Session 1 
11:15 – 11:45 am • Break with snacks
11:45 am – 1 pm • Session 2
1 – 2 pm • Lunch included
2 – 3:15 pm • Session 3

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Solving Our Human Problems
with Rob Kelly

Saturday, February 18

Time: 10  – 11 am

Everyone welcome.

$12 (bring a friend for
FREE!)

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

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.

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HYT Retreat Weekend
with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, February 25 –
 

Sunday, February 26

This special in-depth retreat is intended for those who have HYT empowerment or the sincere wish to receive this empowerment in the near future.​

$8 per session

$30 for both days

Lunch is included Saturday, February 25

No discounts given for this Retreat.

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival. Pre-registration greatly assists us in providing lunch.

HIGHEST YOGA TANTRA RETREAT:

The Clear Light of Bliss

Clear Light of Bliss is a remarkable book that explains with exceptional clarity how through training in Mahamudra practices we can transform our very subtle mind into the clear light of bliss, the actual quick path to enlightenment.

 

It is a unique book the likes of which cannot be found anywhere, even amongst traditional Buddhist scriptures. It includes the uncommon Mahamudra instructions that come from Je Tsongkhapa, with an additional explanation of other practices such as tummo meditation, which was Milarepa’s main practice. As Venerable Geshe-la himself said, ‘For me this book is a Ganden Emanation Scripture.’

 

In this weekend retreat we will explore the practice of the Mahamudra instructions as received from the Kadampa Summer Festival 2022.

 

Schedule
SATURDAY, FEB 25
10 – 11:30 am • Introduction and Session 1 
11:30 am – 12 noon • Break
12 noon – 1:30 pm • Session 2
1:30 – 2:30 pm • Lunch included
2:30 – 4 pm • Session 3

SUNDAY, FEB 26
12:30 – 2 pm • Session 4
2:30 – 4 pm • Session 5

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Empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, March 4 –

Sunday March 5

 

Everyone welcome.

$50 Saturday only (includes lunch)

$60 for both days

No discounts for Tier 1, 2, 3 members

Free for Tier 4 members

Please register in advance for this special event.

 

INNER FREEDOM

The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva

"Buddha taught many different methods to purify non-virtuous actions, downfalls and broken commitments, but the supreme method is the practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva. This practice is a scientific method to purify our mind and transform it from an impure mind into a pure mind using Tantric technology." 

– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from the book 

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

 

An empowerment is a blessing ritual and guided meditation through which we make a deep connection with a Buddha and create the cause to actualize that Buddha's enlightened state. The empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva will enable us to connect directly with Vajrasattva's mind and to receive purification through his blessings. This powerful experience gives us a taste of the inner freedom and radiant universal love experienced by an enlightened mind. Such a taste, even though it initially may be brief, is invaluable. It allows us to see what is possible and naturally empowers us to want to use our life fully in the service of actualizing our potential.

 

During the commentaries, Gen Chogyop will explain the purification practice of Vajrasattva. This skillful and creative practice allows us to connect with the natural potential in our mind, to heal the wounds of the past, and to free ourselves from old and painful habits of thinking and acting. Through purifying our mind gradually we experience a wonderful lightness and inner freedom. We are free to live a life based on wisdom and love, to experience a truly joyful heart and to become the person we really wish to be.

Schedule
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
10:30 am 
– 12:30 pm • Empowerment
12:30 am – 1:30 pm • Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm  – 2:45 pm • Commentary 1

SUNDAY, MARCH 5
9 – 10 am • Meditation
10:30 am – 12 noon • Commentary 2

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Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, March 11

Time: 10 am – 3:15 pm

 

Everyone welcome.

$8 per session

$20 for the day (Light lunch included)

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival. Pre-registration greatly assists us in providing lunch.

 

Buddha taught many different methods to purify non-virtuous actions, downfalls and broken commitments but the supreme method is the practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva. This practice is the scientific method to purify our mind and to transform our mind from an impure mind into a pure mind using Tantric technology.

 

In combination with the Vajrasattva Empowerment (given the previous weekend), this retreat provides an opportunity to learn more and gain deep experience of this important spiritual practice. For those interested in completing the great preliminary guide of purification, this day retreat will serve as the start or continuation of that practice. We will be following the instructions from the book 'The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra' and using The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra prayers.

 

Schedule
10 – 11:30 am • Intro & Session 1 
11:30 – 11:45 am • Break with snacks
11:45 am – 1 pm • Session 2
1 – 2 pm • Light lunch included
2 – 3:15 pm • Session 3

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Purifying the Past

with Russell Chell

Saturday, March 18

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

 

Everyone welcome.

$25 (bring a friend for FREE!)

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

 

Does it feel like no matter how hard you try you can’t develop a calm and peaceful mind? Under the influence of deluded minds we have created a great deal of negative karma, as a result we now experience many difficulties and suffering. No matter how negative our mind is, there is a way to find peace. We have the opportunity to purify our mind completely and develop a calm and peaceful mind by engaging in this ancient purification practice.
 

One of the most powerful purification practices is the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps, also known as The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls. In this practice, we visualize the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas and practice purification in their presence. Through the power of their blessings and prayers, we can swiftly purify even the heaviest negative actions simply by faithfully reciting their names.


In this special event you’ll learn the meaning and powerful purifying ability of the 35 Confession Buddha practice and begin to develop the calm and peaceful mind you’ve been searching for.

 

Schedule
10 – 11 am • Teaching
11 – 11:15 am • Break
11:15 am – 12:30 pm • Guided meditation, recitation of the practice of the 35 Confession Buddhas and Q&A

 

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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

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