CLARITY OF THE MIND AWAY RETREAT
FRIDAY, APRIL 24 UNTIL SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020
GET AWAY AND CONNECT WITH A VAST EXPERIENCE OF INNER PEACE
Join us for a relaxing and meaningful away retreat at the beautiful and peaceful IONS/EarthRise Retreat Center. During meditation retreat we take ourselves away from our usual routines and distractions, and learn how to go inside and connect with the boundless potential of our own mind. This retreat will enable us to immerse fully in our spiritual practice, providing a meaningful holiday with like-minded friends in a serene and rejuvenating atmosphere.
RETREAT TOPIC: CLARITY OF THE MIND, LED BY GEN KELSANG CHOMA AND KELSANG CHOGYOP
In this weekend away retreat, each guided session will focus on the clarity of the mind meditation. It is one of the most powerful and beneficial of all meditations. Not only is it peaceful and relaxing, but it also gives us deep insight into the nature and power of our mind. Since our mind determines our life experiences, it is vital we understand its nature and learn how to transform it.
"My very subtle mind is clarity because it is mind, so it is something that is empty like space, that can never possess form and that is the basis for perceiving objects." – The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra, by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
-Gen Kelsang Choma is senior Teacher and Buddhist nun with the New Kadampa Tradition of Modern Buddhism; she has studied extensively on the Teacher Training Program for over 25 years and is qualified to teach both Sutra and Tantra. She is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco and is invited to teach nationally. People enjoy her teachings for their clarity and warmth
-Kelsang Chogyop is the main teacher at Mahakaruna KMC. She has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 15 years. She is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of the Dharma.
Starting with dinner and an introduction on Friday evening and finishing before lunch on Sunday, the weekend will include plenty of time for meditation and relaxation. Please register early to guarantee a space as we do expect to sell out.
Extraordinary in its beauty, IONS EarthRise reverberates with the energy of the land and unforgettable natural beauty. Pairing modern amenities with picturesque surroundings, this location offers a peaceful, contemplative, uplifting experience for meditation retreat. (9 miles from Petaluma; 30 miles from San Francisco; 80 miles from Sacramento).
– Single Premium Room (double/queen bed) — $500 per person
– Single Standard Room (single bed) — $460 per person
– Shared Female (2 twin beds) — $390 per person
– Shared Male (2 twin beds) — $390 per person
– Commuters — $210 per person (limited availability)
**Price includes accommodation for 2 nights, 3 meals a day and all retreat sessions.
SUGGESTED READING & SADHANAS:
In order to get the most out of your retreat, please read, and memorize the italicized meditations, in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra, “How to Train In The Meditation On Tranquil Abiding Observing The Very Subtle Mind".
Other readings that can help you prepare for this retreat:
How To Understand The Mind, Section on “What is Our Mind?"
The Oral Instruction of Mahamudra, Section on "Having Identified Our Own Mind, Meditating On Tranquil Abiding"
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Chapter 8, “Relying Upon Mental Stabilization” Verses 90-110
We will be using The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra and Request to the Lord of All Linegages Request prayer sadhanas. We will have a limited number of copies on hand. Please bring your personal sadhanas if you have them and if you need them. We will also have Offering To The Spiritual Guide puja on April 25 in the evening, so please bring your sadhana and an offering (if you wish).
Gen Kelsang Choma and Kelsang Chogyop
EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!
Please e-mail Anna (Education Program Coordinator) at email@example.com