Training in Concentration
Saturday, April 22
10am - 1:30-pm
$20; discounts for members
We are living in an age of distraction, where everyone is accustomed to constant stimulation and mental busyness, and it is very rare to enjoy even a moment of inner stillness.
What would it be like to not be distracted, and to be able to focus our mind on whatever we wish, for as long as we want?
This retreat program has three parts.
Saturday, April 22: Training in Concentration Course
April 24 - May 18: At-Home training period on your object of meditation
Friday, May 19 - Monday, May 22: Actual Silent Retreat
Part 1 - Training in Concentration Course
In this course, you will learn how to access profound inner stillness through engaging in a systematic training that increases your concentration. Pure concentration causes our mind to attain a tranquil state, free from distractions, able to stay focused with power and clarity. These techniques can create a strong foundation for a successful daily meditation practice and give us confidence to carry this tranquility and focus into our daily life.
10am - 11:30pm - Teaching and meditation
12:15pm - 1:30pm - Teaching and meditation
Part 2 - Home meditation practice
Participants will be given instructions as to how to engage in a daily meditation home training lasting roughly 4 weeks.
Part 3 - Silent Retreat
Following the course and home training, participants will be perfectly prepared to reap deep benefits on our in-house silent tranquil abiding retreat on May 19 - 22. This retreat will have an introduction with Gen Tabkay on Friday evening, all other sessions will be self guided using a chosen object of meditation. Silence will begin after session 1 on Satuday and end after the last session on Monday.
Friday, May 19
7pm - 8:15pm - Introduction
Saturday, May 20
9 - 10am - Session 1
11:30am - 12:30pm - Session 2
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Session 3
5pm - 6pm - Session 4
Sunday, May 21
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Session 5
5pm - 6pm - Session 6
Monday, May 22
9 - 10am - Session 7
11:30am - 12:30pm - Session 8
ABOUT the teacher
Gen Kelsang Tabkay is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix. He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. Gen Tabkay presents Buddhism and meditation in an accessible and clear way, dedicating himself to bringing peace into the hearts of others.