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refuge retreat

Stop Being Your Own Enemy, Start Being Your Own Protector!

may 15th-20th

$25 for Saturday; discounts for members

Sunday-thursday Retreat sessions are by donation

 
 

This retreat starts with a half-day workshop on Saturday, May 15th from 10am-1pm with Gen Kelsang Tabkay.

 

Our mind has tremendous power to either help or harm us. Through practicing refuge, we gradually learn how to become our own protector, instead of our own worst enemy, building stable habits of peace, joy and freedom within our own heart, which we can then share with others.

 

We can achieve complete and permanent protection from all suffering by sincerely relying upon the Three Jewels: Buddha – the source of all refuge; Dharma – the realizations of Buddha’s teachings; and Sangha – pure Dharma practitioners who help us with our spiritual practice. Dharma is like medicine that prevents the sufferings of samsara, Buddha is the doctor who gives us this medicine, and the Sangha are the nurses who assist us.

Self guided retreat will use the prayers Essence of Good Fortune.  Meditations will follow from the New Meditation Handbook.

Schedule:

Saturday May 15

10am-11:30am – Teaching Session 1

12pm-1pm – Teaching Session 2

2:30-4pm – Guided Session 1

4:30-6pm – Guided Session 2

 

Sunday, May 16

6:30-7:30pm – Self Guided Session 1

 

Monday, May 17

7:30-8:30am – Self Guided Session 1

10-11am – Self Guided Session 2

4-5:00pm – Self Guided Session 3

Tuesday, May 18

7:30-8:30am – Self Guided Session 1

10-11am – Self Guided Session 2

4-5pm – Self Guided Session 3

7-8pm – Self Guided Session 4

 

Wednesday, May 19

7:30-8:30am – Self Guided Session 1

10-11am – Self Guided Session 2

4-5pm – Self Guided Session 3

 

Thursday, May 20

7:30-8:30am – Self Guided Session 1

10-11am – Self Guided Session 2

4-5pm – Self Guided Session 3

7-8pm – Self Guided Session 4

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 contemporary Buddhist Master 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.