Special Events

January Retreats in 4 Sessions at Mahakankala Buddhist Center

The Yoga of Buddha Amitayus
Monday, January 1: 4 Meditation Sessions

Begin a new year with four sessions of meditation on the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus. Amitayus is the Buddha of Long Life, Wisdom and Merit. By engaging in sincere prayers to him we can increase our lifespan, reduce our ignorance, and increase our good fortune.

The first two sessions will be guided by our Resident Teacher, Keli Vaughan.

Session 1 10:30-11:45am
Session 2 1:45-3:00pm
Session 3 3:30-4:45pm
Session 4 5:15-6:30pm

(Each retreat session, $5.)

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Lamrim Wisdom Retreat
Friday, January 5: Intro begins at 7pm
Saturday, January 6: 4 Meditation Sessions

Lamrim meditations train our mind in the stages of the path to enlightenment. With concentration we become more familiar with each stage – from the recognition of the preciousness of this human life, to understanding the true nature of reality, and all stages in between.

At the Friday night introduction to Saturday’s 4-session retreat, our Resident Teacher, Keli Vaughan, will give guidance and encouragement on how to make progress in a disciplined Buddhist meditation practice.

Each Saturday session will include preparatory prayers and will include a 30-minute guided Lamrim meditation.

Enjoy hot tea and read from the Kadampa library between sessions. Everyone Welcome!

Session 1 10:30-11:45am
Session 2 1:45-3:00pm
Session 3 3:30-4:45pm
Session 4 5:15-6:30pm

(Each retreat session, $5. Introduction to retreat, $10.)

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Silent Concentration Retreat
Friday, January 19: Intro begins at 7pm
Saturday, January 20: 4 Meditation Sessions
Sunday, January 21: 2 Meditation Sessions

In this introduction to the practice of retreat we will review setting retreat boundaries and the levels of concentration we can accomplish through continual familiarity with one meditation object.

During the silent retreat that follows, the center will be open for intermediate meditators who wish to deepen their practice of concentration in four sessions. Silence will be observed within the center during retreat.

Each session will begin with the preparatory practices of prayers, up to visualizing receiving blessings from Buddha Shakyamuni and all the Enlightened Beings.

The remainder of the session will be in silence with no concluding prayers. Timed chimes will alert participants to each session’s end.

For meditation schedule and guidelines, please click here.

(Each retreat session, $5. Introduction to retreat, $10.)

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Mahamudra Retreat
Friday, January 26: Intro begins at 7pm
Saturday, January 27: 4 Meditation Sessions

Developing tranquil abiding on the nature of the mind.

To introduce this 4-session retreat, our Resident Teacher, Keli Vaughan, will give some encouragement and explanation of meditating on the clarity of the mind from The Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra.

Meditation on our root mind is particularly powerful in overcoming distracting thoughts – the main obstacle to concentration – and in ripening the realization of clear light. During this retreat practical instruction on training in meditative stabilization will be combined with lucid explanation of the nature of our mind for a truly powerful and concentrated journey of meditation.

Session 1 — 10:30-11:45am
Session 2 — 1:45-3:00pm
Session 3 — 3:30-4:45pm
Session 4 — 5:15-6:30pm

(Each retreat session, $5. Introduction to retreat, $10.)