Special Events

A Shamatha Day to Welcome the New Year │ Saturday, December 31, 10 – noon & 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Join us for a New Year’s Eve Day shamatha meditation retreat! Shamatha (abiding meditation) is often taught as a gateway to other practices. But it is also a world unto itself: the radical welcoming of sound and sights, physical sensations, and the movement of mind. Using the unfolding of experience as our root text, and the blessings of the Kagyu lineage as guide, Devon and Craig Hase will lead retreatants through a day of opening to what is.

Devon and Craig practiced for several years at KSC, and have maintained strong meditation and distance learning commitments while living away from Ashland. They are serious yet light-hearted practitioners. Their maturity and devotion have led Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe to invite Craig and Devon to give their inaugural teaching at KSC.

Suggested donation: $40 for the day. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise │ A weekend with Rose Taylor Goldfield

Saturday & Sunday, January 14 and 15 │ 9 am – noon and 1:30 – 4:30 pm │ Tuition: $150 for the weekend.

Wisdom Body Lujong is the ancient Tibetan practice that brings physical exercise and meditation together. It has been used for centuries to enhance natural confidence, help meditation become deeper and more profound, dissolve anxiety and stress, and increase physical and mental vibrancy.

These practices work on the threefold levels of our human being: the physical body, the subtle body of feeling and sensation, and pure awareness. We will train with body-based meditations, subtle body practices, and movement meditations. Wisdom Body Lujong is accessible for all levels of physical ability and fitness. It is suggested that participants read Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise, available in the KSC Bookstore, before attending the program.

Tuition: $150 for the weekend and space is limited. Pre-registration is required by January 12. For more information and to pre-register contact KSC at 541.552.1769. Partial scholarships available, please contact scholarship@kscashland.org

Registration Form

Scholarship Application

A delicious Soup supper will be available between session breaks for a $10 donation
to the KSC Scholarship Fund.

Wisdom Body Lujong Instructor Certification: This weekend provides a foundation and is a pre-requisite for those who wish to take certification as a Lujong Instructor. For further information please email: rose@wisdomsun.org

Newcomer’s Night │ Calm Abiding Meditation │ Thursday, January 26, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join us for Calm Abiding Meditation at 6:00 p.m. At 6:40, the lamas will provide an introduction to Buddhism and the programs offered at KSC. All are welcome, and no pre-registration required.

Tibetan New Year [Losar] │Saturday, January 28, 4 – 5:30 pm

The Mahakala meditation, which clears obscurations for the new year, will be practiced by empowered students at KSC. In addition, the Mahakala Tsok (food offering) will be shared by all, and the meditation will close with the Sur Chö (Mountain Incense Offering). All are welcome.

Bodhisattva Celebration │Sunday, January 29, 10:50 – 11:30 am

A bodhisattva is one who vows never to abandon beings and aspires to bring benefit to all. Today, KSC’s Dharma Kids and the sangha celebrate that spirit in our world, and also as the heart of our own tradition to lift suffering. Storytelling and songs will be enjoyed and all are encouraged to attend and contribute.

The World As Our Guru │ Tim Olmsted │ Friday, February 10, 6 – 7:30 pm

Senior Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted will discuss the possibility that our everyday experience, and the world itself, are the perfect teacher and the perfect situation in which to wake up. With this understanding, the world becomes a ‘sacred world’ that is communicating with us constantly. While this sacred outlook is the hallmark of enlightened experience, it is also the basis for our own journey along the path. This free talk is suitable for all, and is jointly hosted by Tergar Medford and Kagyu Sukha Chöling. No pre-registration is required.

Ceremonial Arts Day Saturday, February 18 │ 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The lamas will present the symbolism and purpose of some of the works of art and ceremonial objects in KSC’s shrine room. Then all will participate in hands-on familiarization in the care of the shrine, the offerings that reside upon it, and the sanctuary. This instruction is suitable to all practitioners who want to learn more about the sanctuary and its care. The lamas will be assisted by students well-versed in the ceremonial arts.

Suggested donation for the day: $40.

Green Tara Practice Day │ Saturday, March 25, 10 – noon & 1:30 – 4:30 pm

The morning session will feature teachings on the Homages to Green Tara, and will provide time for practitioners’ questions about the Tara meditation. In the afternoon session, the lamas will teach the traditional music offerings and lead the practice with all participants. It is ideal to have attended the November Green Tara Practice Day, or to have listened to the KSC library copy of the instructions given that morning, as preparation for this continuation of study and practice.

Suggested donation for the day: $40

Introduction to Ngöndro │ Thursday, March 23

Join us for Calm Abiding at 6 pm. At 6:40, the Lamas will describe the Ngöndro (foundations) practices done in the Joyful Effort Practice Group, which opens to new members in April.