Special Events

Newcomer’s Night │ Calm Abiding Meditation │ Thursday, April 27, 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.

Ceremonial Arts Day Saturday, April 29 │ 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The lamas will present the student’s relationship to the teacher through service. This training will aid the practitioner in supporting and caring for guest teachers during their visits, teachings, and empowerments. In addition, the care and handling of some objects in the sanctuary will be taught, and there will be time to practice hands-on service and sanctuary care. The lamas recommend having attended the winter instruction, or listening to the recording of that event, available in the KSC library.

Suggested donation for the day: $40.

Green Tara Practice Day │ Saturday, May 20 │ 10 – noon & 1:30 – 4:30 pm

The morning session will feature the complete instructions for Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s extremely condensed Green Tara practice. The afternoon session will allow time for questions, and offer group practice of the Green Tara meditation done on Tuesdays at KSC. It is helpful to have attended the prior two Tara teaching days, but not required.

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

Suggested donation for the day: $40

Appearance and Recognition: The Stages of Mahamudra Meditation
A Body-Based Meditation Weekend with Ari Goldfield
Part II—Meditating with the Profound Nature of Consciousness │ Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7
Sessions 10-noon & 2-4:00 pm daily

External and internal appearances continually arise in our experience. As this happens, do we take what appears to be fixed and rigid in its identity, and as a result feel stuck, overwhelmed, cut off, or isolated? Mahamudra teaches a different way of relating with experience, via the four stages of recognition: recognizing appearances as mind; mind as emptiness; emptiness as spontaneous presence; and spontaneous presence as self-liberation.
This weekend we will explore the second of these four stages in a step-by-step way that develops confidence and direct experience. There will be explanations, meditation sessions, and time for questions and discussion. Newcomers are welcome to this four-part annual series of teachings.

Suggested donation: $120 for the four-session weekend of teachings. KSC encourages participants to commit to the full retreat. All teachings held at KSC Sanctuary. No pre-registration required.

Soup Supper will be available at mid-day break each day for a $10 donation to the Scholarship Fund. Please contact: scholarship@kscashland.org for more information or to volunteer.

Introduction and Refuge Vow Ceremony │Thursday, May 11 & 25, 6 pm

The Refuge Vow is the first step onto the Buddhist path. It is a statement of confidence in the Buddhist tools and path, as well as a statement of aspiration for one’s own awakening.
On Thursday, May 11 the Lamas will lead a brief Calm Abiding meditation and then introduce the supports for the vow. There will be time for questions. Those who wish to take the vow should be present on Thursday, May 25 when the Lamas will lead a brief Calm Abiding meditation, followed by the Refuge Vow Ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend both evenings.