Meditation practice is an essential activity for every Buddhist. When we enter into a retreat of any length, we enter a sanctuary, a physical and mental refuge in which we can disengage from the activities that distract us from our goal of liberation. Retreat provides favorable conditions for our inner practice, which directly affects the realization of our limitless potential, and the resultant benefit to beings.
Non-residential retreats are held at KSC throughout the year, and are led by either our resident Lamas, or a guest teacher. These are 1-2 day teaching immersives, held on a weekend in our sanctuary. Typically, there is a two hour morning session, a mid-day break, and then a two hour afternoon session. Topics vary, and are announced in advance of the retreat.
Introduction to Heart Sutra
The Perfection of Wisdom teachings of the Buddha appear in extremely concise form in the Heart Sutra, which is both a meditation practice and a contemplation of the subtle and fundamental way in which things exist. Understanding this genuine level of reality brings the opportunity to understand the power of our confused emotions, as well as their causes and imprints. From understanding, it is possible to gain gradual freedom from the tyranny of manipulative emotions. One’s native capacity of wisdom -- the knowledge which sees everything accurately -- is revealed and strengthened, and one is freed to act with skill in all situations.
The lamas will introduce the principles and history of the Heart Sutra during this day of study. A copy of the sutra in meditation form will be provided as the basis of study, and will be practiced together by the end of the day.
Saturday, March 24 │ 10:00 a.m.-noon and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Suggested donation for the day: $40, plus dana for the teaching.
Soup Supper will be available at mid-day break for a $10 donation to the Scholarship Fund. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.