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.
Non-Residential Retreat in Eugene, OR
Have No Fear: Preparing for Death Utilizing Meditation
It is the Buddhist view that the mind (including all the aspects of character that we refer to as "heart") will outlast the body. From this perspective, the way we live our lives every day will naturally result in a state of mind that accompanies us through the dying process and onward into experiences after death.
This weekend retreat will encourage the life attitudes of loving kindness, compassion, fearlessness and mindfulness. We will also examine the nature of our fears and habits, as a way to expand our sensitivity, responsiveness and choice in every moment. On that basis, we will explore the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the dying process, and practice meditation to prepare for our own and others' dying.
Tamarack Bldg., 3575 Donald Street Eugene, OR
Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 am – noon & 2– 4:00 pm │4 sessions
Suggested donation: $120 for the weekend. All are welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. No pre-registration is required.
one day teaching
Buddhist teachings on karma ("action," "cause and effect ") are given to educate us to the potential power of our words and actions. It is common in the West to think of karma as unavoidable fate or predestination. Yet the teachings indicate that the moment of engaging in speech or action is one of freedom and responsibility. During this teaching day, Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe will explore the roots of karma, as well as the many ways we can affect the habits of a lifetime.
Saturday, Dec. 9 Morning: 10am - noon Afternoon: 1:30-3:30 | Suggested donation for the day: $40. No pre-registration is required.