Bliss of Nirvana Weekend Retreat

Meditations to Let Go of Suffering Permanently

Friday, Nov 26 - Sunday, Nov 28

With Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

In-Person & Online

In our lives, though we long for freedom and peace, instead we seem to experience wave after wave of problems and suffering, continuously. Are we not tired of this relentless assault? Buddha taught where this suffering comes from and how we can finally put an end to it once and for all, through his teachings on the Four Noble Truths and selflessness, or emptiness.

In Buddhism, permanent liberation from suffering is called ‘nirvana’.

Nirvana may sound like a foreign concept, far away from our everyday life and experience, but it is in fact universally applicable and accessible to each one of us. We each have the potential to achieve this in our lifetime, through putting Buddha’s teachings into practice in our daily lives.

In this retreat, we will meditate on Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and emptiness, to gain a special experience of these teachings in our heart. In this way we return to our everyday life with a new liberating perspective and experience. From there we can put these teachings into practice in our everyday life, moving consistently towards the state of nirvana while we engaged in our daily activities.

Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther will give the introductory talk and guide the retreat sessions, using the meditations presented in Geshe Kelsang Gyato’s latest book Mirror of Dharma (With Additions)

The retreat starts on Friday evening, with an introductory talk on how to engage in retreat and why we need to spend some time mixing our mind with this important topic. With this preparation, we will be ready to immerse our mind in these life-changing meditations and gain a special experience.

"It is true that because living beings identify themselves mistakenly they develop mistaken appearances as hallucinations and, because of this, they experience suffering and problems continually in life after life until they attain the supreme permanent inner peace of nirvana."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Mirror of Dharma

Friday, Nov 26

6:30-8pm - Intro Talk

How to engage in retreat, and the importance of the Four Noble Truths & emptiness

Saturday, Nov 27

Session 1:  9:30-10:30am - Meditation on True Suffering
Session 2:  11am-12pm - Meditation on True Origins
Session 3:  1:30-2:30pm - Meditation on True Paths
Session 4:  3-4pm - Meditation on True Cessations

Sunday, Nov 28

Session 5:  9:30-10:30am - Meditation on Emptiness 1
Session 6:  11am-12pm - Meditation on Emptiness 2
Session 7:  1:30-2:30pm - Meditation on Emptiness 3

Q & A:  3-4pm - Question & Answer / Reflections on the retreat

Retreat Registration


Experience the retreat in the privacy of your own home by joining us online with live-streamed sessions,

or experience the power of group retreat by joining us in-person in our purpose-built meditation room with authentic Buddhist shrine.

If you choose to attend the retreat in-person, you can still view the Friday evening introductory talk from home. We will send the Intro Talk live-stream link to everyone.

Whole Weekend - Friday Intro + Saturday + Sunday

Delicious vegetarian lunch included!

Friday Intro + Saturday Only

Delicious vegetarian lunch included!

Friday Intro + Sunday Only

Delicious vegetarian lunch included!

Please note that our live-streamed (online) fees are slightly higher to offset the added live-stream technology and utility costs. We are a non-profit registered 501(c)3 organization; all our fees go to sustaining our ability to provide Kadampa Buddhist study programs and retreats.

Retreat meditations will be from Mirror of Dharma (With Additions), by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This book is available for purchase in our bookstore, or you can download it from Tharpa Publications by clicking on the button below.

The preparatory practice in each session will be Prayers for Meditation. Center copies of this booklet are provided for use in our meditation room. If you are attending online, you might be interested in downloading the prayers from Tharpa Publications (button below).

With Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

Kadam Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.

Online Class Policy

  1. You agree that you will not record the class or share links.
  2. To enjoy our online classes, you must live in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, or the surrounding states of Montana, North & South Dakota, Utah or Idaho, or have a prior connection to Heruka Center. Otherwise, we ask you to please support your local Kadampa meditation center and register for their online classes instead.
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Heruka Kadampa Meditation Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit. A member of the New Kadampa Tradition - Internationals Kadampa Buddhist Union.