Concentration Training & Silent Retreat Program

5 Week Program  |  Saturday, Feb 5  - Sunday, Mar 11
Designed to work with your busy life!

In-person & Online, with Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Make your meditations more powerful and effective through joining this 5-week concentration program. Learn practical Buddhist techniques to still and harness your mind in meditation, leading to extraordinary freedom and insight!

Why train in concentration? 

Our mind is extremely powerful, endlessly creating our experiences, but until we develop concentration we have no means to harness our mind’s power and use it to deeply transform our life and our world. 

By training in concentration, we will develop greater peace in our mind, we will have fewer distractions, we will experience greater contentment, and we will be able to focus freely on whatever we wish, creating extraordinary change in our lives. 

This unique training in concentration leads us to a special quality of mind called “tranquil abiding,” a deeper level of concentration that arises through training in meditation in a systematic way over many sessions. 

Tranquil abiding is a superior state of peace which brings us great power to make progress in our spiritual journey. In particular, through training in mindfulness we learn how to abide in meditation without distraction.

The Three Parts of our Concentration Training Program

Introductory Talk

Saturday, February 5  |  2-4pm

How to train in concentration in this program, which is designed to work with your busy life, and the incredible rewards of improving our concentration.

Participants must attend to this talk (in-person or online) to participate in the program.

Guided Preparatory Training

February 6 - March 10

Guided preparation is done individually by participants at home. Each week participants receive a worksheet to help them hone their training, covering topics such as the meditation object, meditation preparation, and methods to overcome obstacles. An optional weekly group zoom chat with Trina is offered for questions that come up.

Group Silent Retreat

Friday, March 11  |  Silent Retreat Intro Session, 6:30-8pm
Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13  |  Four Retreat Sessions Daily, 9:30am-3:30pm

An optional concluding zoom discussion will be offered. Date and time TBD.

Retreat Registration

THIS RETREAT IS OFFERED ONLINE & IN-PERSON:

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.

Introductory Talk  Only, Friday, February 5

In-Person

Online

Retreat Program / Silent Retreat

In-Person

Online

Intro Talk + Retreat Program / Silent Retreat

In-Person

Online

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.

Concentration training guidance will be primarily from Joyful Path of Good Fortune, 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 retreat 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 Trina Gunther

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.
  3. If you experience technical difficulties, such as not receiving links, please contact [email protected]

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