Tranquil Abiding - Weekend Silent Retreat

Use this special weekend retreat to find some space and tranquility in your mind, by training in concentration.

A completely silent retreat gives us the opportunity to gather our energy and attention within and enjoy abiding with the meditation object of our choice over two days.

The retreat starts with a Friday night introductory talk on how to engage successfully in silent retreat.

Why train in concentration? 

Our mind is extremely powerful and creative, 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 mental peace and contentment, we will have fewer distractions, and we will be able to focus more freely on whatever we wish, creating extraordinary change in our lives. 

Buddha's method for 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.

Silent Retreat Schedule

Introductory Talk

With Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

Friday, February 16th  |  6:30-8:00pm

How to engage in group silent retreat in order to successfully improve our concentration.

This introductory session is mandatory for everyone attending the retreat. If you are a member of HKMC and would like to attend online, please e-mail Evam at Sessions on Sat + Sun are in-person only.

**If you have not participated in our Concentration Programs previously, it is highly recommended that you attend the Sunday Morning meditation classes January 7-February 11 to learn the basic Buddhist framework of concentration training through meditation. Class dates and topics are listed below.**

Group Silent Retreat

With Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

Saturday, February 17 - Sunday, February 18  

Four Retreat Sessions Daily, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Vegetarian lunch is included both days.

Preparing for the Silent Retreat

Optional Guided Preparation

These classes are not included in the Silent Retreat cost. $14 per class/FREE for members.

These drop-in classes on Sunday mornings will explore Buddha's teachings on training in concentration through meditation, based on the book Joyful Path of Good Fortune, by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Kadam Trina will cover all the relevant understandings and techniques needed to train successfully in concentration in daily life as well as in retreat. Class dates are:

Sunday, Jan 7 | 10am-12:30pm - Stillness for our busy mind

Sunday, Jan 14 | 10am-12:30pm - The peace and power of concentration

Sunday, Jan 21 | 10am-12:30pm - Meditation training for concentration

Sunday, Jan 28 | 10am-12:30pm - Overcoming distraction

Sunday, Feb 4 | 10am-12:30pm - Mindfulness

Sunday, Feb 11 | 10am-12:30pm - Abiding in tranquility

Retreat Registration

Includes a delicious vegetarian lunch for Sat & Sun!

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 to the left.

The preparatory practice in each retreat session will be Heart Jewel. Center copies of this booklet are provided for use in our meditation room.

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.

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