Zhinay, or Calm Abiding, will be taught during the New Year Retreat. The practice is the essential underpinning of all other meditation practices. While our minds are busy and distracted by a myriad of disconnected thoughts, feelings, and emotions, it is not possible to deeply engage the meditation methods which could lead us to the intended result of directly recognizing the nature of mind. Zhinay is a direct method for learning to let the mind rest naturally, free of our commitment to the tyranny of these distractions. This short, two day retreat will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to meditate using a few of the many methods available, to explore in open discussion how we can carry this meditation into our daily affairs and, vice versa, our daily affairs into our meditation. In short, we will take this opportunity to explore how we can integrate our spiritual path into the rest of our life, laying the ground for them to become completely inseparable.
This retreat is for beginning and experienced meditators regardless of background.
Starting April 4th, 2015, KCC will offer a three-year retreat at our long-retreat center, Ser Chö Ösel Ling, in Goldendale, Washington. We are now accepting applications.
The retreat master will be KCC Resident Lama, Michael Conklin. He will be assisted by Lama Tara Goforth, of Victoria, British Columbia. KCC completed a successful one-year retreat for 13 retreatants at Ser Chö Ösel Ling in March 2014.
The three-year retreat curriculum will include practices of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages.
The Winter Season Retreat provides an opportunity for individuals with prior retreat experience who can practice independently to do extended personal retreat in a supportive group environment. Individuals who wish to take part will need to have approval from their primary mentor and have a specific plan for retreat worked out in conjunction with their mentor. Both the length of retreat, and the specific program of practice should be agreed to in advance.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:00am