Thursday, September 13 (evening) to
Tuesday, September 18 (morning)
The meditation on Chenrezi—the bodhisattva of compassion—is a Vajranana technique through which we draw forth our inherent awakening. We do so by exchanging identification with ordinary body, speech, and mind with the with awakened body, speech, and mind of Chenrezi. The practice consists of imagining ourselves in an enlightened form, reciting the six-syllable mantra of Chenrezi, and training in various samadhis. Once we have familiarized ourselves with awakened being through these conceptually-supported techniques, we let go of these supports and, ideally, rest in awakened mind itself, free of all elaboration.
This retreat will include guided meditation sessions to throughly introduce the key components of Chenrezi meditation to newcomers, allowing them to gain firm understanding of and confidence in the practice. For those already familiar with it, we will explore methods to develop shamatha, vipashyana, loving-kindness, compassion, tonglen (sending and taking) and so forth within this meditation, thus learning tools to deepen and expand our experience.
Following the advice of many past masters, it is not necessary to have already received this empowerment to begin this practice or participate in this retreat. Some basic understanding of (or at least, strong, informed interest in) the Chenrezi practice is the only prerequisite for attending. For those new to Chenrezi, attending the August 5th all-day sit at KCC is strongly recommended. The schedule of sitting will be full, but there will be a stretching break after each half hour of sitting and all should feel free to alternate between sitting on the floor, in a chair, or even lying down. Text are available at KCC and will be available at the retreat.
Participants must be able to attend from the beginning to the end. To support a conducive container for all participants, this retreat will be silent, and by registering you agree to abstain from using mobile phones and the like during the retreat.
Questions about retreat content and discipline can be directed to Lama Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location and Arrival
The retreat will be held at Ser Chö Ösel Ling, KCC's retreat land near Goldendale in rural Washington (map). Please arrive between 2:00pm and 4:30pm on the opening day of retreat.
Retreat Admission and Accommodation Fees
Payment is required in order to secure a space at this retreat.
$655 — Cabin, single occupancy*
$525 — Cabin, double occupancy
$460 — Camping or RV**
*Please: choose the single occupancy option only if you really need it, as single rooms are very limited.
If you prefer, but don’t require, a single room, let the registrar know (email@example.com) and she will accommodate your request if space becomes available.
**Please be aware that there is large and small wildlife on our secluded retreat land.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Please read this carefully prior to registering.
Cancellation up to 30 days from the beginning of the retreat: the entire payment, less a $25 fee, is refunded.
Cancellation between 15 and 29 days from the beginning of the retreat: 75% of the retreat cost is refunded.
Cancellation between 4 and 14 days from the beginning of the retreat: 50% of the retreat cost is refunded.
Cancellation within 3 days from the beginning of the retreat: No refund is given.
A limited number of scholarships (25%—50% of the retreat cost for regular rooms and camping) are available for individuals with serious financial constraints. Preference is given to KCC members of at least three months. The number of scholarships available depends entirely on donations to the Scholarship Fund, and scholarship assistance may not be immediately guaranteed. Please request a scholarship early.
For those who can afford it, please consider contributing to the Scholarship Fund so that others who are less financially fortunate are able to attend KCC retreats.
To apply for a scholarship, send an email to the Scholarship Committee, briefly stating: (1) your financial circumstances, (2) the amount you are requesting, and (3) your history as a practitioner. This scholarship request will also serve as your request to participate in the retreat, and a space will be held for you pending a decision about those requests.
Wait to register until you receive an email response stating the amount of scholarship funds awarded to you. Once you have received scholarship notification and approval to participate in the retreat, you will receive an email inviting you to complete your registration. You will be asked to enter the amount of your scholarship award during the registration process.
Lama Eric Triebelhorn is a long-time member of the KCC community who completed the traditional three-year retreat at Bokar Monastery in Mirik, India and currently resides there. He translates for Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche and other lineage teachers and assists in teaching English to the young Bokar Rinpoche.