Tonglen Practice: A two-day urban retreat at KCC
Led by Zopa Herron and Tim Campbell
"Like the earth, water, wind, and fire, medicinal herbs and trees in the wilderness, may I always be an object of enjoyment for all beings just as they wish."
"May I be beloved of beings and may they be more beloved to me than myself. May their negative deeds ripen upon me and may all my virtue, without exception, ripen upon them." -- Verses from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland
Tonglen (giving and taking) is a powerful practice of deep and joyful compassion coupled with ultimate wisdom. This method comes from the Seven Point Mind Training teachings, based on experiences of revered masters such as Nagarjuna, Shantideva and Langri Tampa. Tonglen profoundly challenges our habitual, self-centered experience which is founded on delusion. It is a potent method of developing Bodhicitta, the fully awakened, joyful heart.
If this method of developing the Bodhisattva Mind speaks to you, please join us at KCC on November 15/16, Friday and Saturday, from 9-4pm each day. If you can only come to part of the retreat, please let Zopa know ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be welcomed.
Registration available soon.
This will be a silent, non-residential retreat. We will meet from 9-4pm each day. As you are able, you will be encouraged to carry forth the silent retreat in your own home as best you can from 4pm Friday, November 15th up to the next morning, when you return on Saturday. Please let your family or roommates know you plan to be quiet and practice that evening, if that can work for you all.
It is best if you can attend the entire retreat, but if you can only commit to a half day, please email Zopa at email@example.com to make that request.
Tea and snacks will be available each day, but please bring your own hearty cold lunch and some nourishing snacks for yourself, as you will want that nourishment to keep up your joyous effort. Also, it is best to plan to stay at the center for snacks and lunches to maintain silence to support your retreat mind.
Our text will be “Tonglen Retreat - A Buddhist Mind Training Tradition” which Lama Michael compiled in 2009, based on teachings by Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche. You can arrange to get this book from KCC after you register for the Retreat.
Supplemental Readings and Online: (not required)
"The Great Path of Awakening" by Jamgon Kongtrul
"Enlightened Courage" by Dilgo Khyentse
"Buddhism with an Attitude" by Alan Wallace
"Start Where You Are" by Pema Chodron
"Essential Mind Training" Translated by Thubten Jinpa
Also, you can find many interesting online teachings at Youtube Sravasti Abbey, just search for Tonglen by Venerable Thubten Chodron and other guest teachers there. Enjoy.
We look forward to joining you on this heart warming, wisdom expanding Retreat.