Blink! and it’s a new world (Quad Cities)

Understanding subtle impermanence

Everything changes.  Even though we know this is true, we often resist change and struggle with uncertainty. When we learn to embrace the truth of impermanence we can let go of worry, accept our experiences, keep things in perspective and develop a flexible mind.  In this way we can live lightly and wisely through unpredictable times.

Make it a weekend!

Join us for class on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6:30-8pm, then come back for the Saturday retreat! Save $5 when you register for both events together.

Friday topic:
Becoming Your Own Protector: Finding Refuge
In this chaotic and uncertain world it is tremendously important to learn how to build an experience of refuge within our own mind.  Through understanding and gaining experience of the Buddhist practice of refuge, we create a shelter within our own heart from the storm of negative states of mind, and enjoy peace and freedom which we can share with others.  Buddhists seek ultimate refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, the omniscient doctor, Sangha, the kind spiritual nurses, and Dharma, the actual medicine that cures our mental pain. In this very special Friday evening talk, you will learn about the initial scope of the Path to Enlightenment and in particular the Buddhist practice of seeking refuge. The class includes a teaching, guided meditation and discussion. 

Registration details

Cost $20; free for members. Register for the full weekend for $25!

Location: Wilson Center, Augustana College, 3750 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL

Hourly Schedule

Saturday, October 21

10 - 11:15am
Session 1
11:45am - 1pm
Session 2


Saturday October 21 2023


10:00 am - 1:00 pm



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Augustana College Wilson Center


  • Gen Kelsang Dorje
    Gen Kelsang Dorje
    Resident Teacher, KMC Madison

    The Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Madison is Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Dorje. Gen Dorje has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 20 years under the guidance of his teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. Gen Dorje is admired for his warmth and humor in making Buddha’s teachings relevant to the modern world. He is an inspiring example of how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into a joyful life.