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International Retreat Centers (IRCs)

International Retreat Centers are special centers that offer facilities for those wishing to do both long-term and short-term retreats.

WHAT IS RETREAT?

In The New Guide to Dakini Land, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains:

‘On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal, and mental.

 

We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities, and noise, and dis-engage from extraneous and meaningless actions; we engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence; and we engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy, and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.’

There are currently four International Retreat Centers:

Tharpaland International Retreat Center – Oberkramer, Germany

Dharma Kadam International Retreat Centre – Menorca, Spain

Kailash International Retreat Center – Torbel, Switzerland

International Retreat Center Grand Canyon – Williams, Arizona; USA

 

Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

Year at a Glance

 
April

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays April 3-30 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class April 5)

Stress Factor Zero: Stress Buster Meditation Series | Thursdays April 4-18 7:00-8:00 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

US Festival at KMC New York | Friday April 26-Wednesday May 1 2019  

 

May

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays May 1-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class May 17)

Stress Factor Zero: Stress Buster Meditation Series | Thursdays May 2, 9 and 23 7:00-8:00 PM 

Free Sunday Morning Class and Spring Open House | Sunday, May 5 10 AM

Choose Happiness Free Meditation and Talk at Verona Public Library | Wednesday, May 8 7:00-8:00 PM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Introduction, Friday May 17  7:00-8:30 PM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Empowerment Saturday May 18  9 AM-5 PM

International Spring Festival at Manjushri KMC | May 24-29

Weekend Away Retreat: Abiding in Clarity at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI | May 31-June 2

 

June

Weekend Away Retreat: Abiding in Clarity at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI | May 31-June 2

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays June 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM

Stress Factor Zero: Stress Buster Meditation Series | Thursdays June 6-20 7:00-8:00 PM

Creating the Life You Want Part 1: Friday Night Lecture Silencing the Inner Critic | Friday, June 7  7:00-8:30 PM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays June 9-30 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class June 2)

Meditation for Kids | Sundays June 9-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Creating the Life You Want Part 2: Awakening Our Pure Potential | Saturday, June 22  10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

Save the Date!

KMC Madison Fall Fair and Yard Sale | Saturday, August 31 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | Spring 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3