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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

December

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays December 4-28 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Wednesday, December 25)

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, December 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM  (No Class December 29)

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, December 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class December 29)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays December 5-19 7 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, November 28)

Streams of Purifying Nectar: Vajrasattva Purification Retreat | Saturday, December 14 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

New Year's Eve Candlelight Meditation for World Peace | Tuesday, December 31 7:00-8:30 PM

January

Long Life and Wisdom Amitayus Retreat| Wednesday, January 1 10 AM-3 PM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays January 3-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday, January 24 due to Special Weekend Retreat)

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, January 5-19 10:00-11:30 AM 

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, January 5-19 10:00-11:30 AM 

New Year, New You: Meditations for Relaxation Retreat | Saturday, January 4 10:00 AM-1:15 PM

Lamrim Meditation Retreat | Saturday, January 11-Tuesday, January 14

Blue Sky Mind: Finding Peace Weekend Retreat with Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis |  January 24-26

Special Friday Night Lecture: Happiness from Within with Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis |  Friday, January 24 7:00-8:30 PM

Staying Inside our Blue Sky Mind Retreat With Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis |  Saturday, January 25 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Special Sunday Class: A Blue Sky Mind in Daily Life with Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis|  Sunday, January 26 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

February

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, February 2-23 (Special Sunday Class February 16) 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, February 2-23 (Special Sunday Class February 16) 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays February 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday, February 14 Due to Weekend Retreat)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays February 6-27 7 10:00-11:15 AM 

Transform the Way You Love: A Special Weekend with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | February 14-16

Special Friday Night Lecture: Love, Desire, and Relationships with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Friday, February 14 7:00-8:30 PM

Transform the Way You Love Saturday Retreat with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Saturday, February 16 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Special Sunday Class: Love Without Pain with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Sunday, February 16 10:00 -11:30 AM

Highest Yoga Tantra Blissful Path Vajrayogini Retreat | Saturday, February 29 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

March

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays March 4-25

Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays March 5-26

Part 1: Friday Night Lecture Silencing the Inner Critic | Friday, March 13 7:00-8:30 PM

Part 2: Connecting with Our Pure Potential Meditation Retreat | Saturday, March 28 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

April

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays April 1-29

Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | April 2-23 (No Class April 30) 

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 11 6:30 AM-4:00 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, April 17 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

 

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