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

 

October

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays October 2-30 12:00-12:30 PM

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, October 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, October 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays October 10-31 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, October 3 due to Fall International Festival)

Happiness from the Inside Out: A Meditation Workshop | Saturday, October 26 10:00 AM- 1 PM

 

November

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays November 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday November 15 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, November 3, 10 & 24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, November 17 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, November 3, 10 & 24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, November 17 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays November 7-21 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, November 28)

A Life Without Anger Meditation Workshop | Saturday, November 9 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Midwest Dharma Celebration | Friday, November 15-Sunday, November 17

 

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

New Year, New You: Learn to Meditate in Half a Day | Saturday, January 4 10 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

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