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

 

February

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays February 1-27 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Kids Class Sunday, February 10)

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays February 14 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Meditation 101: Learn to Meditate in Half a Day | Saturday, February 23 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

March

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays March 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays March 7 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully Retreat | Saturday, March 9, 9 AM-4:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, March 16 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Sunshine State of Mind | Friday, March 22 7:00-8:30 PM

 

April

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

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays April 4-18 7:00-8:30 PM

A Life of Great Meaning: Changing Our Heart, Life, and World with Kadam Lucy James | April 5-7 

Friday Night Lecture: Changing Our Heart with Kadam Lucy James | Friday, April 5  7:00-8:30 PM 

Saturday Retreat: Changing Our Life with Kadam Lucy James | Saturday, April 6 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special Sunday Morning Class: Changing Our World with Kadam Lucy James | Sunday, April 7 10:00-11:30 AM

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

Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 13 6:30 AM- 4 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, April 20 10:00-10:45 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)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays May 2-30 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class May 16)

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 7-8 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, May 11 10:00-10:45 AM

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

Friday Night Lecture: Silencing Our Inner Critic | Friday, May 31 7-8:30 PM

 

June

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

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

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays June 6-20

Giving Power to Our Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, June 8 10 AM-4 PM

 

Starting in 2019

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

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3 (Registration opens December 15, 2018)