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The Healing Power of Compassion
November 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - November 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
About the Retreat
This is a silent retreat.
Abide in an ocean of compassion. Join us with our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho, for this weekend retreat of teachings and guided meditations on compassion. This retreat will give participants the space to deeply and profoundly taste the bliss of compassion that comes through meditation practice. Going on retreat allows the mind to become unusually clear and lucid so one can immerse themselves in meditation practice in a far more effective manner.
Compassion has incredible power to heal our mind and to lead us to viewing our life in a completely different way. Compassion makes our life meaningful and our relationships healthier and more positive. Although we already have some degree of compassion, at present it is very biased and limited. When our family or friends are suffering we easily develop compassion for them, but we find it far more difficult to feel sympathy for people we find unpleasant or for strangers. If we genuinely want to realize our potential by attaining full enlightenment, we need to increase the scope of our compassion until it embraces all living beings without exception.
Everyone is welcome.
About the Teacher
Kelsang Khacho is the newly appointed Resident Teacher of Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre. She is a modern Buddhist nun who has been a devoted student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. She is known for her loving and compassionate nature, as well as her practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings.
She is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice and is dedicated to helping everybody discover Buddha’s wisdom and find real, lasting happiness.
Details about the Retreat
The Retreat will be held at the Mount St. Francis retreat Centre near Cochrane, conveniently located just northwest of Calgary.
Bedding and towels are provided. Please bring your personal items. It’s a good idea to have good shoes and layered clothing for exercise and fresh air between meditation sessions. We will bring our meditation cushions from the Centre, but if you prefer your own please bring it.
Vegetarian meals will be prepared by the retreat centre’s kitchen staff. Please tell us about any special dietary needs when you register, and we will let you know the extent to which they can be accommodated.
Friday: November 26
Arrival and Check-in – 5-6:00pm
Dinner – 6:00pm
Saturday: November 27
Breakfast – 8:00am
Session 1 – 9:15–10:15am
Session 2 – 11am–12pm
Lunch – 12:00pm
Session 3 – 3–4:15pm
Heart Jewel – 4:30–5:00pm
Dinner – 5:30pm
Session 4 – 7:30–8:45pm
Sunday: November 28
Breakfast – 8:00am
Session 5 – 9:15–10:30am
Session 6 – 11am–12pm
Lunch – 12pm
Session 7 – 1:30–2:30pm
Clean-up and Departure – 2:30–3:00pm
Registration and Cost
Includes guided retreat, two nights accommodation, six vegetarian meals and snacks. (Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please advise us of your needs when you register.)
- $375 Full retreat early registration discount, available until Oct 31.
- $395 Registrations accepted after early registration. The last day to register is Nov 22.
Beginning with dinner on Friday night at 6:00pm. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please advise us of your needs when you register.
How to Register
Call Akshobya Centre at (403) 454-7595 (credit card only)
Pay in person at a drop-in class at the Centre.
Register on Eventbrite (below)