What is Retreat?

The Tibetan word for retreat is ‘tsam’, which means ‘stop’ or ‘make a break’. This indicates we must stop, or make a break from, our normal activities and concentrate on a particular spiritual practice. The most important thing to stop during retreat is our distractions—to stop our busy mind.

At Kadampa Meditation Center, we offer a variety of retreats to give the practitioner an opportunity to ‘take a break’ from normal activities and a distracted mind.

Day retreats, Meditation workshops & Away retreats

These retreats are offered throughout the year at the center and provide an opportunity to gain retreat experience in a quiet, peaceful environment. We offer meditation retreats that range from half-day retreats on Saturdays, to full weekends, to away retreats during which we stay at a retreat centre in the country. These relaxing and profound retreats help us create the space to more deeply contemplate and meditate on specific teachings.

Preliminary Retreats

What are the Preliminary Guide Retreats?

Preliminary Guide Retreats are held every year at the center. They are usually a week in length, four sessions a day, and allow people to gain deeper experience of a particular practice. They are an integral part of the Teacher Training Program (TTP), but are also open to everyone. You may attend any number of sessions. Preliminary Guide Retreats include the following: 

  • Refuge Retreat
  • Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat
  • Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

Refuge Retreat

Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat Retreat

Vajrasattva Retreat

Other Retreats

Amitayus Retreat

Nyungne Fasting Retreat

Lamrim Retreat

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