with fully ordained Buddhist Monk Gen Kelsang Tilopa
When problems arise we usually seek a remedy externally, ie outside our mind. Unfortunately the usual remedies we seek provide only a temporary respite, and fail to give real freedom from all problems and suffering. Often sufferings increase with the remedies we choose. So we need to find real lasting authentic help or refuge. And it can only be found within our own mind.
For 2500 years countless people have realized that the only true refuge is the advice and teachings of Buddha, the Dharma. Dharma is not an external object. It is a deep understanding and wisdom achieved by studying, contemplating, meditating and practicing Buddha’s teachings. Dharma realizations are the actual protection and refuge from suffering in this and future lives. When we achieve any of these, they directly protect us from fear, problems, and suffering. For example patience protects from anger, love protects from selfishness, and wisdom protects from mistaken minds of self grasping.
The distinguishing characteristic of all who regard themselves as Buddhist is their reliance on the Three Precious Jewels; Buddha, the source of the teachings; Dharma the teachings and realizations; and Sangha, the community of practitioners, as their ultimate source of refuge.
This precious weekend will begin with Mahayana Refuge Vows Ceremony and explanation of the practice on Friday evening. Gen Kelsang Tilopa will offer the Refuge Vows to anyone wishing to take Refuge in the Three Jewels, or anyone interested in finding out about Buddhist Refuge.
Saturday and Sunday will consist of five meditation sessions of approximately one hour, three on Saturday and two on Sunday, in which attendees will be guided through meditations on Refuge practice. There is no requirement to attend Friday evening before attending any of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday May 31
7 – 8:30pm: Introduction and Mahayana Refuge Ceremony
Saturday Jun 1
9 – 10am: Session 1
2 – 3pm: Session 2
5 – 6pm: Session 3
Sunday Jun 2
8:30 – 9:30 am Session 4
12 pm – 1 pm: Session 5
Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina
528 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203
Attend one, some or all of the retreat sessions. You can pre-pay below or pay at the retreat.
One session- $8
Entire Retreat- $40