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Three-Day Retreat at Villa Angelica - January 22-24, 2016

posted Dec 4, 2015, 10:46 AM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 2:35 PM ]
Dear Friends of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche,

It's time to register for our upcoming retreat with Rinpoche, scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 22-24, 2016. This will be a most precious opportunity to share an in-depth teaching by Rinpoche on The Nature of Mind from an ancient text by venerable Longchen Rabjam. We will also receive a classic Buddhist lesson about the Four Noble Truths by Geshe Lobsang Kunshuk, a friend of Rinpoche's visiting from South India, and an excellent teacher in his own right.

What a great way to begin the new year in a mindful way! We hope to make this event as successful as our prior two New Year's retreats, which we held in the same wonderful place with a similar schedule. Please check the info listed below for details about the retreat, including schedule and cost information.

At the bottom of the message, you will find a description of the Buddhist topic to be offered by Rinpoche, a very ancient but still highly useful teaching.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important for our planning to receive your registration before Jan. 10. We want to ensure full participation for the retreat. Please forward this notice to others who may be interested, they need not be a member of our Sangha to attend. We will also have flyers about the retreat to distribute, and will promote the event in the print and electronic media. Let's all work together to make this a success.

All About the Retreat

Rinpoche will offer the teaching in several sessions throughout the three-day retreat. He will begin each morning with Amitābha practice. We will gather at the idyllic Villa Angelica retreat center on Monastery Beach, Carmel, where we will enjoy comfortable accommodations, shared healthy meals, guided meditation and teachings by Rinpoche and Geshe Lobsang, all with expert interpretation by our Tibetan specialist David Molk. All teaching sessions take place in the spacious, comfortable "living room" of the retreat center, with plenty of space for all of us and stunning ocean views from all windows. Seating for the sessions will be on cushions on the floor (please bring your own, if possible) or comfortable chairs.

There will be opportunity for quiet meditation and reflection before the morning sessions and on Saturday afternoon. The retreat center has a wonderful small chapel which we will make available for quiet time.

All meals at the retreat will be prepared by our group in the well-equipped kitchen at the Villa. The menu will include simple, healthy and vegetarian dishes. If you have special food needs, please bring what you need. We will all be asked to volunteer for one kitchen task during the weekend (before and after meals, but not during teaching time), in a fun and mindful way that also helps to reduce our retreat costs!

Retreat Schedule

 Friday, Jan. 22 Beginning at 3 pm: Arrive and check in
6-7 pm: Dinner
7-9 pm: Session 1 - Welcome, Setting Intention, Introduction to Teaching
 Saturday, Jan. 23 7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast
8:30-10 am: Session 2 - Amitābha Prayers and Meditation
Tea Break
10:30 am - Noon: Session 3 - Teaching
12-1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30-3:30 pm: Session 4 - "Four Noble Truths" by Geshe Lobsang
3:30-6 pm: Free time
6-7 pm: Dinner Break
7-9 pm: Session 5 - Teaching
 Sunday, Jan. 24 7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast
8:30-10 am: Session 6 - Amitābha Prayers and Meditation
Tea Break
10:30 am - Noon: Session 7 - Teaching; Wrap-Up and Dedication
12-2 pm: Lunch and Manjushri Dharma Center Membership Annual Meeting

Location of Retreat

The retreat will be held at Villa Angelica, located on Highway 1 just south of Carmel, across from scenic Monastery Beach. Nearby trails provide easy access to Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve.

Along with several rooms in the adjacent House of Prayer, bedrooms accommodate 25 overnight guests, mostly doubles with a few singles and one triple. Local Sangha members may also choose to commute to the retreat from home.

Retreat Fees

 $430  Retreat attendance, sleeping in single room
 $330  Retreat attendance, sleeping in shared room
 $150  Retreat attendance, day use only
 $100  Single day retreat attendance

Fee includes meals and printed teaching materials. Payment is due in full at registration. Partial refund if cancelled two weeks before retreat.

Registration and Payment

Please register online here or by mail sent to the address below. Please pay by check or money order in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. or Canadian bank. We cannot accept foreign cash or bank drafts. Checks and money orders may be mailed to:

Manjushri Dharma Center
724 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA

Payment may also be made via by clicking on the Donate button on the left hand side.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone with financial concerns is asked to call Heidi Feldman at (831) 372-7873. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche wishes that no person be turned away because of financial need. To keep costs low, all retreatants will share in retreat tasks, such as food prep, serving, kitchen clean-up, etc.

About the Teaching

Receive the full transmission of Buddha's teachings in an essential, practical form! The retreat will touch on all subjects to be considered by Buddhist students.The teaching will expound on the concise text by Longchen Rabjam, the seminal founder of the Nyingma tradition. Longchen Rabjam (1308-1264) is sometimes referred to as "The Second Buddha." He is considered one of the main Dzogchen teachers in Tibetan Buddhism.

The teaching of his text, as presented by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, will contain the entire essence of Buddha's teachings and is the basis for such important concepts as:
  • Reliance upon a teacher
  • Instructions for the path to be practiced
  • Advanced teaching for awakening into Buddhahood
Khenpo Karten Rinpoche feels that explanations of the Dharma can be very concise without being overly voluminous or complicated. Succinct explanations can be the most potent for our practice, to be learned at this special retreat.

The concentrated atmosphere of the retreat promises to be beneficial to all who attend, as Rinpoche will expand on the brief text to impress on us its deeper meaning.The teaching to be offered at the retreat will offer the ultimate essence of Buddhism and contain all that is important for beginning and more advanced Dharma practitioners to contemplate and practice in the course of their life.