Refuge Retreat: The Foundation for Freedom and Joy
February 17 – 19
During this retreat we will spend time developing the powerful mind of refuge, our actual protection from pain and problems. Through practicing refuge, we gradually build a stable peace, joy and freedom within our own heart, giving us the confidence and strength to make authentic spiritual progress that we can then share with others.
8-9:15am (Canceled due to weather)
11:30am – 12:45pm
**6:15-7:15pm Wishfulfilling Jewel w/ food offering (no cost)
$5 per session/$15 whole day (free for Full/Benefactor members) – Saturday only
Sunday, Monday – by donation only
Held at Odiyana Center
36 Main Street, East Hartford, CT.
Click here for map and directions
More information about Refuge retreat: A preliminary guide retreat
We all want a solution to our problems and spend much of our time and energy seeking refuge outside of ourselves – in our social life, our work, or simply time-wasting and indulging in meaningless activities. This is a fruitless search since none of these has true power to help us.
In Modern Buddhism Geshe Kelsang writes:
“When our life is in danger or we are threatened by someone, we usually seek refuge in the police. Of course, sometimes the police can protect us from a particular danger, but they cannot give us permanent liberation from death. When we are seriously ill we seek refuge in doctors. Sometimes doctors can cure a particular illness, but no doctor can give us permanent liberation from sickness. What we really need is permanent liberation from all sufferings, and as human beings we can achieve this by seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.”
We can find true refuge within ourselves by cultivating love, compassion, and wisdom. This inner experience is the Dharma – a Sanskrit word meaning “protection.” Deep experience of these minds has complete power to protect us from suffering and give rise to deep inner happiness. We cultivate this inner refuge by relying on Enlightened Beings (Buddhas) and our spiritual friends and companions (the Sangha).