August 30 – Sept. 1

at Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center

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Buddha taught that all our pain and suffering we experience is coming from not understanding clearly the way things really are.  Because of this misconception, we go about our daily life blaming external objects, difficult situations, other people or our self for all of our problems.  Through gaining familiarity with the way things actually exist, we can experience freedom from delusions and negative states of mind that keeps us trapped in this cycle of unhappiness and painful experiences.

During this retreat, we will focus on gaining experience with the emptiness of the body.  Through gaining familiarity with this profound knowledge and engaging in the related meditations, we can reduce our physical tension, anxiety and discomfort related to our body and begin to cease grasping at the body we normally see, and instead learn practically how to relate to it with wisdom.

This retreat will include teachings, guided meditation, time for discussion and questions related to the topic.  This retreat is perfectly suited for all levels.

“If we wish to experience pure happiness, we must acquaint our mind with the truth.”
How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

You may find it helpful to read the chapter on “Ultimate Bodhichitta” in How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This book is available for free and can be downloaded by visiting

Retreat Schedule

Friday night – Aug. 30

Session 1: 7- 8:30pm

Saturday – Aug.31

Session 2: 9 -10:15 am
Session 3: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Lunch Break: 12:30 – 2:30pm
Session 4: 2:30 – 3:45pm

Sunday – Sept. 1

Session 5: 10:30 -11:45am (part of regular Sunday drop-in class)


$10 per session | $25 Saturday only | $40 for entire retreat
$8 per session | $15 Saturday only | $30 for entire retreat for Full members
Free for Benefactor members

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For more information contact or 860.266.6041.