Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

New Year's Retreat 2017-2018 With Refuge Ceremony

Event Leader: 
Lama Michael Conklin
KCC Urban Center - 4936 NE Skidmore St.

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Zhinay, or Calm Abiding, will be taught during the New Year Retreat. The practice is the essential underpinning of all other meditation practices. While our minds are busy and apparently distracted by a myriad of disconnected thoughts, feelings, and emotions, it is not possible to deeply engage the meditation methods which could lead us to the intended result of directly recognizing the nature of mind. Zhinay is a direct method for learning to let the mind rest naturally, free of our commitment to the tyranny of these distractions.

This short, two-day retreat will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to meditate using a few of the many methods available, to explore in open discussion how we can carry this meditation into our daily affairs and, vice versa, our daily affairs into our meditation. In short, we will take this opportunity to explore how we can integrate our spiritual path into the rest of our life, laying the ground for them to become completely inseparable.

This retreat is for beginning and experienced meditators regardless of background.

The Refuge Ceremony begins at 4:00pm on Monday, January 1st, and lasts until approximately 6:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend and witness the Refuge Ceremony. If you are planning on participating in the Ceremony and taking the step of formally entering the path, then we encourage you to invite friends and family according to what you feel is appropriate. In addition, you are strongly encouraged to notify Lama Michael of your intention in advance and to submit the spelling of your name as you would like it to appear on the certificate given at refuge.
Contact Lama Michael Conklin.

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Sunday, December 31    
Arrival/Registration - 8:00am
First session - 9:00am
Potluck Lunch - Noon
Last session - 1:30pm — 4:00pm

Monday, January 1
First session - 9:00am
Potluck Lunch - Noon
Last session - 1:30pm — 3:30pm
Refuge Ceremony - 4:00pm — 6:00pm


There is a $120 suggested donation to cover the cost of offering this retreat. However, a donation of any amount is appreciated, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is no charge for attending or participating in the Refuge Vow Ceremony.

If you have additional questions about logistics or registration, please contact the registrar, Linda Grove.