A Retreat and SCOL Introduction
Scholarships available. Click HERE to apply.
Begins Friday, May 17, at 5:30 PM, with dinner. Please plan to attend the first session at 7:00 PM in the shrine room.
Ends Sunday, May 19, after lunch and end-of-retreat chores to help return the cloister to order. Please plan to leave the land by 3 PM.
Who is the retreat for?
KCC has a wonderful retreat center near Goldendale, Washington on 240 acres of wooded land. For much of the past five years, the retreat cloister at its center has been in use by three-year retreatants. This is our center, a place anyone connected to KCC can use to deepen their spiritual practice. This retreat is a way of introducing long-time practitioners who haven't been able to do a retreat at sCOL, practitioners newer to the center, or anyone who would like a soup-to-nuts introduction to both the activity of retreat and our facility at SCOL.
Is the retreat only for beginners?
Absolutely not! As with Sunday morning meditation sessions, we plan to offer practitioners introductory instructions, suitable for people with very little experience in meditation. But we will also offer a survey of key techniques and practices, including walking meditation and the rest of the four postures, a variety of shamata methods, along with guidance for contemplating the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma. While the goal is to create an opportunity for beginners to feel completely comfortable with a new practice and facility, all are welcome.
We will gather at SCOL for dinner at 5:30 on Friday, May 17, and the retreat will run through noon Sunday, with a final lunch to follow. You can register here. Also note that scholarships for the retreat are available and if money is any barrier at all, we will make sure you can attend.
- Sally and Jeff will give instructions about posture, different forms (standing, walking, sitting), supportive contemplations, and methods of calm abiding meditation (Zhinay).
- Attendees will receive instructions about how to use SCOL and do retreat there, including shrine preparation and maintenance, bell-ringing, and chores.
- Attendees will tour all the facilities, including the retreat cloister, the kitchen and food-prep areas, staff quarters, the barn, as well as explore the grounds on unstructured hikes on designated trails throughout the 240-acre property.
KCC’s founder, Kalu Rinpoche, was a legendary practitioner, spending half of his first forty years in cloistered or secluded retreat. Over the course of his lifetime, he encouraged students to deepen their practice through retreat wherever possible. His principle student, Bokar Rinpoche, encouraged KCC to build a permanent place for retreat—a project that resulted in Ser Chö Ösel Ling. It is a rare and precious resource, and Sally and Jeff want to encourage people to feel welcome there and invited to use it.