Finding Peace Weekend: Developing Concentration
September 24-26, 2021
with visiting teacher Gen Kelsang Chogyop
In this retreat, we will look at what concentration is, why it is so important, and to learn how to develop our powers of concentration through systematic training in meditation. Concentration completely determines the power and effectiveness of our spiritual practice and the extent to which our mind is under control. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to our happiness and well-being and empowers our ability to be of greatest benefit to others.
The online access to this retreat is available for replay until Wednesday, September 29th at midnight
9-10:15am Guided Meditation
11:30am-1pm Teaching & Guided Meditation
4:30-5:45pm Teaching & Guided Meditation
9-10am Guided Meditation
11am-12:30pm Final Session with Prayers for World Peace.
Our COVID-19 Guidelines
Updated August 6, 2021:
The CDC has designated Sullivan County, NY as a “substantial transmission” area in the US. Based on this, the CDC recommends and Sullivan County is asking that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks indoors:
* We are asking all residents and guests to wear masks (covering both nose and mouth fully) in all common areas of the houses and center buildings.
* When entering the Temple, World Peace Cafe, and Shop, everyone should wear a mask until they are either seated in the Temple or in the Cafe. In the cafe, please just take off your mask to eat or drink. In the meditation, you are welcome to take off your mask once seated.
* Please refrain from chanting prayers out loud.
* Volunteers who are serving food in the dining room or helping in the cafe and shop should wear masks.
* In the dining room, please wear your mask until you are seated and eating.
* As much as possible, please try to eat outside–both in the dining room and the cafe.
* In the interest of the safety of everyone who attends, as an organization we strongly request that unvaccinated individuals don’t stay in dorm or shared accommodations because face coverings cannot be worn and proper social distancing cannot be maintained in these spaces, but instead book private/single rooms, camping or offsite accommodations.
* We ask that everyone booked in the Dorms and Shared Room accommodations provide a Proof of Negative COVID-19 test before arrival, regardless of vaccination status, since face coverings cannot be worn and proper social distancing cannot be maintained in these spaces.
This means you should plan to receive either: (1) a negative test result from a PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival to KMC New York OR (2)a negative test result from a COVID-19 Antigen test (a rapid test) taken within six hours of your arrival to KMC New York. This includes the at-home test kits.
* We will update you if any of our policies change, but please know we might have to change guidelines at any time based on CDC, state and/or local guidelines.
Gen Kelsang Chogyop
Gen Kelsang Chogyop is a Buddhist nun and is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia. Gen Chogyop has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 20 years, and is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of Dharma. She provides an inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner.
Through emphasizing the Bodhisattva’s way of life, she encourages all the students at the center to bring their practice of Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives, bringing joy to as many people as possible.