At the World Peace Temple
Emptiness & Impermanence Retreat
May 12-17, 2023 with Gen Samten Kelsang
Fri-Sun | $70 Full Retreat | $135
Impermanence is the doorway to emptiness. Emptiness is the doorway to liberation.
In this retreat, we will explore the deep and profound meditations on subtle impermanence. Subtle impermanence helps us relate to ourselves and the world around us in a flexible and light way. We let go of the past and stay centered in the present. A lot of the psychological pain we carry around with us is from constantly recreating a past version of ourselves in the present moment. We do this because of a tragic and flawed assumption that we are simply a slightly updated version of the person we were yesterday, or one year ago, or ten years ago. Thus, we carry the pain of the past with us like a bundle of thorns on our back.
In reality, we are changing constantly. In each day and in every moment we are born new. When we realize this through the power of meditation our whole life changes beyond our wildest dreams. Every day carries new possibilities, we have more love for the people around us, and more joy within our hearts.
Subtle impermanence opens our mind to the truth of emptiness. By relating to every area of our life as flux and change we naturally become more easygoing and grasp onto things less tightly. We realize that the world we normally see does not last for a single fleeting moment. From here we are able to shift our understanding slightly and realize the world we normally see does not exist at all. We realize the truth of emptiness in a very natural and organic way.
Seven Points of Training the Mind
November 10-15, 2023 with Gen Kelsang Devi
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH @2PM EST
Wisdom and compassion are like two wings of the bird that fly us to our own awakening. Wisdom without compassion is sterile, but compassion without wisdom is directionless. Training the Mind in Seven Points and its commentary, Universal Compassion, take the practitioner step-by-step on how to train our mind so that we can awaken our wisdom and compassion. First, we see how to cultivate a wise heart that is powerful and potent. Then, we see how we can transform the challenges of life into opportunities for growth and development. Finally, there are timeless and precise strategies for directly making positive change day-by-day, month-by-month, and year-by-year even amidst a busy lifestyle as a modern person.
Gen Devi is a renowned and beloved retreat teacher. She has completed many, intensive meditation retreats and has been guiding them in focused, retreat environments for years. She has the unique skill of helping meditators of all levels go deeper into their practice.
About Gen Samten Kelsang
Gen Samten Kelsang is the Resident Teacher at KMC New York. He is dedicated to helping everyone find peace of mind through the experience of meditation and through developing the capacity of their minds.
As one of Venerable Geshe-la’s senior disciples, Gen Samten has had the unique opportunity to engage in a three-year retreat and carries with him a wealth of experience in skillfully guiding sincere practitioners to profound meditative insights on retreat.
In addition to overseeing the spiritual program and teaching at KMC New York, Gen Samten regularly teaches throughout the US and world. He is renowned for the clarity of his teachings and his ability to help students improve their meditation practice, taking them to deeper levels of experience through guiding retreats and teaching study programs.
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47 Sweeney Rd
Glen Spey, NY 12737