Profound Kindness Retreat - Weeklong
with Susan Chapman & Mary Sehlinger
February 16 / 8:30 AM - February 22 / 6:00 PM
Please, Please Help This World: The Practice of Profound Kindness
Too often it seems we live in a world filled with aggression, blame, strife, a lack of decency and dignity, and a general pervasive sense of anxiety. We may experience these feelings in our personal lives or in the doubt and uncertainty related to the future of Shambhala. And they can certainly be easily found in our society as a whole.
How Can We Help? Fortunately, according to the Buddhist and Shambhala wisdom traditions, the antidotes to these problems are close at hand if we only know where to look. Through the practice of profound kindness
- Confusion can be transformed into wisdom
- Aggression can be transformed into compassion
- Anxiety can be transformed into courage
This retreat takes a deep dive into the dharma teachings and practices of profound kindness. Drawing from Buddhist Mahayana teachings as well as Shambhala dharma, the weeklong retreat includes:
- Exploration of the feminine principle and the feminine wisdom lineage
- Transmission of the short version of the Sadhana of Kindness
- The four dignities of Tiger, Lion, Garuda and Dragon and what they teach us about kindness
- Specific Mahayana practices to develop profound kindness
- Time for deep meditation and contemplation
- Conversations and activities related to profound kindness
- Talks by Acharya Chapman and Mary Sehlinger
When: The retreat begins at 8:30am on Saturday, Feb 16 and concludes at 6pm on Friday, Feb 22
Prerequisites: Completion of Level 5 of Shambhala Training or completion of significant Mahayana study. Please contact Mary Sehlinger if you are unsure if you meet the prerequisites.
Bodhisattva Vow: Acharya Chapman will administer this vow on Sunday, Feb 17 at the end of the day. If you are interested in taking this vow, please contact Mary Sehlinger. (you must have previously taken the Refuge vow to take this vow.)
SPACE IS LIMITED!!! In order to reserve a space, you must preregister and pay a deposit of . Please be aware that your space will not be reserved until you have paid your deposit. Once the program has filled, we will begin a waiting list. Deposits are non-refundable after February 1, 2019.
Deposits can be made by opening the following link. Please note in the comment box that you are making a deposit for this program. https://lexington.shambhala.org/community/donate/
Financial Assistance: Due to the expenses involved with offering this retreat, generosity scholarships are not available. If you would like to attend and cannot afford the entire price all at once, we will be happy to work out a payment plan with you. Please contact Mary Sehlinger (see bottom of page).
Housing: If you are coming from out of town and would like to stay with a sangha member, please note this in the comments box when you preregister. We will get back with you.
Acharya Susan Chapman is an experienced meditation practitioner and teacher who completed the traditional “3-year meditation retreat” at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia under the mentorship of Pema Chödrön. She subsequently spent another six years there as Retreat Master for three-year retreat participants. Acharya Chapman is a lead teacher for Karuna Training, Contemplative Psychology, in North America, and leads intensive Karuna Trainings twice yearly in Europe. In April, 2014 she published her book, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication. She holds a degree in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University and lives in Vancouver, BC.
Mary Sehlinger has been teaching dharma since 2002. She has led programs in the United States, Canada and Mexico and is particularly passionate about leading mahayana programs. She received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington with her dog Nina.
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