Program Details

Weekend Only Kindness Retreat

with Susan Chapman & Mary Sehlinger
February 16 / 8:30 AM - February 17 / 6:00 PM

Note: this program is full and registration has closed. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, we will contact you if there is a cancellation. Please contact Mary Sehlinger at 205-910-1927.

Weekend Retreat: 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:

  • Specific 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 Sunday evening, Feb 17.

 For Whom: 

This weekend event is open to all. There are no prerequisites.

 Bodhisattva Vows: Acharya Chapman will be giving the Bodhisattva Vow on Sunday, Feb 17th. If you are interested in taking this vow, please contact Mary Sehlinger. (You must have already taken the Refuge Vow in order 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.  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. 


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.


Mary Sehlinger
Phone: 205-910-1927
Email: [email protected]






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