Events

Apr 02 2021
Shamata Retreat

Shamata, the Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Calm Abiding

About this Event

Join Tibetan master teacher and scholar, Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend meditation retreat focused on the foundational practice of Calm Abiding meditation, or Shamata.

The Shamata retreat will be a blend of teaching and practice with the aim of cultivating more calm and center in your life. In his profound yet humorous style, Khen Rinpoche will teach you how to build the backbone of your meditation practice and provide tangible ways to embody compassion, joy, and courage so you show up as your best self at work, home, and in relationships.

Details:

April 2-4 : Please note all times are Mountain Daylight Time (MT)

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm (MDT) (click HERE to view in your time zone)

Saturday: 10am – 5pm (MDT) (click HERE to view in your time zone)

Sunday: 10am – 5pm (MDT) (click HERE to view in your time zone)

 

What to expect from this retreat:

  • An exploration of Shamata practice
  • Guided meditations
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life
  • Opportunity to ask questions of a Tibetan master

Tuition: Our intention is to make this workshop financially accessible to all. Please choose the tuition amount that works for you. If the program costs present a financial barrier or you are interested in a stipend to offset the cost of childcare, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact amanda@namchak.org for more information.

Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Please note: Confirmation emails from Eventbrite often end up in spam/promotions tab. Please check there if you do not see the confirmation email with the Zoom info.

About the teacher: Khen Rinpoche completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous master teachers. He also completed an additional nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch in Montana, as well as in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

This retreat is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike!

 

Our Community Agreements

In order to co-create a brave, inclusive, anti-oppressive and learning-centered space, in our community we each agree to:

  • Be inclusive of diverse opinions and backgrounds through treating each other with respect and appreciation.
  • Commit to words and actions of non-harm within our group interactions.
  • Learn by immersing in these practices and giving them a real test drive.
  • Hold personal sharing in confidence.
  • Be present, practice mindful listening, and do not offer unsolicited advice.
  • Allow for equal sharing of voices as well as the right to pass.
  • Take care not to speak for others in the group.
  • Assume good intent and come from a place of curiosity and care.
  • Come as we are with permission to be “raggedy.” Perfection is not expected although personal responsibility always is.
  • Be mindful of and take personal responsibility for our own biases including the use of language that may “other,” “cancel,” or dehumanize any person, groups of people, and/or their experiences.
  • Use the “Ouch/Oops” tool to address hurtful comments and language in the moment and to allow space for repair. *

We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge.

*Ouch/Oops . This is a tool for addressing hurtful comments/language in the moment. If someone says something hurtful, anyone can bring attention to it in the moment by saying “Ouch” and then explaining what was hurtful. If it is a word choice issue, be sure to give the first speaker the chance to rephrase and try again (remember, it’s okay to be raggedy, and we are all assuming good intent!) When someone says something that comes out wrong or hurts someone else, they should start with “Oops” – first, acknowledge the impact of their words, and then try again. This can also be done outside of the event if someone feels an “Ouch,” but does not feel comfortable sharing it with the group at that time.