Events

Oct 15 2022

The Path of the Bodhisattva

In-person or online

Are you looking for ways to open your heart and live with more presence and compassion? Join Tibetan teacher Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an immersive exploration of practical, time-honored principles of the Path of the Bodhisattva that, when practiced, have the potential to transform your life.

As we navigate our mountain of daily decisions, we can use The Path of the Bodhisattva as a guide for all of our interactions. Whatever actions we take or words we say, whether gentle or firm, can come from wisdom and compassion for our fellow human beings. If we all did that, imagine how the world would be!

Through his wise and warm teaching style, Tibetan scholar and master teacher Khen Rinpoche will cover all of the basic principles of Mahayana Buddhism, such as emptiness, compassion, the Six Perfections, bodhicitta, and Buddhahood.

Students will gain insight and understanding of:

  • The ground: Ultimate and relative truth
  • The path: Merit and wisdom
  • The result: The two kayas

Details:

Hybrid: In person in Missoula at the Community Barn at Garden City Harvest, 1657 River Road, Missoula, Montana 59801, and Online – Zoom link provided upon registration.

Saturday October 15, 9:30am – 12:00pm; 2:00pm – 4pm MDT (Please note Mountain Daylight Savings Time )

What students are saying:

“Khen Rinpoche’s teaching style, warm humor and fantastic stories helped to bring the foundational teachings to life and made them deeply meaningful and relevant for the times.” – Dave W.

“Khen Rinpoche is one of my favorite teachers. His ability to weave humor and stories into these profound teachings makes it an absolute joy to learn with him.” – Joe P.

“Khen Rinpoche is light and wisdom. And he has the best laugh ever!” – Patti C.

“Khen Rinpoche is a master at distilling complex situations and ideas into simple timeless truths with his teaching. As I sit listening to him, I await the translation. This process slows down my mind and heart rate to take notice of what IS at that moment. Seconds later, I comprehend. Since learning from him, I see the world more clearly, and I am happier.” – Huey-Min C.

Tuition: Our intention is to make this workshop financially accessible to all, so we offer a tiered fee structure. Please choose whichever level works best for you. If program costs present a financial barrier or you are interested in a stipend to offset the cost of childcare, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

 

FAQs

How much time do we spend meditating?

This teaching is dedicated to learn the philosophical foundation of the Buddhist path. No specific time will be allotted for meditation.

Is this retreat suitable for beginners?

Yes! This program is suitable for those who are already practicing Buddhists or for those who are interested in beginning to walk the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

About Namchak Khen Rinpoche:

Khen Rinpoche completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed the 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 a variety of places around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch, 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.

About Namchak:

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreat, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOL

At Namchak, it is important that we prioritize the health and safety of everyone in our community. We continue to track and follow the county, state, and federal (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines that are in place, amending with additional safety measures where it feels appropriate.

Our intention with the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols is to keep our practice spaces as safe as possible. We will revisit all our safety guidelines on an ongoing basis.

Sick Policy: If a staff member, student, or teacher becomes sick, they will be asked to remain home. If the person has traveled to attend the retreat, we will make comfortable arrangements for their care.

Negative COVID-19 Test: All practitioners, staff, and teachers will be asked to take a rapid test on the day of arrival.

Vaccination: We encourage all those eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to the individual advice of your doctor and the recommendations of the CDC and the FDA. That said, vaccination is not mandatory to attend our retreats.

We will continue to track Covid news in the Oakland area and reserve the right to cancel if needed.

Our Community Commitments

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 and invite 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.”
  • Be mindful of and take personal and collective 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.
  • Perfection is not expected although personal and collective responsibility always is.
  • 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. We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge.