Apr 09 2021

Vipassana Retreat: Exploring Mindfulness of Body & Feelings


About this Event

Join master teacher Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend retreat exploring Vipassana meditation, that will help you understand your perceptions and get to the essence of your true self. This teaching-focused retreat will provide a doorway to Vipassana for beginners and those with some mindfulness experience.

This retreat is part two of Namchak’s three-part series focusing on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation, or Vipassana. The retreat requires that students have received Khen Rinpoche’s teachings on Intro to Vipassana and have an established Vipassana practice.

Spend a weekend learning the first two stages of mindfulness by exploring mindfulness of the body and feelings. Ground yourself in the present moment by gaining full awareness of the experience of being in a body – starting with the sensation of breathing, movement, and working up to contemplating impermanence. Then build your capacity for true mindfulness by bringing awareness to those feelings that are gratifying, unpleasant, or neutral as they pass.

These time-honored, proven techniques train you to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.



April 9-11 (please note, all times are in Mountain Daylight Time)

Friday: 6:30pm – 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:

  • Extensive teachings and instruction exploring Vipassana, focusing on Mindfulness of the Body and Feelings.
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life.
  • Short, guided meditations (15-30 minutes).
  • Continued support and guidance from Khen Rinpoche following the conclusion of the retreat


Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. Please choose the registration fee that works for you. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact [email protected].

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact [email protected] 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 is a Tibetan Master who completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed 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, as instructed. 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, 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.

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.