A weekend retreat to nourish your innate qualities of compassion, joy, and wisdom through meditation and teachings with Anam Thubten Rinpoche.
No previous meditation or Dharma experience is needed. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this community (sangha) weekend as we engage the meditative path of coming home to ourselves and experiencing inner freedom.
There are four important aspects of meditation: self-inquiry, mindful attention, open awareness, and loving-kindness. By practicing these, we can let go of negative mental patterns and expand our heart and mind, thereby bringing about joy, peace and inner freedom. Anam Thubten will teach and guide participants in developing these four aspects of meditation and share Buddhist wisdom on working with our thoughts and emotions.
All registrants are asked to attend the full retreat.
Vow Ceremony at the close of retreat (optional)
Sunday, late afternoon, Rinpoche will offer a fellowship ceremony, where participants will be invited to take refuge and bodhisattva vows. While not a required part of the retreat it's a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice and commitment.
Opening our Hearts in the Face of Adversity
Public Talk with Anam Thubten Rinpoche,
Friday May 19, 2023, 7-9:00 PM
Saturday May 20-Sunday May 21
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; doors open at 9:15 each day
Covenant United Methodist Church
1124 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609
Dharma Refuge Center located on the second floor. Entry is off the parking lot in the back of the church. There is an elevator off the lobby.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited so we strongly encourage EARLY registration.
In order to support everyone during these difficult economic times, a sliding scale is available for this retreat. We ask that you consider your financial status at this time and pay the amount that works best for you.
Benefactor – $175
Supports your retreat and scholarship attendance for others.
Participant – $150
Full fee covers the overall cost of the retreat.
Supported – $90
Your participation is partially underwritten by Dharma Refuge and Dharmata Foundation.
Scholarship – Please email our retreat coordinators if further financial assistance would be helpful. It's our policy to turn no-one away because of financial need. We will work with you.
All registrants are asked to attend the full retreat
We aren't able to offer partial retreat participation options for this event. We ask that you make a commitment to participate in the full retreat from beginning to end. Once a retreat begins, a sacred container is formed, made up of each person's intentions to be fully present. Our mutual presence supports each other.
Thank you so much for contemplating this commitment and what it means for you and for your fellow participants.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
About the Teacher
Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and, at an early age, began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the author of various articles and books in Tibetan and English. His books in English include: Choosing Compassion, No Self No Problem, Into the Haunted Ground, and The Citadel of Awareness.
Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive timeless teachings and invites everyone to participate.
Anam Thubten's teaching and retreat schedule.
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Our regular, weekly practices are held over Zoom and (usually) also in person at our Dharma Center.
Dharma Refuge is located at Covenant United Methodist Church (2nd Floor, parking in the rear lot behind the church. Elevator off the lobby at the rear door.)
1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609
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