Nourish Your Body and Mind – Silent Retreat: Jan 1, 2017

New Year’s Day Silent Retreat : Sun. Jan 1 @ 10am – 5pm

Refresh your body and your mind with guided meditations and a day of silence. And give yourself the treat of developing mental peace and relaxation to fortify yourself for the New Year.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says:

“Sometimes it is helpful to do a meditation retreat. This can just be one day, or a weekend, or longer if you have the time.

On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice.

There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal, and mental.

We engage in physical retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we isolate ourselves from other people, activities, and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions.

We engage in verbal retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence.

We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy, and strong ignorance from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat.”

A healthy, light vegetarian lunch will be served in the World Peace Cafe.

Schedule:

Part 1: 10 – 11am, 11:45am – 12:30pm (silent)

Lunch: 12:30-2pm.  Everyone can talk!

Part 2: 2 – 3pm, 3:45 – 5pm (silent)

Online registration has now closed, but you can still register at the door.  We are only able to guarantee lunch availability for participants registered by Dec 29th.

Cost:

Full Day Cost: $40 or $35 for early registration (by Dec 29th), students, seniors 60+, and unemployed.- Includes Lunch (which is not silent)

Half Day Cost: $25 or $20 for early registration (by Dec 29th), students, seniors 60+, and unemployed.- Doesn’t include Lunch, but you can purchase lunch in our World Peace Café.

Free for Student and Benefactor Level Members

Where:

Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland, World Peace Temple

900 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore MD 21212