Without a reliable source of refuge, we can easily end up feeling powerless or enraged with everything going on in our crazy messed up world. As Prince Siddhartha, Buddha left his luxurious life in the palace to see if he could find a lasting source of protection for himself and everyone else. He could, and he has shared it with us.
Join us for a talk on a practical approach to refuge that will energize our spiritual life, followed by the actual Buddhist Refuge Ceremony, a blessed ritual meditation dating back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni. This Ceremony draws us closer to the love and protection of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; and you can choose whether you use it to formally become a Buddhist or simply as a powerful blessing and inspiration on your spiritual journey.
The day concludes with a delicious lunch with the Sangha community.
It is followed by an optional week-long in-person Refuge Retreat, June 26-July 1.
8:30am: Arrival and Coffee
9:00-10:30am: Talk on Refuge
10:30-11:15am: Break and Snacks
11:15am-1:15pm: Refuge Ceremony
1:15-2:30pm: Sangha Lunch
4:30-6:00pm: Offering to the Spiritual Guide (attendance optional)
Our main teacher at KMC Colorado is Kadam Lucy James. One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving meditation centers since 1981. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and Europe due to her skill in presenting both simple and profound subjects with great clarity. For many years, one of her main jobs was to help with the editing and production of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, and she has engaged in extensive meditation retreat.