Meditations on Four Reliances
with The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

June 6th, 2020  12PM ET/ 9AM PT

This three hour retreat in CyberSpace will include prayer and meditation sessions. Teachings will be based on the Sutra of Four Reliances (Sanskrit. catuḥpratisaraṇa-sutra). There will be a brief Q & A opportunity at the end of the retreat session.

Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

May 28th-29th, 2020 at 8:30PM PT/ 11:30PM ET
In India: May 29-30 at 9AM IST

Saka Dawa Prayers
June 5th, 2020 at 5PM PT/ 8PM ET

Join us online to offer prayers on the holiest day of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.

Acharya Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland
Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

May 15 & 16, 7:30PM PT

Past Retreats and Events with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi:

Embracing Fearlessness: Parting from the Four Attachments
May 9th, 2020  12PM ET/ 9AM PT

This three hour retreat in CyberSpace will include prayer and meditation sessions. Teachings will be based on the text by 12th Century Sakya master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo focusing on the Bodhisattva path. There will be a brief Q & A opportunity at the end of the retreat session.

Vesak Celebration & Prayers
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5PM PT/ 6PM MT/ 8PM ET

Traditional Foundation of Mindfulness
April 18, 2020

Cultivating the Four Immeasurables
Retreat Date:  October 20, 2018
Retreat Location: Goleta, CA
During this retreat,  we will learn how to deepen our understanding and practice of the Four Immeasurables (loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity). These practices are core to the study and practice of Buddhism, especially for nurturing Bodhichitta – enlightened altruistic mind. By cultivating these wholesome qualities and applying them to all aspects of our daily lives, we can promote conditions for happiness in ourselves and others.  This retreat is suitable for all levels.

Meditations on the Four Immeasurables
Retreat Date:  September 22, 2018
Retreat Location: Buena Vista, CO
During this retreat together,  we will learn how to deepen our understanding and practice of the Four Immeasurables (loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity). These practices are part of bodhicitta training in Mahayana Buddhism. By cultivating these wholesome qualities in our hearts and applying them to all aspects of our daily lives, we can create happiness for ourselves and for all other beings without exception.  This retreat will focus on both study and practice and is suitable for all levels.

Joy of Liberation
Retreat Date:  March 17, 2018
Retreat Location: Goleta, CA
This retreat is based on Je Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path. This essential Kadampa Buddhist scripture is a condensation of lamrim and a profound guide to meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment.  Following this guide with steady effort, one can develop a peaceful and clear mind. Tsong Khapa suggests that it is on the basis of these three aspects: the wish for true freedom, the generation of altruistic intention, and the wisdom that understands how things really exist, that one must embark on this profound spiritual path.

Parting From the Four Attachments
Retreat Date:  Jan 15, 2018
Retreat Location: New York, NY
This teaching is universally regarded as one of the jewels of Tibetan Buddhism. According to tradition, Drakpa Gyaltsen (1167-1216) received the teaching as a direct transmission from Manjushri. These practical teachings are considered to be essential to anyone wanting to genuinely enter the practice of Dharma. Freeing oneself from the four attachments allows the sincere practitioner to recognize and avoid the typical pitfalls encountered on the spiritual path. It is believed that this teaching has the power to instill realizations on all who receive it with proper intention. Understanding the true nature of mind, that it is the source of all problems and solutions, allows one to alleviate the personal suffering that is caused by ignorance and confusion.

The Foundation of All Good Qualities
Retreat Date:  April 1, 2017
Retreat Location: Edwards, CO
Join Venerable Tenzin for a clear explanation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s famous prayer, The Foundation of All Good Qualities, a concise summary in fourteen stanzas of the entire graduated path to enlightenment commonly referred to as the “Lam Rim teachings”.

On Lojong: Mind Training
Retreat Date:  March 18, 2017
Retreat Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Description: This retreat is based on the text, The Seven Points of Mind Training, which summarizes the lojong teachings originally brought to Tibet by Lord Atisha.  These teachings train one to refine and purify motivations and attitudes to deepen the practice of bodhichitta in everyday life.  Although first written down by Geshe Chekawa in the 12th century, the advice in the text is still as relevant and practical today for navigating the challenges of our contemporary world.

The central themes of the lojong teachings include, amongst others, the enhancement of compassion, the cultivation of balanced attitudes towards self and others, the development of positive ways of thinking and the transformation of adverse situations into conditions favorable to spiritual development.”   His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Retreat Date:  October 16-23, 2016
Retreat Location: Nathrop, CO

Description: The Tibetan term Bardo refers to the “intermediate stage” in the Buddhist view of life and death. While Bardo is most commonly understood to mean the time between an individual’s death and next life, the term can also refer to other types of interim stages or transitions. Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions speak of Bardo as comprised of either four or six stages. This retreat will examine these stages and their respective implication for a serene death and rebirth. Participants will be introduced to a special meditation practice that will deepen their understanding of the Bardo stages. The great Tibetan master Milarepa, a proponent of these meditation practices, said that the function of a student of Buddhadharma is to live like a yogi and to die like a yogi.

Book of Kadam
Retreat Date:  July 16, 2016
Retreat Location: Goleta, CA
Description:  The Kadampa Tradition emerged in Tibet during the 11th century from the teachings of the great Indian master Atisha through his foremost Tibetan disciple, Dromtonpa. Their teachings were simple and direct with a wide appeal. As sincere spiritual practitioners, they integrated their knowledge of all the Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives by listening, thinking & meditating on the stages of the path to enlightenment. These essential teachings were later incorporated into the core teachings of all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and in particular formed the basis of the Gelug School. They are still highly valued today for their clear understanding of how to create genuine happiness and the practical application of the bodhisattva’s altruistic ideals to everyday life.

A Garland of Views
Retreat Date:  March 19th, 2016
Retreat Location: Edwards, CO
Description: A Garland of Views is attributed to Guru Padmasambhava. It is a core text within the Nyingma tradition, that presents a system of practice for bringing together all the approaches of the Buddhas teachings into single path to enlightenment.  A copy of the text will be given to attendees at the retreat.

Songs of Spiritual Experience
Retreat Date:  Jan 30th, 2016
Retreat Location:  Goleta, CA
Please join us for a day of teachings, meditation, prayers, and discussion. All are welcome.  This is an opportunity for those who cannot attend the week-long retreat to participate in an all- day teaching with Venerable Tenzin.  (For those who register for the six-day retreat with Venerable Tenzin at La Casa de Maria, this one-day event is included in your retreat.

Emptiness & Fullness
Retreat Date: Jan 30th – Feb 4th, 2016
Retreat Location: Montecito, CA
Description: This weeklong retreat will allow participants to go deeper into meditation practice and receive teachings with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi. Open to all practitioner levels and there are no prerequisites.  We will observe noble Silence in the retreat room and otherwise it is encouraged but optional.

Eight Verses of Mind Training
Retreat Dates: Dec 12th, 2015
Retreat Location: Carbondale, CO
Description: In preparation of the upcoming teachings by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, the Way of Compassion Dharma Center is hosting a day retreat on this precious text. We will be using some commentary given by the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi from his recent teaching on the text.  The Eight Verses, derived from the traditional Mahayana Buddhist practice of lojong (mind training), was written by the great  Kadampa Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa (AD 1054-1123).

Stages of Meditation
Retreat Dates: August 1-2, 2015
Retreat Location:  Buena Vista, CO
Description: This retreat will focus on methods for cultivating meditative quiescence, or shamatha. We will practice “mindfulness of breathing”, which is an effective approach to soothing the body and calming the discursive mind. We will also focus on a shamatha practice which is a preliminary to Dzogchen, called “settling the mind in its natural state”. The attainment of shamatha is widely regarded in the Buddhist tradition as an indispensable foundation for the cultivation of contemplative insight (vipashyana). This retreat will provide a theoretical understanding and a basis in experience that will enable participants to proceed effectively toward this state of mental and physical balance.

Teachings will also be given on the cultivation of the four immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. These powerful qualities can break down barriers created by attachment and aversion allowing ones’ heart to open to all beings, bringing great peace and happiness. In addition to teachings and guided meditations, group discussions will focus on the practical application for daily life. Participants are welcome to practice meditating cross-legged on a floor cushion, sitting in a chair or in the supine position.

Awakened and Altruistic: Verses on Bodhicitta
Retreat Dates: Mar 14 2015
Retreat Location: Edwards, CO
Description: This retreat will cover selected verses from the works of Shantideva and Khunu Lama, which encourages one to develop an altruistic heart and an enlightened mind through the motivation of bodhichitta.  For further reading: “Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea” by Khunu Rinpoche and “The Way of the Bodhisatva” by Shantideva.

The Union of Bliss and Emptiness
Retreat Date: July 18, 2015
Retreat Location: Edwards, CO
Description: This retreat introduces the practice of guru yoga, which combines the essential aspects of the sutra path and profound tantra (Vajrayana) meditation practices.  The retreat will consist of teachings, discussion and prayers and meditation.

Emptiness of Emptiness
Retreat Dates: Jan 30-Feb 5th, 2015
Retreat Location: Montecito, CA
Description:  Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. In the same way feeling, perception, formation and consciousness are emptiness.  A week long intensive retreat on the understanding, practice, and realization of emptiness. This retreat will provide an opportunity to understand the conceptual framework of emptiness as it was presented and discussed in the literatures of  Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajryana schools. Participants will then proceed to deconstruct this conceptual framework to encounter emptiness “face to face”— proceeding to a naked awareness of no “face to face”.  The retreat will explore emptiness through teachings, discussions and meditation practices.  Beginners and advanced students are encouraged to attend.  Suggested Readings (in any available language): The Heart Sutra; Acharya Nagarjuna’s “Verses of the Middle Way” (mulamadhyamika-karika)— “Seventy Stanzas of Emptiness” (“sunyata-saptatih).