Have you ever wondered what a Weekend Retreat at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery might be like?
Well, these days, a retreat at KTD might include meditation, chanting – and Himalayan yoga, a walk in the woods, and even coloring sacred forms!
Below, we write about KTD retreats through a description of the recent “Chenrezik, the Buddha of Love and Compassion” weekend. Take a look, and better yet – share this article with your friends, so they can see the bright and wonderful work being done to benefit beings on His Holiness Karmapa’s mountain!
On May 6 -10 at KTD, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s Seat in North America, there was a one-week teaching and retreat on Chenrezik, the Buddha of Love and Compassion.
It was the sacred beginning of Holy Saka Dawa Duchen, the month-long observance of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (death).
And, on top of all else, it was Mother’s Day in the United States.
Visiting KTD for a weekend retreat includes special elements of life at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery; the schedule is very important, and certain practices are done every day for the benefit and auspiciousness of all beings.
You can see on the Retreat Schedule (below) that the practice of Green Tara takes place every morning, and you can observe the protector practice of Mahakala before dinner each evening and then participate in the Chenrezik chant after dinner.
The chance to observe and in some cases practice Vajrayana rituals with qualified lamas in the atmosphere of a sacred place by itself a precious component of any retreat.
These weekend retreats are quite varied – Himalayan Yoga often is featured, as is walking meditation in the woods, visits to the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, cooking classes and demonstrations, and much more. The environment around KTD is very beautiful and peaceful, with ponds and lakes, mountains, paths through woods. A short slideshow about KTD can be found here.
A very relaxing and creative part of this retreat, shown in the three photos below, harmonizes with the current trend of adult coloring books; here, working with sacred imagery in a directed way, coloring images of Chenrezik.
How do I find a Retreat to attend at KTD and how do I sign up?
You can sign up to attend one of KTD’s weekend retreats online at http://www.kagyu.org, but if it is the first time you’ve ever come to KTD, we would suggest that you call the KTD Office at 845-679-5906 ext.3.
We hope you’ll visit the beautiful mountains sometime this summer or fall, learn the meditations and spiritual practices that bring mindfulness to life. May all beings benefit!