Save the Dates – Heart of Practice Summer Retreat 2017

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Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger, CA
Near the entrance to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

The Four Thoughts – Khaydroup & César visit Long Beach Meditation

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Khaydroup and Cesar gave a Dharma talk focusing on “The Four Thoughts That Turn The Mind From Samsara.”

Heart of Practice – Images from our Summer 2015 Retreat

Seven Circles Retreat

Seven Circles Retreat

Some photos of our Summer Retreat at the Seven Circles Retreat in Badger CA.

Enjoy!

Heart of Practice Retreat Slideshow

Resounding Samantabhadra’s Aspirations in the forest.

Resounding Samantabhadra's Aspirations

Resounding Samantabhadra’s Aspirations  –  Photo Courtesy of Jean Loo

During our adventures of “Taking the Retreat on the Road” Lama Khaydroup led us in the recitation of “The King of Aspiration Prayers of Noble, Excellent Activity”.

I must admit, I was hesitant to join the excursion due to ideas of maintaining the retreat mind-set and sacred atmosphere by not leaving the grounds. Lama Khaydroup emphatically informed me that I would be attending and taught me that we need to maintain the retreat community, wherever we are. Conditions change, but we carry the retreat attitude wherever we go. It was a wonderful reminder. And I was very happy that I did make the trip.

Verses from the prayer:

May I always be accompanied by those friends
whose practice and conduct resemble my own.
With regard to our body, speech, and mind,
may all of our actions and prayers be as one.

May I always encounter companions
who exemplify Excellent Conduct
and have my well-being at heart.
May I never let these teachers down.

– cesar

Taking the Retreat on the Road

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Dear friends,

We’re back from retreat! We’ll be posting more photos and a round up of a week of study, reflection, meditation, and some fun in the sun. For now, here’s a lovely group photo of the sangha on a day we took the retreat on the road and visited the Sequoia National Park.  Cheers!

Land of the Giant Trees

On the Road

Speech by Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, New Delhi

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How Buddhists are helping after the Earthquake

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In this dispatch, VICE news visits Bhaktapur, where the Nepal Buddhist Federation is cleaning up the area, while international aid is yet to arrive. In Kathmandu, we speak with Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times, about how Nepalis are responding to the earthquake’s aftermath, and how they feel about the government’s response.

Watch “The Area Hardest Hit (Dispatch 4)” – http://bit.ly/1dKrt3T

Watch “The Search for Survivors (Dispatch 3)” – http://bit.ly/1zEsB3f

In Photos: The Youngest Victims of Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake – http://bit.ly/1Jofi6N

In Photos: Funeral Pyres, Anger, and Slow Recovery in Nepal – http://bit.ly/1DSMLTd

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