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.”

What About Now? – Khaydroup visits Long Beach Meditation

Khaydroup at Long Beach Meditation

Khaydroup at Long Beach Meditation

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Now’s the Time – César visits Long Beach Meditation

Cesar visits Long Beach Meditation

César visits Long Beach Meditation

 

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O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,

"O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie," by Philip Appleman, from Selected Poems (University of Arkansas).

“O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,”
by Philip Appleman, from Selected Poems (University of Arkansas).

I thought I’d share this wonderful poem since we have been on the topic of “karma” the last few weeks. Enjoy!

Heart of Practice – Images from our Summer 2015 Retreat

Seven Circles Retreat

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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

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