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KMC NYC Annual Country Retreat

The Wisdom of the Bodhisattva

Weekend Course with Kadam Morten | June 21 – 23

Follow on Silent Retreat with Gen Samten | June 23 – 26

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The event from Friday-Sunday afternoon is hosted by KMC New York City, so KMC New York memberships do not apply for this portion of the event. KMC New York members will need to pay the full price for Friday-Sunday afternoon. KMC NY members can email reg@kadampanewyork.org after booking to have their KMC NY membership applied for the Sunday-Wednesday portion of the event.

The Wisdom of the Bodhisattva Weekend Course with Kadam Morten

The more wisdom we have, the stronger our practice will be. Therefore, all good qualities and spiritual realizations come from wisdom.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Joyful Path of Good Fortune

In Buddhism there is no more admirable ideal and role model than that of a Bodhisattva – someone using his or her life to progress towards enlightenment, empowered by love and compassion for all beings. And yet, for all our admiration we tend to feel it is impossible for us to become an actual Bodhisattva. Why? Because we think of our present limited identity as fixed.

However, according to Buddha’s teachings on emptiness, the true nature of things, our identity depends completely on how we perceive ourselves. By changing our perception of ourselves we change who we are.

In this weekend country meditation course, at our Temple in the Catskills, we will see how the experience of emptiness will revolutionize our sense of what’s possible, providing us the opportunity to enjoy the joyful and meaningful life of a Bodhisattva.

Taking the Teachings into our Heart  Silent Retreat with Gen Samten

The best way to gain experience of Dharma after a weekend course is to immediately engage in retreat. From Sunday afternoon to Wednesday Morning, in the environment of The World Peace Temple, Gen Samten will guide us on retreat based upon the teachings from the weekend.

Participating in silent meditation retreat is one of the most powerful methods for tapping into our potential for dynamic transformation. Enjoy this unique opportunity to deepen your experience of emptiness.

When we observe silence we stop talking and thus easily notice the presence of our underlying mental chatter. Externally we may have stopped talking but our inner voice is still happily chattering away! By observing silence we stop giving that inner voice energy and gradually it becomes quiet. When mental chatter no longer intrudes into our meditation our mind naturally mixes with our object of meditation.

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Kadam Morten Clausen is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City. Kadam Morten is greatly admired as a meditation teacher and is especially known for his clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma.

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Gen Samten Kelsang is an ordained Buddhist monk and is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New York. He has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students.