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Medicine Buddha retreat with Ven. Thubten Chodron
July 3 @ 5:30 am - July 9 @ 12:00 pm PDT
Medicine Buddha and Ven. Thubten Chodron
Ven. Thubten Chodron leads the Abbey’s annual one-week retreat online. Join us for meditation on Medicine Buddha. A maximum of 15 guests may attend this retreat in person. See details below.
Medicine Buddha practice is especially effective for developing compassion, love, and bodhicitta, and for physical healing. Through meditating on Medicine Buddha, we come to deeper understanding of healing as we purify the causes of suffering and enhance the causes for lasting happiness.
Ven. Chodron will guide us in the Medicine Buddha practice, explaining its background and how to do the meditation.
She will also resume her teaching on Master Nagarjuna’s classic text, “Letter to a Friend.” Written as advice to a king, this clear guidance by one of the most important teachers of the Sanskrit tradition explains many essential elements of Buddhist practice in 123 lovely verses. She will teach from the Padmakara Group’s translation, or you can access Alex Berzin’s translation.
Venerable Chodron began teaching “Letter to a Friend” during the Chenrezig one-week retreat in 2018 and continued in the Manjushri retreat in 2019. You can prepare for this year’s teachings by watching the playlist of previous teachings here.
If you will join remotely, complete the registration form for the online event.
To attend in person, you must be fully vaccinated and register in advance. Scan and send proof of your full vaccination to the office when you send in the registration form to the Abbey Office. Please see additional information below.
Here is the general retreat schedule, subject to slight change as the date gets closer. Two sessions have been added: Monday discussion group (Zoom) and Wednesday Q & A (Livestream)
|5:30-7:00 am||Meditation practice|
|12:00-2:00 pm||Lunch Break|
|2:00-3:30 pm||Discussion Groups on Zoom (Sat, Mon, Tues, Thurs), Q & A Weds|
|4:00-5:30 pm||Teachings (ends Friday at noon)|
To attend in person
A maximum of 15 guests may attend this retreat in person. You must be fully vaccinated and register in advance. Complete the registration form for the in-person event.
Scan and send proof of your full vaccination to the office when you send in the registration form to the Abbey Office.
There may be a waiting list, so please let us know well in advance if your registration is accepted but you can’t attend.
Please do not come if you have any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.