THE EMPTINESS OF THE MIND
Weekend Away Retreat
DATES: Friday Apr 24 – Sunday Apr 26
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
WHERE: Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo BC
‘All phenomena that appear to my mind are the nature of my mind. My mind is the nature of emptiness.’ We often feel stuck in painful habits of thought, such as anxiety, depression or feelings of hurt. Because we perceive our mind to be fixed and unchanging we feel trapped in these ordinary and painful emotions.
But this seemingly inflexible mind does not correspond to our reality. By experiencing the mind’s actual nature, its emptiness, we understand that our potential for change is limitless, that freedom from unhappiness and indeed Enlightenment is possible.
In this retreat we will emphasize familiarizing ourself with both the conventional and ultimate natures of the mind. These insights will help us to become more open-hearted and skilful in letting go of unhappy feelings and delusions, and empower our most profound practices such as universal love and compassion.
This weekend retreat includes instruction, guided meditations, and group prayers. There will be time to enjoy a stroll around Westwood Lake where you’ll find bluffs with a spectacular view of the lake and Mt. Benson.
Gen Kelsang Zopa
A Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path for over 25 years. He teaches introductory classes, Foundation Program and the Teacher Training Program in the Victoria region. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.
Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
Q. How should I dress?
Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?
Q. What is the schedule for the retreat?
You can arrive anytime after 3:30pm on Friday and check into your room. Dinner will be at 5:30pm. The Introductory Session will be at 7:30pm on Friday.
There will be 3 meals and 5 sessions on Saturday and 2 meals and 3 sessions on Sunday. The retreat will end at 2 pm on Sunday.