Abiding In Your Heart: Spiritual Connection and Protection
Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st, 2017
All sessions held at:
Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center
6338 Presidential Court, Suite 105, Fort Myers, FL
Becoming a Buddhist means being an ‘insider’ – abiding within our heart and our connection to the Three Jewels—Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. This is practical and easy for modern people to do, even those who are turned off by religions. Leaning to meditate and practice within that space of connection will offer us true protection from suffering, not just in this life but in all our lives. The way to find freedom and happiness in our future lives is to become concerned with it now, while we can do something about it.
Just as an effect cannot arise without a cause, so pure refuge cannot arise within our mind without our assembling the causes of refuge within us. During this retreat we will focus on creating those causes and abiding in pure refuge, both during the sessions and in daily life.
This retreat is suitable for those with mild interest and also for those who wish to complete their Great Preliminary Guide of Going for Refuge by collecting 100,000 refuge prayers. It will be guided in a light and practical way by Kelsang Chopag, monk and Resident Teacher.
Friday only: $10.00
Saturday only: $35 (includes vegetarian lunch)
Drop-in individual sessions $10.00, lunch $5.00
Friday introduction 7:00-9:00 pm
Session 1: 9:00 -10:30 am
Session 2: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Session 3: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Session 4: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Feel free to drop-in for any individual session, for a day, or for the whole retreat. Everyone is welcome!
About the Resident Teacher
Kelsang Chopag is the Resident Teacher of Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center in Fort Myers, Florida. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats across the Southwest Florida area. He is an ordained Buddhist monk who has trained under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and other qualified teachers. Chopag began his practice at Kadampa Meditation Center New York, an internationally renowned meditation and retreat center in upstate New York. While in New York, he spent several years learning and practicing the meditative teachings of Buddha. His teachings are light, humorous and practical, and he uses logic and analogies to help others discover the meaning of Buddha’s teachings.