Abiding Within the Joyful Path of Good Fortune: Realizing Our Spiritual Potential
Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, 2017
All sessions held at:
Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center
6338 Presidential Court, Suite 105, Fort Myers, FL
We often want to learn how to meditate but we don’t know what to meditate on. We often want to apply spiritual advice but we don’t know when to apply what. We often wish we had a succinct way of practicing the entire spiritual path that is easy and relates to our life, but we just don’t know where to start.
Kadam Lamrim is the essence of all Buddha’s Teachings, and it is easy to meditate on and practice within our daily life. Dromtonpa said that Lamrim is like a mala made of gold, because just as everyone would be happy to accept golden prayer beads, even if they aren’t religious (because it’s gold!), everyone can make use of Kadam Lamrim because it accords with our daily experiences and is easy to practice.
By practicing this retreat we can improve our motivation and our good heart, connect to our pure potential, become determined to free ourself from future suffering, and become concerned with the welfare of others, to the extent to which we decide to help them. We will also meditate on ultimate truth—the true nature of things—and thereby taste actual freedom, which (when fully realized) not only frees us from suffering but is the cure for others as well.
This retreat is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners. It will be guided in a light and practical way by Kelsang Chopag, monk and Resident Teacher.
Entire Retreat (Friday-Saturday, includes vegetarian lunch): $45.00.
Pre-book online $40.00
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.