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Fall Contemplative Retreat

“Compassion for Ourselves as the Basis for Compassion for Others

This weekend retreat offers an excellent opportunity to deeply explore teachings and practices from the Buddhist tradition on why and how to deepen our compassion for ourselves and for our fellow beings. No background in Buddhist thought or practice is needed.

The retreat begins with check‐in on Saturday, Nov. 3, followed by lunch, and then a welcome session followed by guided group meditation. After meditation will be a short talk and discussion. After some break and snack time, with a chance to walk outdoors, we’ll have another meditation session before dinner. After dinner, there will be another meditation session and discussion, ending by 9 PM.

Sunday begins with meditation before breakfast and a short talk. Breakfast will follow in silence, then with free time for sitting, journaling, or walking outdoors. Before lunchwill be one more meditation, a short talk, and a final discussion.


Prof. David Gardiner from the Religion Department at ColoradoCollege received his PhD from Stanford University with a concentration in Buddhist Studies. After being introduced to Buddhism by Robert Thurman at Amherst College, he studied with various Tibetan lamas in India and the United States. While his main research field is the Tantric Buddhist tradition of Japan, David has maintained strong academic and personal connections with Tibetan Buddhism.

David has led workshops and retreats in Colorado, Wyoming, and Massachusetts. He will be available during free periods for private conversation.

Lodging & Meals: The CC cabin is a large, fully modern building with electricity, a modern kitchen, heating, and 3 bathrooms. There are no private rooms. It has 12 spacious bunks upstairs and 6 twin beds in a bedroom downstairs. Please bring your own towels, sheets, blankets, and pillow. Sleeping bags are welcome. There are only 2 showers, so there could be a wait for their use. (Extra mattresses that can be placed on the floor upstairs are available if we get more than 18 participants.)

  • The retreat is limited to 25 participants, selected on a firstcome basis. A $50 check for the cost of the food and supplies holds your place.
  • We request that those with special dietary needs bring their own food, which they can prepare in the cabin’s kitchen. They will be “off” the meal plan, and the fee will be reduced to $20.
  • Note that participants provide their own transportation.
  • Chairs and meditation cushions will be provided. There is a refrigerator for storing items.
  • Please refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs while on retreat. And we recommend no portable music players. Cell phone service is good.

Registration: Deposit of $50 must be received by Oct. 26, 2012.

Cost: $50 for all meals (vegetarian & not), snacks, drinks, handouts, & other

supplies. Donations accepted for BodhiMind Center (suggested range $25–$100).

Once you are registered, we will give you detailed directions to the CC Cabin. If space is available after that date, we will continue taking registrations through Oct. 29. Registrations and lodging preference are taken on a firstcome basis.

Please mail the $50 deposit to BodhiMind Center, 1316B Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Make checks payable to BodhiMind Center.

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