Silent Forest Mountain Retreat: Journey to the Clear Light

Thursday, 22 March until Sunday, 25 March iCal | Google Calendar

4953 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

An off-the-grid, four day silent retreat based on The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra meditating on tranquil abiding observing our own very subtle mind.

Is this retreat for you?
This retreat is for people who are comfortable in silence and rustic conditions, enjoy meditating, and are happy to go off the grid and be free of technology for four days.

During this retreat we will train in cultivating mindfulness and concentration observing our own very subtle mind. Gen Rigpa will guide meditations helping us to gain deeper experience of this sublime and blissful practice that is revealed in the text The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by great Mahamudra scholar and yogi, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

This meditation gives us deep insight into our pure nature and our extraordinary potential. Gaining experience of the meditation on the nature of the mind also deepens our experience of all the other essential meditations of the Buddhist path. Everyone is welcome!

How to Prepare for the Retreat:
Please read and study The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra, pages 3-36
Please memorize the meditation on the bottom of page 34

Schedule: Coming Soon

Meals: Breakfast: 7:30 am; Lunch: 12:30 pm; Light Supper: 5:30 pm

Double Cabins: $450
Tripe Cabins: $380
Quad Cabins: $380
Dorm: $350 — Please note: Due to limited space, dorm is available for males only.

Thursday, March 22

Friday, March 23
8:45am-10am (Silence Begins 10am)

Saturday, March 24

Sunday, March 25
8:45am-10am (Silence Ends 10am)
10:45am-12:15pm Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja
Early Registration: $25 Discount if you Register by February 23rd!


About the Location:
Zen Mountain Center offers a peaceful and secluded natural setting for deep meditation retreat. Within the beauty of nature – 160 acres of wilderness next to a National Forest with striking scenery, wildlife, fresh air and mountains – we will go off-the-grid, let go of technology, and turn inward to explore the true nature of reality on this special weekend retreat. A short hike to the top of the ridge above the valley yields spectacular views of the desert and Salton Sea below, as well as Apple Canyon and Lake Hemet. The ridge above is part of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, and many hikers pass through to access the trail at this particularly stunning section. (3 hour drive from Los Angeles.)

About the teacher

Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Resident Teacher and Western US National Spiritual Director. Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him. Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life, and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

  • Thursday, 22 March until Sunday, 25 March
  • Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood
  • 4953 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

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