Silent Forest Retreat – Now is the Time

Thursday, 26 March until Sunday, 29 March 7:30pm - 12:30pm

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58900 Apple Canyon Rd, Mountain Center, CA 92561, mountain center, CA, 92561


Now Is the Time The Great King Dorje Shugden Silent Away Retreat

Join us for a relaxing and meaningful away retreat in the beautiful wilderness of the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California!


This special extended weekend away retreat will provide a rare and precious opportunity to engage in a series of meditations on the holy form body and retinue of the Great King Dorje Shugden. We will practice visualizing and making offerings and requests to this powerful Field of Merit, in particular emphasizing the following:
– Meditating on the symbolism of Dorje Shugden’s holy form body
– Internalizing the Heart Commitments of Dorje Shugden
– Deepening our faith through visualization and imagination

Dorje Shugden is the wisdom Dharma Protector of modern Kadampa Buddhism, and is principally responsible for maintaining the life of Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings in this world, and in our minds. By deepening our faith and reliance upon him, and receiving his powerful protection, blessings and special care, we can gain the courage and confidence we need to make swift progress in our spiritual training.

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. 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.)

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


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About the teacher
Gen Kelsang Rigpa

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, 26 March until Sunday, 29 March
  • 7:30pm - 12:30pm
  • Yokoji Zen Mountain Center
  • 58900 Apple Canyon Rd, Mountain Center, CA 92561, mountain center, CA, 92561
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