Meditation allows us to improve the nature and qualities of our mind. The sequence of meditations used by Kadampa Buddhists includes three great transformations of mind.
To achieve these transformations we engage in the Stages of the Path to
Enlightenment or Lamrim meditations, learning to meditate in a systematic way that easily leads us to develop very special mental qualities.
No matter where one stands on the path, this retreat offers invaluable insights and experience. Everyone is welcome.
On this retreat we will meditate on the sequence of 14 practical meditations as presented in “How to Understand the Mind’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. You do not need to have a copy of the book to participate in the retreat but if you would like to have a copy, you may purchase one at the center or at http://tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind.html
|Friday January 12|
|7 – 8:15pm:||Introduction|
|Saturday January 13|
|9am-10am:||Life is Precious|
|11 – 12pm:||Life is Short|
|3pm -4pm:||Developing Inner Protection|
|5pm – 6pm:||Create the Life you Want|
|Sunday January 14|
|9am-10am||Bliss of Perfect Freedom (Part 1)|
|10:30am – 11:45am||Bliss of Perfect Freedom (Part 2)|
|3pm -4pm||Bliss of Perfect Freedom (Part 3)|
|5pm – 6pm||Bliss of Perfect Freedom (Part 4)|
|Monday January 15|
|9am-10am||Caring for Others is Sublime|
|11 – 12pm||Cherishing All Living Beings|
|3pm -4pm||Cultivating Universal Compassion|
|Tuesday January 16|
|9am-10am||The Supreme Good Heart|
|11 – 12pm||The Six Perfections|
|7 – 8pm||From Ordinary to Extraordinary|
About the Teacher
Sharon Lovich has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2003 and is the principal teacher for Kadampa Buddhism in Asheville. Before Sharon moved to Asheville in 2011, she volunteered as the Education Program Coordinator for several years at the internationally renowned world peace temple for meditation and modern Buddhism, Kadampa Meditation Center New York. There she received teachings and guidance directly from our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, guided retreats, and taught classes. She has engaged in numerous focused meditation retreats and is known for teaching others how to develop a peaceful mind with great skill, lightness, and humor. Today, Sharon is a part of the Special Teacher Training Program and teaches numerous meditation classes and retreats in Asheville. Sharon and her husband have one son.