Date(s) - January 2, 2018 - January 7, 2018
The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Pith Instructions on the Path of Liberation
With Senior Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga
Middleton, Wisconsin, USA
In this week-long retreat, Senior Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga will teach on a profound set of instructions from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition known as The Four Dharmas of Gampopa. These four points encapsulate the most important principles of the Buddha’s teachings, showing us how to first redirect our attention to the path of awakening, and then how to discover our true nature through the practice of meditation.
The teachings given at this retreat provide the transmissions needed to begin formal Buddhist practice in the Tergar Community, including “pointing out” teachings on the nature of mind, refuge vows (the vows to formally enter the Buddhist path), and the transmissions to begin practicing the Tibetan Buddhist foundational practices (Ngondro).
This retreat is open to all individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have attended all three Joy of Living Levels, Calming the Mind (Level 1), Opening the Heart (Level 2), and Awakening Wisdom (Level 3), and completed the associated practice requirements
- Have received pointing out teachings from a qualified Buddhist lineage holder (a tulku or rinpoche)
- Have completed the full preliminary practices (the 4 x 100,000 ngöndro)
- Have had a daily meditation practice for at least five years and attended either group or solitary practice retreats (with 6+ hours of formal meditation practice each day) under the guidance of a Buddhist teacher for a total of at least thirty days
The daily schedule will include periods of silent meditation, teachings by Khenpo Kunga, and opportunities for interviews and small group discussions with senior Tergar instructors.
January 2-7, 2018
The retreat begins on Tuesday, January 2 at 7pm and ends Sunday, January 7 at 11:30am
- Program, lunches and dinners at Holy Wisdom: $525 (does not include accommodations)
There are also a limited number of rooms available at Holy Wisdom. Please indicate when you register if you would like to stay at Holy Wisdom. For those who would like to stay at the retreat center, please select one of these options when you register.
[Please note: space at the retreat center is limited. Madison-area residents are encouraged to commute daily to permit out-of-town participants to attend.]
- Program, Meals and Holy Wisdom Double Room: $775 (price per person sharing a room with two beds)
- Program, Meals and Holy Wisdom Single Room: $875
Additional Local Accommodations:
We have negotiated discounted rates and free shuttle service with the Baymont Inn and Suites Madison West. They will hold a block of rooms for Retreat Registrants until December 2, 2017. Contact them directly to register at 608-831-7711 and mention Tergar.
Full payment is requested at the time of registration.
Please consider adding a tax-deductible donation while registering to support retreat scholarships.
If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend, please contact us about scholarships or payment plans.
The retreat center will provide vegetarian meals. Please indicate during registration if you have other dietary restrictions.
For cancellations before November 1, there will be a $50 administration fee. For cancellations between November 1 and December 18, there will be a cancellation fee of $250. Cancellations after December 18 will be subject to full cancellation penalties.
About Khenpo Kunga:
Khenpo Kunga became a monk at a young age and began his education at Tergar monastery, where he studied the rituals, prayers, and other traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At fifteen, he entered an extended meditation retreat and spent three years mastering the profound contemplative practices of the Kagyü lineage. Following this period of intense meditation practice, he entered the renowned Dzongsar monastic college near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar college for three additional years. Khenpo Kunga’s primary teacher is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, though he has studied with many other revered masters as well. In recent years, Khenpo Kunga has taught in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States as one of the main teachers for the worldwide network of Tergar monasteries, meditation centers, and meditation groups.
Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton WI, United States