Date(s) - October 6, 2017 - October 8, 2017
The Middle Way: Emptiness and the Path to Inner Freedom
With Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga
Holy Wisdom Monastery
Middleton, Wisconsin, USA
Buddhism teaches that our true nature is fundamentally pure, but that we can lose touch with this innate purity of the mind due to emotional habits and distorted beliefs. We can address these habits and patterns by exploring our experience through the practice of meditation. This exploration helps us to see the open, fluid nature of thought, emotions, and perceptions. Eventually, we see through the seeming solidity of these experiences and glimpse their “emptiness” – the openness and infinite potential that is their true nature.
In this weekend retreat, we will learn about the Middle Way, an important strand of Buddhist thought and meditation that focuses on the principle of emptiness. Khenpo Kunga, a gifted Tibetan lama known for his wisdom and warm sense of humor, will offer experiential teachings on this topic and offer guidance on the practice of meditation.
This retreat is open to all, but especially recommended for those who have some background in Buddhism or meditation and would like to go deeper.
Friday and Saturday, October 6—7, 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, October 8, 9:00am – 5:00pm
All participants select an admission level to register.
- Basic – This level covers the actual cost of the program – $260
- Sponsor – This level allows us to offer a reduced price level for seniors, full-time students, and those on a limited income – $335
- Reduced – Reduced fee for seniors (65+), full-time students, and others with limited incomes – $185
Lodging at the retreat center is no longer available.
We make final arrangements for weekend events 10 days before the event start day. If you cancel your non-residential registration after September 26, 2017, there will be a $25 administration fee. If you rent a room and need to cancel after September 26, 2017, we will make every effort to rent that room and give you a full refund for the room rental. If we cannot rent the room, we will be unable to refund the fees associated with the room rental.
Tergar Meditation Community – Madison
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