Overview

Bodhicitta – the heart of awakening – forever the cause of happiness,
Is praised and celebrated by all buddhas.
When the sound of its peaceful dharma resounds,
By its truth may all beings possess excellent joy.

Karmapa Choying Dorje

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will teach on bodhicitta, one of the most important and profound topics in all of Buddhism, at the Mahasiddha Retreat Centre (MRC) October 8-10, 2022. 

As taught by the Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje, bodhicitta – the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings – is forever the cause of happiness. Through aspiration and application, we train in further developing loving kindness and compassion, which are essential to the bodhisattva path. Acharya Lama Tenpa will teach and give guided meditation on the different methods of developing bodhicitta, and will discuss how bodhicitta matures into the true heart of enlightenment. He will also address the obstacles we encounter on the bodhisattva path.

At this 3rd Annual Open Retreat, we are delighted that we can once again welcome students to MRC. Please join us for this precious opportunity to study and practice with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. The program will be offered concurrently on Zoom.

Translation in English, French, Chinese and Spanish will be available. Recordings will also be made available to registrants for a limited time. 

About the Teacher

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nalandabodhi Chancellor


Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was born in Nepal and entered the monastery at age thirteen. In 1981, Lama Tenpa and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche enrolled in the first class of Rumtek Monastery’s Karma Shri Nalanda Institute in Sikkim, India. Lama Tenpa completed his studies with an Acharya degree in 1991. Following his graduation, he taught Buddhist philosophy at the Institute for two years. Under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, he then entered a three-year retreat in Pullahari, Nepal.

From 1997 to 2004, Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was the resident teacher at H.H. the 17th Karmapa’s Theksum Tashi Choling Center in Hamburg, Germany. Since 1998, Lama Tenpa has also been one of the main teachers at Nitartha Institute. He was a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for many years. He teaches regularly at Nalandabodhi centers around the world.

About MRC

MRC, Nalandabodhi’s Mountain Retreat Center

Nestled in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, MRC is in the Columbia River Valley surrounded by the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. It is the perfect spot for a meditation retreat. MRC offers both on-site and online retreat programs, and also serves those interested in solo retreats.

MRC has retreat cabins and rooms, with a community shrine room and library available to all retreatants. The many surrounding trails are perfect for walking meditation and contemplation.

For more information, please visit www.mrclodgeandcabins.com. For booking your retreat, please write reservations@mrclodgeandcabins.com

Schedule (Pacific time)

Saturday, October 8

 8:00am – 09:00am  Welcome, Opening Chants & Sitting Meditation
 9:30am – 11:00am  Talk by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
 11:00am – 12:00pm  Lunch
 12:30pm – 1:30pm  Guided Bodhicitta Meditation
 2:00pm – 3:30pm  Talk by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
 4:00pm – 5:00pm  Sitting Meditation with Closing Chants

Sunday, October 9

 8:00am – 9:00am  Opening Chants & Sitting Meditation
 9:30am – 11:00am  Talk by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
 11:00am – 12:00pm  Lunch
 12:30pm – 1:30pm  Guided Bodhicitta Meditation
 2:00pm – 3:30pm  Talk by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
 4:00pm – 5:00pm  Sitting Meditation with Closing Chants

Monday, October 10

 8:00am – 9:00am  Opening Chants & Sitting Meditation
 9:30am – 11:00am  Talk by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
 11:00am – 12:00pm  Lunch
 12:30pm – 1:30pm  Guided Bodhicitta Meditation
 2:00pm – 2:30pm  Q&A with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
 2:30pm – 3:00pm  Closing Chants & Concluding Remarks

Attending Online or at MRC

To attend this program on Zoom, simply register below. 

Attending this program in person at MRC is a two-step process: register below for the program itself, and write directly to reservations@mrclodgeandcabins.com to reserve lodging.

The standard residential cost for attending the program is $360 CAD (approximately $276 USD). This includes lodging and three meals a day. If you wish to come earlier for pilgrimage or stay longer for personal retreat, please let us know in your email. Capacity is limited and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


People’s financial situation should not be an obstacle to participation in the program.

Click HERE if you need assistance for this retreat. Password: Bodhicitta


Registration

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Sponsor
Supports retreat activity at MRC and covers costs for operating this program, offerings for the teachers and translators, and supports our inclusive registration policy. ($300 CAD or roughly $230 USD)
$300.00
Regular
Covers costs for operating this program, offerings for the teachers and translators, and supports our inclusive registration policy. ($200 CAD or roughly $154 USD)
$200.00
Discount
Covers costs for operating this program and offerings for the teachers and translators. ($165 CAD or roughly $127 USD)
$165.00

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