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Kamalashila AdApril 14-19, 2017

Kamalashila 2: Diamond Cutter Sutra Retreat

Join us for the second installment of teachings based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary to the Diamond Cutter Sutra. Through these texts, Geshe Michael‘s Senior Students will lead us into the depths of the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and karma. Using the the meditative state of mind we cultivated in Kamalashila course 1, we are asked to investigate the deeper meaning of life and understand more fully the nature of existence.   PREREQUISITE: You will need to have attended the Kamalashila Retreat I teachings in person to sign up. If you would like to receive the teachings, please write for more information.

To Register or for more information, please visit: http://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/

Gift of Liberation AdApril 21-29, 2017

Lam Rim: Steps to Enlightenment 10-day Retreat

There are things about our life which can be extremely hard to deal with: what we do for work, to try to support ourselves; challenges in our relationship; trying to keep our body healthy and our mind clear. As our life goes on, day to day, we look to different people and things for help. Maybe we have a favorite doctor who recommends supplements to keep us healthy; maybe we have a friend we talk to whenever the world seems too much. In the end, we need a higher form of protection, something that never fails—which cannot ever fail, during our life and when the time comes to die.

This retreat will be the 25th installment of ACI’s series on the Steps to Enlightenment, we’ll be continuing through “A Gift of Liberation”, one of the greatest books ever written in Tibet. We’ve reached the idea of Taking Shelter: where to go for protection when life gets hard, and even in the moment when your car hits another car—and you are heading off on the road between this life and the next. It’s something we all need to learn how to do.

This 9-day retreat in the stunning desert foothills of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center will be led by Geshe Michael Roach, one of the leading teachers of Buddhism in the world, along with other senior teachers.  

To Register and for more information please visit: http://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/

Kamalashila Ad w GMRMay 1-5, 2017

Kamalashila 3: Diamond Cutter Sutra Retreat

Join us for the third installment of teachings based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary to the Diamond Cutter Sutra. Through these texts, Geshe Michael will lead us into the depths of the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and karma. Using the the meditative state of mind we cultivated in Kamalashila course 1, we are asked to investigate the deeper meaning of life
and understand more fully the nature of existence.  PREREQUISITE: You will need to have attended the Kamalashila Retreat I & II teachings in person to sign up. If you would like to receive the teachings, please write for more information.

  To Register or for more information, please visit: http://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/

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May 14-28, 2017

“Life of Service Immersion”: A serve and study program

This two week program provides a taste of a Balanced Spiritual Life including: meditation, yoga, study, service and personal time for relaxation and reflection.  This program is designed for students who don’t yet have a strong personal practice, for those who already have a strong daily practice, and those who are looking for more guidance or instruction in their meditation and yoga daily practices.

For more information and to register, please visit our Service page and scroll to “Life of Service Immersion.”

roadMay 19-21 & 26-28, 2017

ACI Course 10: Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Part 1 of 3

In 1993, near the end of his Geshe studies, Geshe Michael determined that he would try to make the entire Geshe program available to westerners in their own language. He divided the Geshe program into 18 courses and gave the first transmission of these in New York during the 6-year period from 1993-1999, all without any charge to the students. A high emphasis is placed upon authenticity of the sources: of the many thousands of pages of course materials, there is not a single page which does not include the original Tibetan or Sanskrit text along with its translation.  This Foundation Series of courses is taught around the world, and is available online for free download at The Knowledge Base

ACI Course 10 is the first in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432). Master Shantideva’s work is considered the best book ever written on how to live as a bodhisattva.  Gyaltsab Je’s commentary is the famous guide written on Master Shantideva’s masterpiece.

To Register, click HERE. Questions? Contact our Program Director:

 

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September 1-3 & 8-10

ACI Course 18: The Great Ideas of Buddhism – Part 3 of 3

Looking to receive The Great Ideas of Buddhism series in person? Join us for Part 3 with Venerable Gyelse on the 1st and 4th weekends of March, 2017.

The 3-part Great Ideas series summarizes all fifteen ACI Courses, which cover the basic ideas and books traditionally studied by Buddhist Masters. In part three of this series, we cover the ACI Courses 11-15: Master Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattva Way of Life – Parts 2 & 3, The Art of Reasoning, Lojong: Developing the Good Heart & What the Buddha Really Meant.  This course is intended for students who have attended ACI courses in the past, as well as beginners.  In keeping with the ACI lineage, all teachings are offered free of charge.  Accommodations are offered at a modest rate.

vg2Venerable Gyelse has been interested in Buddhism since the age of 16, but it wasn’t until she was in her 40s that she had the good fortune to meet her Teacher, Geshe Michael Roach.  Venerable Gyelse has been a student of Asian Classics Institute and Geshe Michael for over 20 years.  She worked, studied, lived and taught at Diamond Mountain University for 6 years and then participated in a three year deep retreat to take her deeper into the teachings. Presently she lives, works and teaches at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center.

To Register, click HERE.  Questions? Contact our Program Director:

 

rocksSeptember 10-24, 2017

“Life of Service Immersion”: A serve and study program

This two week program provides a taste of a Balanced Spiritual Life including: meditation, yoga, study, service and personal time for relaxation and reflection.  This program is designed for students who don’t yet have a strong personal practice, for those who already have a strong daily practice, and those who are looking for more guidance or instruction in their meditation and yoga daily practices.

For more information and to register, please visit our Service page and scroll to “Life of Service Immersion.”


joySeptember 15-17 & 22-24, 2017

ACI Course 11: Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Part 2 of 3

In 1993, near the end of his Geshe studies, Geshe Michael determined that he would try to make the entire Geshe program available to westerners in their own language. He divided the Geshe program into 18 courses and gave the first transmission of these in New York during the 6-year period from 1993-1999, all without any charge to the students. A high emphasis is placed upon authenticity of the sources: of the many thousands of pages of course materials, there is not a single page which does not include the original Tibetan or Sanskrit text along with its translation.  This Foundation Series of courses is taught around the world, and is available online for free download at The Knowledge Base

ACI Course 11 is the second in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432).  Topics include: an explanation of the perfection of patience, the perfection of joyful effort, and the perfection of meditative concentration; the results of anger; how to make a habit of not getting angry; how joyous effort supports the other five perfections; obstacles to joyous effort; obstacles to meditation; how selfishness produces pain; reasons to treat others as well as yourself; the source of all the world’s pain; compassion as a prerequisite for successful meditative concentration; meditation as a prerequisite for wisdom; where you, your world, and all of your experiences come from; and Buddha nature. It is recommended, but not necessary that you study Part I prior to studying Part II.

To Register, click HERE.  Questions? Contact our Program Director:


Kamalashila AdOctober 6-10, 2017

Kamalashila 3: Diamond Cutter Sutra Retreat

Join us for the second installment of teachings based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary to the Diamond Cutter Sutra. Through these texts, Geshe Michael‘s Senior Students will lead us into the depths of the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and karma. Using the the meditative state of mind we cultivated in Kamalashila course 1, we are asked to investigate the deeper meaning of life and understand more fully the nature of existence.
PREREQUISITE: You will need to have attended the Kamalashila Retreat I & II teachings in person to sign up. If you would like to receive the teachings, please write for more information.
To Register or for more information, please visit: http://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/

Gift of Liberation Ad

October 13-21, 2017

Lam Rim: Steps to Enlightenment Retreat

There are things about our life which can be extremely hard to deal with: what we do for work, to try to support ourselves; challenges in our relationship; trying to keep our body healthy and our mind clear. As our life goes on, day to day, we look to different people and things for help. Maybe we have a favorite doctor who recommends supplements to keep us healthy; maybe we have a friend we talk to whenever the world seems too much. In the end, we need a higher form of protection, something that never fails—which cannot ever fail, during our life and when the time comes to die.
This retreat will be the 27th installment of ACI’s series on the Steps to Enlightenment, we’ll be continuing through A Gift ofLiberation, one of the greatest books ever written in Tibet. We’ve reached the idea of Taking Shelter: where to go for protection when life gets hard, and even in the moment when your car hits another car—and you are heading off on the road between this life and the next. It’s something we all need to learn how to do.


gm-headshotThis 10-day retreat in the stunning desert foothills of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center will be led by Geshe Michael Roach, one of the leading teachers of Buddhism in the world, along with other senior teachers. The classes of the retreat are free of charge; room and board are available for a nominal charge for those who wish to stay in one of the beautiful meditation cottages at the 1,000-acre Center. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register and for more information please visit: 
http://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/

 

 


Kamalashila Ad w GMROctober 24-27, 2017

Kamalashila 4: Diamond Cutter Sutra Retreat

Join us for the third installment of teachings based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary to the Diamond Cutter Sutra. Through these texts, Geshe Michael will lead us into the depths of the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and karma. Using the the meditative state of mind we cultivated in Kamalashila course 1, we are asked to investigate the deeper meaning of life and understand more fully the nature of existence.

gm-headshotPREREQUISITE: You will need to have attended the Kamalashila Retreat I, II & III teachings in person to sign up. If you would like to receive the teachings, please write for more information.
To Register or for more information, please visit: http://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/


winterNovember 5-19, 2017

“Life of Service Immersion”: A serve and study program

This two week program provides a taste of a Balanced Spiritual Life including: meditation, yoga, study, service and personal time for relaxation and reflection.  This program is designed for students who don’t yet have a strong personal practice, for those who already have a strong daily practice, and those who are looking for more guidance or instruction in their meditation and yoga daily practices.

For more information and to register, please visit our Service page and scroll to “Life of Service Immersion.”


potterNovember 10-12 & 17-19, 2017

ACI Course 12: Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Part 3 of 3

In 1993, near the end of his Geshe studies, Geshe Michael determined that he would try to make the entire Geshe program available to westerners in their own language. He divided the Geshe program into 18 courses and gave the first transmission of these in New York during the 6-year period from 1993-1999, all without any charge to the students. A high emphasis is placed upon authenticity of the sources: of the many thousands of pages of course materials, there is not a single page which does not include the original Tibetan or Sanskrit text along with its translation.  This Foundation Series of courses is taught around the world, and is available online for free download at The Knowledge Base

ACI Course 12 is the third in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432). Topics include: An explanation of the perfection of wisdom; the purpose and benefit of realizing emptiness; how to perceive emptiness directly; proofs of emptiness; the two types of emptiness; the emptiness of the body; the emptiness of the mind; the emptiness of feelings; the emptiness of functioning things; the emptiness of the three elements; wrong ideas about emptiness; the meaning of illusion; dependent origination; the two truths; the nature of ultimate reality; wrong ideas we have about existence; kinds of mental afflictions; the six steps which produce all the pain in the world; the five heaps; the three types of compassion; the importance of requesting blessings; the importance of dedicating good deeds; and how to reach nirvana and enlightenment. It is recommended, but not required that you study Parts I & II prior to studying Part III.

To Register, click HERE.  Questions? Contact our Program Director:

 

December 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018

White Tara New Year’s Weekend Jenang, Teachings and Retreat

Bring in the New Year with White Tara and Diamond Mountain Retreat Center. Grow your heart of compassion during our New Year’s weekend Jenang (permission to practice) and teachings on White Tara, the deity who bestows a long and healthy life. Stay for the 5 day retreat led by David K. Stumpf, a humble practitioner of White Tara and author of a compilation of advices on White Tara’s practice. During the retreat, you’ll receive additional commentary on White Tara’s sadhana practices and have time for personal retreat, reflection and renewal.

DKS and wrenches 3David K Stumpf spent 3 years in retreat practicing White Tara’s sadhana, growing his heart of compassion.  He takes great joy in serving others and sharing the Dharma.  David received permission to practice White Tara during the Great Retreat at Diamond Mountain and received Initiation from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 2014.  He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his lovely wife.

Registration opens September 2017.  For more information please contact our .

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