Three Months lam Rim Retreat
Date: July 1 - September 30
Applications are accepted now - see application form below
As part of the FPMT Basic Program at Kopan a three month Lam Rim Retreat will be held in summer 2015.
This is a wonderful opportunity to fulfill the retreat requirement of the Basic Program in the peaceful setting of Kopan Monastery and to meditate with leisure on the complete graduated stages of the path.
The retreat will be under the care and led by Ven. Fedor, resident teacher at Aryatara Institute in Germany.
For the first 20 days Ven. Fedor will lead one cycle of Lam Rim with the emphasis on the first two stages. Ven. Tingyal will lead one more cycle of Lam Rim after this, by which time the participants will know how to meditate on the Lam Rim.
Ven. Fedor will lead another cycle of Lam Rim for the last 20 days of the retreat, with the emphasis on bodhicitta and emptiness section. Ven Namdrol and Ven Yvonne, two nuns who will attend the retreat, will lead regularly meditations every day.
The remainder of the retreat will be self led.
This retreat is suitable for you if you want to meditate for three months on the path to enlightenment, have some background in Buddhism and and have completed some Graduated Stages of the Path studies.
The daily schedule will include meditation sessions incorporating practices for accumulating merit and purification, single pointed meditation and analytical guided meditations on Lam Rim topics. A strong interest and commitment to Lam Rim meditation is helpful.
This is what Lama Zopa Rinpoche says about meditating on the Lam Rim: "When the first Masters Program finished I asked the students to do a one-year retreat on the Lam-Rim after studying for eight years. The students that followed my advice and went to Osel Ling in Spain to do retreat for nine months found it very beneficial and they said everyone must do retreat. They really agreed that the retreat was beneficial."
Cost of the Retreat
Basic Retreat Fee: 780 US$
This includes food and course material and all other retreat expenses for the 90 days of the retreat.
Extra days prior to the retreat and after conclusion of the retreat are not included.
Cost of Accommodation
Thec cost of accommodation depends on the type of accommodation you choose.
Once you have been accepted for the retreat we will send you a detailed email with the accommodation
choices and the cost.
How to Apply
To apply for the retreat, please read the essential information and complete the application form below.
Ven. Fedor will then inform you if your application has been accepted.
Following this, you will receive an email from the Kopan office inviting you to book for the treat.
Closer to the time of the retreat, you will be asked to send a deposit and confirm your attendance
Final payment of the retreat will be required on arrival.
Read more here about the FPMT Basic Program