2018 Weekend Retreats

Unless otherwise noted, weekend retreats begin at 7 pm on Friday evening and end at 4 or 5 pm on Sunday afternoon.  They are not residential.  Housing for out-of-town participants is usually available upon request.

As presented on our Calendar and other pages, this list is color-coordinated to Buddhist lineage:  Zen teachers are listed in Black, Tibetan in Red and Insight/Vipassana in Blue.

Breathing Our Freedom

Weekend Retreat with Tempel Smith

June 1-3

“Let’s get out of our heads and into our lived experience in the body, through the doorway of the breath.”

In a teaching called the Mindfulness of Breathing Discourse (MN 118, Anapanasati Sutta) the Buddha gave one of his most detailed step by step instructions of how to develop meditation practice from simple awareness of breathing in and out, through a deep embodiment and concentration, to the development of liberating insights.  During this weekend we will practice silent sitting and walking meditation throughout the day with some guided meditations, talks on this topic and time for Q&A.

Friday evening will be closed to the public if the retreat is full, please check the website the week prior to see if attending Friday only is an option.

Saturday and Sunday mornings will begin with an optional sitting 9:00 – 9:30 am, Tempel’s teachings and the official start will be at 9:45. Registration for this weekend will open April 1 on the BDC website.

This is an event in the summer practice period.  To find out about other summer practice period offerings, click here.

Weekend Retreat with Anam Thubten Rinpoche

June 15-17

There are three important aspects of meditation:  mindful attention, open awareness and loving kindness. By practicing these, we can let go of negative mental patterns and expand our heart and mind, bringing about joy, peace and inner freedom. Anam Thubten will teach and guide participants in developing these three aspects of meditation and share Buddhist wisdom on working with our thoughts and emotions. For more information about the retreat or Anam Thubten Rinpoche, click here.  This retreat fills up quickly, so it is best to register early if possible.  Out of town guests can find a list of Bozeman resources here.