Lamp for the Path Retreat

Lamp for the Path Retreat


Developing Wisdom & Compassion

Thursday, January 3 – Monday, January 7, 2019
with Resident Teacher Kelsang Chöyang
and senior teachers from Joyful Land


During this annual retreat we are guided through twenty-one traditional meditations that deepen our wisdom and compassion, which are true sources of happiness. By meditating on our precious human life, death and impermanence, karma, as well as love and compassion, we can solve our daily problems of restlessness and anxiety, and improve our ability to be patient and kind.

We meditate in combination with prayers, in order to receive inspiring blessings, to improve concentration, and transform our mind. Each meditation topic will be explained in brief.

The retreat begins on Thursday, January 3 and ends on Monday, January 7. Beginners and more experienced meditators are welcome to participate, whether for a few sessions, one or two days, or the entire retreat.

Retreat Schedule 
January 3: Thursday Meditations
9am-10am Precious Human Life
11am-12pm Death and Impermanence
3pm-4pmDangers of Lower Rebirth & Refuge
5pm-6pm Karma: Actions & Their Effects
January 4: Friday Meditations
9am-10am Renunciation
11am-12pm Equanimity
3pm-4pm Recognizing Living Beings as Our Mother & Remembering Kindness
5pm-6pm Equalizing Self & Others
January 5: Saturday Meditations
9am-10am The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing
11am-12pm The Advantages of Cherishing Others
3pm-4pm Exchanging Self with Others
5pm-6pm Great Compassion
January 6: Sunday Meditations
9am-10am The Practice of Taking
11am-12pm Wishing Love
3pm-4pm The Practice of Giving
5pm-6pm Bodhichitta
January 7: Monday Meditations
9am-10am Tranquil Abiding (Concentration)
11am-12pm Superior Seeing – Emptiness of the Body
3pm-4pm Superior Seeing - Emptiness of the Self
5pm-6pm Relying Upon a Spiritual Guide


Cost of Retreat:
$7 per session | $20 per day | $85 for entire retreat

For Members:
$6 per session | $15 per day | $70 for entire retreat

This retreat is no charge for Foundation Program Members

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre

is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the Ottawa/Gatineau communities with spiritual teachings that help all people regardless of religious or non-religious background. Charitable Registration #: 885866293RR0001

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