Refuge Retreat

Introduction: May 6
Retreat: May 8 - 12
at KMC South Carolina
2999 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

During this retreat we will spend time developing the beautiful mind of refuge, our actual protection from pain and problems. Through  practicing refuge, we gradually build a stable peace, joy and freedom  within our own heart, giving us the confidence and strength to make  authentic spiritual progress that we can then share with others.

We attain permanent freedom from suffering by sincerely relying upon  the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Dharma is like  medicine that prevents the sufferings of samsara, Buddha is the doctor  who gives us this medicine, and the Sangha are the nurses who assist us. Understanding this, we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Retreat sessions are self-guided and include silent time for study, meditation, and recitation of the refuge prayer.  Retreat sessions are free and everyone is welcome to attend; drop in for any session.

Introduction to the Retreat

Saturday, May 6; 10:30am - 12pm
10:30am - 12pm: Introduction to Refuge retreat  ($10 or $5 students/seniors; free for monthly members)

Retreat Schedule:

All sessions are self guided, on a drop in basis, and free of charge. Please consider attending the introduction to the retreat on Saturday May 6 at 10:30am if you have never done this retreat before.  Everyone is welcome. 

Monday, May 8
7:00am - 8:00am -- Session 1
8:15 - 9:00am -- Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm - 6:45pm -- Session 2
7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Session 3 (downstairs in retreat room)

Tuesday, May 9
7:00am - 8:00am -- Session 1
8:15 - 9:00am -- Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm - 6:45pm -- Session 2
7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Session 3

Wednesday, May 10
7:00am - 8:00am -- Session 1
8:15 - 9:00am -- Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm - 6:45pm -- Session 2
7:00pm - 8:45pm -- Offering to the Spiritual Guide (downstairs in retreat room)

Thursday, May 11
7:00am - 8:00am -- Session 1
8:15 - 9:00am -- Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm - 6:45pm -- Session 2
7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Session 3

Friday, May 12
7:00am - 8:00am -- Session 1
8:15 - 9:00am -- Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm - 6:45pm -- Session 2
7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Session 3