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Advice from Atisha's Heart - Guided Meditation Retreat

Advice from Atisha's Heart - Guided Meditation Retreat

Gen Kelsang Rinzin

Taught by Gen Kelsang Rinzin

7:00 pm Friday, January 5
10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 6
10:30 am to 1:00 pm, Sunday 7

Source of the advice

When Venerable Atisha came to Tibet he first went to Ngari, where he remained for two years giving many teachings to the disciples of Jangchub Ö.

After two years had passed he decided to return to India, and Jangchub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left.

Atisha replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed, but Jangchub Ö persisted in his request and so Atisha accepted and gave the following advice.

About the retreat

In this retreat, Gen Rinzin will explain and guide meditations on the verses of Atisha's Advice. The words of Atisha's advice are, one might say, a layman's guide to practicing the path to enlightenment in daily life. As such, it is full of pithy and profound advice, such as

Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind, and speak truthfully without malice.

This makes this retreat an excellent start for those looking for an introduction to Buddhist practice, as well as a practical reinforcement for more those with more experience.

Atisha's advice shows us how to begin the spiritual path to our own enlightenment, what things we should do with our environment to make it conducive our growth in peace and happiness, and how to keep going and attain the results of our practice. For example, he says,

If you practice with great devotion, results will arise immediately, without your having to wait for a long time.

Click to read Atisha's Advice on

Friday, January 5
7:00 - 8:30 pmIntroduction & Session 1
Saturday, January 6
10:30 - 11:30 amSession 2
12:00 - 1:00 pmSession 3
1:00 - 2:30 pmLunch Provided
2:30 - 3:30 pmSession 4
4:00 - 5:00 pmSession 5
Sunday, January 7
10:30 - 11:30 amSession 6
12:00 - 1:00 pmSession 7

Cost and Registration

You may join for the whole retreat or join for a session at a time.
Refreshments are provided throughout the retreat. Lunch can only be guaranteed for those who pre-register.

$49 whole retreat with lunch includes a booklet containing Atisha's Advice, or
$7 per session
$7 delicious vegetarian lunch on Saturday ($10 walk-in without pre-registering)

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Individual Sessions




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Location ~ Fort Collins

Heruka Buddhist Center

149 W Harvard St, Suite 102
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Tips on getting here

We are just off of College Ave. Harvard is two lights north of the mall, or the first light south of Drake. Go west one block to McClelland, turn south, and then immediately turn into the parking lot.

NOTE: Parking is on the south side of the building, and entrance is not from Harvard St., but McClelland Dr.

Fort Collins ~ Heruka Buddhist Center

Retreat is a time to set aside our ordinary activities for the purpose of focusing on a particular spiritual practice.

Except as indicated, all retreats are open to everyone. Beginners may prefer the guided retreats, but are welcome to participate in unguided retreats as well.

Questions? Please call 970.482.7613 or email: