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Away Retreat: The Stillness Within

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The Stillness Within: A Retreat on Improving Concentration

If we are new to meditation, or even having practiced for some time, our mind is largely distracted and unclear. It’s difficult to stay focused on our object of meditation for very long, and it is not easy to return to our object when we forget it! We can improve the quality of our meditation, by improving our concentration. By learning how to train our mind in the proper methods, and then putting those techniques into practice happily and consistently, the quality of our meditations will definitely improve. By gaining a taste of deeper meditation on retreat, we can be more inspired and confident to practice meditation in daily life.

Here you can read a special message from Gen Kelsang Menla, our Resident Teacher, about the beautiful gift of retreat. Click Here. 

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Gen Kelsang Menla was ordained as a Kadampa Buddhist monk in 2001 and has taught Kadampa Buddhism since that time. Gen Menla has also completed temple renovation projects in Baltimore, Albuquerque and our own temple here in Dallas. He brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation.


Introduction: 7:30 - 8:45pm
No meal

Breakfast:  7:30am-8:30am
Session 1:  9:00am-10:00am
Session 2: 11:00am-12:15 pm
Lunch:   12:30pm-1:30pm
Session 3:  4:00pm-5:15pm
Dinner:  5:30pm-6:30pm
Session 4:  7:00pm-8:30pm (includes Q&A)

Breakfast: 7:30am-8:30am
Session 1: 9:00am-10:00am
Session 2: 11:00am-12:15pm
Lunch: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session 3:  2:00pm-3:30pm (Includes Q&A)

Sessions will include Prayers for Meditation, a teaching, and guided mediation. 


About Silence
To create special retreat conditions we will have silence from Saturday morning upon waking until Lunchtime, then from the end of the last session on Saturday for the rest of the evening, and then again from Sunday morning upon waking until lunchtime.

Silence also includes non-verbal communication.

You may want to bring a notebook for taking notes and your own meditation cushion if you have one, although cushions and chairs will be provided.

About the Retreat Center

Brookhaven is a retreat center that hosts groups wanting to get away to a place that will bring peace to their life and meaningful interactions with others. It is located in the pinewoods of Northeast Texas on a beautiful 70-acre lake front property just 2 hours outside of Dallas.


Registration is now closed.

We will be sending you an information packet tonight, Wednesday, March 14, with all the details for the weekend. Please look for it in the email account you provided when you registered. We look forward to spending this special weekend with you!