Coming Home: A Retreat for Young Adults 18 – 30s
July 11–20, 2022
Offered in partnership by the Pema Chödrön Foundation and Shambhala Mountain Center
Our true nature is sacred, and shared with everyone and everything in our environment. Connecting with this is how we come home. In this retreat we’ll do so through meditation practice, in-person group connection, and lots of time in nature. Our practice will be based on total friendliness and acceptance of ourselves and each other, feeling what we feel, and being who we are. We will deepen our connection with the natural world of earth, water, fire, wind, and space: we’re made of these, they give us life, and reveal our wisdom.
The more we come home in this way together, the more grounded, connected, and free we are, and the more our natural wisdom and compassion can shine forth and guide our lives. It can also help us rejuvenate and heal whatever turmoil we go through. This may include the painful feelings of anxiety, despair, and exhaustion many any of us can experience amidst the challenges of a rapidly changing world, strained relationships, and a climate in crisis. These challenges call us to find the balance and wisdom needed to move ahead with a sense of clarity and purpose.
For millennia in Buddhism, precepts—guidelines for our actions which we agree to keep—have been used as a support for retreat practice, as well as in various forms for monastics and householders who wish to have such a foundation in their life. Precepts can help us relax and focus within a container of safety, simplicity, and harmony. During this retreat, we’ll keep the five Buddhist precepts which include protecting and not taking life, remaining sober, being truthful, not engaging in sexual relations with others during the length of time of the retreat, and not stealing (not that that’s usually an issue!). As a symbol of this, we’ll wear an upper meditation shawl called a “dzen”.
We warmly welcome anyone interested who either has some background in meditation practice, or a deep interest to learn.
Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he practiced intensively, completed Shedra studies, and served in various roles including as a Shastri. He now lives at Drala Mountain Center where he serves as Resident Teacher and a founding faculty member for the Summer Seminar and other programs. He spends a portion of each year in retreat, frequently travels to continue his own dharma education, and can often be seen jogging around the land at DMC.