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Transforming Adversity Retreat & Lunch

SAT, Apr 13

10:00am - 1:00pm | Retreat

1:00 - 2:00pm | Lunch

with Gen Kelsang Chokyi, Resident Teacher

Is it possible to keep a happy mind when facing adversities? Following Buddha’s timeless teachings, we can learn how to transform adversities into a spiritual path. Rather than being overwhelmed our discouraged by these difficult situations or painful memories, we can use them to encourage ourselves to purify using the four opponent powers. 


“If the roof of our house is leaking and water is dripping through the ceiling, we do not sit back and do nothing – we try to find the hole and mend it. Similarly, when we experience suffering, we should consider its cause, non-virtuous actions, and apply the remedy, purification. Rather than being preoccupied with the suffering itself, we should apply the solution.”
- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

On this retreat you will learn:

– How to transform adverse conditions into a spiritual path
– How to purify negative potentials through the four opponent powers
– How to channel our actions in a virtuous direction using daily life experiences


The retreat is suitable for all meditation levels, including beginners. It includes guided meditations, short teachings as well as a written Q&A in the last session. Everyone can benefit from this retreat — you don't have to be Buddhist to participate.


This retreat is followed by a vegetarian lunch ($8), please register for the lunch online by Thursday, April 11 to participate so we can prepare accordingly.

You can register for the retreat online or in person at KMC Bloomington's reception.


As a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Gen Kelsang Chokyi has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for 19 years and is an American Buddhist nun. She is the Resident Teacher at KMC Bloomington. With joy, wisdom and experience, she illuminates how we can integrate Buddha's teachings into daily life.  


10:00 - 11:30am — Session 1

11:45am - 1:00pm — Session 2

1:00 - 2:00pm — Lunch


This retreat will be using the book Universal Compassion by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. It's not required to have these books, but some people like to have them on hand during the event or read more afterward.


You can purchase books in our Bookstore & Shop — shop schedule




RETREAT | 10am - 1pm

2 sessions with 15min break

> calming guided meditations

> short talks to inspire

> guided meditations to transform

Register or Drop In
All levels of experience are welcome

> Cushy chairs and cushions

$25/adult, $20/student, senior

$8/vegetarian lunch

Retreat only included in Memberships:

$40 for 30 Days, FP and Supporting Members

Membership Options

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