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Moving Away from Distractions
Friday Night Talk

FRI, Dec 15

6:30 - 8pm

with Gen Kelsang Chokyi, Resident Teacher

in person and live stream (for members)

Following distractions obstructs our ability to connect with our inner peace. By cultivating and maintaining mindfulness we can train to prevent distractions and focus our attention in a beneficial and meaningful way. However, we first need to know what causes our distractions so that we can recognize them and then apply opponents to reduce them through mindfulness and alertness — we do this through meditation formally and then in the meditation break, daily life. Through controlling our mind, we will connect to more authentic and deeper levels of mental peace and stability.

Talk, retreat or both — you choose.

Register online or in person
at KMC Bloomington's reception.



Relax into to your mental peace during this guided retreat that you will engage in silence.

Concentration serves to focus our mind single-pointedly through using mindfulness and alertness. In this retreat, we will experientially explore how to generate more mindfulness and alertness in meditation through exploring the precious mind of compassion. Each session will include guided meditations and short talks to inspire us harness the power of our minds through cultivating our concentration. 

No experience necessary — cushy chairs and cushions — everyone is welcome!


10:00 - 11:30am — Session 1

11:45am - 1pm — Session 2



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


This weekend retreat will be using the books How to Understand the Mind and How to Transform Your Life 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 — check out our Shop schedule.


Cultivating Concentration: 
Discover the Power of Your Mind

Retreat in Silence


SAT, Dec 16

10am - 1pm



> bridge techniques for meditation practice and in particular exploring being in silence
> guided meditations

> inspirational talk

> in person and live stream (for members)


2 sessions in silence with 15min break

> calming guided meditations

> short talks to inspire

> guided meditations to transform

> in person only

Register or Drop In

> No experience necessary and everyone is welcome

> Cushy chairs and cushions

Full Weekend — $30/adult & $25/student, senior
Friday Night Only — $10/adult, student and senior

Saturday Only — $20/adult, $15/student, senior

Full Weekend Retreat included in Memberships:

$30 for 30 Days and Supporting Members

Monthly Membership Options

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