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Connecting vs Alienating
Friday Night Talk

FRI, Sep 22

6:30 - 8pm

Weekend Retreat

with Gen Kelsang Chokyi, Resident Teacher

From 6:30-8pm, the Friday night talk bridges you to a silent retreat on Saturday from 10am-1pm. By preparing your mind, you can go into silence with confidence. Come to Friday, Saturday or both days to deepen your experience — all levels of experience are welcome


“We have discovered an inexhaustible fountain of happiness
within our own mind – our love for others.”  - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Love is a state of mind. We can feel connected or alienated depending on how we are viewing others. Usually, we love others based on how they make us feel or how they treat us. Basing our love on these conditions makes our love unstable because we are basing it on variables that we cannot control.

In this Friday night talk, Gen Chokyi will explore why we alienate others and how this mindset creates disharmony in relationships, and ultimately how we can choose to connect to others in a more stable, joyful, loving way

You can choose one day or both

when you register online or in person
at KMC Bloomington's reception.


Relax in silence to connect to your mental peace during this silent retreat. 


We all want to be loved and to love, but what’s holding love back? Perhaps we are in and out of relationships, or maybe we feel lonely in a relationship.

During this retreat, Gen Chokyi will explore how we can connect to true love which actually arises from a profound understanding of our interdependence and interconnection with everyone. This understanding and experience of it will free us from our painful feelings and opens us to an expansive and ever more inclusive empathy and love that brings joy, harmony and purpose into our lives. 

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 Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. It's not required to have this book or booklet, 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.


Never Be Lonely Again 
Retreat in Silence


SAT, Sep 23

10am - 1pm



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

> inspirational talk


2 sessions in silence with 15min break

> calming guided meditations

> short talks to inspire

> guided meditations to transform

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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