Weekend Retreat in Albuquerque

Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering Retreat

Creating merit, receiving blessings, and fulfilling spiritual wishes

We have all tried to find happiness by improving material things and external conditions, but instead of making us happy, improving external conditions has only increased the suffering, dissatisfaction, and fear in the world. We can see this very clearly. From our side, therefore, we need to seek happiness from a different source.

We all wish for spiritual realizations, pathways to pure happiness, but these depend upon creating certain inner conditions such as purifying negativity, accumulating merit, and receiving blessings. 

In this retreat, we will focus on the preliminary practices of accumulating merit, or positive energy, by making mandala offerings and receiving blessings by engaging in Guru Yoga practice—the very special practice that enables us to strengthen our connection with our Spiritual Guide. In this way, we can realize our deepest wish to experience lasting happiness.

Engaging in Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering Retreat is a powerful way to make swift progress in your spiritual journey. You can prepare for the retreat by reading the section on 'Reliance on the Spiritual Guide' from Joyful Path of Good Fortune and the section on Je Tsongkhapa and the Migtsema prayer in Heart Jewel. You can also read more about mandala offerings in the following texts by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: The Oral Instructions of MahamudraGreat Treasury of Merit, and The New Guide to Dakini Land.

Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Chokyan, will give the Introduction Talk. All other sessions will be self-guided, streamed live from the gompa with Offering to the Spiritual Guide prayers and mandala offering. If this is your first time engaging in this retreat, you are encouraged to attend the Friday evening Introduction Talk.

Retreat Schedule:
6:30–8pm Introduction Talk

9–10:30am Session 1
11:15am–12:45pm Session 2
2–3:30pm Session 3
4–5:30pm Session 4

8–9:30am Session 1
11:45am–1:15pm Session 2
2–3:30pm Session 3
4–5:30pm Session 4

9–10:30am Session 1
11:15am–12:45pm Session 2
2–3:30pm Session 3
6:30–8pm Session 4

Following the Introduction, all sessions will be self-guided, live-streamed and in-person.


Introduction is free to KMC New Mexico TTP and Supporting Members. Self-guided sessions are free for all.

Everyone Welcome!

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About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Chokyan is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. He has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 18 years and teaches with warmth and enthusiasm, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our daily life.


**This retreat is available ONLINE**

Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico,
142 Monroe Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108