Loving Kindness Retreat

Jan 20 (eve) to Jan 22 (midday), 2017

Start out this year cultivating loving kindness with guided meditations and discussions led by Karuna Cayton and Venerable Drimay.

Loving kindness is one of the stepping stones to a genuine bodhisattva attitude (bodhichitta), the courageous compassion that is essential for reaching full enlightenment (buddhahood). There has never been a buddha who didn’t have universal loving kindness and compassion. If we want to become a buddha, we need to develop loving kindness.

The Buddhist definition of loving kindness – or just love (Skt. maitri; Tib. jampa) – is wishing someone to be happy. A wise love also understands the underlying causes of happiness and the obstacles to happiness. In this weekend retreat we will investigate the seeds of loving kindness within in us, how to have loving kindness for ourselves, our attitudes towards various types of people, why we care about some and not others, and how to start developing a more open-hearted attitude to all.

Sessions will include explanation, meditation, and discussion led by Venerable Drimay and Karuna Cayton. We will bring the practice of Chenrezig (Skt. Avalokiteshvara) into our meditations – with mantra and visualization – to receive the blessings of the buddha of compassion.

  • 7pm Friday – first session, Intro to Loving Kindness
  • 10am Saturday – first session of the day
  • 5pm Saturday – end of the day’s sessions
  • 10am Sunday – first session of the day
  • 12:30pm Sunday – end of the day’s sessions

Updated Info about Meal Times

Your registration includes meals. Commuters get dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Residential retreaters get all meals, including breakfast, from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

  • 6pm Friday dinner
  • 8am to 9am Saturday breakfast
  • 12:30 Saturday lunch
  • 5:30pm Saturday dinner
  • 8am to 9am Sunday breakfast
  • 12:30 Sunday lunch


Commuter/entire program = $135 (includes 2x dinner & 2x lunch). Residential cost includes program and meals and vary according to type of lodging selected. Drop-In $20 per session.

A deposit will hold your reservation; the balance is payable on arrival. Check in for overnight stay is 4pm.

Contact us if you have concerns about the cost.

Date(s): Jan 20 (eve) to Jan 22 (midday), 2017
Times: 7:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Karuna Cayton, Venerable Drimay
Type of event: retreat
Number of sessions: 4 sessions: Fri eve, Sat am, Sat afternoon, Sun am
Level: general
Participation: please register
Location: Pine Room
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