*CANCELED* Presenting the Path - Weekend Getaway

Aug 30: 6pm to Sep 1: 3pm, 2019

This weekend covers the material in Discovering Buddhism module 3 – a general overview of the Lam Rim, i.e, the stages of the path to enlightenment. This system of clarifying the teachings of the Buddha and how to practice was taught to the Tibetan people by the famous Indian Buddhist master, Guru Atisha Dipamkara Shri Jnana around 1000 years ago. Based on Master Atisha’s seminal work, A Lamp for the Path, many later books and poems were composed in Tibet, by masters such as Gampopa and Tsongkhapa, all the way up to modern times.

The Lam Rim gives us a road map for our study and practice – a way to make sense of all the volumes of Buddhist scriptures and commentary. When we understand the Lam Rim, we understand how all the Buddha’s teachings fit together as a practice for an individual person, i.e., ourselves.

Each session includes related guided meditation. During the weekend, there will be big breaks for study.


Residential and Commuter options are available. Residential participants can check in starting at 4:00pm on Friday. All participants can enjoy our fresh-cooked vegetarian meals, which get rave reviews. During the break times, take advantage of the natural surroundings to go for a walk, spin the prayer wheels, or go for a swim.



6pm Dinner

1st Session

  • 7pm – 8:30pm


8am Breakfast

2nd Session

  • 10am – 11am, 11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm Lunch, followed by Time for Study and Recreation

3rd Session:

  • 3pm – 4pm, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

6pm Dinner and relaxing


8am Breakfast

4th Session

  • 10am – 11am, 11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm Lunch, followed by Time for Study and Recreation

5th Session

  • 2pm – 3pm,

End of retreat.

About the Instructor:

Jon Landaw, the author of Buddhism for Dummies, was born in New Jersey in 1944 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965. After spending three years in the Peace Corps in Iran, Jon worked as an English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India from 1972 to 1977, producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche since 1973, Jon has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including Wisdom Energy and Introduction to Tantra. He is also the author of Prince Siddhartha, a biography of Buddha for children, and Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice, published by Snow Lion in 1993. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in Capitola, California.

Date(s): Aug 30: 6pm to Sep 1: 3pm, 2019
Times: 6:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Jon Landaw
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 5
Level: Introductory
Participation: Full-time
Location: Main Gompa
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