Prices
  • MENLA Deluxe Queen – $3,282.00
  • MENLA Private Queen – $3,048.00
  • MENLA Private Queen Shared Bath – $2,979.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $2,580.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $2,277.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $2,523.00
  • MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) – $2,289.00
  • MENLA Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $2,133.00
  • MENLA Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $2,055.00
  • Commuter – $1,737.00

Please note that rates include Meals, Accommodations and Program Tuition.

Contact:
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Kālachakra Study & Practice Intensive

With Robert AF Thurman, Michele Loew, Kim Desrosiers and Michael G. Burbank

February 19 - 28, 2018

Robert Thurman brilliantly elucidates and vividly brings to life the many dimensions of the Kālachakra Tantra in this special series of study and practice Intensives. The 2018 Kālachakra Winter Intensive is a full 10 days (9 nights) and focuses on a special Kālachakra Mind Mandala sadhana practice which Dr. Thurman himself uses and will share with all participants. This retreat is intended and reserved for those who have participated in any Kālachakra Initiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or another qualified lama, taking the requisite lay, bodhisattva, and tantric vows, and who are interested in deepening their understanding and practice of the Kālachakra Tantra.

Thurman has attended over a dozen Kālachakra initiations and has led small groups through the complex initiation process conferred by the Dalai Lama, shedding light on its underlying philosophy and its complex symbolism. Having been preserved for centuries in the fabled kingdom of Shambhala, the Kālachakra Tantra is an Unexcelled Yoga Tantra system of teachings which is believed to originate directly from Shakyamuni Buddha and which revolves around the concept of cycles (chakra) of time (kāla), from the cycles of the planets and the outer world to the cycles of human breathing and our physical-spiritual development.

It teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one’s mind and body on the path to enlightenment, through famously complex deity yoga which helps practitioners with a basic understanding of emptiness dissolve their ordinary sense of self and re-create themselves in the ideal form of the Kālachakra deity pair in union who represent omniscient Buddhahood–the union of great bliss and the wisdom perceiving emptiness. Since Kālachakra is created of time and everything manifest is under the influence of time, Kālachakra Buddha is experiential knowledge of all manifest reality. Vishvamata, his spiritual consort and complement, is aware of all that is timeless, not time-bound, or out of the realm of time. In yab-yum union, they are temporality and atemporality conjoined and represent the full glory of the ultimate nature of reality, compassionately abiding in a vast multidimensional mandala rich with symbolic meaning.

In this second Kālachakra Intensive, Dr. Thurman will focus discussion and contemplation-based lectures on unpacking the very center of the mandala, the Mind Mandala, within the larger context of the Kalachakra and pulling from several textual sources to enrich our remembrance of our experience of the initiation and of entering the mandala and beholding Kālachakra-Vishvamata. Plenty of time for practice and mantra accumulation is allotted. Afternoons will include free time after lunch for spa treatments, SONY DSCfurther personal practice, and optional student-led discussions. The retreat will conclude with a day-long instructional puja and celebration lead by Thurman.

Join us in the breathtaking hidden mountain valley of Tibet House’s Menla retreat and spa, for this personally transformative and very inspiring retreat intended to help initiates, from total novices to more advanced practitioners, deepen their connection to, their understanding of, and ultimately their embodiment of the magnificent reality of Kālachakra-Vishvamata.
Please bring your own vajra, bell, damaru, and inner offering vessel (ritual skullcup).



Schedule

Monday, February 19th

3 – 8pm Check-In
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Introductory Class: Instruction and Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Tuesday, February 20th

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
3 – 4pm Optional Student Discussion Group with Q&A (led by Michael & Kim)
4 – 6pm Textual Study with Q&A & Mantra Practice (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Wednesday, February 21st

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
4 – 6pm Student Discussion Group with Q&A (led by Michael & Kim)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Self-Led)

Thursday, February 22nd

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Kim and Michael)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
4 – 6pm Textual Study with Q&A & Mantra Practice (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Friday, February 23rd

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
3 – 4pm Optional Student Discussion Group with Q&A
4 – 6pm Textual Study with Q&A & Mantra Practice (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Saturday, February 24th

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
3 – 4pm Optional Student Discussion Group with Q&A
4 – 6pm Textual Study with Q&A & Mantra Practice (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Sunday, February 25th

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
3 – 4pm Optional Student Discussion Group with Q&A (led by Michael & Kim)
4 – 6pm Textual Study with Q&A & Mantra Practice (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Monday, February 26th

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
3 – 4pm Optional Student Discussion Group with Q&A (led by Michael & Kim)
4 – 6pm Textual Study with Q&A & Mantra Practice (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Sadhana Practice (Thurman)

Tuesday, February 27th

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Services or Relaxation
1 – 3pm Optional Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
3pm Group Fire Puja, Ganapuja, and Tsok in Lhasa Inn Dining Room (Thurman)
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Free time for Relaxation

Wednesday, February 28th

6:30 – 8am Optional Yoga (Michele) or Extra Self-Led Sadhana Practice
8 – 9am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:45am Mantra Recitation & Sadhana Practice (Thurman)
11am Check-Out of Room
12 – 1pm Lunch & Departure

Note: Schedule is subject to change at anytime


 

Teachers

Robert AF Thurman
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of…
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Michele Loew
Michele Loew has been a student and teacher of yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions. Having a strong understanding of biomechanics and anatomy, she is known for her keen observation and ability to guide a student towards aligning the physical and energetic body. She brings to her teaching a warm and engaging style that reflects her own internal understanding of the practice. Michele is an avid student of yoga philosophy and yoga therapeutics and continues to study with her principal yoga teacher Richard Freeman with whom she has practiced with since 2000. She has…
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Kim Desrosiers
Kim Desrosiers is a student of Dr. Thurman, accompanying him to India for two Kālachakra initiations with H.H. the Dalai Lama.  She has also studied under Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, and has taught Tibetan Buddhism and meditation to prisoners through Liberation Prison Project, and to children, teenagers, and adults throughout the country for more than a decade.
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Michael G. Burbank
Michael G. Burbank first began studying with Robert Thurman at Columbia University in 1999. In early 2002 he was invited to help the Thurmans and Tibet House staff launch Menla. Over the years he served as dishwasher, housekeeper, maintenance assistant, groundskeeper, front desk attendant, Front of House Manager, Assistant Director, and since 2013 he has been serving as Director. Michael received the Kalachakra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama twice–in 2003 and 2017–both times in Bodh Gaya, India. In his spare time, he works on spiritually-based graphic novels, including most recently Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of…
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