At Kailash International Retreat Center we offer regular silent meditation retreats to allow you to go deeper with your practice. Focused periods of time emphasizing spiritual development will provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of practice. Create the space to improve your dharma understanding and meditation experience and return to daily life more grounded, connected and wise.
During retreat it is always quiet and our meditation sessions are as silent as possible beyond the usual chanted prayers and guidance. Outside of sessions people have the freedom to choose to be silent if they wish or to talk quietly and meaningfully with each other if they prefer.
On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions.
We engage in verbal retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.
— Heart Jewel, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
benefits of silence
We offer a variety of retreats at Kailash, including silent retreats. Observing silence is optional but has many benefits:
Upcoming Silent Retreats
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