Emptiness and the Inner Source of Unhappiness: Seeing Through the Illusion (Oct 16)


Meditation retreat with teachings by modern Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Norbu
Saturday, October 16, 11:00am-3pm (includes a lunch break)

Cost: $35 ($30 by October 14) includes vegetarian lunch
Standard members: $25 ($20 by October 14) includes lunch
Plus members: Free (need to sign up by October 14)

*Please note: We are offering this retreat in person or via Zoom livestream. If you choose Zoom livestream, then after you submit payment, you will receive an email link to the meeting. This link is for your personal use only. Video recordings will also be available through October 20*


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“We are like travelers in a desert who exhaust themselves running after mirages, or like someone walking down a road at night mistaking the shadows of the trees for criminals or wild animals waiting to attack.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Modern Buddhism

Emptiness is the way things really are. It is the way things exist as opposed to the way they appear. Emptiness is not nothingness, and it is not just emptying our mind of all conceptual thoughts. Realizing emptiness is the method to release our mind from the ignorance of self-grasping. As the great Yogi Saraha said, “If your mind is released permanently from self-grasping, there is no doubt that you will be released permanently from suffering.” This is because the result of grasping tightly at appearances is that we develop self-cherishing, attachment, hatred, jealousy and other delusions, our mind becomes agitated and unbalanced, and our peace of mind is destroyed.

This retreat will introduce teachings and meditations on emptiness, explaining how to use this understanding to reduce and eventually abandon our self-grasping and other delusions. Recommended reading: Modern Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Free download here

Registration Policy: If you cancel 24 hours prior to the start of the event we will refund all except 25%. If you cancel on, or after, the event, no refunds are given. Exceptions may be made in circumstances such as sickness or bereavement; you should apply by e-mail to ad@meditateinfortlauderdale.org within 2 weeks of the end of the Event. Any non-refunded fees arising from cancellations are donated to the NKT-IKBU International Temples Project.