• Mini-Retreat March 18

    Our next Mini-retreat is March 18, from 9am-12pm

     

  • May 2018 Retreat

    About the retreat
    Our annual May Long Retreat will be held near Golden, B.C., at Quantum Leaps. This is a beautiful, serene environment, with a river, a large garden, and chickens running around.
    All levels of meditators are welcome on this retreat. Instructions will be provided throughout the retreat. You will have opportunities to meet with the teachers to discuss any individual questions or concerns.
    Delicious vegetarian meals will be served every day and are included in the price. You will be responsible for your own breakfasts (must be vegetarian). There are fridges, dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, stoves, and microwaves.

    Theme
    The theme for this retreat is “Wisdom On and Off the Cushion”. Many of us have a difficult time bringing our meditation experience into our daily lives. When we meditate we are quiet, focused, calm, relaxed… how can you feel those things in the middle of rush hour, in a meeting, or trying to get your 3 year old dressed? During this retreat we will explore what it means to live wisely, and how we can wisely integrate the things we discover in meditation with our daily life.
    As part of our contemplation of wisdom we will be learning about a boddhisattva named Manjusri. Manjusri (Ch. Wenshu, Jp. Monju) is a Great Bodhisattva who is also the ruler of the meditation hall and is associated with wisdom and insight. When depicted, he almost always has a sword “to cut off all delusions”. He is associated with the lion because the Buddha’s teachings are called “The Lion’s Roar”. We will be using images, chants, mantras, and stories related to Manjusri to help deepen our understanding of Buddhist wisdom.

    Pricing

    Accommodation Type Early Bird (by April 15) Regular
    Teepee $300 $350
    Shared room $425 $475
    Private room $500 $550

    Cost includes
    – 3 nights’ accommodations
    – 3 dinners (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
    – 2 lunches (Saturday, Sunday)

    Cost does NOT include
    – 3 breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
    – Lunch before arrival Friday
    – Lunch after departure Monday

    Registration
    Please fill out the registration FORM.
    Payment can be emailed to amalatr@gmail.com.
    For other payment options please contact Steph directly through Meetup chat.

    Your spot is not confirmed until we receive your registration form and your payment.

    Refund policy
    – Full refund if you cancel on or before April 15
    – Cancellations after April 15 but before May 11 will be handled after the retreat. If we cannot fill your spot and the venue still bills us you will not get a refund. We are generally able
    to provide partial to full refunds but this is not a guarantee.
    – Cancellations on or after May 11 will be handled after the retreat in the same way as post-April-15 cancellations MINUS a $25 cancellation fee (if a partial refund is available).

    Carpool
    Carpool will be arranged for Friday morning between 9-10 am

  • Mini-Retreat Sunday Jan. 28

    join us for our first mini-retreat of the year!

    What: meditation, dharma talks, chanting
    When: Sunday Jan. 28 9am-12pm
    Where: 110-138 18 Avenue SE
    Who: all levels welcome
    Cost: free! (donations welcome)

  • Meet & Greet & Retreat Info

    A lot of people have signed up to our group over the past couple of months and since we won’t have formal meditation sessions until the fall, I thought y’all might like a chance to meet some of us sooner. We can answer questions about our group, about meditation, and about Buddhism.

    For existing members, hope you can also come out and catch up with us!

    ALSOOOOO – we are having a retreat at the end of August, so if you’d like to find out more about that we can answer those questions too.

    We will have reservations at Limericks Pub on Wednesday August 2, from 7:00-8:30pm. Ask for the Meditation Group. Drop in anytime, stay as long as you’d like!

    You can sign up on our Meetup site, or just show up.

  • August 2017 Meditation Retreat

    Registration is now officially open for our August Retreat!

    This year we will be hosting the retreat at the Folk Tree Lodge, a short 45 minute drive from Calgary but a world away from the big city.

    This retreat is open to new and more “seasoned” meditators alike. It’s a great opportunity for anyone looking to delve deeper in their practice.

    This is a “silent’ retreat – the participants are asked not to talk during their stay. Don’t worry, the silence doesn’t start as soon as you get there – there will be dinner and an opening ceremony at which the teachers will explain what to do with the silence and when to start. There will also be times set aside for one on one talks with the teachers.

    Retreats provide a fantastic environment to get away from the noise and distractions of everyday life. Silence is a beautiful thing and can help you connect with your inner wisdom. The theme for this year’s retreat will be “The Art of Letting Be”.

    We have also tried to keep costs down as much as possible. The cost should be around $300-$450, depending on what accommodation type people choose. However, all participants will pay the same price regardless of room type (except for Early Bird Discount). All rooms are shared but if you need a private room for medical reasons we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

    Early Bird Pricing is available until August 14. Early bird price will be $60 less than the regular price. To receive the early bird price you will need to provide a $200 deposit by August 14. If you need to cancel after paying this deposit you will be refunded only if we can fill your spot.  If price is an issue, let us know and we will try to work something out for you.

    Delicious vegetarian dinners will be served everyday and are included in the price. You will be responsible for your own breakfasts and lunches. There are fridges, dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, and microwaves.

    Please plan for a 5:30pm arrival. Dinner and orientation to start at 6:00pm on Friday. The retreat will go until 11:00am on Monday Morning.

    To apply for the retreat, please fill in the following REGISTRATION FORM

  • End of Year/Buddha’s Birthday Potluck

    Please join us after our regular Sunday Dharma talk from 11-12 for our end of year potluck!

    We will also take this opportunity to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday (no special dress code or ceremonies required).

    If you are able to bring a vegetarian dish to share that would be greatly appreciated. Store-bought is acceptable 🙂

    You can attend one or both events. Hope to see you all there!

  • Calgary Weekend Meditation Retreat – Fall 2016

    Everything about this silent retreat was designed to make it accessible for everyone. We wanted to remove any barriers for those of us living busy schedules, who find it difficult to find the time to get some silence and equanimity in our lives. So we kept the location close and the costs as low as possible. This in-city retreat is also great if you’ve never been on a meditation retreat before and want to get a feeling for what prolonged periods of silence is like. Lastly, even if you’ve meditated for years and just need the opportunity to get some extra cushion time in, it’ll be a solid weekend.

    Theme: The Path to Liberation – Living with Presence and Meaning in the World
    Price: $75 and that includes a vegetarian lunch on Saturday.
    Location: FCJ Christian Life Centre – 219 19 Ave SW

    Schedule:

    • Friday, November 18 –  6:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Saturday, November 19 –  9:00am – 5:00pm. For those looking for additional meditation time, you can stay for the optional evening session from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Sunday, November 20 –  9:00am – 12:00pm

    Each night, you go home and sleep in your own bed. You are encouraged, but not required, to remain in silence for the entire weekend. If this causes you some anxiety, no sweat, we can figure something out. Meditation (including retreats) should never be a cause for more stress in our already stressful lives.

    Questions or curiosities? You can hit up Philip directly at 403-690-5365.

    To apply for the retreat, please fill in the following application form.

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  • Glenbow Tour of Asian Artifacts

    Shirfu has offered to give us our very own guided tour of the Glenbow’s Asian Exhibit! Although we know him as our teacher, Shirfu also teaches Asian studies at the University of Calgary and has extensive knowledge about this collection.

    Here is a description of the exhibit from the Glenbow website:

    “Many Faces, Many Paths: Art of Asia

    Glenbow’s Asian Gallery, Many Faces, Many Paths: Art of Asia, includes more than 80 superb sculptures from Asia, some of which have been loaned and most of which have been gifted by the Bumper Development Corporation Ltd. of Calgary. Glenbow is especially pleased to be the steward of this outstanding collection because it gives the museum an unusual opportunity to represent the splendid artistic heritage of the growing population of Asian Canadians in our city and province. The Asian Gallery is an integral part of Glenbow’s effort not only to bridge cultures while building awareness of the diverse communities of Canada but also to make Calgary the home of some of the world’s most accomplished works of art.”

    The first Thursday of each month is free so there should be no entry fee. However please have some money in case their policies have changed or there are unexpected expenses.

    You can sign up for this event on our Meetup site.

    Please meet by the ticket counter inside the Glenbow museum at 6:45 so can start the tour at 7pm. The tour will be about 1.5 hours.

     

  • August 13 – Hike and Meditation

    Join us for hiking + meditation in Kananaskis on Saturday August 13.

    ***Please sign up on our Meetup site so we know who is going and can communicate any updates to you!

    It will be an easy/moderate hike, and all are welcome (last year our hike was 9km and 300m elevation gain.) And of course, we will be stopping for lunch and meditation, so bring a packed lunch and something comfortable to sit on.

    We’ll meet inside the Visitor Centre (note: this is a different Visitor’s Centre than the one we met at last year) at 9:45am and head out from there. It will be a 20-40 minute drive from the Visitor Centre to the trailhead, depending on the hike selected. The exact hike will be confirmed at the Visitor Centre based on the most up-to-date closures and wildlife reports.

    Please indicate in your confirmation whether you need a ride – drivers and passengers will be connected before the event.

    If the chance of rain that day is above 40% on the Weather Network, the event will be cancelled – please check the meetup site the morning of the hike to confirm that the event will be happening.

    Meeting time: 9:45am

    Meeting place: Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre

    Directions: Take Hwy 1 west to Hwy 40 (exit 118). Take Hwy 40 south approximately 7km to the Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre, which will be on the right.

    ***Please sign up on our Meetup site so we know who is going and can communicate any updates to you!
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    pictures from the hike:

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  • CANCELLED! July 16 Hike & Meditation

    ***Due to heavy rain over the past couple of weeks and additional rainfall expected this weekend, we are postponing our annual hike until August – stay tuned for new dates. Surely by that time the rain will have stopped!!!

    Join us for hiking + meditation in Kananaskis on Saturday July 16th

    It will be an easy/moderate hike, and all are welcome (last year our hike was 9km and 300m elevation gain.) And of course, we will be stopping for lunch and meditation, so bring a packed lunch and something comfortable to sit on.

    We’ll meet inside the Visitor Centre (note: this is a different Visitor’s Centre than the one we met at last year) at 9:45am and head out from there. It will be a 20-40 minute drive from the Visitor Centre to the trailhead, depending on the hike selected. The exact hike will be confirmed at the Visitor Centre based on the most up-to-date closures and wildlife reports.

    Please indicate in your confirmation whether you need a ride – drivers and passengers will be connected before the event.

    If the chance of rain that day is above 40% on the Weather Network, the event will be cancelled – please check the meetup site the morning of the hike to confirm that the event will be happening.

    Meeting time: 9:45am

    Meeting place: Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre

    Directions: Take Hwy 1 west to Hwy 40 (exit 118). Take Hwy 40 south approximately 7km to the Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre, which will be on the right.