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Sat, Mar 04


Oak Park

• Become Your Own Protector: Buddhist Refuge Retreat

Learn how to engage in the practice of Buddhist refuge both in retreat and in your daily life.

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• Become Your Own Protector: Buddhist Refuge Retreat

Time & Location

Mar 04, 9:00 AM – Mar 05, 7:45 PM

Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA


We all seek protection in something. Buddhists seek ultimate refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, the omniscient doctor; Sangha, the kind spiritual nurses; and Dharma, the actual medicine that cures our mental pain. Learn how to engage in the practice of Buddhist refuge both in retreat and in your daily life. 

This annual, in-depth retreat will begin Saturday morning with an introductory talk and one guided retreat session with Gen Zamling, followed by several self-guided retreat sessions on Saturday and Sunday based upon the instructions given Saturday morning.

Although this is an in-depth retreat, anyone with a sincere interest is welcome to attend.


Saturday, March 4

9:00 - 10:30am: Teaching: How to Develop Inner Refuge

11:00 - 12:30pm: Retreat Session 1 (Guided)

12:30 - 1:30pm: (Bring Your Own) Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:00pm: Retreat Session 2 (Unguided)

3:30 - 5:00pm:  Retreat Session 3 (Unguided)

Sunday, March 5

4:15 - 5:45pm: Retreat Session 1 (Unguided)

6:15 - 7:45pm: Retreat Session 2 (Unguided)


Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher


This retreat will use the following books and sadhana (prayer booklet). It's not necessary to have a copy of the books, but some people find it helpful. Copies of the sadhana will be available to borrow while in the center. You can click any title below to learn more about it or to order a printed, e-book, or audio copy from Tharpa Publications. You can also purchase copies in person at our Oak Park and Wicker Park locations.



Refund policy

No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact us to request financial accommodations. 

$35 for 30 days: free, discount is automatically applied. Other members see the members section for codes needed to receive any discounts (free for Benefactors, Patrons, and TTP students).





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