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Sat, May 11


Wicker Park

Become Your Own Protector: Modern Buddhism Retreat

We all seek protection in something. Buddhists seek ultimate protection in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. In this day retreat, learn how to do that both in formal meditation practice and in your daily life.

Become Your Own Protector: Modern Buddhism Retreat
Become Your Own Protector: Modern Buddhism Retreat

Time & Location

May 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wicker Park, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA


We all seek protection in something, but the things we typically turn to can at best provide only temporary relief from our pain and problems. 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. Come learn how to engage in the practice of refuge both in formal meditation practice and in your daily life.

Each session includes practical instruction, guided meditation, and time for questions. No previous experience is necessary, and absolutely everyone is welcome!


10:00 - 11:00am: Teaching & Guided Meditation 1

11:30 - 12:30pm: Teaching & Guided Meditation 2

- lunch break -

1:30 - 2:30pm: Teaching & Guided Meditation 3

3:00 - 4:00pm: Teaching & Guided Meditation 4


Gen Kelsang Zamling, the Resident Teacher (main teacher) at KMC Chicago, has over 20 years of experience teaching and practicing meditation. Adept at guiding both new and experienced practitioners, he’s known for his practical approach, warmth, and clarity. He is also an immaculate example of someone who has taken Buddha’s teachings to heart.


This event will be based on the following book(s):

It's not necessary to have your own copy, but some people like to follow along or read more afterward. You can click any title above to learn more about it or to order a printed, e-book, or audio copy (select books only) from Tharpa Publications. You can also purchase copies in person at our Oak Park and Wicker Park locations.



Discounts for members (Full-Day Retreat): 25% off for Standard Members; 50% off for Plus Members; free for Benefactor Members. 

Please note: to receive the member discount, your membership must be active at the time the event will take place.

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

Refund policy


This in-person event is also available by livestream for monthly members. To attend by livestream, monthly members should register through the Livestreaming for Members page. Not a member? Learn more about our membership options here.


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