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Sat, May 20


Oak Park

• Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat

Make swift spiritual progress and transform your mind through the traditional practices of making mandala offerings and heartfelt prayers to your Spiritual Guide.

• Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat
• Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat

Time & Location

May 20, 2023, 10:00 AM – May 21, 2023, 7:45 PM

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


In this very special retreat, we will engage in the traditional practices of making mandala offerings using a traditional mandala kit, and making heartfelt prayers to our Spiritual Guide. These two practices greatly increase the positive energy in our mind, purify our negative karma, and make our mind greatly inspired -- all of this makes it very easy for us to transform our mind and make swift spiritual progress.

This is an in-depth retreat, however all levels of students are invited to attend -- from beginners to advanced practitioners. Newcomers are especially encouraged to attend the Saturday morning introductory teaching.

Please note: whereas the Saturday sessions will be guided by the teacher, the Sunday evening sessions will not. 

Printed Materials and Ritual Items:

  • We will be using traditional mandala kits and malas for this retreat, so everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own materials. We will spend some time during the Saturday introduction learning the proper way to use a mala and to make a mandala offering using our kits.
  • This retreat will be based upon the book Great Treasury of Merit, and will use the traditional prayers and meditations found in the booklet "Offering to the Spiritual Guide."
  • All materials -- books and ritual items -- are available for purchase in our gift shop.


Saturday, May 20

10:00 - 11:00am Introductory Teaching

11:30 - 1:15pm Guided Session 1

1:15 - 2:30pm Lunch Break

2:30 - 4:15pm Guided Session 2

Sunday, May 21

4:15 - 5:45pm Unguided Session 1

6:15 - 7:45pm Unguided Session 2


We will be using the following ritual items for this retreat, and everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own materials. These items are also available for purchase at our Oak Park location.

  • Mandala kit
  • Mala


Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher


This retreat will refer to 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 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.

This retreat will use the following traditional meditation prayers:



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

Member discounts: $35 for 30 days: free, discount is automatically applied. FP: $15 (with discount code); TTP, Benefactors, and Patrons: free (with discount code).

Refund policy


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