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Sat, Nov 18


Oak Park

Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat

Nov 18 - 20 | Engage in traditional practices to increase the positive energy in your mind, purify your negative karma, and make your mind greatly inspired -- so you can easily make swift spiritual progress.

Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat
Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat

Time & Location

Nov 18, 2023, 10:00 AM – Nov 20, 2023, 11:45 AM

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, since all the retreat sessions will be unguided.

Please Note: 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 following booklet: Offering to the Spiritual Guide.  

All materials -- books and ritual items -- are available for purchase in our gift shop.


Saturday, November 18

10:00 - 11:00am: Introductory Teaching

11:30 - 1:00pm: Unguided Session 1

lunch break

2:00 - 3:30pm: Unguided Session 2

Sunday, November 19

4:15 - 5:45pm: Unguided Session 1

6:15 - 7:45pm: Unguided Session 2

Monday, November 20

8:15 - 9:45am: Unguided Session 1

10:15 - 11:45am: Unguided Session 2


Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher


The following materials will be used during the retreat, and everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own:

  • Traditional mandala kit
  • Mala

These materials are available for purchase in our Oak Park and Wicker Park locations. This event will be based on the following book(s) and sadhanas (prayer booklets):

Copies of the sadhana will be available to borrow during the retreat. It's not necessary to have your own copy of the books, but some people like to follow along or read more afterward. You can click any title 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.



Free for Plus Members and Benefactor Members. No one turned away for lack of funds; contact us to request financial accommodations. 

Refund policy


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