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Sat, Feb 24


Oak Park

Refuge From the Storm: Buddhist Refuge Retreat

Feb 24 - 26 | Learn how to engage in the practice of Buddhist refuge both in retreat and in your daily life.

Refuge From the Storm: Buddhist Refuge Retreat
Refuge From the Storm: Buddhist Refuge Retreat

Time & Location

Feb 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Feb 26, 2024, 11:45 AM

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, Sunday, and Monday based upon the instructions given Saturday morning.

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


Saturday, February 24

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

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

12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch Break (bring your own)

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

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

Sunday, February 25

optional: Offering to the Spiritual Guide meditation prayers, 2:30 - 4:30pm

5:15 - 6:45pm: Retreat Session 4 (unguided)

7:15 - 8:45pm: Retreat Session 5 (unguided)

Monday, February 26

8:15 - 9:45am: Retreat Session 6 (unguided)

10:15 - 11:45am: Retreat Session 7 (unguided)


Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher

for the Saturday morning teaching session and Retreat Session 1


Retreat sessions will use the following traditional prayers:

Printed copies will be available for use during the retreat. 

The teachings for this retreat 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: 50% off for  Standard Members; free for Plus Members and Benefactor Members. 

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.


  • 2/24-26 Refuge Retreat




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