Retreat Place

Retreat Place

Date Posted:
November 2009

Rinpoche gave this advice regarding what a retreat place is really for.

A retreat place is not for gaining power, like black magic, it’s not for a honeymoon or holiday. Also, it is not a place to be spaced out. The whole purpose is to subdue the mind and to actualize the lam-rim, up to enlightenment. It is a place for a holiday from negative karma, from the three poisonous minds, and the self-cherishing thought, a holiday from the self-grasping of the person and phenomena, a holiday from the wrong concepts: non-devotional thought towards the guru up to the subtle dual view of white, increasing, attainment.