4th Annual Mindfulness Retreat

4th Annual Mindfulness Retreat for Tibetan Youths
in North America

The Tibet Fund, in collaboration with Online Tibetan Education (OTE) and Do-Ngak Kun-Phen Ling (DNKL), is organizing a week-long 4th Annual Mindfulness Retreat from July 23 – 29, 2017 at DNKL in Redding, CT for Tibetan youths 16 and over, residing in North America.

Objectives of the retreat: This week long retreat aims to provide young Tibetans, born and raised in the West, to focus on Tibetan Buddhism, History, Culture and Language. The retreat is structured in particular for youths to be able to grasp the basic foundation in pursuit of paving the way for future.

Retreat Schedule: The mindfulness retreat will be offered for seven days from July 23rd – 29th, 2017 and the participants will be awarded a formal certificate, honoring their participation. Students must report to DNKL, on Sunday, July 23, between 3pm to 4:30pm for registration and orientation at 5:00pm.

Applicant Requirement: Any Tibetan youth over the age of 16 years and born or raised in the US and Canada are qualified to apply for this program. The program instruction will be bilingual, English and Tibetan.

Application Process: Along with your Registration Form you need to write an essay not more than 150 words explaining your interest in attending the Mindfulness Retreat.  The applicant and parents are required to sign the guidelines.  Once the registration form and the fee are received, organizers will review your application and may interview the applicant before making the final decision.

Cost for the Retreat: You are required to send in the discounted fee of US$135 for the seven-day Retreat. The fee includes a decent accommodation, food and tuition fees.  We encourage parents to bring camping tent for your children.  All other cost associated in getting to DNKL and return has to be borne by the applicant.  Please note the payment should be made in favor of “The Tibet Fund” with a note 4th Mindfulness Retreat at DNKL.

*  Application withdrawn before July 10, 2017, will be given full refund.
*  Application withdrawn after July 10, 2017, no refund will be made.

Travel Assistance:  The participants are required to make your own arrangements for your travel. If you need any assistance, the Tibet Fund will be more than happy to guide you through the process or make arrangements. Travelling by car to the venue is most convenient.  DNKL can also be reached via public transportation on Metro North to Bethel or South Norwalk train station.  We can make arrangements for your pick-up from the train station to DNKL if needed.

Registration Deadline: This retreat will accept only 15 students on first-come first serve basis. Please apply immediately. The deadline for registration is on June 30, 2017, click here 

PROGRAM CURRICULUM:

The week-long Retreat will offer the following topics to enable a practical on-hand experience on the basics of Tibetan Buddhism, history, politics and Tibetan Language.

BUDDHISM

  • Prayer and Meditation based on mindfulness: Meditation can be as simple as focusing on the breath; this is an excellent antidote to a scattered mind. There are a wide range of meditation techniques and objects to be meditated on in this tradition, each eliciting various positive qualities. We welcome you to come and explore them here at DNKL.

  • Practice of daily Buddhist Rituals: Explanation and practice of daily Buddhist rituals, including prostration, water offerings, offering of incense and lighting butter lamps etc. 

  • Letter to a Friend by Nagarjuna – Path and Practice of Buddhism: A highly accomplished Buddhist philosopher of the first century, Nagarjuna wrote his celebrated poem “Letter to a Friend” as an advice to his friend King Gautamiputra/Satavahana which gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the entire path and practice of Buddhism.  In particular, following specific topics will be emphasized:

  • Benefits of ‘Generosity’ and ‘Moral Ethics’

  • Need to abstain from bad actions and embrace good upright characters

  • Practicing ‘Patience’ the antidote of Hatred and Resentment

  • Embracing good actions of body, speech and mind

  • To embrace meditative ‘Concentration’ by avoiding distraction

  • To renounce greed-attachment and practice ten virtuous action

  • To familiarize with View of Karmic Action and Selflessness by practicing ‘Listening and Contemplation’

 TIBETAN LANGUAGE

Tibetan Language Class students aim to read and write in Tibetan. This class is for beginners who want to explore the mysteries hidden in the original language of Tibetan Buddhist texts and prayers. Many words cannot be translated from Tibetan into English because we do not have the appropriate vocabulary. You can come to learn to understand the meanings of these words through familiarity with the Tibetan Language. Tibetan speaking and reading will be practiced through reading poems and proses and holding effective discussions.

  • History of Tibetan Language: Participants will learn about the origin and history of the Tibetan language as well as various usages of the language across the world and the importance and preservation of it.

  • Introduction to Tibetan Language: Participants will receive a session on basic Tibetan grammar such as the alphabets, vowels, prefix, suffix, post-suffix, etc which may be a refresher for someand an important foundation on Tibetan language for others.

  • Discussions/Presentations: In order to improve anything, one needs practice. Through group discussions and presentations in Tibetan, participants will be able to practice the language and build on Tibetan vocabulary. Fun activities geared towards language learning will also be on the agenda to provide the space to use the basics that have been taught and hence enhance language learning experience.

TIBETAN HISTORY AND POLITICS

  • Basic Introduction to Tibetan History: Participants will be introduced to important phases of Tibetan history, including the reigns of Tibetan religious kings, era of fragmentation after the collapse of the Tibetan Empire and reign of His Holiness the Dalai Lamas. Participants will receive articles or information on Tibetan history in advance to prepare for the class discussions.  To make this session interactive, the lecture will be limited to 15-20 minutes and a group of three students will be asked to make presentations on what phases of Tibetan history that they consider outstanding and why.

  • Tibet, China and International Community: Where does Tibet stand in terms of global recognition and support on the Tibet issue?  Will the hardline policies of the Chinese government on Tibet ever change and what are the obstacles in finding an amicable solution?  Students will understand the fundamentals of China’s position and policies on Tibet and the reasons why Tibet issue remains unresolved.  They will also be being introduced to the prevalent international support for the Tibetan cause. Following the lecture, students will take part in a discussion on how best to move forward to find a speedy and strategic solution to the protracted Tibet issue.

  • Role of Democracy in Tibetan Society: Democracy is considered a cure for many ailments in a society.  For Tibetans, democracy plays an even greater role in ensuring the continuity of our freedom struggle and sustainability of a robust Tibetan community.  Participants will not only be introduced to the democratic institutions in exile but also the significant contributions these institutions have made in gaining credibility to our just cause.  They will be given exercise on what form of democracy suits best for the Tibetan people and what challenges do we face with the current democratic system.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Evening Activities:  The Retreat will include extra activities to further enrich participants with Tibetan culture such as: Tibetan Circle Dance; singing Tibetan Song; Quiz; Field Trip; cooking Tibetan food etc.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS

The Tibet Fund: The Tibet Fund’s mission is to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people. Since 1981, under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Tibet Fund has been the primary funding organization for health care, education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation, elder care, and community and economic development programs serving more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The Tibet Fund aim is to promote self-reliance and help sustain the cohesiveness of our exile community.

Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL): DNKL promotes Universal Peace through Tibetan Buddhist teachings in order to create enlightened world citizens who work to end the suffering of all beings. DNKL offers classes and training in Buddhist moral discipline, meditative concentration, and transformative wisdom.

Online Tibetan Education: Founded in 2011, Online Tibetan Education (OTE) is a non-profit, volunteer driven group dedicated to imparting basic Tibetan education to Tibetan people in general and Tibetan youngsters in particular, by means of the internet. OTE runs the weekly weekend programs Online Buddhism Class (OBC) and Tibetan Language Class (TLC).

For more information, please contact:

The Tibet Fund
Attn: Tenzing Choephel Chumeego
241 E. 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
☎   212.213.5011;  212.213.1219
tchoephel@tibetfund.org

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