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Gift of Liberation Retreat

Lam Rim: Steps to Enlightenment with Geshe Michael Roach

April 21 - 29 | Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, Arizona

Here, in the 25th installment of our series on the Steps to Enlightenment, we’ll be continuing through A Gift of Liberation by Pabongka Rinpoche, one of the greatest books ever written in Tibet. We’ve recently explored the idea of Taking Shelter, that is, where to go for ultimate protection when life gets hard. Now, we’re moving into how that protection roots us on the path to achieving ultimate happiness. By learning how karma works and revealing what actions bring about actual happiness and what actions, and many surprisingly, do not, success and liberation become more readily attainable.

This exciting 9-day residential retreat in the stunning desert foothills of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center will be led by Geshe Michael Roach, one of the leading teachers of Buddhism in the world, along with other senior dharma and yoga teachers. The retreat will also be highlighted by 3 days of personal, silent practice in the middle of the program to offer the opportunity to integrate the teachings and go deeper into our practices.

Daily activities will include meditation, various levels of yoga classes, offered all by Yoga Alliance Registered teachers, and fully vegetarian meals prepared by a professional kitchen staff. We also invite those who would like to make offerings (music, poetry, dance) to prepare them and let us know as soon as possible.

We will also have an evening to gaze at the stars in some of the darkest skies in Arizona with the Tucson Astronomy Club and have a traditional fire offering ceremony at the end of the 9 days.

There are no prerequisites to attend. The program is open to everyone.

We won't turn anyone away for financial reasons; there are scholarships and work-study positions available.

Retreat hosted by Asian Classics Institute

Geshe Michael Roach (born December 17, 1952) is the first American to have been awarded the degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, after more than 20 years of study in Tibetan monasteries. He has used this training to become a prominent international teacher, businessman, philanthropist, author, educator, public speaker, textual scholar, and musician. Geshe Michael graduated with honors from Princeton University and has received the Presidential Scholar Medal from the President of the United States at the White House.

In 1981 he helped found Andin International Diamond Corporation and bring it to annual sales of over $100 million, donating his profits to international aid projects. His book about achieving business and personal success through generosity, The Diamond Cutter, has become a global bestseller in 20 languages. He is the founder of the Asian Classics Institute, Diamond Mountain University, the Asian Classics Input Project, Worldview, the Yoga Studies Institute, Star in the East, Global Family Refugee Aid, Three Jewels Community Outreach Centers, and the Diamond Cutter Institute.