View and Practice of Buddhism’s Three Yanas with Bart Mendel

Event Phone: 805-709-5517

Online registration is required to reserve a spot. The retreat fee covers both days, including lunch, but does not include payment to the teacher who provides the teachings on a donation basis. Details of teacher donations will be provided at the retreat. Please be generous!

*This teaching, appropriate for students of all levels, is an excellent introduction to the breadth of the various Buddhist traditions. Our sponsors underwrite fees to make the teachings available to all who wish to attend regardless of ability to pay.


The Buddha was acutely aware of the varying capacities, inclinations, and aspirations of his followers, and gave them personal teachings to suit their various needs. These later became grouped into the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions – the three yanas of Buddhism, each with its own threefold logic of ground, path and fruition. While different in application, all the Buddha’s teachings have the same goal – overcoming ego and the ensuing suffering it causes.

Dharma Teacher Bart Mendel returns to Bodhi Path-SLO with this quintessential teaching that explains the essential points of each yana from the perspective of both practice and study. While this is an intermediate-level teaching, it will also serve as an excellent introduction for those curious about Buddhism in general or the Tibetan tradition specifically.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31. Sessions will be from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM each day. Tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

About the Teacher:

Bart Mendel has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 40 years and has taught extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe. From years of mixing the dharma with an endless stampede of worldly challenges, Bart’s teaching style has evolved into a natural blend of eloquence, insight and humor.

Immediately upon meeting his first teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1976, Bart embarked on an intense path of practice and study. Through accomplishment of numerous solitary and group retreats, Bart has spent over two years in retreat practicing the various teachings and empowerments he received from Trungpa Rinpoche. Bart served as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in both Austin, TX and Halifax, Canada where he resided from 1986-1995.

Bart became a student of the 14th Shamarpa in 1995 and two years later, he and his wife Suzan Garner accepted Shamarpa’s invitation to establish a Bodhi Path Center in Santa Barbara, where Bart served as resident teacher for ten years. Bart and Suzan are Directors of Dharmakaya, Inc., Siddhartha Foundation International and Mahamati Foundation International, and recently launched the Mindworks nonprofit ( to make the wonders of meditation accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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  • March 30, 2019 - March 31, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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3484 Gregory Court, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401, United States


3484 Gregory Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401