Finding Peace in the Midst of Hardship: Converting Adversities into the Path with Karma Trinlay Rinpoche



10-12: Teaching about vows/bodhicitta
12-2: Lunch on your own
2-3:30: Teaching about vows/bodhicitta (continued)
3:30: Giving Refuge/Bodhisattva vows

10-12: Converting Adversities into the Path
12-2: Lunch on your own
2-3:30: Converting Adversities into the Path (continued)


About this retreat:

We must constantly connect with bodhicitta in our practice. Bodhicitta must be the compelling force. In his book, The Path to Awakening, Shamar Rinpoche urges us to always keep in mind, ‘I will never separate myself from the precious bodhicitta’. When we take the Bodhisattva vow, we commit to arousing this state of awakened heart/mind that is an innate quality, our true nature. We step onto the path of the bodhisattva and begin the training of our mind that will help us recognize and cultivate this quality.

Karma Trinlay Rinpoche returns to SLO to teach on the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows on Saturday 1 Jan and will offer Refuge and Bodhisattva vows in the afternoon*. On Sunday, Rinpoche will teach on converting adversities to the path. Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is especially skilled and compassionate in his ability to teach and guide us in how to effectively relate with whatever challenges we meet in life. If we can meet them with wisdom and compassion, we can dissipate them, we can truly transform them into causes for activating our innate enlightened qualities.

Pandemic allowing, 30 in-person attendees (must be fully vaccinated and free of cold/flu symptoms) will join Rinpoche at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center. This hybrid program will also be available by Zoom. Zoom link will be sent to registrants a few days before the program. We are monitoring the pandemic. If the program must be all virtual, we will postpone Refuge and Bodhisattva vows.

* Vow recipients must meet requirements for in-person attendance and be fully vaccinated. It is customary to make an offering to the teacher giving the vows. Email questions to