Kosala Buddhist Center

Meditation In Chapel Hill

Spring Retreat – How to Transform Your Life

When:  Friday May 5th through Sunday May 7th

Portrait of TilopaWith Western Buddhist Monk Gen Kelsang Tilopa

Where:  NC Zen Center, Pittsboro, NC

Hosted by the Sangha of Kosala Buddhist Center

By putting Buddha’s teachings into practice, everyone can transform their ordinary life into a most meaningful and beautiful thing that brings benefit not only to themselves but also to others.

In this weekend retreat, Gen Tilopa will give teachings and guide meditations that will enable us to begin and make progress on this blissful journey.

sm-how-to-transform-your-lifeThe text that we will study for this retreat is a gift from Ven Geshe Kelsang Rinpoche that shows how no matter what difficulties we have endured in this life, we can transform our self to become the best we can be.  The book How to Transform Your Life can be downloaded for free from this website:


The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Participants in this retreat should maintain respectful silence between 9:00pm on Friday and 11:30am on Sunday.   Communications should be kept to absolutely necessary questions or transactions, and questions for the teacher during retreat sessions.

Zendo Brushed 7x96The retreat will be held at the NC Zen Center in Pittsboro.

Address:  390 Ironwood, Pittsboro, NC

Directions: http://www.nczencenter.org/Pages/Location.html

Accommodations: There are five dormitory rooms, each capable of sleeping up to four. There is a shower house with separate facilities for men and women, including disability access.  You may choose to stay in the dorms or to commute to the daily sessions and meals from town.

Schedule:   A full retreat schedule is at the bottom of this page.

Pre-registration is required for this retreat.    

The full registration form and price list can be downloaded here in PDF form:  How to Transform Your Life Retreat registration form

You can register several ways:

The first way is to register by calling us at 919-537-9546 (we may need to call you back).   We can take your personal information and credit card payment information over the phone.

The second way is that you can register by downloading and printing out this PDF form and mailing it to the Kosala Buddhist Center with a check or credit card information as payment.  Full price information for the retreat is on the PDF form.  How to Transform Your Life Retreat registration form

And the third way is that you can register by downloading and printing out the PDF from the link above and then fill in your payment  information and scan it and send the files to us at meditationinchapelhill@gmail.com .

The retreat pre-registration closes as of Tuesday May 2nd at 5pm, or when we have filled all of the dorm rooms, whichever comes first.   After that time, we cannot accept any more registrations for the retreat.   There are only 20 dorm beds, so if you need to stay in the dorms, please consider registering early.     It is possible to attend the retreat without using the Zen Center’s dorm accomodations (if you want to commute from town or stay locally but not in the dorms), but please be aware that the dorms may fill up quickly.

Any questions?   Please email us at meditationinchapelhill@gmail.com

Retreat Schedule

Friday, May 5thZendo_Door_Brushed5x96

5:30  pm                     Registration, Check In

6:30 – 7:30 pm                Dinner

7:30 – 9:00 pm                Opening Session

Silence Begins

Saturday, May 6th

7:00 am                      Session 1

8:30 – 9:30                Breakfast

11:00 – 12:30            Session 2

Cushions_Brushed 4x961:00 – 2:00                Lunch

2:00 – 4:00                Free Time

4:00 – 5:30                Session 3

6:00 – 7:00                Dinner

7:30 – 9:00                Session 4 – Q & A Session

Sunday, May 7th

7:00 – 8:30 am        Session 1Path_Light_Brushed5x96

8:30 – 9:30                Breakfast

10:00 – 11:30            Session 2

Silence Ends

12:00 – 1:00              Lunch