Available Retreat Recordings

Over the years, we’ve had wonderful teachings from a number of Tibetan lamas and western friends. These teachings have formed the culture of The Buddhist Center and the basis of our understanding and practice. I’m delighted to be able to say that we now have nearly all of those retreats and teachings available in digital format.  We’re making them available for you to buy at a nominal cost in the hopes that you’ll be able to continue to learn from them. 

Cost: If you participated in a retreat and would like to purchase the recordings, the cost is $25.  If you were not present at a retreat, the recordings will be available after 6 months at the same cost of $25.  If you were not at a retreat, and would like to get the recordings immediately, the cost will be whatever the retreat itself costs. If for some reason you missed a part of a retreat, we’ll make the parts that you missed available for you to listen to.

Please note that we’ve included 2 filmed talks (with Pema Chödrön and with Matthieu Ricard) that would make wonderful gifts for friends or family who are interested in what Buddhism is all about. They’re available for just $5.

Please contact Tim to arrange to buy the CD’s (tim@zirkel.us, 879-5425).

Here is a list of the retreat recordings that are available in chronological order:  

 

 

Weekend meditation retreat

With His Holiness Nawang Tenzin Rinpoche

September 2004

 

This was His Holiness’s first visit to Steamboat. His Holiness is the most revered lama of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the highest reincarnation of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Mirror of Essential Points

A weekend retreat with The Ven. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

July, 2005

 

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche taught from the extraordinary heart teachings of the great saint Longchenpa. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is the oldest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

 

Progressive Stages of the Buddhist View

A weekend retreat with The Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche retreat

August 24th-29 2005

 

Rinpoche discussed the philosophical progression of the Buddha’s teachings. Mingyur Rinpoche is the youngest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

 

No Time to Lose

An afternoon with Pema Chödrön

May, 2006

 

During this afternoon visit Pema Chödrön discussed her book No Time To Lose, a commentary on Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

Pema Chödrön is our dear friend, the founder of Gampo Abbey and one of the most respected voices in the western Buddhist tradition. 

 

Contemplating Reality
A concise introduction to the teachings on emptiness
A weekend retreat with Andy and Wendy Karr
October, 2006

With supporting material


This retreat, based on Andy’s book of the same name, explores the Buddha’s profound teachings on emptiness. Andy Karr, is a close friend and senior student of the great master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso.

Death and the Art of Dying

A weekend retreat with Andrew Holecek

June, 2006

 

In this retreat Andrew explores the ‘bardo’ teachings related to bringing the experience of dying and rebirth on to the spiritual path

Andrew Holecek is on the faculty of the Ngedon School of Higher Studies, and is the founder of the Death College, a venue for the intensive exploration of death, dying, and rebirth. He has completed the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey

 

Phowa and the Pure Lands 

A weekend retreat with Andrew Holecek

Sept. 2006

 

This intensive is an in-depth exploration of the first death bardo (interval), the “Painful Bardo of Dying.” The teachings also touch on the esoteric issues of ejection of consciousness and dream and sleep yoga.

 

Tasting the Fruit of the Path

Weekend retreat with Tim Olmsted

June, 2007

With supporting material

 

This weekend is based on the oral pith instruction from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The retreat will focus on specific tools to bring to life the fruition of the path in everyday circumstance.

 

Trungpa Rinpoche’s Shambhala Terma Teachings

With Cynthia Kneen

September, 2007

During this retreat Cynthia explores “Shambhala” vision of an enlightened society as taught by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 

Cynthia is a co-founder of Naropa University and author of the best selling CDs, Shambhala Warrior Training (Sounds True) and an award-winning book, Awake Mind, Open Heart (Avalon Publishing).

 

Drala - Invoking Ordinary Magic

Weekend retreat with Cynthia Kneen

Oct. 2-4

 

In the Shambhala tradition of Tibet, ‘Drala’ represents the self-existing wisdom and power of the universe reflected in each of us and in our world. When we learn to invoke Drala, obstacles are overcome without aggression, goodness is reflected everywhere and we perceive the world as sacred. During this weekend we’ll learn how to invoke and to harness this sacred energy.

 

 

Chenrezig Retreat

With His Holiness Nawang Tenzin Rinpoche

November, 2007

 

Through this ritual empowerment of the Buddha of Compassion (Chenrezig), and teachings on the practice of Chenrezig, His Holiness bestowed blessings and the teachings which bring about wisdom, peace, and well-being.

 

Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

A weekend retreat with Andrew Holecek

Feb., 2008

 

During this weekend Andrew covered the scope of the Buddhist approach to dying through the perspective of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.  The emphasis of the weekend was on the second stage, the ‘luminous bardo of dharmata’.

 

Miscellaneous recordings available for $5 each:

Talk to the sangha 

by The Ven. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

September, 2000

This is a lovely general discussion of the path given to the sangha during Rinpoche’s visit to Steamboat to perform Tim and Glenna’s wedding

 

Both of the following would make wonderful gifts for friends or family who are interested in what Buddhism is all about.  

Bill Moyers and Pema Chödrön on Faith and Reason

This is a beautiful filmed interview with Pema Chödrön for the PBS series on Faith and Reason

DVD format

2006

 

Happiness

A filmed talk by Matthieu Richard 

During this video presentation, Matthieu, discusses the inner dynamics of creating a happy mind.   Matthieu was the personal attendant of the HH Khyentse Rinpoche for many years, and is arguably the most senior voice of the entire Buddhist sangha.

2007

20 min. video mp4 format

 

Dream Yoga - Sleep and Spiritual Awakening

Weekend retreat with Andrew Holecek

March 2009

 

Sleep and dream provide a precious opportunity for spiritual awakening.  Each night we drop into the enlightened state, do not recognize it, and miss another chance to awaken. By learning how to wake up in our dreams, we can transform sleep into a profound method to help us understand the nature of reality. Dream yoga is also an important preparation for death -- lucid dreaming leads to lucid dying. In this weekend, we’ll melt the boundaries between day and night, dissolve the solidity of daytime appearances, and become ‘children of illusion’.

 

Andrew Holecek is on the faculty of the Ngedon School of Higher Studies, and is the founder of the Death College, a venue for the intensive exploration of death, dying, and rebirth. He has completed the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey