Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness

Gelong Loden Nyima

January 10–12, 2020

Tuition $100 + 2 nights

Loden Nyima

In today’s speedy world, we are all in need of kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to take a deep dive into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence to offer ourselves space to settle, on the sacred land of Shambhala Mountain Center and with an experienced instructor. This way, we practice befriending ourselves and uncovering our natural basic goodness.

Arriving Friday to settle in, this retreat offers full days of meditation on both Saturday and Sunday. Minimal instruction on the practice of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful eating will be offered.

Not suitable for novice meditators.


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Please note

This program ends at 8:15 pm on Sunday. The SMC shuttle service is only available the following morning. Please book an additional night if you plan to book travel assistance. Select “add extra night- 25% off” in the upper right-hand corner of the registration page.


Tentative Schedule

Arrival Day (Friday)

2-5 pm   Arrival

5:00 pm   Orientation, Welcome

6:00-7:00 pm   Dinner

7:00-8:15 pm  Opening Session


Program Day (Saturday)

7:30 – 8:30 am   Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Meditation

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm   Rest/ROTA

3:00 – 6:00 pm   Meditation

6:30 – 7:15 pm   Dinner

7:30 – 8:15 pm   Mediation


Final Program Day (Sunday)

7:30 – 8:30 am   Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Meditation

12:30 – 1:30 pm   Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm   Rest/ROTA

3:00 – 6:30 pm   Meditation and Concluding Circle (at 5pm)*

6:30 – 7:15 pm   Dinner

7:30 – 8:15 pm   Optional Meditation in the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya*

*Please note: You may wish to book lodging at SMC for Sunday evening to allow you to enjoy the evening and make a gentle transition, or you may wish to depart after the closing circle and before dinner in which case you do not need to book lodging Sunday night.

Gelong Loden Nyima

Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he completed shedra studies, practiced intensively, and served in various roles including as Shastri. He now lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center, and spends a portion of each year in retreat.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2 - 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with orientation at 5pm in the program space, followed by dinner and an evening session. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends at 8:15 pm on the program's departure date. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.