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Half Day Class





10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center
500 6th Street
Hermosa Beach, CA  90254


10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Mahamudra Meditation Center
231 E Memory Lane
Santa Ana, CA  92705




To attain perfect concentration we must overcome all forms of distraction. These are of two types: outer distractions and inner distractions. Outer distractions develop when we come into contact with external objects that cause delusions to arise in our mind. Inner distractions are more subtle. They develop in meditation when we remember objects of attachment and so forth. When our concentration becomes stable our mind is like a motionless candle flame clearly illuminating its object.

During the November half day class, you will choose a qualified meditation to repeat twice each day leading up to retreat.  Then during the retreat you will be guided in your meditation in four sessions each day over five days to develop the clarity and stillness of stable concentration. (More information provided below about the retreat.)

It is this concentration that reduces and finally eliminates the distance between the mind and its object, causing the mind and its object to mix.

Everyone will benefit from the Half Day Class whether or not you plan to attend the Silent Retreat. This day class will provide a wealth of information regarding obstacles to concentration and various remedies will be discussed.


$25 includes refreshments
Please RSVP to and kindly indicate which location you plan to attend.


“Pure concentration is like a two-edged sword; it has the edge of single-pointedness or stability, and it has the edge of clarity and intensity.  To attain single-pointedness at the beginning we have to make great effort, but if we apply too much effort we lose our single-pointedness and our mind begins to waver towards another object.  On the other hand, if we do not apply enough effort we lose our grip on the object and mental sinking sets in. . . .  We have to learn to adjust our effort so that it is not too tight and not too loose, rather as a musician has to adjust the strings of an instrument.”

~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from Joyful Path of Good Fortune


Silent Concentration Retreat




DECEMBER 26 – 31, 2019

7:00 PM, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019

8:30 PM, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019


To attend this retreat one must attend the Half Day Concentration Class at one of the locations above and be a regular member of a General Program or Foundation Study Program.  This meditation retreat is on a virtuous object the retreater has chosen and studied for six weeks leading up to it.


$100 includes vegetarian meals and refreshments

Please call Gen Tangpa at 310 848-9680 if you have any questions or RSVP to


Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center
500 6th Street
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
310 848-9680


Watch the video below to see what others are saying about the benefits of retreat.