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Half Day Class on Perfecting Concentration


Saturday, November 13, 2021 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

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

Sunday, November 14, 2021 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Mahamudra Kadampa 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 to develop the clarity and stillness of stable concentration.  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.  (More information provided below about the retreat.)

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

“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

6-Day or 8-Day Silent Concentration Retreat**


Mahamudra Kadampa Meditation Center
500 6th St
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Mahamudra Kadampa Meditation Center
231 E Memory Ln
Santa Ana, CA  92705


The retreat begins with an introduction on the evening of Sunday, December 26, then continues with 4 sessions per day (90 minutes each) on a virtuous object the retreater has chosen and studied for six weeks leading up to the retreat.

To attend this retreat one must:

  1. attend the Half Day Concentration Class,
  2. be a regular member of the General Program, Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program.
  3. RSVP to attend. 

During the retreat one must be committed to attending 100% of all sessions in complete silence and no communication.  If a session must be missed due to an emergency the Retreat Coordinator must be contacted and the absence approved, otherwise your seat will be taken down.


6-DAY:  Begins Sunday, December 26 7:00 pm and concludes Friday, December 31, 2021 8:30 pm
$100 includes vegetarian meals (no on-site accommodations are offered)


8-DAY:  Begins Sunday, December 26 7:00 pm and concludes Sunday, January 2, 2022 5:00 pm
$120 includes vegetarian meals (no on-site accommodations are offered)


Please call Gen Kelsang Riigpa at 310-848-9680 if you have any questions.   Kindly RSVP to and indicate which location you wish to participate.


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