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Bodhicitta & Emptiness & Empowerment of White Tara

August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - August 6, 2018 @ 11:30 am UTC-8

An Invitation from Island Dharma

Bodhicitta & Emptiness Empowerment of White Tara

with Lama Mark Webber  (Lama Yongdu Gyaltsen)

August 4, 5 and 6th, 2018, 

Nanaimo, B.C. , Bethlehem Retreat Centre

Non-Residential retreat

Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of understanding and meditating on Bodhicitta and Emptiness. These teachings are open to all.

Saturday morning, August 4, 9:00 – 11:00 am – Teaching on Emptiness

This morning session will include teaching, explanations, and meditations on the nature of Emptiness. Lama Mark will give guidance on this most important aspect of all Buddhist teachings and meditations. A study guide written by Lama Mark, called Approaching Emptiness will be available. He will also give preparation instructions and guidance for the rest of the weekend classes.

Saturday Afternoon 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Saturday evening 7:00 – 9 pm &

Sunday August 5 9:00 – 11:00 am  – Teaching on Bodhicitta

Bodhicitta is the search for primordial wisdom, the enlightenment mind. Bodhicitta is infinitely vast and astounding in its manifestations, yet has a singular nature of the complete wisdom mind. Over three sessions, in order to illuminate Bodhicitta, Lama Mark will gradually give a reading transmission and explanations of the 1959 text, The Jewel Lamp, 356 verses composed by Khunu Lama Gyaltsen Rinpoche.

Sunday Evening, August 5th, 7:30 pm: Empowerment of White Tara. Opening the door to longevity and realizing the deathless primordial wisdom mind.

Monday Morning August 6th, 9:30 – 11:30 am: reading transmission and explanations of the White Tara practice text.

This will be a non-residential retreat. You will arrive by 8:30 am on Saturday, August 4th for a full day of teaching and practice that begins at 9am. Lunch and dinner are provided. On Sunday, there is a morning class. The afternoon is free for solo practice. Lunch and dinner are provided. Sunday evening is the empowerment of White Tara, a Tibetan Tantric meditation practice. Monday morning Lama Mark will offer teaching on how to practice this precious White Tara meditation.

Contact: Cheryl Blakke Martin at islanddharmaretreats@gmail.com with questions or to register

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What to Bring/Wear?

Yoga mat or blanket
Cushion or meditation bench
Chairs will be available to those who need them Wear modest, comfortable clothing
Covered water bottle
Tea and coffee will be available at the centre
Pen and Notebook 
a copy of the recommended book, Vast as the Heavens and Deep as the Sea – Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta by Khunu Rinpoche (1999, Wisdom Publications)

Registration Fee

In an effort to cover retreat costs (including facility rental for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, study supplies, and Lama Mark’s accommodation, travel and food) there is registration fee of $95.00 (*$75.00 – senior, student, or low income rate). Please note, no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Dana for the Teacher

Lama Mark offering the Dharma here on Vancouver Island is a rare and auspicious opportunity to receive teachings and explorations about the Path of Awakening. As is traditional, the teachings of Buddha Dharma are offered freely – Lama Mark receives no fee. However, there is an opportunity for students to show their gratitude for the teachings and to help support the teacher. Dana (generosity for the teacher) will be gratefully accepted (cash/cheque).


Bethlehem Retreat Centre

2371 Arbot Road 

Nanaimo B.C. V9R 6S9

Register now –

As space for this non-residential weekend retreat is limited, please register in advance by emailing Cheryl Blakke Martin at



August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am UTC-8
August 6, 2018 @ 11:30 am UTC-8


Bethlehem Retreat Centre
2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6S9 Canada
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Cheryl Blakke Martin