Awakening the Mind

Seven Points of Mind Training Residential Retreat with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will teach on the famous mind training instructions brought by Atisha from India to Tibet. Buddhism contains many profound ways to meditate on wisdom and compassion—Atisha’s lojong slogans are particularly treasured as they condense the entire Buddhist path into practical instructions that can be practiced in everyday life.

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will teach based on his meditation experience and the pith instructions of his lineage masters.

Please join us for this precious opportunity to receive these profound, yet eminently practical, meditation instructions.

Open to all who wish to benefit all living beings.

Image of Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrijñāna


Thursday, May 25, 2017:
4:30 – 5:45 PM: Arrival and Registration
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Evening Meal
7:45 – 9:00 PM: Establishing Motivation and Meditation with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28, 2017:
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Seated Meditation or Meditation with Prostrations (Silent and Optional)
8:00 – 9:15 AM: Breakfast (Silent)
9:30 – 10:30 AM: Teaching and Meditation with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
10:30 – 10:45 AM: Break (Silent)
10:45 – 12:00 PM: Prayers for World Peace and for Generating Bodhicitta with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch (Silent)
1:45 – 3:30 PM: Teaching and Meditation with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
3:30 – 3:45 PM: Break
4:00 – 5:45 PM: Yoga with Instructors or Practice Interviews with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo (Optional)
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Evening Meal
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Meditation on Vajrasattva and Prayer of Samantabhadra with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo*

*7:30 – 8:30 PM on Sunday, May 28, 2017: Dedication of Merit and Blessing Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day):
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Seated Meditation or Meditation with Prostrations (Silent and Optional)
8:00 – 9:30 AM: Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 AM: Departure

If you wish to familiarize yourself with the Seven Points of Mind Training prior to the retreat, there is a helpful list of English books available on Rigpawiki, along with Atisha’s lojong slogans.


Enjoy teachings, meditation, yoga, and quiet time at a retreat center on a wooded lake.


The retreat center is located approximately 80 minutes from Minneapolis on a pristine lake with opportunities for canoeing, swimming, using the wood-fired sauna, and walking trails through the center’s beautiful woods and prairies. Click here to view a map of the retreat center’s grounds.

Koinonia Retreat Center
7768 Pilger Ave NW
South Haven, MN 55382

Click on this link for a PDF with driving directions to the retreat center and emergency contact information to share with your friends or family.

Click here to view photos of the lodging at the retreat center.

We have reserved the Retreat House for our retreat. We are planning on each room housing two students. You may choose your own roommate or our Registrar will assign you one. Some rooms house up to three students. If you prefer to room with a group of three students, you can indicate that on your registration form and our Registrar will assign your group to a suitable room.

Single rooms are not available unless you use a wheelchair or a walker. Our Registrar will assign you to a suitable room with a bathroom that is wheelchair or walker accessible.

Please reserve the camp sites via our registration process. There are four tent camp sites at Koinonia. Three of the sites are nestled in the sumacs near the upper playing field and have access to water and a porta-potty. The fourth site is a primitive site located on Listening Point—the most beautiful spot on the Koinonia grounds. The walk to the site at Listening Point takes approximately 10 minutes from the lower parking lot.

We will have chairs and fifteen sets of meditation cushions and mats. If you have your own meditation cushion and mat, you are welcome to bring it and place it in the meditation hall for the duration of the retreat.

Click on this link for a PDF with a suggested packing list from the retreat center.

Optional items to bring with you:

  • reusable water bottle or thermos mug
  • yoga mat for morning prostrations and/or afternoon yoga
  • meditation mat and cushion for the meditation hall, if you prefer to use your own
  • personal practice texts and mala
  • Tibetan ceremonial prayer scarf (katak) and teacher’s donation (dāna) for Sunday evening’s blessing ceremony
  • alarm clock, preferred bed pillow, or earplugs, if you are sensitive to sounds at night while sleeping
  • necessary medications
  • notebook and pen
  • flashlight or headlamp for campfire area
  • bathing suit and towel for wood-fired sauna
  • suitable clothing for a variety of cold to warm weather as May is a transitional (unpredictable ) weather month in Minnesota

What will be provided to you:

  • chairs in the meditation hall or 15 sets of meditation mats and cushions
  • retreat folder with practice texts
  • bedding, a towel, and wash cloth are provided by the retreat center
  • vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and evening meal
  • water, coffee, and tea and vegetarian snacks during breaks
  • thank you cards for teacher’s donation (dāna) for Sunday evening’s blessing ceremony

The vegetarian meal plan includes eleven meals and four snacks. The retreat center will do its best to provide some gluten-free and vegan options. If you have food allergies, please note it on your registration form and pack your EpiPen.

If you wish to take refuge vows at the retreat, please contact our Teachings Coordinator, Kate Thomas (Gyurmé Chötso) at 651-647-6767.

To volunteer at this retreat, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly O’Neil, at 952-201-1053.



  • $650 for tuition, lodging, and vegetarian meal plan for students lodging (or camping) at the retreat center.
  • $500 for tuition and vegetarian meal plan for students who are commuting each day.

Meal plan includes eleven vegetarian meals and four snacks. Pricing includes sales tax.

$350 down payment due now at initial registration via PayPal (or via check or money order).

Checks or money orders payable to “Bodhicitta Sangha” should be mailed to:

Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute
350 Saint Peter Street Unit 611
Saint Paul, MN 55102-1506

The balance is due by April 15, 2017, and will be invoiced by our Registrar by April 1, 2017, or you may pay it below via the PayPal buttons at your convenience.

The balance due for a student lodging at the retreat center will be $300.

The balance due for a student not lodging at the retreat center will be $150.

Cancellations before April 15, 2017, will receive a refund of $300.

Registration will stay open until May 10, 2017, as we need to inform the retreat center of our final numbers by May 15, 2017.

Please register early to ensure your participation as space is limited.

As the retreat center is located over an hour away from our administrative support offices, we need your cooperation in helping our volunteer staff to be able to plan and prepare everything for your arrival prior to the start of the retreat. No drop-ins to this retreat. Thank you for your understanding.

If you need assistance with retreat registration, please call Colleen Hartwell at 612-568-7880, or email Colleen Hartwell.

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