Khenpo Sherab Sangpo is a monk and professor in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He trained with some of the greatest meditation masters of Tibet, starting when he was seven years old. In addition to mastering many profound teachings of the Buddhist path, he spent several years meditating in solitary retreat. He travels the world teaching at monasteries in Tibet and Nepal, as well as at meditation centers in Asia and Europe. He teaches weekly meditation classes in Minneapolis and retreats at his centers in Minneapolis, Duluth, Ely, and Hibbing. He teaches in English and is loved for his warmth, kindness, laughter, and the joy with which he teaches his students to awaken their innate buddha nature.

Retreat Topic

This retreat is an introduction to the wisdom of emptiness that is at the heart of Buddhist teachings. This retreat is based on teachings on The Heart Sutra and will provide much practical guidance on meditation on interbeing, the interconnectedness of all of life. Anyone can meditate on the wisdom of emptiness. If you are curious about meditation, please join us!

Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. There is no emptiness aside from form and no form aside from emptiness.

– The Heart Sutra

Dates & Location

Saturday, 1/25/14, from 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1/26/14 from 9 am – 12 pm

Registration opens at 8:30 am on Saturday. Join us for tea/coffee starting at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday; teachings start at 9 am on both days.

Retreat is held at the home of Kim McCluskey & Jean Gendreau, 13431 Bear Paw Trail, Ely, MN 55731

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Retreat Schedule

Guided meditation teachings will alternate with breaks for tea and lunch. Vegetarian lunch provided on Saturday.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am – Registration Check-in
  • 9:00 – 10:30 am – Teaching and Meditation
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am – Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Teaching and Meditation
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch at India Palace
  • 1:30 – 2:45 pm – Teaching and Meditation
  • 2:45 – 3:00 – Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Teaching and Meditation

Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am – Check-in
  • 9:00 – 10:30 am – Teaching and Meditation
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am –  Break
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am –  Teaching and Meditation
  • 11:45 – 12:00 pm – Blessing Ceremony
  • Refuge Vows (optional)

Blessing Ceremony

At the end of the retreat, there will be a blessing ceremony where it is traditional to offer the teacher (Khenpo Sherab Sangpo) a prayer scarf with the eight auspicious symbols, called a Katak in Tibetan, along with a red envelope with a donation and/or promise to practice. If you have a Katak, you may bring it to the meditation retreat for the blessing ceremony. We will also have them for sale for $5 at the retreat. You respectfully offer the prayer scarf to the teacher with your hands and the teacher responds by blessing you by placing the scarf around your neck.

Refuge Vows

If you wish to take refuge vows from Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, please call our Teachings Coordinator, Kate Thomas at 651-647-6767, or email Kate. If you wish, she will provide you with the refuge vow ceremony text that you may read before the retreat.

Ely Hotel

Adventure Inn
1145 East Sheridan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731

If you have questions about the retreat that are not related to registration, please call our Ely Group Coordinator (Kim McCluskey) at 218-365-4297.

Cost & Registration

Retreat cost is $75.

Work-study scholarships are available. If you would like to apply for a work-study scholarship, please contact our Registrar (Mary MacEachen) in Minneapolis at 612-568-7880.

Any donation amount to our Scholarship Fund is much appreciated and helps us keep these precious teachings open to all students.

If you would like to sponsor one of our work-study students, please make a donation to our Scholarship Fund via the PayPal button below.


Register here online or call our Registrar (Mary MacEachen) in Minneapolis at 612-568-7880.

How to register:

  1. Fill out our online registration form (via Formstack). After you submit your registration form, you will be taken to PayPal to pay your retreat fee of $75.Register Online
  2. Pay your retreat cost of $75 via PayPal.
  3. Or, mail a check for $75 made out to “Bodhicitta Sangha” to the attention of our Registrar (Mary MacEachen) to:

Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute

810 1st Street South, Suite 200

Hopkins, MN 55343-7668

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