The Tibetan word for retreat is ‘tsam’, which means ‘stop’ or ‘make a break’. This indicates we must stop, or make a break from, our normal activities and concentrate on a particular spiritual practice. The most important thing to stop during retreat is our distractions—to stop our busy mind.
In retreat we take the time to step away from the busyness and distractions of daily life, creating the space in which we can take the teachings to heart and cultivate a deep experience of inner peace.
At Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, we offer a variety of retreats, that range from half-day retreats on Saturdays, to full weekends, to give the practitioner an opportunity to ‘take a break’ from normal activities and a distracted mind and deeply contemplate and meditate on specific teachings.