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Confession & Purification Fall Retreat

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September 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PDT

Mindfulness Meditation Tibetan monk Geshe Phelgye

Buddhist Practitioner Fall Retreat:

We invite serious Dharma practitioners seeking to deepen their practices on the path. Join us for a Fall Dharma Retreat at the Buddhist Institute online or in-person Saturdays at 10 AM (Pacific Time). Our fall retreat runs from September 4th-November 6th. Read below for more retreat information and how to register.

Quarter Retreats:

Quarter Retreats at the BIUC is for Buddhist Practitioners who seek deeper practices in their path. These retreats are additional for those ready for more advanced meditation and practices, including the Vajrayana paths. Hence for the best benefit in joining these retreats, we recommend candidates who already have a solid grounding in the Buddhist path.

Fall Quarter 2021: September 4 – November 6.

This Fall Retreat will be on Confession and Purification practices. The practice of confession and purification of our negative karmas are essential to moving forward on our Dharma path.

Geshela offers all teachings free of charge at the Buddhist Institute. However, if you feel inspired in extending your support, we welcome any generous contribution to help us facilitate the Buddha’s Dharma to benefit all beings. To donate safely, click the PayPal button below. 

Geshe-la is happy to help any Dharma seeker, even individually, at any level at any time. He is a very skillful and caring teacher who speaks straightforwardly to you, intending to help you grow.


Attend Online:

If you plan to join us remotely, kindly complete the registration form for the online event. A zoom link will be sent to you in a separate email after your registration form is received.

Attend in-Person:

Kindly fill out the registration form to attend in person at the Buddhist Institute in Spokane, WA. A follow-up email containing more information will be sent to you after your registration form is received.

About our teacher: Geshe Thupten Phelgye

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama with Venerable Geshe Phelgye
Geshe Phelgye with Guru and friend H.H. the Dalai Lama

Venerable Prof. Geshe Phelgye, compassion activist and former Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, joined Sera-Jey Monastic University at age 17. To begin, he received his novice ordination from the senior tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Kyabje Ling Rinpoche) in 1974 and full ordination from H.H. the Dalai Lama in 1976. He then studied rigorously for a minimum of 12 hours per day for the next 18 years, notably earning his Geshe degree (doctorate) in 1991 as a result. 

In 1984, Geshe-la pioneered the campaign for vegetarianism in the Tibetan monasteries as part of the practice of compassion towards animals. Geshe-la received a private audience with H.H. the Dalai Lama, where he advised Geshela to teach Dharma in the west whenever he is ready.

However, in 1993, with blessings and guidance from H.H. The Dalai Lama, he went on a hermitage meditation retreat in a cave in the mountains above Dharamsala, where Geshe-la would remain for the next five years with one meal a day.

In 1998, he founded the Universal Compassion Movement (UCM) in Dharamsala after receiving appreciation and blessings from H.H. the Dalai Lama. UCM Campaigned for vegetarianism as a compassionate lifestyle to curtail animal slaughtering, working with People for Animal India and Peta USA, including helping to set up Peta India located in Mumbai. 

In 2011 Gonzaga University invited him to teach, offering a residence. Later Eastern Washington University asked him which is where he currently teaches as a lecturer. In 2017, Geshe-la opened the Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion, a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Spokane, WA.

To learn more about our teacher Geshe-la, visit his Wikipedia page here.



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