Waunita Hot Springs

The Six Perfections

March 30 – April 2, 2023

We are grateful to be able to once again return to Waunita Hot Springs Ranch. We have been hosting retreats at Waunita since 2012 and it has always been a special place for us. We have found it to be a very conducive environment to deepen our practice with wisdom, compassion, and nature.

John Bruna
John Bruna

The emphasis of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding and practice of the Six Perfections, the main practices of the Bodhisattva path.

From Alexander Berzin

The six far-reaching attitudes (perfections/paramitas) are states of mind that lead the way to liberation and enlightenment. As antidotes to some of our biggest mental obstacles – anger, greed, jealousy, laziness, and so on – the six attitudes work together, enabling us to deal with everything that life throws at us. By developing these attitudes, we can slowly but certainly realize our full potential, bringing the highest benefit to ourselves and others.

Buddha indicated six important mental states that we need to develop if we want to reach any of our positive goals in life. They’re usually translated as “perfections,” since by perfecting them fully as the Buddhas have, we too can attain liberation and enlightenment. I prefer to call them “far-reaching attitudes” in accord with their Sanskrit nameparamita, because with them we can reach the far shore of the ocean of our problems.

We don’t just keep these six mental states as a nice-looking list. Rather, they are states of mind that we need to blend together and use as we go about our daily life. In line with the three levels of motivation found in the lam-rim (graded path), developing them in our lives now brings us enormous benefits:

  • They enable us to avoid and solve problems.
  • They help us to rid ourselves of disturbing emotions and mental states.
  • They empower us to be of best help to others.

When we’re training to develop these positive attitudes, we need to keep in mind one or more of these goals. This gives us a strong incentive to keep on working to strengthen them further.

One does not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these practices; they are universal to people of all faiths, traditions, and cultures.

The retreat will be facilitated by John Bruna and will include teachings, meditation, discussion, and personal time. The first half of the day will include periods of silence and reflection and the afternoons and evenings will include discussions and question-and-answer periods.  John has a particular gift for making these valuable teachings accessible and practical for our modern lifestyles. All of his teachings focus on preparing students to properly engage in authentic practice in ways that are effective and meaningful to them.

Retreat Details

This is a three-day retreat that includes, lodging, meals, and use of the Hot Springs. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening with dinner at 6 pm and ends on a Sunday around 11 to 11:30 am. The meals will be vegetarian.

Dates: March 30 – April 2nd.

Cost: $435 per person for a shared room. $535 per person for a private room. The price for the retreat is all-inclusive for the retreat, lodging, breakfast and dinner (light snacks midday),  and hot springs and is not tax-deductible. As with all of our programs, the teachings are offered on a free-will donation basis. You may make a tax-deductible donation for the teachings either at the retreat or online below.

*Registrants must be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend the retreat. 

Register:  You can register securely online with a credit card, using the links below. If you prefer to pay by check, contact us at [email protected] or (970) 704-5512.

To register for a shared room, click here.
To register for a private room, click here.

Donations for the teachings are always optional, tax-deductible, and can be made online or at the retreat. The teachings are always offered on a free-will donation basis. We never charge for Dharma. John offers his time to support the center. If you would like to make a secure donation online, you can use the link below or offer one at the retreat.

Offer a tax-deductible donation

Tentative Retreat Schedule

3:oo pm to 5:30  pm: Check-In
6:00ish pm or 6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: Opening Session

Friday and Saturday (Noble silence is observed in the morning until brunch)

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break/Personal Time – light snacks
2:30 pm 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session
5:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Evening Session

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Meditation
8:30 am – 9:45 am: Breakfast
10: 00 – 11:30 am:  Closing Session and Farewells
You may stay and soak in the hot springs if you would like.