Retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Waunita Hot Springs

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

March 31 – April 3rd, 2022

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 Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. This is a precious teaching, packed with wisdom, compassion, and loving-kindness in just eight short verses applicable to everyone. One does not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these practices; they are universal to people of all faiths, traditions, and cultures.

“Sometimes we encounter very negative people, or others yell at us, or people we’ve helped are ungrateful. If we become angry and upset at them, we lose our ability to be of any help. But with the mind training methods, we can change our attitude toward them so that we not only remain calm, but are better able to be of help to others. The “Eight Verses of Mind Training,” or attitude training, a text by the Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa, explains how to train our minds with method and wisdom so that we can change our attitude when we’re in danger of becoming upset. The first seven verses deal with method – namely loving-kindness and bodhichitta – and the eighth deals with wisdom, discriminating awareness.” – Alexander Berzin

“I’ll be teaching this small text, the ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’, which is mainly about altruism. everyone can find it useful, not just Buddhists. Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, genuine practitioners all value the practice of loving-kindness. I received this teaching when I was about 15 or 16 years old. I memorized the text, recite it daily.” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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 precious 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 at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

This is a three-day retreat that includes meals and use of the Hot Springs. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and ends on a Sunday around 11 am. The meals will be vegetarian.

Dates: March 31 – April 3, 2022, (Begins with Dinner around 6:00 pm and ends around mid-day Sunday)

Cost: $395 per person for a shared room. $495 per person for a private room. The price for the retreat is all-inclusive for the retreat, lodging, food, and hot springs and 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.

*All registrants must follow current COVID-19 guidelines

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

*Registrants may be required to wear masks indoors depending on current COVID guidelines.

Register:  You can register securely online with a credit card, using the buttons 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 single room, click here

If you would like to share a room with a specific person, please email us at [email protected] or call (970) 704-5512.

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
6:00 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)

Light breakfast foods and coffee in the dining hall
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am – 10:45 am: Teaching and Meditation
11:00 Brunch
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break/Personal Time
2:00 pm 5:00 pm: Teaching and Meditation
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Teaching and Meditation

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Full Breakfast
9:00 am to 11:00 am:  Closing Session and Farewells

You may stay and soak in the hot springs if you would like.

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