Venerable Thubten Semkye Returns!

We are grateful to have the opportunity to host the Venerable Thubten Semkye once again. Venerable Semkye is a nun at Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery founded by the Venerable Thubten Chodron. You can learn more about Venerable Semkye on their website – Venerable Thubten Semkye.

September 29th and 30th – Weekend Concentration Retreat 

On this retreat, Venerable Semkye will continue teaching on the 6 Paramitas moving from the last topic of joyous effort to concentration, also known as mental stability or calm abiding.

As we progress along the Bodhisattva path, inspired and guided by the 6 Perfections, we begin to realize that our minds must work for us and not against us in our journey to awakening. We do this by bringing the practices of mindfulness and introspective awareness to the forefront in our efforts to develop concentration for the long-term goal of Buddhahood.

Join Thubten Semkye as we explore the various forms and meditation objects that help us train and focus our mind. The retreat will include practices to identify and counteract the mental states that obstruct the clarity and awareness of our minds so crucial for growing our wisdom and compassion. The retreat will include walking meditation and silent meditation sessions.


Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th

9:00 am – 10:45 am:      Teachings

10:45 am – 11:15 am:    Break

11:15 am – 11:50 am:    Meditation Session

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:     Lunch/Break

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm:       Walking Meditation

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm:      Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:      Teachings

*The retreat will be in silence from 9 am – 12 pm and from 1:30 pm – 5 pm on both days.

Cost: Dharma teachings are offered on a free-will donation basis and you may offer any amount. You can make a secure online donation below using a credit card or PayPal account. Proceeds go to Venerable Semkye’s monastery, Sravasti Abbey.

Location: Way of Compassion Dharma Center, Suite 36 at Third Street Center, 520 S. Third Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.

What to Bring: Much of the time will be spent sitting, in meditation and otherwise, so we recommend dressing comfortably. We will have chairs, cushions, blankets, and back jacks for you to use. Feel free to bring your own cushion if you prefer. We will have teas and coffee for you to enjoy, but lunch will not be provided. We have many nice eating places within a short drive or walk. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat at the Third Street Center as well.

Questions: Call or email Aaron – (970) 340-8151 or

Space is limited – We can only fit up to 40 people in the Dharma Center.

Registration: To register, enter your information and click on the donation button below.