Light of the Path Retreat

Please enter information on this form to make payment for Light of the Path Retreat .

STEP 1: Please enter all the information requested below. It is very important that we have all requested information on file.

Waiver Signature

Please read “Kadampa Center Waiver 2017” document and sign your name.

Dear Friends,

Kadampa Center is founded on the principles and teachings of the Dharma for the liberation of all sentient beings. It is our goal to offer those teachings as freely as possible and to offer the greatest possible access to them. However, Kadampa Center exists in the world of modern America, which can include the possibility of claims and litigation against Kadampa Center for what can occur during the events it hosts. Such claims and litigation when made needlessly or frivolously would be a costly and time-consuming process that could eventually threaten the continued viability of Kadampa Center and our ability to offer access to the Dharma.

We ask that you read and sign this waiver of liability. By signing it, you will be indicating that you understand that you play a role in protecting the Kadampa Center and the FPMT communities from litigation.

Thank you for being part of the community,
Kadampa Center

THE FIVE PRECEPTS

While participating in the Light of the Path retreat, we ask that you follow the five precepts:

  1. No Killing (including insects)
  2. No Lying
  3. No Stealing (including borrowing without asking)
  4. No Sexual Misconduct
  5. No Use of Intoxicants such as Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

    VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION

  1. I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the 2017 Light of the Path retreat being hosted by Kadampa Center, referred to below as “this event,” at the premises of YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly located at 84 Blue Ridge Circle, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
  2. ASSUMPTION OF RISK

  3. I am aware that participating in this event may involve strenuous physical activities such as work (karma yoga), meditation, physical yoga, or movement classes, as well as risks associated with hiking in a rural setting, including contact with wildlife and poisonous plants. I am also aware that an intensive retreat and participants in such retreats may experience intense and unusual psychological, spiritual, and/or physical states of mind and body arising from the meditation and associated activities. I am voluntarily participating in these activities with full knowledge of the risks involved, and hereby agree to accept any and all risks of harm that may result from these activities.
  4. RELEASE

  5. As consideration for being permitted by Kadampa Center or one of its affiliates to participate in these activities at this event, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians, and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue or attach the property of Kadampa Center, its affiliates, employees, agents or volunteers or any of its affiliated organizations for injury or damage resulting from acts, howsoever caused, by any employee, agent, or contractor of Kadampa Center, or any of its affiliated organizations, as a result of my participation in this event, except when an employee, agent, or contractor of Kadampa Center or any of its affiliated organizations exhibits gross negligence or intentionally acts in a manner likely to lead to my being harmed. I hereby release Kadampa Center and any of its affiliated organizations from all actions, claims or demands that I, my assigns, heirs, distributes, guardians, and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damage resulting from my participation in this event, except when an employee, agent, or contractor of Kadampa Center or any of its affiliated organizations exhibits gross negligence or intentionally acts in a manner likely to lead to my being harmed.
  6. KNOWING AND VOLUNTARY EXECUTION

  7. I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between me and Kadampa Center and/or its affiliated organizations, and sign it of my own free will.

By signing here, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions listed in this document. Your registration will not be valid until you have read this document and signed this form.

STEP 2: Select your housing/meal package

Retreat Packages:

  • Please choose from one of the packages listed below and check the occupancy you prefer. Each participant must submit an individual registration.
  • The rates listed below are only sold as a package and cannot be divided.
  • Primary housing is Eureka Hall (formerly called Lee Hall)– rooms have single beds/bunk beds and air conditioning. Most Eureka Hall rooms do not have a private restroom, and there is a very limited number of Eureka Hall rooms with private restrooms available. A communal male and female restroom is available on each floor.
  • Hibbard Hall rooms are air-conditioned and have two bunk beds. Please do not register for Hibbard Hall at this time unless you are ordained Sangha.
  • Asheville Hall – rooms have 2 beds, telephone, private bath and air conditioning. If you have difficulty walking hills, please consider registering for Asheville Hall as it is the closest building to the gompa and dining room.
  • All rates are per person. Single occupancy refers to a room without a roommate; double occupancy denotes a room with two guests. Triple and quad refer to rooms with three or four guests -- triples and quads are only available in Hibbard Hall, which is reserved for sangha.
  • Need based financial support for room and board costs is available for FPMT sangha through the generosity of the International Mahayana Institute (IMI). For more information contact Drolkar at office@imisangha.org.

A) Full Retreat Package –--- Sunday, August 20 – Sunday September 17, 2017

Cost includes 28 night lodging and meals with arrival on Sunday, August 20 and departure on Sunday, September 17. Meals beginning with supper, Sunday, August 20 through breakfast, Sunday, September 17, are included in the rates listed below. Please select either $100 deposit or full payment at this time:

Early arrival for Light of the Path Retreat

Late departure for Light of the Path Retreat

Departure: Monday, September 18, 2017

*If you are arriving early or departing late, please choose the same accommodations that you have chosen for the retreat. If you are arriving early without a roommate, please select a single-occupancy room for your early-arrival days.

Early Arrival Meals for the Light of the Path Retreat

If you will arrive early, please indicate which meals you are interested in purchasing. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate dietary needs, Early Arrival Meals will not adhere to the Light of the Path Retreat meal menus. Please be aware that the venue is located some distance from town, too far to walk to grocery stores or restaurants. Early Arrival Meal purchases CANNOT be cancelled after August 4, 2017.

B) Two-Week Package – choose one

Cost includes 14 nights lodging and meals with arrival on Sunday and departure the following Sunday. Meals beginning with supper, Sunday through breakfast, Sunday are included in the rates listed below. Please select either $100 deposit or full payment at this time:

C) Weeklong Package – choose one

Cost includes seven (7) nights lodging and meals with arrival on Sunday and departure the following Sunday. Meals beginning with supper, Sunday through breakfast, Sunday are included in the rates listed below. Please select either $100 deposit or full payment at this time:

D) Weekend Package – choose one

Do not register here for the Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3, 2017 option if you plan to attend Family Camp

Family Camp Is Not Yet Open

Cost includes two nights lodging and meals with arrival on Friday and departure on Sunday. Meals beginning with supper, Friday through breakfast, Sunday are included in the rates listed below. Please select either $100 deposit or full payment at this time:

Roommate Request:

*If you are requesting a roommate, please register within a week of one another

IMPORTANT: Registration for the retreat will close on August 4, 2017. After this date, there will be no changes to housing or early-arrival meal requests.

STEP 3: Ordained Sangha. Please answer ALL questions if you are ordained sangha

Please give us both your ordained name and your lay name. Please enter both names here:

STEP 4: Retreat Information

Do you offer service in an FPMT center, project or service?

Required Texts

All retreat participants must have the most recently revised FPMT Retreat Prayer Book published in 2016. Prayer books will not be sold at the retreat bookstore. Print copies are no longer available. PDF format retreat prayer books are available in English only and may be ordered directly from the FPMT Foundation Store.

Other Texts

All retreat participants must have the Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. The Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga text is available in PDF format from the FPMT Foundation Store here. Note: If you have these from an earlier Light of the Path Retreat, you will not need new copies

Translation

Translation in Spanish, French and Italian will be provided. You will need an FM radio with headphones. Please check if you will need translation in:

Note: If you need translation into a language other than Spanish, French or Italian you will need to find a translator. FPMT centers in your region may be able to help with this.

If you have translation skills and would volunteer to translate for others at the retreat, please indicate which language:

Seating options

Seating will be either on a chair or meditation cushion. There will be a limited number of cushions provided at the retreat Please bring one from home if possible.

Transportation on Site

Blue Ridge Assembly is situated on a steep hillside. Note: If walking on hills is difficult for you, please consider choosing the Asheville Hall accommodations – they are closest to the gompa and dining area. We will provide “BODHICITTA BUS” golf cart rides between buildings at key times for those who need help.

Volunteering – karma yoga

Offering karma yoga volunteer service is an important part of retreat and is an expression of bodhicitta mind. You will have an opportunity to sign up for karma yoga when you arrive at the retreat. Also, if you can help with any of the options below, please check them.

If you are able to volunteer a special skill during the retreat (yoga instruction, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc.), please provide specifics:

If you have medical or mental health care skills, please provide specifics:

Meals

All meals will be vegetarian with accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets. For those with severe allergies, we cannot guarantee that you will not encounter your allergen in meals prepared by Blue Ridge. We urge you to share your allergy concerns directly with the Blue Ridge staff in writing – alindenmuth@yblueridge.org – to help ensure your protection. If you are unsure about the ingredients for any dish, you will need to ask the food service staff on site.

Mental & Physical Health

The retreat experience can be very intense and can bring emotional issues to the fore, including issues that have been stabilized for some time in ordinary circumstances. Keeping this in mind, consider whether you feel stable and relaxed enough to participate in this course, knowing that we cannot provide one-on-one counseling.

It is important to continue taking your medications during the retreat.

Emergency Contact Information

Provide an Emergency Contact Name and number:

All deposits are subtracted from the total amount due. Reservations will not be made without a deposit. All deposits are non-refundable but transferable to a replacement participant until July 11. All deposit transfers must be requested in writing. Reservations are taken by mail, fax, or on-line at www.blueridgeassembly.org. Please no phone reservations. YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly requests names and age categories of all attendees upon registration. Names and age categories of all attendees are required for Blue Ridge to provide statistical information to Y-USA.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Lindenmuth, Guest Relations Manager, at alindenmuth@yblueridge.org or phone 828.210.2152.

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