The Retreat

In 2009 I began what has become the most important phase of my life: I began to study and practice Buddhism.  I came to it through my recovery life, and it made sense and a great difference almost immediately.  Over the past years, I have studied mostly on my own, advanced to a certain level, taken two life-long decisions, written two books, led workshops and retreats, and continued my daily practice and work with other men and women who are struggling.

Recently I've begun studying and practicing at the Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center.  This Center is part of a small but powerful lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, begun by Dilgo Kheytsan Rinpoche, perhaps one of the most influential teachers in both the East and West.  Before his death, this Rinpoche (Precious One), was one of the 14th Dalai Lama's teachers, as well as a global force behind the reconstruction of many of the Tibetan Monasteries destroyed during the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the early 1960s.  

This month I was invited to attend an eight-day retreat and teaching by the successor of Kheytsan Rinpoche in Canteloube France, to be held this summer. The program includes two teachings each day, as well as silent meditation periods for the participants. Since the Monestary in Canteloube is very small and open only when such events take place, there are no accommodations or meals provided, and transportation to the Monestary (located in the Dordogne Valley of southern France) is also the responsibility of each attendee.  

The Director of the local Center where I study has strongly urged me to  do all I can to attend, since she believes it will provide me with a great opportunity to advance my practice and further enable me to teach and be of wider service to those in need.  Having taken the Boddhistava vows, dedication to doing all I can to relive the pain and suffering of others is paramount.

I have researched the expenses and found out that it will cost approximately $5,000.  This included airfare to and from Cleveland, a very modest bed and breakfast 4 km from the Monestary at which a small breakfast and one other meal is provided, train fare to and from Paris to the depot closest to the Monestary, and a small amount of additional funds for taxi fare to/from the daily sessions.  Any funds remaining at the end of the retreat will be donated to the Monestary's ongoing work of translating Buddhist texts from Tibetan to English, French, German, and other western languages.

Having retired in 2009 due to my illness, I have used all of my own resources to repay my debts and provide for my healthcare and well-being without having to rely on assistance.  At this point, however, with my resources gone, I must revert to asking for your generosity if I am to continue the studies necessary to continue to become better able to serve those in need on a spiritual, as well as an every-day level.

So that's the story and the request.  Any help you may be able to provide in the form of a donation is deeply and humbly appreciated. I dedicate any merit I generate through my study and my work to your well-being, and you are remembered each day for your warm-hearted friendship and generosity.

 May you know peace
May you know love, and
May you be happy.
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Stephen Lyon 
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Lakewood, OH
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