The Way to Freedom With Pema Chödrön
May 2016
Pema ChödrönTim Olmsted

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The Way to Freedom

37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega registration to be placed on a waiting list 877.944.2002.

May 20, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Rhinebeck, NY
Pema Chödrön, Tim Olmsted

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

We usually think of freedom as being able to do as we please or as being free from pain, physical and emotional. But ancient Buddhist wisdom points to the folly of such pursuits. There is a third kind of freedom we can discover to experience our lives in a totally different way.

Join Pema Chödrön this weekend and explore how to achieve this sense of freedom using an ancient text called 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva.

Written by a 14th-century orphaned Tibetan monk who endured a lifetime of hardship and illness, the concise text offers an elegant, timeless, and systematic approach on how to live like a bodhisattva. The word “bodhi” means “awakening” and “sattva” means “being.” A bodhisattva is a person who aspires to awaken from self-imposed delusions about the nature of life. This is true freedom.

The weekend includes talks, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions with Pema Chödrön. Tim Olmsted guides us in meditation practices that show us how to apply these insightful teachings to our everyday lives. There is a period of silence from the end of the retreat session on Friday night until Saturday dinner.

This retreat is appropriate for professionals as well as beginners, advanced students, and everyone in between.

More Information

This retreat begins Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod
Things to Bring:

Bring your own meditation cushion or bench if you like; cushions and chairs are provided.


Please note that retreat begins Friday at 7:00 p.m. and has a special schedule:

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West today. A student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, she is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and has been a beloved teacher at Omega since 1998. Her best-selling books include When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, Taking the Leap, Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change, and How To Meditate.

Tim Olmsted

Tim Olmsted has been a teacher and student of meditation since 1977, studying with many of the greatest masters of our time, including Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is president of the Pema Chödrön Foundation and founder and senior instructor for Tergar International. He teaches widely throughout the United States and abroad.