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October 19, 2018—October 21, 2018

Facing Life’s Challenges: A Lion’s Roar Buddhist Retreat

Fear, anxiety, stress, despair—these are just some of the painful emotions we find ourselves struggling with every day, in a world that feels increasingly unsettled or even unsafe. Whether caused by illness, the loss of a loved one, addiction, loneliness, injustice, or violence, these emotions can seem overwhelming—but they needn’t overtake us. Buddhism teaches that it’s only through becoming intimate with our emotions that they become workable. During this weekend retreat led by three outstanding Buddhist teachers—Melissa Myozen BlackerLama Justin von Bujdoss, and Mushim Patricia Ikeda—you’ll gain skills in meditation and contemplation, receive guidance, and be part of discussions that will help you:

  • Be present with the heart/mind as it is, and tune in to your emotional responses to difficult situations
  • Acknowledge real threats in your environment while cultivating resilience
  • Notice the ways you cling to painful emotions and make them seem “solid”
  • Respond to suffering—your own, and that of others—with compassion
  • Begin to approach fear with curiosity and even friendliness 
  • Appreciate the wisdom inherent in all emotions—including painful ones
  • Learn to face life’s challenges with equanimity and even a little humor

Lion’s Roar retreats bring a unique approach to working with subjects both practical and profound by inviting teachers from different Buddhist schools to share the perspectives of their traditions—and in so doing, to more fully illuminate the topic at hand.

Please note that this is a scent-free retreat.


Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi is a Soto Zen priest and abbot of Boundless Way Zen. She holds degrees in anthropology, music, and counseling psychology, specializing in grief and trauma, and has a private practice in contemplative counseling. From 1992 to 2012 she was a teacher and director of programs at the Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Lama Justin von Bujdoss is a teacher in the Karma Kamstang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was ordained as a tantric yogin by Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche in 2011 and served for five years as the resident lama of New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center. He is currently Staff Chaplain at NYC Department of Correction and has worked as a hospice chaplain offering Buddhist end-of-life care. 

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher working with underrepresented communities at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California. She trained in Korean Zen and Vipassana and received an honorary doctor of sacred theology degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry. She also works as a diversity and inclusion consultant, and has led numerous retreats for people of color and social justice activists.

Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.