More dates

    The Fragrance of Emptiness- Dhumatala Temple

    This event has passed Register

    Event description

    “The Fragrance of Emptiness”
    A two-day meditation retreat with Anam Thubten
    Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2024
    In-person at Dhumatala Temple
    (click here to register for the Zoom event instead)

    Our conditioned mind often perceives reality through its own lens, creating an illusion of duality. This is the cause of all of our suffering. In the realm of the true nature of all things, most of our problems do not even exist. That realm is called emptiness. By meditating on emptiness, the mind-created illusions are deconstructed, leaving a space in which inner liberation can be experienced. The retreat will include silent sitting, inquiry, as well as Dharma talks.
    Anam Thubten will use the Heart Sutra as the main text for this retreat. He has also written a commentary called The Fragrance of Emptiness, which is recommended reading for this retreat. (Click here for discount price)

    How to Participate

    Advance registration is required for this retreat. The cost is $150 for the two-day retreat, or an option to offer a sliding scale amount based on your financial needs.

    To register, click the "Register" box (in the upper right of this page on a computer). On the screen that opens, enter the number 1 in the window next to Retreat Registration. Note: This page is for in-person. Please click here to register for the zoom event instead.

    Registration closes on Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 am Pacific time. After that, registration will remain open for the Zoom event until Saturday, May 25 at 9:00.

    Please note: Essential information will be sent in your confirmation email after you register. If you do not receive a confirmation email as part of your registration, please check your spam folders, then contact one of the volunteers ( right away.

    This retreat will not be recorded.

    Daily Schedule and Preparation

    Two sessions will be offered each day. Out of respect for the teachings and the teacher, please plan to participate in all sessions. The retreat will be held from: 10 am to 12:30 pm PDT and 2:00pm to 4:30 pm PDT each day.

    Karma Yoga
    This retreat would not be possible without the altruistic action of volunteers who organize and uplift the retreat space for everyone attending. After registering, please sign up for daily tasks, whether it’s setting up the hall, cleaning bathrooms, or breaking down the hall at the end of the retreat. The link to sign up will be at the end of your confirmation email. Thank you!

    Dana for the teachers

    There will be a chance to offer dana, a financial gift in gratitude to the teacher, at the end of the retreat.


    For answers to common questions, please read this FAQ document. You can reach the volunteer coordinators for questions at

    Powered by

    Tickets for good, not greed Humanitix donates 100% of profits from booking fees to charity