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Windhorse Retreat Center (WRC) is located in a beautiful rural area of southeastern Wisconsin. The area contains very hilly terrain and glacial landforms, such as kettles, kames and eskers. It is adjacent to the 30,000 acre Kettle Moraine State Forest, less than one hour north of Milwaukee and 2 hours from Madison, WI, 2.5 hours from Chicago, IL, and 5 hours from Minneapolis, MN.
Built in the 1980s as a state-of-the-art passive solar house, it is now home to WRC, a meditation retreat center affiliated with Shambhala International. Open year-round the retreat center has been successfully operating meditation related programs since 2002 and is available for group and individual retreats, spiritual retreats, artistic gatherings, nature retreats, and private events. Hiking and cross-country ski trails on the property lead directly into the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Windhorse“In the Shambhala teachings of warriorship, life force is called windhorse (Tibetan: lungta). Lung is ‘wind’ and ta means ‘horse.’ Lungta is the unlimited energy of basic goodness, buddhanature, inherent wakefulness. Basic goodness is something that we already possess. We connect with it through meditation practice.

You see the image of windhorse printed on the prayer flags that flutter in the breeze all over Tibet. It is the ability to bring about long life, good health, success, and happiness. When we have windhorse, we are able to accomplish what we want without many obstacles.

On its back, windhorse carries a wish-fulfilling jewel. This jewel is the wisdom and compassion that it takes to act not on behalf of ourselves but for all beings. This is where real confidence and competence come from. Once we possess this jewel, our life becomes blessed. Whatever we want happens without difficulty. Just as if we were to jump on the back of a horse and ride across the open country, there is nothing in our way. With windhorse, we are like warriors racing over the vast plains of Tibet, our victory banners fluttering in the wind.”

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


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