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Exceptional Lives in Compassionate Activism


Saffron Lions Retreat offers a unique resource for visitors and residents living along the Sea-to-Sky corridor as far north as Squamish and Whistler, as well as east to Deep Cove in North Vancouver. It is an ideal location for individuals, small groups and organizations interested in hosting their own practices and workshops in intimate surroundings.

We are available to assist you in planning as well as providing referrals to local services in order to enhance your retreat objectives. For those interested in developing new programs for your membership or client base, we welcome your suggestions towards establishing some of our proposed program streams of particular interest to our own self-development. We have assembled some preliminary resources to support our dreams and to nourish your/our collective imagination and well being!


Two streams of Compassionate Activism

On The Edge of Inquiry: Secular
On The Edge of Acceptance: Spiritual


Project Compassion
Stanford University, California
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

About Us

The Charter for Compassion

Finding Peace, Compassion and Wisdom in a Complex World
Sogyal Rinpoche – RIGPA (Video ICON)

A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.



Two streams of Mindfulness
Mountainscape: Secular
Seascape: Spiritual

Bodyscape, Mindscape, Touchscape
To give back our hearts to ourselves
Cultivate intimacy


The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society
University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. For thirty years, they have pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and healthcare through patient care, research, academic medical and professional education, and into the broader society through diverse outreach and public service initiatives.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PH.D

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PH.D., is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.

YouTube VideoJon Kabat-Zinn: Coming To Our Senses

Mindfulness is about falling awake!
Show up! Be present!

A pioneer in the application of ancient Buddhist practices to healing in modern medical settings, Kabat-Zinn expounds upon the value of "resting in awareness" not only to facilitate clarity in ourselves, but also as a means of relating to and healing the "dis-ease" in politics, society and the world.




The Dalai Lama Foundation
An International Organization for Ethics and Peace

The mission of the Dalai Lama Foundation is to support the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a non-dogmatic ethic of compassion.

Study Circles – The Dalai Lama Foundation

Study Guide for
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values at MIT

The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT is dedicated to inquiry, to dialogue, and to the creation of programs that affect the ethical and humane dimensions of life. This nonpartisan center is a collaborative think tank focused on the development of interdisciplinary research and programs in various fields of knowledge from science and technology, to education and international relations.

Video Videos: Dalai Lama Center for Ethics

Secular Ethics, Human Values and Society: The Dalai Lama at the USC Galen Center
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
May 5, 2011
Running Time: 1:20:53



Silence and Stillness
H.E. Kalu Rinpoche

Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling
Participate in the local practice and special events program at KKC in the neighbourhood and on Salt Spring Island

North American seat
of Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche since 1972.
Shangpa Kagyu Lineage

KKC is a Vajrayana Buddhist Centre in Burnaby B.C.
under the guidance of H.E. Kalu Rinpoche,
Head of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage

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