Group Themed Retreats

Chenrezig Meditation Retreat

Date: 25 Oct - 27 Oct 2014

Led by Ven. Sang Sang Rinpoche

Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenrezig) is the embodiment of all the Buddhas' infinite compassion. He is a manifestation of the Buddha in the Sambhogakaya. It is said that sincere meditation of Chenrezig and the recitation of his heart mantra purifies the obscurations of one's body, speech, and mind; and ultimately brings one to the state of realization.

In this retreat, Sang Sang Rinpoche will be conferring a very profound practice of Avalokiteshvara that he received from his teacher, His Holiness, the late Trulshik Rinpoche. It is based on the Sadhana composed by Yogi Tsultrim Zangpo from West Tibet, known as "The Aspiration to the Six Syllables of Lord Avalokiteshvara". Yogi Tsultrim Zangpo composed this text after he had a vision of Lord Avalokiteshvara who gave him this practice and its method. Yogi Tsultrim Zangpo, who lived up to 130 years of age; was said to have the same mind realisation as the great Nyingma mahasiddha, Thangthong Gyalpo.

This practice of Avalokiteshvara has been widely practice by the practitioners from the Nyingma and Kagyu schools. Covering the development stage (Kyerim) and completion stage (Dzogrim) of meditation, the practice includes visualisation, meditation, supplication and making aspiration to Lord Avalokiteshvara and the Six Syllables. It is a complete and profound practice by itself, covering Tsog offering, Empowerment, Jangchog as well as the Four Foundation preliminary practice, a powerful purification and accumulation practice which enables one to achieve further accomplishment.

During the retreat, oral transmission and guidance on the practice will be given including sessions of group practice in dedication to the happiness of all.

For one who is practising Avalokiteshvara as a Yidam or main deity, this will be a very good and important text to base one's practice on. It is said that if one practices this sadhana daily without any break, upon death one will be reborn into the pureland of Avalokiteshvara.

About Sang Sang Rinpoche

In 1959, Sang Sang Rinpoche was born to Mr. Pasang and Mrs. Tsering Yudron. Extraordinary signs accompanied his birth and from a very young age, he clearly remembered his previous life and recited texts in meditative posture, through having awakened good karmic imprints. Due to these extraordinary feats, his parents informed Dhephuk Rinpoche, who consulted H.H. the 16th Karmapa and Trushik Rinpoche. They all agreed to enthrone him at Senge Phuk in Solukhumbu in 1965 as the incarnation of Lama Tenzin Chodar. Lama Tenzin Chodar was a hidden yogi and a close disciple of the previous Trulshik Rinpoche, Kunzang Tokdol Dorje. He is also the father of the present Trulshik Rinpoche.

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6 Days Mahakala Teaching & Meditation Retreat

Date: 6 Nov - 11 Nov 2014

Led by Ven. Dupsing Rinpoche

In Vajrayana practice, every practitioner embarking onto the path of ultimate enlightenment must engage in the Three Roots practice of Guru (source of blessings), Deities (source of Siddhi) and Dharma Protectors (source of fulfillment of activities). In Karma Kagyud tradition, Mahakala is regarded as the most revered enlightened dharma protector of the lineage. All lineage masters and their fortunate faithful followers believe that Mahakala is no different from the manifestation of Karmapa himself. Many Karmapas declared that Mahakala and Karmapa himself are inseparable. Thus, practitioners endeavor themselves in the prayers of Mahakala in order to receive blessings and to clear obstacles along the spiritual path. In our tradition, by regarding both Guru and Mahakala as inseparable, not only will one be protected along the spiritual path but also receive the blessings directly from the Guru, thus sealing the guru-disciple relationship deeper.

Mahakala has several forms, each with different qualities and aspects. He is also an emanation of Avalokiteshvara in the wrathful form in order to subdue degenerate beings. The most notable variation in Mahakala's manifestations and depictions is in the number of arms. Four-armed Mahakalas are the primary protectors of Kagyudpas and Black Cloak Mahakala (Bernagchen) is the main protector of Karma Kagyud lineage. It is mentioned in the prayers,

"Whoever just by recollecting you in one's mind, is bestowed with desired accomplishment without exception. Dharma protectors who are like the special wish-fulfilling gems, Kindly assist us in the fulfillment of our wishes."

The fundamental practice of the mind training is the tonglen meditation that takes in others' sorrow on the in-breath and sends to them all the joy on the out-breath. In the training process, unfavorable circumstances whether internal or external that cause misery or upset the mind will be transformed into factors conducive for happiness. Every circumstance that we come across in our daily life becomes an opportunity for us to develop the awakening mind.

Program Highlights

  • Oral transmission of the sadhana
  • Daily teachings of the practice and the ritual
  • Guided group meditation and practice of Mahakala
  • Retreat will end with an optional one day pilgrimage to new Guru Rinpoche holy site in Yarinag, Nepal. It is a new holy site recently discovered by Chatral Rinpoche in 2012. (Journey is about 2 hours drive from Kathmandu)

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Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat

4 Consecutive 2-Days Sessions

Date: 12 Nov - 20 Nov 2014

(13 November 2014 is Lha Bab Duchen - Merit Multiplying Date)

1000 Armed Chenrezig

Introduction

A Nyungne Retreat is a special two-day meditation, fasting and purification retreat based on the practice of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig and is known for its power in the purification of negative karma and the accomplishment of enlightened qualities.

History of the Practice

This practice was originated by Gelongma Palmo, (Bhikkuni Lakshmi), who was one of the greatest masters of the 1,000-armed Chenrezig.

She was born into an Indian royal family but chose Buddhist ordination in her youth. She studied with many of the masters of her time and practiced diligently. Sadly however, due to the ripening of karma, she contracted leprosy and was subsequently abandoned in the forest. She had a vision of King Indrabodhi who advised her to do Avalokiteshvara practices.

Gelongma Palmo recited the mantras of Avalokiteshvara and devised and practiced the purification ritual or Nyungne retreat continuously before a mysterious image of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara that appeared to her in a forest clearing.

It is said that she recovered from leprosy and having developed great dedication and compassion for all beings, she became an enlightened guide to many disciples to whom she passed down the practice of Nyungne.

The Retreat

The Nyungne is a retreat of body, speech and mind from non-virtuous actions, focusing on keeping strict vows for a two-day period, generating the Bodhisattva attitude, and reciting the sadhana of the 1000-armed Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

The vows to be observed include refraining from:

  • Killing.
  • Stealing.
  • Lying.
  • Sexual activities (celibacy).
  • Drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking cigarettes.
  • Using perfumes, wearing make-up or ornaments, singing, playing music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
  • Eating in inappropriate times.
  • Sitting in high seats.

The Programme

A set of Nyungne consists of 2 days of strict practice. On the first day, participants will take one meal at noon, and fast the rest of the day while engaging in four sessions of practice. Like other Vajrayana sadhanas, the Nyungne sadhana involves visualization of the deity, accompanied by prayers, offerings and prostrations, and extensive recitation of the mantra. The sessions begin early in the morning and conclude in the late afternoon.

On the second day, participants will observe complete fasting from food and water, and will also maintain strict silence, except for the recitation of the Sadhana.

The retreat concludes early in the morning of the third day with a short practice session. The vows, fasting and silence are concluded at the end of this session.

The Nyungne Retreat is comprehensive in that it combines practice methods from all three Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism. The vows reflect the rigorous discipline of the Common Vehicle, the generation of the Enlightened Attitude reflects the Greater Vehicle, and the actual practice of 1000-Armed Chenrezig reflects the Vehicle of Secret Mantra.

Benefits of the Practice

Nyungne is a practice of yidam from Kriya-tantra tradition which not only helps to purify a lot of negative karma in a short time and accumulate merits but also aids in healing illness and opening the heart to compassion. It is said that pure practice on one pair of Nyungne closes the gates of rebirth in lower realms, and the pure completion of eight pairs of Nyungne's leads to rebirth in the Dewachen Pure Land.

In addition, reciting the six syllable Mani Mantra during the retreat, not only purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself, it also pacifies the sufferings of all beings. In this way, the practice brings peace to the entire world and can be a cause for World Peace, very appropriate and timely in these degenerate times.

General Advice for Participants

Residents as well as visitors may join in these retreats, which are generally enjoyed by all (in spite of the difficulties!). Participants can choose to attend all four pairs of Nyungne's, a few or just one set as you wish.

If you have any doubts about your health and your ability to physically handle this retreat, please consult your doctor. The prostrations are strenuous but it is possible to perform them at a slow speed.

The Nyungne starts as early as 4 AM with the taking of the 8 Mahayana Precepts and participants have to arrive the day before.

Explanations and instructions will be given at the beginning of the practice, thus for the people who are practicing it for the first time, it is advisable to attend the 1st pair of Nyungne.

Schedule for Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat
Programme Date
Oral transmission of the practice 11 Nov 2014 (evening)
First set of Nyungne 12 - 13 Nov 2014
Second set of Nyungne 14 - 15 Nov 2014
Third set of Nyungne 16 - 17 Nov 2014
Fourth set of Nyungne 18 - 19 Nov 2014
Grand Dedication 20 Nov 2014

13 Nov 2014 is Lha Bab Duchen - Merit Multiplying Date (Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from Tushita Heaven).

This is the anniversary of the Buddha's descent from the heavenly realm to earth. Buddha Shakyamuni ascended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the desire realm and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. This is considered to be one of the great deeds of the Buddha among eight great deeds. On Lha-Bab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times and the practice of virtuous activities and prayer on this day is strongly encouraged.

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Shamatha Teaching & Meditation Retreat

In accordance with Mahamudra Lineage

Date: 24 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Led by: Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

The practice of Shamatha (Tibetan: Shinay) or Calm Abiding meditation is an essential and important practice for one who seeks realisation on the true nature of mind. The attainment of meditative concentration through the practice of Shamatha meditation forms a vital basis for one to progress to Vipassana (Tibetan: Lhatong) or insight meditation. The development of transcendental wisdom and ultimate realisation of the mind nature through the perfection of insight meditation liberates us from inner delusions and resulting sufferings.

In this retreat, the focus will be on the practice of Shamatha meditation. Rinpoche will offer concise explanations and practical guided instructions on the Mahamudra approach to develop Shamatha meditation basing on two important texts in the lineage namely "Ocean of Certainty" (Tibetan Ngedon Gyamtso) by the 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje and "The Moonlight-Quintessence of Mind and Meditation".

Guru Yoga is the key to the success of all practices. It is said in our short lineage prayers that devotion is the head of meditation and the Lama is the one who opens the door to the treasure of quintessential instructions towards the realisation of mind nature. Rinpoche will start this retreat by drawing inspiration from the introduction of the lineage Gurus followed by giving instructions and oral transmission on the practice of the 16th Karmapa Guru Yoga. Students will be expected to commit to this daily Guru Yoga practice during this retreat.

Personal and group practices are the emphasis for this retreat with opportunities for all to clarify doubts in one's practice.

Students who have attended the introductory course to Mahamudra in the previous year will find this retreat beneficiary as more detailed practical explanations to these introductory teachings will be offered.

Since sustained personal practice is key to progress on the path and practice commitments is an integral part of this retreat. Students who are committed to this practice will be able to progress to the next level of the teaching and practice in the following years (for at least 3 to 5 years).

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7 Days Chod Meditation Retreat

Date: 4 Dec - 10 Dec 2014

Led by: Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

The essence of Chod practice is to develop the perfection of Wisdom.

During the second sermon, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni gave the Prajnaparamita teaching to his followers. The essence of his teaching was to develop the perfect wisdom of Enlightenment. Later on, the Indian saint Dampa Sangye and a Tibetan great master Machig Labdron introduced a unique method of cutting ego clinging instantly based on the essence of the Prajnaparamita teaching. In Tibetan, this practice is called Chod.

This practice then flourished and spread throughout the entire Himalayan region. In Tibet, the practitioners of the Chod practice established the Shijed Tradition. Many masters practised Chod and attained Enlightenment within one lifetime. One of the main lineage holders in the later years was the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Through His Holiness, the lineage of Shijed flowed into the Karma Kagyud tradition. It is extensively practiced in the monasteries and hermitages of the Karma Kagyud practitioners.

Chod is a method using a drum and a bell and has been practiced for centuries. The combination of the nice melody of the chanting and the instruments makes the whole atmosphere blessed. It is a method for healing and cutting through the root of defilement, that is the ego clinging or the attachment to self and phenomena and all the subsequent defilements such as hatred, desire, pride, fear, fixation and ignorance; that arise from it.

Benefits of the practice

The main practice of Chod is to recognise the defilements of ego clinging, attachment to oneself and phenomena, which obstruct the Path to Enlightenment. The practice awakens one's awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscuration, thus rid one of the roots defilements of HATRED, DESIRE and IGNORANCE.

The practice is also a powerful tool for accumulating merits because one practices the generosity of offering one's body to the objects of Refuge, Lamas, Meditational Deities, Dakinis, Protectors, as well as to the gods, spirits and to many other beings to whom we owe karmic debts.

Program Highlights:

  • Oral transmission and instruction on practice based on the Sadhana "The Precious Garland" composed by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje.
  • Detailed explanation and guidance on the practice including practice on the use of the Damaru, bell and instruments.
  • Three full days of actual guided group meditation of the Chod practice led by Shangpa Rinpoche together with the monks and nuns.

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