7 Days Mahakala Teaching & Meditation Retreat

Date: 5 Dec - 11 Dec 2016

Led by Ven. Dupseng 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 practice 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 liberate the most difficult states of mind. 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 sadhana,

"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

  • Empowerment & oral transmission of the practice
  • Daily teachings and instruction of the practice
  • Guided group meditation and practice of Mahakala

Further detailed instructions will be given to students who attended Rinpoche's teaching in 2013 and 2014.

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Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat

4 Consecutive 2-Days Sessions

Date: 12 Nov - 21 Nov 2016

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
Report and check-in 12 Nov 2016 (1 pm)
Briefing & Oral transmission of the practice (A pilgrimage to the holy temple of Gelongma Padma can be arranged if the participants are keen) 12 Nov 2016 (2 pm)
First set of Nyungne 13 - 14 Nov 2016
Second set of Nyungne 15 - 16 Nov 2016
Third set of Nyungne 17 - 18 Nov 2016
Fourth set of Nyungne 19 - 20 Nov 2016
Grand Dedication 21 Nov 2016 (morning)

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7 Days Teaching & Meditation Retreat

COMPLETION & CREATION STAGES OF MEDITATION
(KYERIM & DZOGRIM)

Date: 23 Nov - 29 Nov 2016

Led by: Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

It is said that the practice of Shamatha or Calm-Abiding meditation (Tibetan: Shinay) form a vital basis for one who seeks realisation on the true nature of mind.

In the Vajrayana path, the practice of "Kyerim" (the generation or creation phase) and "Dzogrim", (the completion phase) in the tantric meditation of yidam and mandala are the two phases of meditation, a skilful practice in calm abiding and insight towards ultimate realization in the true nature of phenomena.

Rinpoche will commence the retreat by giving concise explanations and practical instructions on the Mahamudra approach to developing Shamatha and Vipassana meditation. However, the primary focus of this retreat will be teachings on the essential points of creation and completion stages of meditation.

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 and meditation course in the previous 2 years, this retreat offers a ground for clarification and additional instructions and explanations for you to progress on the path. For new students, it offers a direct and clear path.

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