Annual Retreat 2012
-The Path of Mahayana:
Thu-Sun, Aug 23-26th
-Engaging in Vajrayana:
Sun-Sun, Aug 26-Sept 2nd
-The Dzogchen Retreat:
Mon-Sun, Sept 3-9th
WHERE: Mindrolling Lotus Garden
TEACHER: Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
TUITION: See below.
HOUSING: See below.
Mindrolling Lotus Garden is delighted to announce the 2012 Annual Retreat with Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche.
At this, the tenth Annual Retreat held at Lotus Garden, practitioners from around the world will be taking this precious opportunity to gather for three weeks of intensive practice and study. The retreat offers an invaluable chance for new practitioners to connect with the Dharma, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, and the international Buddhist sangha of Lotus Garden. Of course the retreat is also an excellent time for practitioners of all levels to deepen their practice and study and to come together as a community.
Participants are welcome to attend any part of the retreat and there is no restriction on the number of days one may attend.
Nature of all refuges,
Lord of knowledge, love and power,
Gracious lake-born vajra,
From my heart I supplicate you.
With your constant unwavering compassion,
Please bless the stream of my being.
This year the retreat will be divided into three sections: The Path of Mahayana, Engaging in Vajrayana and the Dzogchen Retreat.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will begin to bestow teachings in accordance with the traditional curriculum in preparation for three-year retreat. As last year’s teachings were oriented toward the dakini practice of Thröma Nagmo, this year Rinpoche will bestow teachings on the life and teachings of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in connection with the sadhana practice of Rigdzin Thugthig.
The Path of Mahayana will take place from Thursday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 26th. During this portion of the retreat Rinpoche will bestow fundamental teachings on Mahayana meditation based upon the great classical text Bodhisattvacaryavtara by Shantideva.
Engaging in Vajrayana will begin on the evening of Sunday, August 26th and continue through Sunday, September 2nd. During this period Rinpoche will teach on the fundamental instructions on the Creation and Completion stages of the Vajrayana path. Rinpoche will bestow teachings on the pivotal points of sadhana practices and the nuns of Samten Tse will guide practitioners through various liturgical aspects such as ritual instruments, mudras, shrine set-up, torma-making and so forth. All members of the study groups are especially encouraged to attend this part of the retreat so that all study groups can become proficient in practicing together these profound practices.
The Dzogchen Retreat will begin on Monday, September 3rd and continue through Sunday, September 9th. During this period, Rinpoche will bestow teachings on the profound and renowned terma (treasure teaching) of Rigdzin Thugthig. Rigdzin Thugthig or The Heart Essence of the Vidyadhara was revealed in 1663 by the glorious treasure master, Chögyal Terdag Lingpa. It is an incredibly vast and profound terma cycle based upon Guru Padmasambhava and the Guru principle. In connection with these teachings Rinpoche will be bestowing the empowerment, reading transmission, and explanation of the sadhana practice of Rigdzin Thugthig (The Heart Essence of the Vidyadhara). The sadhana itself will become the heart of the Lotus Garden Sangha’s Guru Yoga practice as well as the Ganacakra offering done on the tenth day of each month (Tse Chu).
Rinpoche will also transmit all the instructions and give out the outer, inner and secret practices of Rigzin Thugthig for all wishing to do retreat in general and particularly for those who are getting ready to do the three-year retreat. It is said that all those who wish to attain enlightenment in this age must rely on the embodiment of The Three Jewels and the source of all blessings—the Glorious Guru of Uddiyana, Guru Padmasambhava. These extremely precious and rare teachings will be bestowed to all students who aspire to do extended retreats on the Guru and Yidam aspects of Guru Padmasambhava.
Furthermore, Rinpoche will bestow a variety of pith instructions from the secret teachings of Padmasambhava and from other masters such as Terdag Lingpa and Lochen Dharmashri during this part of the retreat.
Non-members will pay $80 per day for those attending up to six days. For those attending seven days and or more the rate will be reduced to $70 per day. Full tuition for the entire program works out to $1260 (18 days).
Members paying dues of $50 a month or more, will receive the usual 10% discount: $72/day through six days, and $63/day for 7 days or more. Full tuition for members will be $1134 (18 days).
- Own tent: no cost
- Commuter/Off-land: no cost
- Rental tent (shared): $15 (one night)
- Shared room: $30 (one night)
- Dormitory: $25 (one night)
Please feel free to contact Mindrolling Lotus Garden’s registration office by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 1.540.778.2405, if you have questions