THREE MONTHS VAJRASATTVA RETREAT
Vajrasattva Retreat in 2017
Due to the destruction of many rooms and specially of the Chenrezig gompa, the Vajrasattva retreat will be held on a much smaller scale than before. At the moment we will accept only people who are attending the 2016 November course and have pre-booked for this retreat.
Date: January 17th (arrival date) -April 22 2017.
Please check with us end of November if there are any places available.
ABOUT THE VAJRASATTVA PRACTICE
Following the annual one month meditation course is the annual three-month Vajrasattva retreat. The retreat follows a strict schedule of 4 sessions a day (no teachings)
Vajrasattva is the main buddha-energy connected with purification. It is one of the preliminary practices used in all four Tibetan Buddhist Schools. (Heruka) Vajrasattva practice is said to be particularly powerful for purifying the impure energy of the ignorant mind and the negative actions of body and speech that arise from it.
Sometimes our Dharma practice doesn't really work or bring good results. This is because we have so much unwholesome energy (negative karma) that is creating mental blockages (obstacles). Doing this specific practice can purify those negative mental imprints or obscurations, thus breaking the continuity of bad habits so that we are not creating even more negative karma which results in suffering and obstacles to Dharma practice.
The sadhana that will be used during the retreat was composed by Lama Yeshe, the founder of Kopan Monastery, who was a great advocate of this practice. He once expressed the hope that all his students could make the time to do the retreat at least once before they die.
Conditions of Attendance:
The retreat is open only to students who have previously attended the one month meditation course at Kopan, or have done a similar Lam Rim course, such as the FPMT Discovering Buddhism course in a center or as home study. Preferably the applicant should have received the Vajrasattva Initiaton with commitment to do retreat.