July 2nd – 16th
Extensive Teachings on the Vajrayana Path
On Thursday July 2nd, Rinpoche will start the first in a series of annual two-week retreats covering all aspects of Vajrayana practice, including meditations, deity yoga sadhana, ritual arts and texts relevant to all nine yanas. These retreats are being offered under the auspices of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, with the aspiration to enrich the sangha’s knowledge and application of the practices His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche introduced to his students.
Jigme Rinpoche explains: For some dharma practitioners, the strength of their karmic connection with Vajrayana is such that they can almost immediately make sense of the concepts unique to Vajrayana Buddhism. But for others, if there is not a proper foundation, the extraordinary wealth of Vajrayana practices can become merely a trap. For example, instead of being understood as a form of meditation, ritual arts can become a distraction, or simply inflate artistic egos. Deity yoga can result in even more confused fixation on external phenomena, or become an avenue for self-aggrandizement, rather than serving as a method for understanding ultimate truth. We want to make good use of our time, and remove our confusion rather than add to it, so retreats like this can present a wonderful opportunity to really study and apply the sublime methods transmitted to us through generations of master practitioners.
Although previous knowledge or practice of Vajrayana may be helpful, it is not essential — all participants will follow a schedule of daily meditation, sadhana study and reading assignments, and there will also be time for question-and-answer sessions. Ritual arts training will be presented in the context of the preparations for the Rigdzin Dupa drubchen.
COSTS: Prices for the whole retreat include accommodations as selected, three meals a day and instruction. Meals will be simple, vegetarian dishes with gluten-free and dairy-free options per advance request.
ALL PRICES GO UP $75 ON JUNE 25TH!
|Dormitories||Shared room in Tara House Private Room
(2 twins or 1 double/queen)
with Shared Bath
|Non CGF Member||$455||$750|
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 707-632-5629.
For questions, please email: email@example.com.
More information will follow in the coming weeks — please check back for updates, or email the office directly.