Union of Great Bliss & Emptiness, Khensur Rinpoche, Nov 7-13

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Union of Great Bliss & Emptiness, Khensur Rinpoche, Nov 7-13

Post by tummo » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:17 pm

Union of Great Bliss & Emptiness
Steps for Practicing Highest Yoga Tantra
A Residential Retreat with Tantric Abbot, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

When: November 7 – 13, 2011

For those who’ve taken the Kalachakra Initiation or any other Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation (such as Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, or Hevajra), it’s extremely rare to be able to receive accurate, complete instructions on how to engage in practice. It’s difficult to have time with fully a fully qualified master to receive commentary and practice instructions necessary to make progress in your meditations.

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche is a former abbot of Gyumed Tantric College and is also a senior teacher from Sera Monastic University. In India he often taught on tantra to other Lamas and Geshes. During this retreat, Rinpoche will give those same teachings to Western students!

During this week-long, residential retreat, Rinpoche will teach on the essential points for practicing the generation stage and also the completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra. His teachings will be based on a text that has been translated into English and will be available to participants entitled The Condensed Meaning of the Path of the Vajrayana. Rinpoche will focus on the sections of the text that address the practices of Highest Yoga Tantra. This text covers the stages and paths of tantric practice and contains the essence of all the teachings in Lama Tsongkhapa’s Great Path of Secret Mantra. The important points of deity yoga and the generation stage sadhanas are covered as are the secret instructions related to the completion stage which allow one to progress in realizing the Illusory Body, Clear Light, and their union.

Khensur Rinpoche has been extremely kind and generous in offering to teach extensively, in a retreat format, on these subjects at the request of Guhyasamaja Center. In addition to teachings by Rinpoche each morning and afternoon, the retreat will also include opportunities for guided meditations, discussion, and question/answer sessions.

Meals will be healthy and vegetarian. The retreat facility provides trails for walking in nature as well.

Schedule: Arrive on Monday, November 7 in the mid-afternoon
Depart on Sunday, November 13 in the mid-afternoon

Pre-requisites: Khensur Rinpoche has indicated that a pre-requisite for attending this retreat is that one must have previously received a full Initiation of Highest Yoga (such as Kalachakra, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Manjushrinamasamgiti, or Gyalwa Gyatso). One must also have a sincere faith in the Buddha’s teachings in general and in Buddhist tantric practices in particular. Also, as there are a limited number of spaces for this retreat, preference will be given to those who register to attend the full retreat. Also, in accordance with the policies of Guhyasamaja Center, this retreat is not open to those who are doing the practice of Shugden (which has been strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

Note that you do not need to have attended a previous retreat at Guhyasamaja Center to attend this retreat. Rinpoche did teach on the practices of the three lower classes of tantra and on the initiation process and vows of highest yoga tantra from this same text last year. But, one need not have attended those previous teachings to fully participate in this current retreat. Rinpoche’s teachings at this upcoming retreat will be on the practices of Highest Yoga Tantra themselves, and so anyone who has received the proper initiations and sincerely wishes to practice can fully participate in and benefit from this retreat!

Location: Am Kolel Sanctuary, Beallsville, MD (we’re renting out this whole facility for the length of the retreat; location is closest to Dulles airport and is about an hour from Washington, D.C.) {Note: directions are available at http://www.sanctuaryretreatcenter.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;}

• Residential Lodging: $330 (charged by Sanctuary retreat center)
Food: $300
Donation: $200-350 (to help cover lodging and food for Khensur Rinpoche, translator, attendant, & cook; offering to Rinpoche; stipend to translator; advertising; copies; insurance; etc.)
---Total Cost for Residential Retreat: $830-980

• Commuting Commuter fee: $150 (charged by Sanctuary retreat center)
Food: $300
Donation: $200-350 (to help cover lodging and food for Khensur Rinpoche, translator and attendant; offering to Rinpoche; stipend to translator; advertising; insurance; etc.)
---Total cost if commuting: $650-$800

Included in these costs: Participation in all aspects of the retreat; dinner on Monday; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Tuesday thru Saturday; breakfast & lunch on Sunday; coffee, tea & light snacks throughout the retreat; lodging, a camping site, or commuter fee covered (note that lodging within the Sanctuary Retreat facility is 2-4 people per room); a spiral bound copy of the text: The Condensed Meaning of the Path of the Vajra Vehicle: The Essence of the Nectar of the Great Secret which was especially translated for FPMT Centers hosting teachings on this topic; helping to cover costs for translator, etc. as noted above. All meals will be vegetarian. Participants will be asked to help out with light tasks such as clearing and washing the dishes, chopping vegetables, etc.

In ancient India and Tibet, disciples often had to undergo many hardships and trials to receive teachings such as these. Marpa the translator had to climb the Himalayas a number of times, wandering through Tibet, Nepal and India to receive these teachings from Naropa and Maitripa. Milarepa famously bore many difficulties to receive just these teachings from Marpa. Even today, some lamas require their students to complete the Ngon Dro practices and enter a three year retreat in order to receive these teachings which are almost never given in the West. So, for serious students of Tibetan Buddhism, this is a very precious opportunity for study and practice with a genuine tantric Buddhist master.

Meditations & Discussion Sessions:
In terms of the actual daily schedule during the retreat, Rinpoche has agreed to teach 2-3 sessions per day. In addition to Rinpoche’s teaching sessions, there will also be sessions of guided meditation and some sessions for discussion of topics Rinpoche has covered in classes. Participants are welcome to attend as many of the teaching and meditation sessions as they can but it is not required that one attend all sessions. There will also be some free time during the day for personal meditation, exercise, etc. The grounds of Am Kolel Sanctuary are very beautiful.

Registration: Download Form here http://www.guhyasamaja.org/Images/retre ... n_form.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Spaces are limited for this retreat and may fill up quickly. So, our suggestion is to reserve your place by registering early. To register, mail us a brief registration form along with your deposit of $350. Registration closes on October 24th.
(Cancellation Policy: Once you have registered, if you cancel before October 1st, you will receive back your deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel after October 1st, then your deposit will only be refundable if someone else takes your place on the retreat again minus the $50 cancellation fee. If more people attempt to register than we have space for, then we will keep a waiting list for spaces. There will be no refunds on cancellations made after October 24th as that is the day we report our final numbers to the cook for the retreat.)

Suggested Readings:
(There are no required texts to read prior to the retreat. For those who wish to begin their studies before the retreat, though, some relevant texts are listed below. The root text itself will be handed out on the first day of the retreat as you register; we are not able to mail out copies of the root text itself in advance.)
Highest Yoga Tantra, by Daniel Cozort, Snow Lion Publications.
Principles of Buddhist Tantra, by Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche, Wisdom Publications.
Introduction to Tantra, by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Wisdom Publications.
Tantric Ethics, by Tsongkhapa, trans. by Gareth Sparham, Wisdom Publications.
Paths and Grounds of Guhyasamaja According to Arya Nagarjuna, by Yangchen Gawai
Lodoe with commentary by Geshe Losang Tsephel, Library of Tibetan Works &
Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages, by Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa &
Robert Thurman, American Institute of Buddhist Studies.
TsongKhapa's Six Yoga's of Naropa, by Glenn Mullin, SnowLion Publications.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- Buddha

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