16 June 2022

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Welcome to the 2022 Spring Festival Online

Day 6 ~ Retreat

At this festival we received special instruction from Venerable Geshe-la that it is very important for us to learn how to do a Guru Yoga counting retreat using the mantra of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, counting 100 000 mantras and followed by a Vajradhaka burning offering of 10 000 mantras.   He said, “The main reason I am requesting you is because this practice is a wishfulfilling jewel for the development of Kadam Dharma internationally.”

Gen-la Dekyong gave us very clear, practical and inspiring instructions on how to engage in the retreat to make it qualified, effective, and powerful. Including how we can combine various request prayers at intervals with our mantra recitation.  She encouraged us to deeply relax with the mantra and visualisation and as a result in the future we will do the great work of gaining the realisations of Mahamudra.

Wednesday Retreat Day

Drawing close to our Spirtual guide as we recite the mantra of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, and requesting all the attainments of the spiritual path right up to attaining the meaning clear light of Heruka so that we can effortlessly benefit others.

teaching excerpt

Holding Buddha's ultimate view

festival podcast

The state of the Union of Heruka

Gen-la Dekyong
Gen-la Dekyong
The state of the Union of Heruka

The importance of knowing where we are heading for and how to do it

Gen-la Jampa guides the retreat sessions with simplicity and clarity and there are people meditating everywhere inside and outside of the temple. The whole environment is very peaceful and quiet during the sessions - perfect for retreat!

“I think for the first time I can get some practical insight into the union of appearance and emptiness in a meditation, based on what Gen-la Dekyong explained yesterday.”

- From participants

“I love the festivals and the retreat at the end when we start familiarising ourself with the practice, to really take the teachings to heart. Then we easily can continue to practice when we go back home, we keep the practice alive and we grow spiritually.”

- From participants