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Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat
June 29 - July 1
Introduction to the Retreat (highly recommended to attend)
June 29: 7:00 – 8:15pm
Cost of introduction: $15 (free for supporting members)
Full Retreat – 10 Sessions (includes Intro) $40 ($20 Supporting Members)
Individual Sessions $10 ($5 Supporting Members) For individual session, please pay at the door.
This is an unguided retreat. If you wish to attend, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the session so someone can give you instructions. Everyone is welcome. It is recommended to attend the Introduction class on Thursday evening – and read about Mandala offerings in Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books: Great Treasury of Merit and Oral Instructions of Mahamudra. It
There are extensive prayers in each session – we will be using the prayer sadhana and practice of Offering to the Spiritual Guide.
Guru Yoga and Mandala offering retreat combines two of the four great preliminary guides that we need to practice if we want to gain mahamudra realizations – the quick path to enlightenment. We all wish for spiritual realisations, but these depend upon creating certain inner conditions such as purifying negativity, accumulating merit, and receiving blessings.
In this retreat we focus on the preliminary practices of accumulating merit and receiving blessings. Making mandala offerings is the gateway to accumulating the collection of merit and attaining an enlightened pure land and Guru yoga is the gateway to receiving powerful blessings of all the Buddhas of the ten directions through our Spiritual Guide. There will be four sessions a day, except when there are tsog offering Pujas, and the practice is accomplished within the sadhana Offering to the Spiritual Guide.
Retreat Schedule: June 29 – July 1
Thurs, June 29
Session 1: 7:30 – 9:00am
Session 2: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Session 3: 4:00 – 5:30pm
Session 4: 7:00 – 8:15pm (introduction)
Fri, June 30
Session 5: 7:30 – 9:00am
Session 6: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Session 7: 4:00 – 5:30pm
Session 8: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Sat, July 1
Session 9: 7:30am – 9:00am
Session 10: 10:30am – 12:00pm