Introducing Series 2: “Embodying the Bodhisattvas.”
“Participating in Tasting the Essence of Tantra with Rob Preece was participating in the living Dharma.” – Janet L
Building on the success of the eight-module experiential meditation training series offered here previously by author, psychotherapist, and meditation teacher, Rob Preece, this new series of five-day meditation retreats will give expression to the qualities of the Bodhisattva manifest in the primary deities of Kriya Tantra. This six-module series of retreats aim to help participants connect with and embody the gifts of the Bodhisattvas and share these precious qualities with the world.
The primary deities of Kriya Tantra personify some of the most significant manifestations of how we can embody the qualities of Bodhicitta in our life as aspiring Bodhisattvas. The deities Chenrezig, Manjushri, Tara and Vajrapani, for example, are an expression of our innate nature that exemplify the extraordinary gifts of the Bodhisattva serving the welfare of others. They are a way of healing our psychological and emotional difficulties as well as cultivating our innate potential for qualities we all need to benefit others.
Teaching Style and Method
“Rob gives us a taste of Lama Yeshe’s approach to the Dharma in his retreats – especially precious for those of us who didn’t have the good fortune to meet Lama Yeshe in person.” – Carl J
This series offers a unique opportunity to explore our own psychological journey within the context of Tantric practice. During these retreats, Rob, an experienced Western teacher of more than 45 years, will bring together his background of years of Tantric practice in combination with his long experience as a psychotherapist. It is through this process that we can begin to liberate ourselves of some of the psychological wounds that prevents us from awakening fully. Rob brings an understanding of the particular significance of each deity to that process of healing and awakening. This approach, encouraged many years ago by Rob’s teacher Lama Yeshe, is the culmination of years of working with Westerners to discover what may be particularly needed for us to really integrate Tantra into our lives.The practices he introduces are not complex, yet in their simplicity can take us into very deep experiences.
At the heart of these retreats will be the development of the practice of Mahamudra alongside deity practice. There will be a particular emphasis upon working within the body. Meditation will be supported by the movement practice of Kum Nye to help sustain a healthy release of processes arising within the body.
These retreats will be suitable for those who have received higher Tantra empowerments as well as for those that have not. Within the processes of practice however, this will mean there will be some variations in the way of meditation.
“Rob Preece is one of the most extraordinary Buddhist teachers and practitioners I’ve had the privilege to study under.” – Ven. Jangchup
Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for more than 45 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Dharamsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He remained there for the next five years, primarily in retreat but with the opportunity to study with a number of eminent Lamas including Zong Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, Gomo Rinpoche and H.H. Dalai Lama.
Returning to the West in 1985 he began to train as a Psychotherapist at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London, a Jungian based psychotherapy. Since that time he has had a busy psychotherapy practice and has taught many workshops on comparative Jungian and Buddhist Psychology. More recently his work has shifted from psychotherapy to spiritual mentoring. Over the past 30 years Rob has also led many meditation retreats introducing the practices of the Tantric tradition, with a wish to honor Lama Yeshe’s profound and creative approach to practice. Many of these retreats bring together the combination of meditation and movement guided by his wife Anna.
In 2005 Rob was initiated as a Granicero or ‘weather worker’ within the Nahual tradition of Central Mexico, something that informs his work with the land and weather within which he lives in the UK. He brings together the Tantric tradition with this shamanic background as a means to help Tantric practice become grounded in relation to the land and the elements of the natural world. Rob is an experienced thangka painter and keen gardener and is the father of two boys. He is the author of “The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra”, “The Wisdom of Imperfection”, “The Courage to Feel” and “Preparing for Tantra”.
Retreat Event Details
“Tasting the Essence of Tantra built an essential bridge for me. It was life-changing.” – Catherine S
Series 2 is a six-module program that commences in the Spring of 2018. It will be delivered twice yearly for three years, ending in the Fall of 2020.
Each module comprises a five-day residential retreat which may be completed as a standalone. However, since each retreat will form part of an unfolding series, an engagement in the entire process would be recommended for the full benefit to be gained.
For those who already attended Series 1: this second course of retreats will offer an opportunity to deepen the processes initiated in the first course. In terms of subject matter, this new series places less emphasis on the general background of Tantra and instead concentrates more on the subtleties of the meditations we will be exploring together.
For newcomers who are beginning with Series 2: the retreats will offer a highly conducive space for discovering the significance of the Tantric way of practice.
Prerequisites apply. Those who did not attend Tasting the Essence of Tantra, Series 1 are required to complete a pre-registration questionnaire so their suitability for this advanced program can be assessed. (A background of study and understanding of the sutra teachings particularly found within the Lam Rim or some equivalent is necessary. Previous study of the Discovering Buddhism series or The Foundation of Buddhist Thought or attendance at the Kopan West Lam Rim retreats held at Vajrapani Institute twice yearly would be useful.)
Module 1: Preparing the Ground: Mahamudra Retreat – 2/27 to 3/4/2018
Module 2: Awakening the Heart: Chenrezig Retreat – 9/4 to 9/9/2018
Module 3: Manifesting Creative Wisdom: Manjushri Retreat – Spring 2019
Module 4: Holding Compassionate Space: Green Tara Retreat – Fall 2019
Module 5: Discovering The Courage to Manifest: Vajrapani Retreat – Spring 2020
Module 6: Healing from the Source: Heruka Vajrasattva Retreat – Fall 2020