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Introduction to Tantra

Event Description


Dates

February 23 , 2018 – February 25, 2018

Level

All Levels


The Tantric or Vajrayana tradition is intimately woven into Tibetan Buddhism. The practice of Tantra aims to transform our body, mind and emotions into their innate pure nature. If we exclude any one of these three there will not be complete transformation. Our mind becomes the awakened nature of a Buddha’s mind, our emotional energy becomes the basis of the indestructible body of bliss of a Buddha’s awakening and our physical body is the vehicle within which this transformation unfolds. Tantric practice is often considered complicated and only for so called advanced practitioners. However, if we understand the essential way in which tantra works to transform us  we see how it is something very practical we can engage in right now, in a way that will enrich and deepen our lives. It brings the recognition of what is sacred in our life and how we can embody our innate nature in all that we do to benefit others.

During this weekend Rob will introduce some of the essential principles within tantric practice, to begin to clarify its value and relevance to our experience of transformation and awakening.

Additional Information
  • Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat.
  • Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat.

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

 


  • 23 February 2018 - 25 February 2018

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Teacher Bio

Rob Preece

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”.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Commuter $126.00 $186
Main Dormitory $250.00 $320.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $270.00 $340.00
Private Room
$376.00 $442.00
Cabin $450.00 $516.00

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
SPONSORSHIP
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at office@vajrapani.org