December 28 , 2018 – January 1, 2019
What is it?
The path to enlightenment is a gradual, proven process whereby one’s mind is transformed to abide in never-ending contentment. In Tibetan Buddhism, this is called wisdom – a deep knowing of reality, as it is, through direct perception. Most of us operate from profound ignorance, a solid mis-knowing. This ignorance – that happiness and unhappiness come from somewhere “out there” – blocks us from seeing our clear light mind.
The Vajrasattva practice purifies our mind from grasping so strongly onto the mistaken view. Utilizing time-tested visualization and meditation, deluded states – pain, sorrow, hatred, pride, jealousy, doubt – lose their power. Our mind is purified. We then have the opportunity to realize that we ourselves have the power to transform our world into an enlightened paradise.
We’ll engage in six practice sessions a day. Each session will include instruction and meditation. We’ll have plenty of time for questions and discussion. We’ll explore why this powerful Vajrasattva practice actually works, and how we can use it in our daily life to grow our happiness. We’ll also have time to enjoy relaxation in this beautiful redwood forest.
Vajrapani Institute is a wonderful place to practice. It’s full of the blessings of many, many amazing masters and meditators. Just to be in this blessed place brings peace. We will “enjoy as much as possible, without grasping,” as founder Lama Yeshe used to say. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll celebrate our good fortune to have shared time together cultivating our precious human life’s highest potential.
Who is it for?
Although this retreat can be attended by beginners, a prior background in Buddhism is helpful to get the most out of this retreat.
- 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
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- For more detailed information, please see our FAQ
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.