August 17-19, 2018
What is it?
We are excited to announce a Lam Rim meditation retreat by His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche. His Eminence has very kindly accepted our request and agreed to offer a teaching on The Foundation of All Good Qualities by Lama Tsongkhapa, as well as two Kriya Tantra initiations, Manjushri and Vajrapani.
Program schedule with Rinpoche:
- Saturday 10am-noon, 2-4pm: Teaching on Foundation of All Good Qualities
- Sunday 2-5pm: Manjushri and Vajrapani initiations
(Please note that times may change depending on Rinpoche’s deciding what’s best for students.)
Full weekend schedule:
- Friday 7pm: Preparatory teaching with Elaine Jackson, the Resident Teacher at Vajrapani Institute
- Saturday 7am: Meditation led by Elaine Jackson (and as advised by Rinpoche)
- Sunday 7am: Meditation led by Elaine Jackson (and as advised by Rinpoche)
- Plus Rinpoche’s teachings as mentioned above
Participants can register for the following packages:
- Entire weekend Friday through Sunday.
- Teachings on Saturday only.
- Teachings on Sunday only
Please note that residential retreatants must register for the entire weekend. For Saturday and Sunday only teachings, commuting is the registration option. Please register separately for both days. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide accommodation to participants for specific days.
The Foundation of All Good Qualities is a classic short text on the Lam Rim — the stages on the path to enlightenment. It has been used by countless masters and practitioners as a basis on which to meditate on the entire path. Countless teachers (including H.H. the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche among others) have taught this text and Rinpoche’s modern commentary will be a wonderful addition to the long tradition.
We are very fortunate to receive the initiations of Manjushri and Vajrapani.
Manjushri is first referred to in early Mahayana sutras such as the Prajnaparamita sutras and, through this association very early in the tradition, he came to symbolize the embodiment of prajñā (transcendental wisdom).
Vajrapani is one of the earliest bodhisattvas in the Mahayana tradition. He symbolizes the power of all the buddhas to bring truth even in times of darkness.
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. For the initiations on Sunday, it is important to have an understanding of guru devotion and its centrality on the Buddhist path, especially the significance and implications of a guru-disciple relationship in relation to tantric initiations and practice.
There will be no commitments for the initiations.
Read more about tantra and initiations in a teaching given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche here.
Kyabje Ling Rinpoche is also teaching at other Bay Area centers and holding a public talk at the University of California, Berkeley sponsored by the Bay Area centers. You can find more information at: