Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat

  • COURSE LEVEL

    Open to everyone.  This practice includes prayers and the practice of offering the mandala and reciting the Migtseme prayer.

    If you are new we highly recommend you attend the introduction.

Course info

We all wish for spiritual realizations, 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, or positive energy, by making mandala offerings and receiving powerful blessings by engaging in the Guru Yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa. Je Tsongkhapa, whose ordained name was Losang Dragpa, was a great 14th century Tibetan Buddhist Master who promoted and developed the Kadampa Buddhism that Atisha had introduced three centuries earlier. Mandala offering is an offering of the entire universe visualized as a Pure Land, with all its inhabitants as pure beings.

There will be a teaching on the practice of Guru Yoga and mandala offerings on Friday evening, but the retreat will be unguided and will include chanted prayers and making mandala offerings using a mandala kit or a plate with rice.

The prayers we will be reciting is Offering to the Spiritual Guide, you can order the prayer booklet or ebooklet here

For a video demonstration of how to offer a 37 point mandala click here

To download the instructions for each session click here
To download The Nine-line Migtsema prayer click here
To download the 7 point mandala instructions click here

Schedule

Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat

Sunday December 12

7-8.30 Introduction

Monday December 13 – Saturday December 18

8-9.30am – retreat session

10.30am-12pm – retreat session

4-5.30pm – retreat session

7-8.30pm retreat session

Saturday December 18

8-9.30am – retreat session

10.30am-12pm – retreat session

4-5.30pm – retreat session

7-8.15pm – Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja with Tsog

Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre is a member of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union (IKBU) and is a Registerd Charity No. 1016354.