Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat

  • DATE & TIME

    11 December, 7.30pm Introduction to Retreat and explanation of mandala offerings

    Click here for link (the video will be made available to watch at 7.30pm on Friday and you can watch it at any time through the duration of the retreat)

    Saturday 12 December – Friday 18 December

    8-9.30am: Session 1,  click here for link

    10.30-12pm: Session 2, SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY ONLY  click here for link

    10.30-12pm: Session 2, for SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY  click here for link

    10.30-12pm: Session 2, for THURSDAY AND FRIDAY click here for link

    4-5.30pm: Session 3, click here for link

    7-8.30pm Session 4, SUNDAY AND MONDAY ONLY  click here for link

    7-8.30pm Session 4,  WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY ONLY click here for link

    For Wishfulfilling Jewel on SATURDAY, 12 December, 7pm click here for link

  • COURSE LEVEL

    Advanced

  • COURSE FEE & BOOKING


    No need to book for this retreat.  It’s free of charge.  Just click the above links

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

Below are the instructions for each session
To download page 1 click here
To download page 2 click here
To download page 3 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

Friday 11 December

7.30-8.30pm – Introduction to the Retreat

Saturday 12  

8-9.30am – retreat session

10.30am-12pm – retreat session

4-5.30pm – retreat session

7-8pm Wishfulfilling Jewel with Offerings

Sunday 13  – Friday 18 December

8-9.30am – retreat session

10.30am-12pm – retreat session

4-5.30pm – retreat session

7-8.30pm – retreat session

(No evening session at 7pm on Tuesday 15 or Thursday 17)

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