Course info

The Yoga of Buddha Heruka – Online retreat with Gen Kelsang Thekchen

Friday 22nd Jan  – Wednesday, 27th Jan

Heruka is an enlightened Deity of Highest Yoga Tantra who is the manifestation of the compassion of all the Buddhas. In particular, engaging in the practice of Heruka body mandala, according to the instructions of the Ganden Oral Lineage of Je Tsongkhapa, is the supreme quick path to enlightenment. Following these precious instructions, we should practice Heruka body mandala in conjunction with the ritual prayer called The Yoga of Buddha Heruka. This practice is simple but very profound.
Gen Thekchen will give commentary and guide mediations on this condensed Heruka practice based on Venerable Gesehe Kelsang Gyatso’s instructions in Modern Buddhism.


Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen, is a senior meditation teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition.

Gen Thekchen has been practising and teaching Buddhist meditation for over 25 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a simple, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life.

Course Level

This retreat is only for people who have a Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment ( Heruka & Vajrayogini )  or for people who have the intention to receive this empowerment at the international Summer or Fall Festival in 2021.

It is also open to people who receive our Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment on December 4 

Suggested materials

The teachings over this retreat will be based on the book Modern Buddhism, the book or free ebook are available to get here

In the retreat sessions we will be using the following prayers…

‘The Yoga of Buddha Heruka’ The booklet, eBooklet of the prayers and the chanted prayers on MP3, available to order here


Friday 22:
7.30pm – 8.45pm: introduction to retreat.

Saturday 23 – Tuesday 26:

9.00am – 10.15am: Guided retreat session

11.30am – 12.45pm: Guided retreat session

4pm – 5.30pm: Guided retreat session (includes Q&A)

7pm – 8.15pm: Guided retreat session 


Monday 25th the 7pm session will be Offering to the Spiritual Guide

Tuesday 26th there isn’t a 7pm session

Wednesday 27th:

9.00am – 10.15am: Guided retreat session

11.30am – 12.45pm: Guided retreat session


When you sign up, you will receive an email with the links to the live retreat sessions. After each session is finished you can use the same links to access the recording of the class which will remain valid for 7 days.
If you don’t receive an email, please check in your junk box as it may have landed there!

Easy event access: As of December the way to access our courses will be slightly different and much more simple.
You will have 2 ways to access.
  • You can access via the confirmation email you received with your booking.  Easy links will be listed in the additional information section.
  • You will receive a reminder one hour before the event and this reminder will include easy links to the event

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Everyone needs to register including members.

Our classes are intended for people in our local area (Sussex), if you live elsewhere you can find your local centre who will be offering livestream classes here

Whole Retreat | January Friday 22 – Wednesday 27 | £40

Weekend Only | January Friday 22 – Sunday 24 | £25