Vajrasattva Retreat 24th – 26th November 2017
Vajrasattva is the Buddha of purification. During this retreat we have the opportunity to purify our negativity
by engaging in the four opponent powers and the purification practices of Buddha Vajrasattva. Through this practice we can remove both the causes of our future suffering and obstacles to our spiritual practice.
Since purification is the root of future happiness and spiritual realizations, we should strive to cleanse our mind of delusions and negative karma by practicing the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva. This is a very powerful method of purification.
What is Retreat?
Retreat means we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreats: physical, verbal, and mental.
We engage in physical retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we isolate ourselves from other people, activities, and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions.
We engage in verbal retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically remain silent.
We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, and jealousy from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.
If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising even on retreat our mind will not be at peace. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat.
Timetable for Vajrasattva Retreat
Friday 24th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th
Session1: Introduction 18:00 – 19:30 Session 1 09:00 – 10:15 Session 1 09:00 – 10:15
Session 2 11:00 – 12:15 Session 2 11:00 – 12:15
Session 3: 14:30 – 15:45 Session 3 14:30 – 15:45
Session 4 16:30 – 17:45 Session 4 16:30 – 17:45
Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers
(18:30 – 20:30)
Attendance: attend all or as many sessions as you wish.
Retreat Costs: R300 whole Retreat. R150 for the day, R 50 per session. Free for Members of the Centre – not including lunch.
Recommended reading and study: ‘Joyful Path of Good Fortune’, ‘Bodhisattva Vow’, Great Treasury of Merit (Reliance on a Spiritual Guide), Modern Buddhism (Karma), ‘Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra (Why we need to purify).
May you have a very meaningful and enjoyable retreat, with lots of blessings!