Waterbowl offerings group retreat in Loenen
under the guidance of experienced students
This is one of the (Ngöndro) practices traditionally done to prepare for retreat and to ensure success in meditation practice. Participants will fill many small bowls with water and present them to the Buddhas using visualization, recitation of prayers and mantras.
The main point of any offering practice is to cultivate generosity, and to reduce our selfishness, stinginess and greed. We seek to give with an open, pure heart, with no attachment to what we are giving, and with no motivation of receiving something in return. Paradoxically, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama often teaches, cultivating generosity and devoting ourselves to the welfare of others increases our own happiness in many ways as we release the painful worry that accompanies greed and self-centeredness.
One reason water bowls are used as a traditional offering is that water itself, is generally plentiful and free, and therefore painless to give. The idea is that all of our offerings should be given as freely as we would give water. Offering water bowls also has a calming and cooling effect on the mind and--done properly--plants many beneficial karmic seeds.
According to the instructions of Lama Zopa Rinpoche each participant of this group retreat will gather the group’s total count of bowls offered and merit gained. You can sign up for individual days as well.
From Sunday December 14, 5PM to Sunday December 21 at 3PM
To help cover our costs: € 250
The retreat includes accommodation, vegetarian meals, bed linens and a towel.
A surcharge may apply, depending on the type of room.
On Friday evening at 6:30PM we serve a light supper (optional, at € 4).