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Waterbowl offerings group retreat in Loenen

Guided by Annelies van der Heijden and Annette van Citters

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.

In response to the threat of the Maitreya Instituut losing its ANBI status, we have decided to broaden the aim of this retreat. Each session will be a combination of water bowl practice and the recitations as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Diamond Cutter Sutra (Diamond Sutra, or Vajra Cutter Sutra) and Chanting the Names of Manjushri to avert this danger.

From Sunday December 14, 5 PM to Sunday December 21 at 3 PM
Suggested donation: from € 250 for the full period.
The retreat includes accommodation, vegetarian meals, bed linens and a towel.
A surcharge may apply, depending on the type of room.
On Sunday evening at 6:30 PM we serve a light supper (optional, at € 4).

You are welcome to participate in one or more sessions.
Since the Mindfulness Retreat with Ven. Losang Gendun will run in parallel we will keep silence.
For planning it is requested that you register in advance.




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