This special offering from Geshe Sonam Ngodrup will begin with an introduction to Kriya Tantra on Friday, and initiation (jenang) into the practice of White Manjushri on Saturday. From Sunday onwards students will engage in a combination of White Manjushri recitation as a preliminary and Mahamudra meditation. During two of the daily sessions, Geshe la will give teachings and meditation instruction using Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen's text "The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra".
This text is available as book by HH the Dalai Lama and Alex Berzin. and is an excellent introduction to the Mahamudra type of meditation. Geshe la will be leading the meditation portions of the retreat with the root text that you can find translated inside this volume. The root text is also available for free on Alex Berzin's website.
The practice of Mahamudra emphasizes meditation on the nature of the mind,and its practice comes from the most sacred oral instructions in Tibetan Buddhism. Geshe la will strive for profound but concise explanations, to give students of all levels of experience "a taste" of this meditation to inspire
them in daily practice.
The White Manjushri sadhana is available for free download from the FPMT store, but students who have not received the jenang before should wait until after the jenang before engaging in the practice.
"While in a state of total absorption as before, and, with a tiny (portion of) awareness,
like a tiny fish flashing about in a lucid pond and not disturbing it,
intelligently inspect the self nature of the individual who is the meditator."
Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen from The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra
While complete participation is encouraged, it is also possible to participate for the first part of the retreat with the introduction on Friday evening, the initiation on Saturday and instructions to do the sadhana on Sunday until 5PM.
Several students with work conflicts have asked if it is possible to participate in a portion of the retreat. While Geshe la encourages participation in the complete retreat, he accepts that people come for a few days only. However, students who have not previously received the White Manjushri jenang must come to the jenang session if they wish to participate in the retreat.
Friday May 10, 8PM:
Refuge and Lay Vows (morning session)
Explanation of Kriya Tantra
Introduction to Mahamudra
White Manjushri Jenang
Start of Mahamudra retreat 5PM
Monday 13 - Thursday 16 at 5PM:
Friday May 10 at 20:00 – Thursday May 16 at 17:00
Donation to offset the costs full retreat*: € 360,-; weekend only until Sunday about 17:00: € 130,-
This weekend, Geshe Sonam Ngodup will explore the themes of working with attachment in daily life through the texts "Parting from the Four Attachments" by the great Sakya master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and "Letter to a Friend" by the Indian pandit Nagarjuna. The teachings will focus on advice relevant to how to train our minds while living and working in society.
The great Sakya patriarch Sakya Kunga Nyingpo received this instruction from Manjushri in a vision.
“If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner.
If you are attached to samsara, you do not have renunciation.
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhichitta.
If there is grasping, you do not have the View.”
This heart instruction reveals the path of the six perfections in one short verse. Geshe la's explanation will focus on how to reduce our attachments in daily life as way of developing our positive mental qualities.
Friday May 31 at 20:00 – Sunday June 2 at 17:00
Donation to offset the costs*: € 130
This text by Gyalsey Thokmey Sangpo is a step by step guide for how to become a bodhisattva, a being dedicated to the benefit of others. The text guides us through instructions of how to change our attitudes and reactions so that we develop a peace of mind and capacity to benefit others. The instructions are at once profound and practical, and Geshe la will explore the deeper meanings in a way accessible to both experienced and novice students.
Friday June 28 at 20:00 – Sunday June 30 at 17:00
Donation to offset the costs*: € 130