Rochester Vajrasattva Retreat

Vajrasattva and 8 Bodhisattva Mandala

September 22-25, 2011

Vajrasattva Outer, Inner, Secret, Innermost Secret Empowerment, Teachings and Practice

This teaching is a wisdom treasure of Rigdzin Tsewang Norbu, From the Clear Depths of the Heart Sphere of Vajrasattva. Traditionally not taught in public, it was given only to those who had completed Ngondro (the preliminary practices) and maintained a strict retreat.  This Vajrasattva practice is extraordinarily rich and beautiful, containing highly effective methods to heal ourselves and others, purify negative karma, and enter into the clear light state.

Ayang Rinpoche has said, “On the ultimate level, the body, speech, wisdom, qualities and activities of the Buddhas of the three times are all included in one mandala in Vajrasattva. The mandalas and mantras of all these Buddhas are also included in Vajrasattva. The one hundred deities from the Tibetan Book of the Dead are included in the Five Buddha Families, and those Five Buddha Families are included in Vajrasattva.”  He describes this Vajrasattva practice as “a complete path to enlightenment”.

September 22 Thursday 2-4 PM Vajrasattva Empowerment Preparation (optional)
6-9:30 PM Vajrasattva Empowerment
September 23 Friday 9-12 AM Kriya Tantra way – Outer Vajrasattva teaching and practice
2-5 PM Charya Tantra way – Inner Vajrasattva Teaching and Practice; and Yoga Tantra way – Secret Vajrasattva Teaching and Practice
7:30-9 PM Group Practice and Review
September 24 Saturday 8-11 AM Outer Vajrasattva practice with detailed teaching and practice on cure of diseases and removal of harm caused by negative beings; and Inner Vajrasattva practice with detailed teaching and practice on the principal and surrounding deities
1-4 PM Secret Vajrasattva practice with detailed teaching and practice on tent of deities; and Innermost Secret (Anuttara Yoga Tantra) Vajrasattva teaching and practice
September 25 Sunday 9 AM – 2 PM Sang Chod (Smoke Offering Ritual) and Vajrasattva Tsok Offering Ceremony
Retreat Venue: Strathallan Hotel, Rochester, New York
Cost: Full retreat cost is $185, or $50 for the Vajrasattva empowerment only.  A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due with your registration. Please consider adding an additional amount to help sponsor ordained sangha and others who may not otherwise have the means to attend.
Offerings: On Sunday, September 25 there will be Smoke Offering and Vajrasattva Tsok Offering Ceremonies. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if you cannot attend the retreat.  Please bring a food offering to share (no meat or alcohol, please). You are encouraged to make a candle or incense offering for auspicious rebirth of a friend, relative or pet, or for health and long life for oneself or loved ones. Even if you cannot personally attend this retreat, we encourage you to make an offering in any amount to help support and connect with Ayang Rinpoche’s teachings.
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