RikudouSennin wrote:so this is extremely hard, yes i have shelter, but things are still diffucult, im leaving to california in a week to study with my Bhajana Guru and to receive sacred energy healing etc.
overall difficult experience, but well worth it, still voyaging.
Dear RikudouSennin, I hope you are staying warm and well fed. If you are heading to California, I recommend you try to get up to the Santa Cruz mountains and make it to this powerful retreat happening soon. Maybe they will be open to you doing work-study, helping in the kitchen or otherwise. Look below for details. Even if you could be there just to help more full time, and couldn't be in the puja much, there is powerful blessings just being in the mandala of the space, and participating through helping with whatever work you're given. Then maybe you can meet the Lamas.. Yudron, a member here would know more. . Here is the website and contact info: http://www.vajrayana.org/
Phone: (831) 761-6266
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Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076
Namchak Putri Vajrakilaya Gutor and Losar Day Retreat
February 7-11, 2013
Dear Sangha and Friends,
The powerful practice of Vajrakilaya is traditionally done in the days leading up to the Tibetan New Year (Losar) to cleanse all manner of obstacles/ obscurations accumulated in the outgoing year in order to start the New Year on a fresh auspicious note.
This year we will do Dudjom Lingpa’s Namchak Putri Vajrailaya practice (compiled by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche), which is rarely performed in the West. Please join Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Tulku Jamyang and visiting lamas and sangha friends in this practice. We are particularly happy that many of the Drubdra retreatants who did this practice for over 4 years in retreat will join us.
"I’d like to invite all my Dharma friends and anyone who is interested to join us at Pema Ösel Ling this February for our annual Vajrakilaya Gutor and Losar (Tibetan New Year) Day Retreat.
“Vajrakilaya is one of the main yidam practices in the Nyingma lineage and is the root of spiritual accomplishment (siddhi). Gutor is a very wrathful activity traditionally performed on the final days of the last month of the year. At the very end of the old year, all the negative activities and undesirable circumstances are incinerated and Illness, demonic influence and obstacles pacified, bringing in a fresh and pure new year complete with all positive qualities, including short term happiness during this life and the long term happiness of enlightenment. Through this practice, relative circumstances such as longevity, merit, glories, wealth, joy, and family lineage are increased, and on the path, meditation qualities, experience, wisdom and fruition of practice are accomplished.
“I’m very excited to do this very special practice with the sangha. It’s particularly special because it was the main focus for one group of our drubdra retreatants and they will join us this year in our practice. I hope you too can join us to learn the practice and continue to carry this precious tradition. Since we have all these wonderful circumstances coming together at this time, why not do it?!"
With love from your old Dharma friend, Lama Tharchin
To read Rinpoche’s words in full, to register and for preliminary pricing and scheduling info please click here
For now,here is a brief schedule:.
Feb 7-9 --- Namchak Putri practice culminating in the Gutor casting of the wrathful torma (which obliterates all our accumulated obstacles) in the afternoon of Feb 9. The wrathful Black Hat dance ritual accompanies this process. This is followed by a “celebration” fortune soup shared by all. Your fortune for the coming year (!) is hidden in a dumpling inside the soup.
Feb 10 --- Tangrak “Thanksgiving “ day and Losar prep
Feb 11 --- Tibetan New Year of the Female Water Snake puja and celebration, with Lake Born Vajra, Khandro Norlha wealth puja, tsok plus Tibetan auspicious foods, etc., and the Riwo Sangchod Smoke Offering.
It is possible to come for all or part of the retreat. Please register online if intending to come.
Please email the office with questions you may have.
Thanks for your attention, and much love
Jaffa / Vajrayana Foundation Office