Event : Vajrayogini Retreat
Date : September 17 – October 9
Venue : Tibetan Buddhist Society, Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre
1425 Mickleham Rd, Yuroke, VIC 3063, Australia
http://www.street-directory.com.au/sd3/map.php?q=1425 Mickleham Rd, Yuroke, VIC 3063
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Venerable Serje Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, will bestow the profound initiations of Yamantaka and Vajrayogini on the weekend of 17–18 September 2011 in Melbourne.
September 19 - October 9
The initiations will be followed by a three week Vajrayogini retreat from Monday 19 September until Sunday 9 October. This is a traditional retreat, during which we complete 100,000 mantra recitations. Each day comprises six sessions of guided meditation, during which the Vajrayogini practice is explained. The retreat concludes with a fire puja. The initiations and retreat will be held in the traditional Tibetan temple at the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Peaceful Land of Joy meditation centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Highest yoga tantra initiations carry personal commitments. Those wishing to take initiation for the first time should have some experience and understanding of the mahayana path to enlightenment (lam.rim) teachings and a sincere commitment to practise. Those attending the retreat must receive, or have previously received, Vajrayogini initiation. To receive Vajrayogini initiation, one must receive, or have previously received, another highest yoga tantra initiation, such as that of Yamantaka. Both these initiations will be given on the weekend before the retreat.
A unique retreat experience
The Peaceful Land of Joy is set in beautiful rural surroundings just outside Melbourne. It is an ideal place for meditation, Dharma study and practice. The centre’s traditional Tibetan holy temple, blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2002, is a clear and peaceful space, with an exquisite 18 foot Buddha statue, and adorned with traditional thangkas and Tibetan ornamentation. Between meditation sessions, students can relax in the 10 acre gardens, including flourishing roses, exotic trees and a tranquil lake. Retreats at the Peaceful Land of Joy are a uniquely enjoyable and beneficial experience.
Geshe Loden achieved the Geshe Lharam degree from Sera Jey Monastic University in India, graduating at the highest level and equal first. Geshe-la also has a Master’s qualification in vajrayana Buddhism from Gyumay Tantric College and a Master’s degree from Varanasi Sanskrit College. Geshe-la arrived in Australia in 1976 and founded the Tibetan Buddhist Society in 1980. Since then he has established five centres, written nine internationally acclaimed Dharma books, overseen construction of the Melbourne centre’s traditional Tibetan temple, guided construction of a similar temple in Perth and given teachings and advice to thousands of students.
Accommodation at the centre is limited. If you are interested in attending please register as soon as possible. The centre is a 15 minute drive from Melbourne International Airport and 30 minutes from the city centre.