Registration is now open for His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche's Vajrasattva Outer, Inner, Secret, and Innermost Secret Empowerment, Teachings and Practice in Rochester, New York, September 22-25, 2011.
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
3-5 PM Vajrasattva Empowerment Preparation (optional)
7-10 PM Vajrasattva Empowerment
September 23 Friday
9-12 AM Outer Level (Kriya Tantra) Teaching and Practice
2-5 PM Inner Level (Charya Tantra) and Secret Level (Yoga Tantra) Teaching and Practice
7-9 PM Group Practice
September 24 Saturday
9-12 AM Detailed Outer, Inner and Secret Levels Teaching and Practice
2-5 PM Innermost Secret Level (Anuttara Yoga Tantra) Teaching and Practice
7-9 PM Group Practice
September 25 Sunday 9 AM - 2 PM Riwo Sang Chod (Smoke Offering) and Vajrasattva Tsok Offering Ceremony
Cost: Full retreat cost is $185, or $50 for the Vajrasattva empowerment only. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due with your registration. When you register, please consider adding an additional amount to help sponsor ordained sangha and others who may not otherwise have the means to attend.
Retreat Venue: RIT Inn and Conference Center, Rochester, New York
Offerings: On Sunday, September 25 there will be Smoke Offering and Vajrasattva Tsok Offering Ceremonies. Everyone in the Rochester area is welcome to participate, even those who cannot take the teachings. Please bring a food offering to share (no meat or alcohol, please). We encourage you 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, you may make an offering in any amount to help support and connect with Ayang Rinpoche’s teachings.