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The Smooth Road to Emancipation - Online Guru Yoga Weekend for all Dharmacharis and Dharmacharinis

Friday, 11 December 2020 to Sunday, 13 December 2020

Update: Padmavajra has updated the programme with extra practice sessions of the Guru Yoga as well as a talk by Aloka on the image of the Dakini and the process of painting it. 03/12/20

This is a special online weekend lead by Padmavajra at Padmaloka on the Guru Yoga from the Tharpe Delam. Bhante was introduced to this practice by the Venerable Khachu Rinpoche at the time of receiving the Padmasambhava abhishekha. He made his own translation of the text with the help of Dhardo Rinpoche and introduced Padmavajra to the practice in 1976.

This Guru Yoga involves the transformation of ourselves into Vajrayogini - the archetypal devotee-disciple and then imagining our guru - in this case Bhante - and the trikaya lineage of Padmasambhava, Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha above our heads. We then enter a mood of tremendous faith and devotion whilst repeating a special prayer to attain Enlightenment for the liberation of all beings. Finally, we unite with the guru and dissolve into the light of Great Bliss.

We are offering this weekend in honour of the latest painting that Aloka has made for our shrine room. This is a magnificent Vajrayogini, with Padmasambhava above her head. The painting was made with the Guru Yoga in mind. In inviting you to join us, our wish is for the whole Order to be with us in our worship and dedication. As well as sessions of Guru Yoga, there will also be pujas devoted to Padmasambhava with sessions devoted to the chanting of the seven line prayer to Padmasambhava and two of his mantras, whose recitations are recommended in this practice "to increase devotion".

We are delighted and inspired that we will be holding this weekend and we hope that many of you will join us.

To hear more from Padmavajra, watch this video:

The Programme

We will be live streaming from the Shrine Room, the programme for doing so will be as follows:

Friday 11th:
• 19:30 An introduction to the weekend followed by a
special puja devoted to Padmasambhava.

Saturday 12th:
• 7.00 Led sessions of Guru Yoga followed by Just Sitting
• 11.00 Led sessions of Guru Yoga followed by Just Sitting
• 14:30 A talk over Zoom with Aloka on painting the Dakini image
• 16.30 Questions and Answers with Padmavajra
(Questions regarding the Guru Yoga practice can be emailed to our Guestmaster, before 2 pm, on info@padmaloka.org.uk to be answered by Padmavajra)
• 20.00 Padmasambhava Puja

On Sunday the programme will be as follows:
• 7.00 Led sessions of Guru Yoga followed by Just Sitting
• 11.00 Guru Yoga, Just Sitting followed by concluding remarks and Puja

Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.

Preparing for the Weekend

To make the most out of the weekend we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. You can find some ideas and guidance on being on an online event here: A Guide to Online Events

Giving a Donation

These events are run on a donation basis.

Your donation is an opportunity to be a part of the culture of generosity that sits at the heart of Padmaloka, to help keep that heart alive and thriving, and to contribute towards the short and long term ability of Padmaloka to be able to keep on giving that most precious and essential gift of the Dharma to as many men as possible.

We ask that you give what you can based on your current financial circumstances.

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Retreat Open To: 
Dharmacharis and Dharmacharinis
Retreat Type: 
Open Retreat
Booking Availability: 
Fully Reserved

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