This is a special online weekend for all Order Members led 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.
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.
Preparing for the Online Event
To make the most of the event we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. You can find some more ideas and guidance on being on an online event here: A Guide to Online Events
A Dana Event
After the deposit, there will be a dana appeal at the end of the retreat where you will have the opportunity to support Padmaloka with a donation.
People often want to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates used in the past on a weekend retreats, the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £109
• Concession: £68
• Unwaged: £48
There will be an opportunity to donate on the last day, or you can do so any time online, but please be aware that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
Dana gives 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, so please do consider donating what you can based upon your circumstances.
Please Note: Bookings for this event will close midday Thurdsay the 9th
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of 'Vajrayogini' by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room