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Minling Lotus Garden Vajrayana Retreat 2022

Updated: August 16, 2022

Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
October 12th – November 21st, 2022
Registration begins September 5th, 2022

Minling Lotus Garden is delighted to announce our Fall 2022 program schedule.  After two years without in-person programs, we are overjoyed that Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will again bestow teachings and transmissions to the sangha at Lotus Garden this Fall.  Keeping in mind the long break the entire sangha has had from gathering together for teachings, transmissions and practices, this year’s Vajrayana retreat has been structured to provide a solid basis and support for the sangha to settle together and reconnect with the disciplines of receiving teachings and practicing as a group. We all rejoice in this wonderful opportunity to gather again and receive the nectar-like Dharma from our Guru.

Program Information

Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has said that it is now imperative for the sangha to receive the Vajrayana teachings and, in particular, the Vajrakilaya and protector teachings, oral transmissions, and empowerments. We rejoice that the sangha will be able to gather and receive teachings and transmissions directly from our Guru again after such a long time. After a gap of over two years, it is highly recommended that eligible students commit to the entire retreat in an uninterrupted manner. However, it is permitted to register for individual sections as outlined in the retreat schedule below.

Information on Covid Protocols and Housing Guidelines

This retreat will be held keeping in mind the health and wellbeing of all who attend. Please follow this link to read about our current COVID-19 policy. We would like to encourage all those attending to consider camping as your housing option. This will ensure you have a private space. We are also encouraging as many sangha members as possible to stay on land to keep a good container for the retreat. Rental tent options and limited on-land housing options will also be available at the time of registration. It is also a good time for those who know it will be more suitable to arrange off land accommodations to begin making your reservations. We highly recommend you take into account all health and well-being protocols while staying off land and apply all disciplines of the retreat to your off-land housing accommodations as well.

Practice Intensive Retreat

October 12th – 20th, 2022

Arrival: October 12th – Departure: October 20th

This year, the Vajrayana retreat will begin with a 7-day practice intensive retreat. This meditation retreat will be essential for the sangha so that everyone can settle together with the correct view, motivation, and discipline. Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will bestow teachings on the three realms and samadhi. These teachings will set the foundation of contemplative meditation and serve as preliminaries to the following weeks of Vajrayana teachings and transmissions. Additionally, during this program, Rinpoche will bestow teachings on the profound path of the preliminary practices (ngöndro) in connection with the Ati Zabdön teachings. The daily schedule will include teachings, daily prayers, practice sessions, guided meditation, and contemplation.

On October 20th, 2022, Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will bestow the reading transmission (lung) of Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend. Students who received the teachings of Letter to a Friend from Rinpoche on the Dharmashri Online Portal over the past two years took on the commitment to receive the reading transmission in person, and this is a precious opportunity to receive the transmission.

Retreat Tuition: $720

Who can attend? This retreat is open for all students. It is highly recommended for returning students who will also attend the other sections of the Vajrayana retreat. This practice intensive will give everyone time to settle in and establish the sacred environment for the rest of the retreat.

Vajrayana I Retreat

October 20th – 31st, 2022

Arrival: October 20th – Departure: October 31st

During this 10-day retreat, Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will bestow teachings on the profound and skillful means of the Vajrayana. These teachings will include in-depth and detailed teachings on the creation and completion stages of the Vajrayana practices. Empowerments and transmissions for the protector practices will be bestowed during this retreat. In addition to teachings and transmissions, there will also be liturgy and practice instruction. Protector practices will only be given to approved students who commit to daily sadhana and protectors’ practice.

Retreat Tuition: $990

Who can attend? Returning Vajrayana students and any students interested in beginning Vajrayana practices.

Vajrayana II Retreat – Updated Dates

October 31st – November 13th, 2022

Arrival: October 31st – Departure: November 13th

This section of the retreat is for senior students and those who have completed their Ati Zabdön ngöndro and Vajrasattva practice commitments. During this retreat, Rinpoche will bestow the reading transmission of Yeshe Lama, as well as the empowerment, reading transmission, and teachings on the profound practice of Vajrakilaya.

Retreat Tuition: $1080

Who can attend? Senior students and those who have completed their Ati Zabdon ngöndro and Vajrasattva practice commitments. Those planning to attend Vajrayana II must apply by writing to registration@lotusgardens.org and be approved individually in order to attend.

The Great Chariot – Part 6: Reading Transmission and Teachings – Updated Dates

November 13th – 21st, 2022

Arrival: November 13th – Departure: November 21st

Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will continue with the detailed word-for-word commentary on the most profound and precious text, The Great Chariot by Longchenpa. Over the past two and a half years, sangha members from around the world have been dedicatedly receiving these nectar-like teachings through the Dharmashri Online Portal. We are all incredibly grateful that Rinpoche will continue to bestow teachings on the Karma chapter in person at Lotus Garden.

Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has bestowed extensive teachings on the Dharmashri Online Portal, particularly on The Great Chariot by Longchenpa. Over the course of this cycle of teachings, each student made the commitment to receive the reading transmission in person when it was again possible to do so. During this portion of the retreat, Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will bestow the reading transmission to students who are receiving this cycle of teachings.

Retreat Tuition: $810

Who can attend? Students who have completed the teachings of The Great Chariot Parts 1 – 5 on the Dharmashri Online Portal.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact registration@lotusgardens.org

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