Celebrating the Vajrayana
with Christie Cashman
June 5 / 12:00 AM - June 12 / 12:00 AM
The vajrayana teachings are renowned for providing the strongest medicine in times of the greatest confusion. But it’s also during these times that practices such as invoking the deity, resting in the nature of mind, or engaging in sacred perception can feel very remote. Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods “touch the fruition,” and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.
We’ll engage in the practices of Vajrakilaya, White Tara, and mahamudra, and separately practice Werma, ngöndro, Scorpion Seal. The program will include discussions with each group of practitioners, talks and personal interviews with the acharya. Lungs will be given for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s White Tara and The Short Daily Practice of Vajrakilaya by Mipham the Great—more information to follow. Partial attendance is allowed. The program counts toward ngöndro, Werma and Scorpion Seal Assembly requirements.
Discussion topics: Yeshe Tsogyal and the feminine principle; Understanding the Heart Sutra’s message as the basis of vajrayana; the luminosity practice of kyerim; recognizing naked awareness whatever we are doing; relationship with a teacher; remembering our vajrayana training for when we are nearing death; and making direct contact with confusion in order to liberate it. As Tulku Ugyen has said, “The ground is gold, and the path is gold mixed with impurities that are slowly being purified, and the fruition is buddhahood.”