Celebrating the Vajrayana
with Christie Cashman
September 13 / 7:30 PM - September 19 / 8:00 PM
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 five-day 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 practices such as 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.
We will discuss such topics as: 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; making direct contact with confusion in order to liberate it; and remembering our vajrayana training when we are nearing death. 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.”
Prerequisites: All those who have been to a Sacred World Assembly, Rigden Abhisheka, or Scorpion Seal Assemblies are welcome. Vajrayana students who have not attended one of these programs but wish to attend should email the Program Manager with more information.