Vajrasattva and Lamrim Retreat
|January 13, 2014||to||April 14, 2014|
1-month retreat: January 13 to February 10, 2014
3-month retreat: January 13 to April 14, 2014
Vajrasattva is the manifestation of the purity of body, speech, and mind of all the Buddhas, and Sravasti Abbey offers an opportunity to delve deeply into Vajrasattva’s practice of purification. The 3-month retreat is designed for completing the ngondro practice that includes 111,111 recitations of Vajrasattva’s 100-syllable mantra.
The practice of Vajrasattva is especially effective for purifying negative karmic imprints created by the ten destructive actions, transgressions of precepts, vows, and commitments. The practice entails doing a sadhana (practice text) that includes refuge, bodhicitta, meditation on emptiness, visualization, mantra, Lamrim meditation, and dedication.
Sravasti Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Tibetan tradition, founded by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, who serves as abbess. The Abbey offers an excellent retreat environment: a peaceful setting, a disciplined retreat structure, qualified spiritual guidance, delicious meals, and a supportive practice community.
Admission is by application. Go here for details. Read a letter from Ven. Thubten Chodron to help you consider attending the retreat. Preparation and other details are described under Winter Retreat Instructions on the Abbey website, sravasti.org.