At the request of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche White Lotus will again sponsor a Vajrakilaya Drubpa (retreat) in June 2014.
Vajrakilaya is known as the Swift Destroyer who dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners. He embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas, and his practice is famous for destroying the forces hostile to compassion especially in this difficult era.
The positive energy gathered from reciting the mantra of the deity for five days as a group is one of the most efficacious and profound means for purifying negative karma and amassing merit and wisdom. Through the power of awareness the afflictive emotions collapse and this collapsing is revealing of their true nature, primordial wisdom. This collapsing or transformation is the wrathful deity. In addition, the benefits from engaging in this practice together are not limited to the participants of the retreat, but spread a positive influence over the entire physical locale as well as the inhabitants of the region, the country, and the whole world, becoming the cause for harmony, prosperity, joy and ultimately, liberation for all beings.
Venerable Lama Thubten Nima will give the empowerment and lead the Vajrakilaya drubpa. He was born in Tibet in 1965, took refuge vows from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and trained at Gar Monastery and under several other Tibetan masters. He came to the United States in 2002 and currently serves as chant master for all Garchen Rinpoche centers in America and as visiting Lama to Rinchen Choling in Los Angeles. For a more complete biography go to https://www.garchen.net/teachers.html
Registration & General Information
The drubpa this year will take place at White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave, Rochester, NY. Space is limited so be sure to register early! We will make every effort to provide places in local sangha homes for out of town participants to stay. A list of nearby hotels and B&B’s can be found below. To inquire about lodging or any other questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an open retreat; participants may come and go as their schedules permit. If you are participating part-time, plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the sessions you are planning to attend. Part-time participants are encouraged to reduce unnecessary distractions during the week as much as possible in order to maintain a high level of focus on the practice.
Schedule Wednesday, June 4 2:00-5:00 pm Registration check-in 7:00 pm Empowerment, retreat begins
Thursday, June 5 – Monday, June 9 Regular Vajrakilaya sessions from 8:00 am-9:00 pm with lunch and dinner breaks.
Tuesday, June 10 Drubpa ends by 12:00 noon.
COST OF RETREAT* Full retreat (incl meals) $265 / Per day (incl meals) $45 / Per session (no meals) $25 *WL members: 10% discount on above prices / Registration after May 20 add $25.
Some scholarships are available. If you would like to attend this retreat and need financial assistance to do so, contact us at email@example.com. We will work with you to make sure everyone who wants to can attend.
Make checks out to White Lotus Buddhist Center and leave in the Donation Box at the center or mail to White Lotus Buddhist Center, PO Box 10384, Rochester, NY 14610.
For payment online: In order to keep retreats such as this affordable for all, please consider becoming a Patron of this retreat at the Bronze ($300), Silver ($350), or Gold ($400) level. Thank you!
Transportation: You can get to Rochester by air, train, bus or car. Airport is Rochester, NY (ROC) – if you send us your arrival information, we will arrange a ride from the airport to the Dharma Center.
Accommodations near White Lotus Buddhist Center: Contact us by email if you would like accommodation in a sangha home. East Avenue Inn & Suites http://eastaveinn.com/ Towpath Motel http://www.towpathmotel.com/ Strathallan Hotel www.strathallan.com Edward Harris House http://www.edwardharrishouse.com/accommodations.htm Comfort Inn www.comfortinn.com/hotel-rochester-new_york-NY357