Each day will begin and end with sessions of Vajrakilaya practice, including a daily ganachakra (tsok offering). At 11:00 and 2:00 each day Rinpoche will teach on the Six Perfections and offer Bodhisattva Vows on the last day. The detailed schedule can be found below.
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.
Teachings on the Six Perfections (Sk. Paramitas) – The Bodhisattva Path
The Six Perfections are bodhicitta, the cause of Buddhahood, in action. They comprise the training of a bodhisattva and thus serve as an essential guide for Mahayana Buddhist practitioners. In Sanskrit, paramita means “perfection.” The Tibetan translation literally means “gone to the other shore,” and indicates transcendence of mental fixations concerning a subject, objects, and actions. Rinpoche will address each of the perfections during the week and at the end will bestow the Bodhisattva Vows.
The retreat will be held in Medaille Hall on the Nazareth College campus, 4245 East Ave, Pittsford (Rochester) NY. The campus is conveniently located near restaurants and hotels. In addition, Nazareth college dormitory suites are available for those coming from out of town – please see Accommodations below to reserve a bed or room.
Each day will begin and end with Vajrakilaya practice, enabling a full recitation of all sessions normally included in a sangdrup (retreat). In addition, Rinpoche will teach on the Six Perfections – one session in the morning and one session in the afternoon.
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 15-20 minutes before the sessions you are attending. 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.
August 5 – 10:00 AM Registration & check-in opens / 2:00 PM Vajrakilaya Empowerment
August 6-9 – 9:00 AM Kilaya, 11:00 Six Perfections / 2:00 Six Perfections, 4:00 Kilaya August 10 – 9:00 AM Kilaya, 11:00 Bodhisattva Vows / 2:00 Final Kilaya Ganachakra
!! PRE-REGISTRATION IS A MUST !!
COST This year we are offering registration on a sliding scale. The lowest amount listed is required, the upper amount listed is a suggestion. Please be as generous as possible so we can cover the considerable expenses incurred in bringing a program like this to Rochester – travel, food, translation, site rental, set-up expenses.
Full program $225-$350—all sessions plus Empowerment and Bodhisttva Vows
Six Perfections $210-$325 —all teaching sessions plus Bodhisattva Vows
Per day $65 — includes all sessions in one day
Vajrakilaya Empowerment $50 — August 5
Bodhisattva Vows $50 — August 10
Registration after July 22nd — add $25
Some scholarships are available. If you would like to attend this retreat and need financial assistance to do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with you to make sure you can attend.
Nazareth College Dormitory rooms are suites that house four people: two single beds per room, two rooms per suite, all sharing one bathroom. The beds are $27/night + a linen charge of $18. If you bring your own bedding you don’t need to pay the linen charge. Reserve here:
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It is traditional in any Buddhist practice to make an offering of something precious, usually gold, silver, or money to the teacher as a representative of the Three Jewels. Your registration fee includes an offering for Rinpoche, his attendants and translator. These offerings are set at modest amounts to keep registration fees to a minimum in order to facilitate the attendance of as many practitioners as we can. There will be an opportunity at the end of the final ganachakra (tsok, or feast offering) on August 10th to make personal offerings. If you will not be here on that day, you can make your offerings at the last session before you leave.
It is said that a person who supports another practitioner in retreat earns the same merit as the person doing the retreat. If you are unable to participate in the retreat, but would like to make a make an auspicious connection to Rinpoche and the other participants, you can:
Make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of airfare for Rinpoche, Lama BuNima, Ani Samten, the translator, or to sponsor another sangha member’s participation. You may dedicate the merit to someone of your choosing or in memory of a family member or friend. The donor’s name and who it is for will be placed on the shrine for the duration of the retreat and the merit gratefully dedicated. Donations may be sent to White Lotus Buddhist Center, PO Box 10384, Rochester, NY 14610 or made at the Center or at the retreat site.
Offer to help with set up and take down, registration on site and other support work. If you are able to offer this kind of support, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you!