• The practice is done in conjunction with visualization.
• Mantra recitation and use of the four opponent powers of purification
• Learn more about regret powers, reliance, the antidote, and commitment.
2022 has again been a year of challenges for many people. Vajrasattva is a purification practice, common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The practice is done in conjunction with visualization, recitation of mantras and the application of the four opponent powers of purification (the skillfully applied powers of regret, reliance, the antidote and commitment).
According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Chenrezig Institute: ‘Vajrasattva practice is so important generally, and especially nowadays in the world , when there is not only global warming and many other problems. There are so many other dangers of war and sickness, cancer and covid and so many people you know are dying. There are so many illnesses and other conditions for dying.’
This retreat, scheduled between Christmas and New Year, is a perfect opportunity to reflect upon the past year, to purify our mistakes and look forward to 2023 with positivity.
As well as meditation sessions, an explanation of the Buddhist path will be given, including how to lessen our disturbing states of mind, the source of so many of our unskillful actions. There will also be time set aside for question and answer. Some experience of deity meditation is preferable but not essential.
WHO IS THE CHENREZIG INSITUTE
Chenrezig Institute is a Buddhist study, retreat and meditation centre perched on the edge of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia. We are tucked away in a rainforest setting, seven kilometres from the township of Eudlo.
The centre was founded in 1974 by
Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It was one of the first
Tibetan Buddhist centres established in the western world and remains
one of the largest. It is a registered non-profit organisation
affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana
Tradition (FPMT), a group of over 150 Mahayana Buddhist centres worldwide.
centre is home to a Tibetan Lama, resident nuns and monks, and a
community of lay students, volunteers, and guests. A range of secular
and Buddhist programs are offered, through which people’s minds and
hearts can be transformed for the benefit of others.