The much-anticipated 2017 Winter Retreat begins on Tuesday, December 26th!
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th:
Morning Session (10AM to 12PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will teach on the text Rays of Sunlight: A Commentary on the Heart of the Mahayana Teachings by Ayang Thubten Rinpoche. The Heart of the Mahayana Teachings is a concise and clear exposition of Jigten Sumgon’s teachings on the Mahayana path and as such is one of the most precious teachings of the Drikung Kagyu. In this year which commemorates the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of our Incomparable Dharma Lord, we are blessed to receive these teachings from our spiritual director.
Afternoon Session (2PM to 5PM): Drubpon Phuntsok Gyaltsen will lead the 1000-armed Chenrezig Mani Accumulation Practice. This practice is the main practice focus of our Winter Retreat each year. The accumulation of compassion mantras for the benefit of all sentient beings and the practice of the Bodhisattva Chenrezig helps us to look with compassion towards the New Year and dedicate ourselves to the benefit of all sentient beings.
Saturday, December 30th:
Morning Session (10AM to 12PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bless us by conferring the Thousand Armed Chenrezig empowerment.
Afternoon Session (2PM to 5PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bless us with the teaching and oral transmission of the practice of Thousand Armed Chenrezig.
Sunday, December 31st:
Morning and Afternoon Sessions: In commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of Jigten Sumgon, we will practice the Four Session Guru Yoga, led by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin and Drubpon Phuntsok Gyaltsen.
Monday, January 1st:
Morning Session: In conclusion of the retreat, in order to bring the blessings into the New Year and seal the accumulated merit, we will practice a Lama Chodpa with Ganatsakra Feast Offering. All are encouraged to bring something to share in the feast, as well as canned goods to be donated to Frederick Food Bank. This will conclude the Winter Retreat.
Each day there will be a break for lunch from 12PM to 2PM.
Suggested Donation for each day is $30, or $150 for the entire retreat. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Meal donations have been arranged, but those who would like to offer meals or service during the retreat should contact Sue Devall.