Lojong Practice Retreat–
Open to Rigpa Mandala students and other experienced Buddhist practitioners. .
If you are looking to deepen the practice of lojong in a profound and sacred environment of retreat, this seven-day practice retreat in Lerab Ling is the perfect opportunity. Following a weekend of teachings on the Seven Points of Mind Training by Ling Rinpoche, this retreat is ideal for those who have been studying lojong in the All-Encompassing Path, but is open to anyone in the Rigpa sangha or other buddhist students who have experience with meditation and compassion practices.
This event follows a weekend of teachings on Lojong with Ling Rinpoche (11-12 May). You can save 20% on the Lonjong Practice Retreat fees if you join the two events. Choose the event Ling Rinpoche and Lojong Practice Retreat while registering online…More info about the weekend with Ling Rinpoche
Guided by senior Rigpa instructors, including those who have designed and led All-Encompassing Path lojong studies, this retreat will focus on the main lojong practice of tonglen, in which we give away happiness through love and take on suffering with compassion. Beginning with ourselves, tonglen is an exceptional means for healing and transformation, and most importantly, it works directly on overcoming self-grasping and self-cherishing, which are the root of all confusion and pain.
Tonglen is the quintessence of the training in bodhichitta and brings together the practices of meditation, loving-kindness, compassion and the absolute view of the nature of reality. Countless masters and saints of the past have accomplished this practice in retreat, and with one voice they have praised it as indispensable for the path of awakening.
In this retreat, which will be the first of its kind ever offered in Rigpa, time will be set aside to establish all the elements of this practice through meditation sessions, guided loving-kindness and compassion practices, as well as contemplation and meditation on emptiness, or absolute bodhichitta. There will be extended periods of silent retreat, as well as opportunities to clarify questions with instructors and share our practice experience with our peers. We will also have the chance to apply the powerful lojong slogans during the breaks between practice.
Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche reminds us of the benefit of practice retreat like this: "You all do wonderful things called retreats and seminars and different kinds of transmissions and teachings. If, however, they have not been driven in the direction of weakening and overcoming self-cherishing, then there is not much point [...] It is merely a spiritual entertainment.”