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June 21, 2006

8 day lam-rim retreat

Filed under: Practices — by Sugatagarbha @ 4:55 am

Statue and Pagoda Some great posts here by everybody so far, and this one may not match up to them. But this is some news from Bangalore. Here the local dharma group had a 8 day Lam-rim retreat that ended on Saka Dawa. And as though it was an effect of the ripening of the karma, Kent was kind enough to start this blog for all of us the day the retreat ended.

The retreat was led by Geshe Ngawang Jangchup with the support of the Swiss monk Tenzin Michael and members of our local dharma group. Since most of the members of the dharma group have day time jobs to attend to, Geshe la was kind enough to structure the retreat so that it was possible for us to attend to some of our daily chores in between and get back to the retreat.

The day started around 6 am with the six preliminary practices, followed by refuge meditation. Then there were afternoon sessions on bodhichitta, and prostrations to the 35 Buddhas. The day ended with a dedication based on Shantideva’s chapter 10 from the Bodhisattva way of life. The meditations were interspersed with teaching from ‘Liberation in the palm of my hands’, ‘Words of my perfect teacher’, ‘Bodhisattva way of life’ and many more Tibetan texts that geshe la was kind enough to translate for us. On the first day and the last day (Saka Dawa) we took Mahayana vows as well.

This was the first such retreat attended by me, and really an experience I would cherish for a long time to come. Hopefull there will be more to come…

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6 Comments »

  1. Glad that there are arranged lamrim retreats, I have not seen those happening around here for a while.

    Comment by Kent Sandvik — June 21, 2006 @ 5:16 am |Reply

  2. Yes, Kent. It was a real blessing to have something like this available here in India (and you might think dhrama teachings should be easily available here… )

    Comment by navneetnair — June 21, 2006 @ 1:46 pm |Reply

  3. You know, Navneet, it is so good that retreats can be made to suit our current lifestyle! Better the Dharma you can make it to, than the perfect time you cannot set aside for it.

    Comment by Palani — June 25, 2006 @ 10:08 am |Reply

  4. There was a lam-rim retreat in Bangalore, that’s great !!! I am from Bangalore, interested in knowing about your Dharma Group.

    Comment by Priya — July 26, 2006 @ 7:02 am |Reply

  5. Greetings,

    I’m glad to know Geshe-la is teaching! He is very precious to me, and I’ve only heard sporadically of his ill health over the past year or so, and even that he had taken off his monastic robes perhaps due to some spiritual crisis. This is wonderful news. I have some friends who just returned from India, and I’m hoping that they were able to see him–but I’ve not been able to talk with them yet. If you would be so kind, will you please tell me your impressions of Geshe-la, of his health, his psychological and spiritual well-being?

    Many thanks and blessings,

    Sean

    Comment by Sean Patrick Hatt — August 5, 2006 @ 1:18 pm |Reply

  6. […] we would be starting another lamrim retreat here in Bangalore today. This would be second after the first we had in June last year, and the text we would be following for this is the Lamrim De Lam (Easy path or Path of […]

    Pingback by Another lamrim retreat « Lotus Blooms In the Blog — March 22, 2007 @ 4:31 am |Reply


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