When:
August 7, 2017 @ 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone
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August Chöd Retreat

August 4-11, 2017: Retreat Closed

August 12-31, 2017: See description and participation requirements below

Three Sukhasiddhi teachers will be completing 15+ years of Sukhasiddhi program participation, during which they have completed the full range practices of the Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat, with a month-long Chöd retreat. This is the traditional ending of the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu three-year retreats, and marks an important completion.  It will be a very special month for Sukhasiddhi.

The teachers would like to share this retreat and its blessings with the Sukhasiddhi sangha, other Chöd practitioners and the community at large, after the first week.  The first week (August 4-11th) will be only  for the Sukhasiddhi teachers, Lamas and lineage students. Starting August 12th, participants are invited to join the retreat pursuant to the requirements below.  Please note: there will be no teachings or guided visualizations provided in this retreat.

The retreat description and requirements for attending are below. To maintain the retreat container over the month while allowing people to come into the retreat is a complex undertaking, so please read carefully and email with any questions.

Daytime Participation (August 12 – 31, 2017)

Each day, from 9am to approximately 5:30pm, an extensive Chöd puja will be done in English (The Source of All Qualities).  This day-long puja is done primarily in three-year retreat, and is an extended version of the  shorter Chöd practice done in the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu traditions. To participate in the retreat during the day, the following prerequisites will need to be met:

  • Participants must have had teachings in the shorter Chöd practice done in the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu traditions
    • This text from the Surmang Tradition was written by the 14th Karmapa and titled: Gyün Khyer Lü Jin Dü Pa Zhug So. It’s abbreviated title is Lü Jin. It is the text that Jamgon Kongtrul wrote the commentary to, in the book titled: Chöd Practice Manual and Commentary. 
  • Participants must have had the Chöd empowerment for the above text.
  • New Requirement: Participants must have had the Six Arm Mahakala (Chagdrukpa) empowerment and teachings on the Druptab text, called The Treasure Vault of Enlightened Activity
  • Participants may come on a daily basis, for any of the days, but a minimum of two days is required (does not need to be consecutive)
    • On their first day of attendance, unless a lineage student at Sukhasiddhi, participants must sit through without a text in order to receive the reading transmission
    • Second day, participants will be given a text to follow.
  • Participants must register for each day they plan to attend by July 25th.  No one can be admitted to the retreat who has not registered for that day.
  • It is a sealed retreat; participants must arrive before the doors are locked at 9am. No one will be admitted that day after the doors are locked.
  • The retreat will be done in silence, but participants may leave the center at breaks and for lunch and dinner (if staying for the evening puja). They will need to return to the center before the doors are locked again.
  • No teachings will be given; however, after a participant has sat through their first day of reading transmission, recordings of Lama Döndrup’s teaching to the lineage students on the text will be available for purchase.

 

Evening Participation (August 12-31, 2017)

Each evening, from approximately 6:30 pm to approximately 9:00pm, times to be confirmed during the first week) a shorter Chöd puja (Gyün Khyer Lü Jin Dü Pa Zhug So, see description above) will be done in Tibetan.  To participate in the retreat during the evening, the following prerequisites will need to be met:

With a text:

– Participants must have had teachings in the Chöd practice done in the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu traditions,

The text was written by the 14th Karmapa and titled: Gyün Khyer Lü Jin Dü Pa Zhug So. It’s abbreviated title is Lü Jin. It is the text that Jamgon Kongtrul wrote the commentary to, in the book titled: Chöd Practice Manual and Commentary. If you have had Chod teachings in another tradition, indicate this on your registration and we will contact you.

– Participants may come on a daily evening basis, but must register for each evening they plan to attend

– Participants must arrive before the door is locked.  Estimated time for locking the door is 6:30 or 7:00 pm; actual time will be determined during the first (closed) week of the retreat and emailed to the registrants. Participants must stay until the end of the puja.

– No teachings will be given.

Without a text

– To sit through the puja as a blessing, all are welcome. But must register for each evening they plan to attend.

Retreat Costs

Participants in the daytime puja will have to pay for the text, which will be approximately $85.  Evening texts may be used during the puja and returned without cost ($20 if purchased). Daytime and evening participants will be asked to make a monetary donation to the tsok for each day and evening attended (approximately $5/per tsok).  Beyond that, there is no charge for the retreat, although donations are always welcome.

Registration Required by July 25th. No admittance to the retreat without registration.

 

Please Contact Us with any questions.