We welcome everyone to share in the merit of this retreat by requesting prayers for yourself, for loved ones or for all the world. The names of those for whom prayers have been requested will be read during this retreat, and will also be recorded in a prayer book on the altar in the Sukhasiddhi shrine room. A donation for these prayers is traditional but optional; see the prayer request form under the donate tab.
Lineage students will be leading an intensive White Tara non-residential practice retreat from August 10 to August 31, 2018, and would like to share this retreat and its blessings with other practitioners and the community at large. White Tara transmits the timeless, non-dual awareness wisdom and increasing vitality and long life. Meditating on her transforms our distorted view of self to reveal the radiant luminosity we truly are.
If you are a vajrayana practitioner and would like to participate in this retrea
1 – You will need to have the White Tara (Drolkar) empowerment and teachings:
if you have had the empowerment, but do not know the practice, recordings of the White Tara teachings will be made available when you register which you will have to listen to prior to the retreat (no teachings will be done in the August retreat, just the practice).
2 – Decide how and when you would like to participate:
The first week will be reserved for practitioners who commit to participating for the whole week August 10-16th, day and evening
After August 16th, practice participants may come on a daily and/or evening basis, on a drop in basis.
If you are not a vajrayana practitioner:
Everyone is welcome to come to the evening practice for the blessings (no text will be provided, but you may sit through the puja)
The retreat description and requirements for attending are below.
Daily Retreat Schedule
9:00 am – noon: White Tara Practice
Noon – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 pm: White Tara Practice
4:15 – 5:15 pm: Gonkar and Mahakala (Chagdrukpa)
6:30 – 8:00 pm: White Tara Practice
Please note: plan to arrive at 8:30am for the daily sessions, center doors will lock at 8:45am; for the evening session, plan to arrive at 6pm; center doors will be locked at 6:15pm)
First Week Participation (August 10-16, 2018): Full Week Committment
Participants commit to day and evening attendance for the full week
Participants must have taken White Tara empowerment and teachings (empowerment will be given on July 28 at 3pm; recorded teachings available)
Participants must have had Chagdrukpa empowerment and teachings to attend the 4:15-5:15 session, and may sit through Gonkar if not had this empowerment and teaching
Second and Third Week Participation (August 17-31, 2018): Drop In Basis
After August 16th, practice participants may come to day and/or evening sessions, on a drop in basis.
Daytime participants must have taken the White Tara empowerment and teachings – see above; and the Chagdrukpa empowerment and teachings for the 4:15-5:15 session.
Evening only participation is on a drop in basis; if not had the White Tara empowerment and teachings, may sit through the practice without a text)
Retreat Costs: The retreat is offered on a donation basis; please offer what you can
First Week: Suggested donation: $140 or what you can offer
Daily attendance after first week:
Daytime: $20 per day (includes evening) or what you can offer
Evening Only: $5.00 per evening or what you can offer
Tsok: There will be tsok on the first day and last day (during the day) only. A $5.00 contribution is requested if you attend the tsok.
Text: There will be a $20 charge for the text (Daily Practice of White Tara composed by Tai Situ Rinpoche)
Each participant will keep track of their own costs and pay them online or by check or cash at the center.
The retreat will be done completely in silence, with no managers. Information on retreat protocol will be emailed prior to the retreat, and there will be a sign at the front desk reminding participants of the process. Cell phones must be off while at the center.
Registration is required. Please register here if you are interested in participating in this retreat. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org