By practicing Dharma there, it will be a place of extraordinary benefit to oneself and others.
These were his words, which he shared with all his students in a letter before he left for Nepal.
And at the beginning of the 2020 Summer Course, in the advice that H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave us via WhatsApp, he said very clearly that we were very fortunate to have been in the Dharma for many years and to have received many precious teachings and initiations from high teachers. We had read so many Dharma books - but without practice we cannot attain liberation and so now was really the time to practice, do retreat and gain experience as much as possible.
Thus, both of our Rinpoches have given the advice and instruction that we should do retreat as much as possible.
Unfortunately, the Sangha House could not be finished as a retreat place until now, so we could not offer a longer retreat. But fortunately it is now gradually getting ready so that we can start offering longer retreats next year.
In general, learning, reflecting, and meditating are essential for a Buddhist practitioner. Of these three, meditation is the most important.
An example from history is Buddha Shakyamuni, who practiced in solitude for six years and then attained Buddhahood.
In the past, the realization of all Indian yogis, yoginis and mahasiddhas came from practicing in retreat. The same is true in Tibet, where all yogis, yoginis and mahasiddhas also attained enlightenment through meditation in retreat.
Especially in our Kagyupa lineage, which is called the practice lineage, it is extremely important to practice in retreat.
Without retreat, it is very difficult for us to have experiences. Therefore, once a year, if possible, we should practice in retreat for a month or at least a week. This is really necessary.
For us, it is best to do retreat in a group.
These are the reasons why it is so important for us to practice in retreat.
- The following retreats are offered:
- 14 days of White Tara practice. The short text of Tenga Rinpoche will be used. We will focus mainly on the creation and completion phases. Prerequisite: Tara empowerment.
- 14 days of Bardo Training. Prerequisite: Bardo empowerment.
- A 16-day Nyungne. That is, 8 Nyungne in a row. Prerequisite: Chenrezig empowerment.
- 14 days "Four Objects of Mindfulness". Anyone can participate, including people who have not taken refuge.
- 14 days of individual retreat. During the sessions everyone does their own practice, everything else is done in the group as in the other retreats.
I will be leading the retreat and will be present so that you can contact me with questions and I can support you.
No television, internet, cell phone or radio are allowed during the retreat. No drugs, no alcohol, no meat. You also cannot go shopping or have coffee in a restaurant.
Of course, it may be necessary in case of emergency, but otherwise it is not allowed to drive away.
Whoever has time and interest to do so is very welcome.
Many Tashi Deleg,
Lama Ngawang Tsultrim
Retreats will be held regularly each year on specific dates.
For 2022 the following dates are planned:
|Saturday,||05.02.||-||Saturday,||19.02.||Four Objects of Mindfulness (*)||cancelled|
|Saturday,||12.03.||-||Saturday,||26.03.||Individual Practice||see new date|
|Saturday,||07.05.||-||Saturday,||21.05.||White Tara Practice|
|Saturday,||28.05.||-||Saturday,||11.06.||Individual Practice||new date|
|Friday,||30.09.||-||Monday,||17.10.||Eight Nyungne (**)|
We are very sorry, but due to the pandemic situation the first two retreats cannot take place as planned.
(*) For the retreat "Four Objects of Mindfulness" you can shorten the duration to one week.
(**) Single Nyungnes can be done.
The other retreats last 2 weeks each.
A retreat will only take place if at least 4 participants register.
All weekend courses that have otherwise taken place, such as the Losar Mönlam or the Mahakala Puja at Christmas shall continue to take place, the retreats will be offered in addition.
Details about costs, accommodation and meals will be announced later in another newsletter.
The current corona rules and regulations for Belgium must be strictly followed.
This should happen 3 months before the retreat will start.
We hope that we have aroused your interest with these manifold, precious and very special offers, and we hope and look forward to numerous feedbacks.
With best wishes for the new year and warm regards,
Your team from BPL