General Information about the Retreats in Allmuthen by Lama Ngawang Tsultrim

Advice by Lama Ngawang Tsultrim as given in his letter from 2022.

"Dear Sangha,

mila2In the very beginning, on November 8, 1998, when Tenga Rinpoche decided to establish Benchen Phuntsok Ling, he wrote to his students:  The intention or goal of buying a center is that everyone who has time can do retreat there for a few weeks or months, and that it will be a permanent place for summer courses in the summer. In the further future, courses on general Buddhist teachings and personal practice are planned, which will include the gradual path of the four preliminary practices, the practice of the creation and completion stages of the yidam (Kyerim/Dzogrim), the six yogas of Naropa, and the path of Mahamudra.
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.

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.


In the Ten Wheels Sutra of Kshitigarbha it says: I have given you all the methods and profound teachings. You are now in a position to reflect on them and must practice. If someone does not meditate but only listens to the teachings, he is like a sick person who has been given good medicine but has not taken it. He will not get well, but will continue to suffer.
The Karma Classification Sutra says, "Those who sit in retreat and practice samadhi attain benefits many times greater than those who practice generosity by filling all three realms of living beings with offerings. Therefore, it is much more powerful to practice emptiness for one session in retreat than to spend one's whole life offering material gifts.
In the Ten Wheels Sutra of Kshitigarbha it says: Listening to the Dharma for an entire age, reading the Dharma, copying the Dharma, teaching the Dharma, reciting the Dharma, is of great benefit-but one day of serious practice in retreat is more powerful for accumulating merit.

These are the reasons why it is so important for us to practice in retreat.
Before starting the retreat, it is necessary to arrange one's daily life well and make arrangements so that one does not have to deal with anything during the retreat. Likewise, one should think about all the private things that one will need during this time. When the retreat starts, this must have been taken care of so that you are free from it and the retreat is not disturbed.

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"

Here you will find the dates:    Retreats in 2024 -- Allmuthen


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