Exploring the Preliminaries Beth
April 27th – May 5th
With Steff Hill & Beth Halford
Have you received precious advice from a teacher who has advised you to complete some preliminary practices, studying a course which requires you to do so, or wish to complete them for another reason but don’t know how to do them or are feeling daunted by the challenge?
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to do these incredibly beneficial practices as well as learning more about why they are so important to complete. We are aiming to cover water bowls, thirty seven heap mandalas, tsa tsa’s, refuge and possibly more depending on how long each takes and which are particularly relevant to people in the group.
Come and join us in the quiet and peaceful environment of Land of Joy to discover these practices which may have so felt out of your reach until now.
Steff Hill has been involved with the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within FPMT since the early 1990s. She holds Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche as one of her root gurus and recently completed all the preliminary practices she received from Rinpoche and Kirti Tsenschab Rinpoche. These included the making of over 300 000 Medicine Buddha tsa tsas as well as a personal month long retreat on this deity at Kopan in the mid 1990s. Steff is currently studying the Basic Programme at London, leads Nyung Nas for both Jamyang London and Land of Joy, and supports the tantric retreat programme and their retreat leaders for Land of Joy. She currently spends her time between Suffolk, London and Northumberland.
Beth first discovered Tibetan Buddhism at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India in 2012 when volunteering there as a Physiotherapist. Since then, she has received many teachings from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as well as attending a number of retreats including the one month November course at Kopan Monastery and her own personal retreat in a remote village in the Nepal Himalayas.
She was incredibly fortunate to complete nearly 100,000 water bowl offerings in Bodhgaya, one of the most powerful places in Buddhism and is currently completing a preliminaries retreat in the Nepal Himalayas.
She appreciates how daunting and difficult it can be to get started and continue these practices as well as finding someone to show how to do them and is therefore looking forward to being able to share what others have so kindly shown her.