Date: 10th – 17th October 2020

Retreat Leader: Andy Wistreich

Requirements: To have received a Solitary Hero Yamantaka empowerment and be familiar with the generation stage sadhana, ideally having completed the enabling retreat.

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: The retreat will begin at 7pm on the 10th and finish at 2pm on the 17th. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after.

Accommodation: Dormitory beds, twin and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

This retreat is for those who have either attended the July 2019 Yamantaka retreat at Land of Joy, or for others who are accepted following application, by the retreat leader. Either way you will have received the Yamantaka empowerment and be familiar with the generation stage sadhana, ideally having completed the enabling retreat.

Each day will begin with a strong motivating meditation considering the challenges facing sentient beings especially of this planet during these difficult times. The day will include a practice of the long sadhana, strongly emphasising transforming the three states into the three kayas as well as daily sessions of Chi Gong led by Annelies van der Heijden in order to help prepare the gross and subtle bodies for the practices.  

The practices of the completion stage will be the main focus of the retreat. There will be a daily one-hour session for discussion. Each evening will conclude with torma offerings to Dharma protectors and dedications.

This retreat is based on an oral transmission personally received by the retreat leader from Geshe Namgyal Wangchen in 2008, since when Andy has practised these instructions daily, and in short retreats. Instruction in the completion stage practices will be given, but this is simply a sharing of practice with fellow-practitioners, not a commentary and not establishing a guru-disciple relationship with the retreat leader.

However, the sharing of these profound powerful practices is an intimate process, and it is for this reason that those who didn’t attend the July 2019 retreat with Andy need to apply by completing the booking form including stating from whom and when you received the empowerment and then email (with FAO Andy Wistreich at the top of the email) to explain your daily practice and Yamantaka retreat experience. Please also explain why you feel ready to learn the completion stage practices. 

Participants will require the latest edition of the Yamantaka long sadhana as used at Land of Joy. This is available digitally on request from the centre, for download and optional printing.

About the Teacher

Andy has been studying, practising and teaching Dharma in FPMT for almost forty years. During that time he practised Yamantaka daily, completing his first enabling retreat in 1983.

His main teacher Geshe Wangchen gave him oral instructions on all aspects of Yamantaka practice, so his practice is very personally derived from his Guru and his Guru’s Gurus.

He first led a Yamantaka retreat in 2019 when he filled in for Dagri Rinpoche at Land of Joy.