Date: 4th to 13th August

Retreat : First Evening Introduction with Andy Wistreich. Retreat is Group Lead.

Requirements: In order to attend this retreat you must have taken the Kurukullā empowerment.

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: Onsite at Land of Joy

Accommodation: Accommodation: Land of Joy wishes for everyone who visits the centre to feel welcome, accepted, safe and secure. Our accommodation options are very limited, with mostly single sex shared accommodation and only one single room (which is sometimes needed by volunteers). This means single accommodation can only be offered to those who need it the most, but still won’t always be available. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Please read the relevant sections of the booking form carefully.

About the Retreat

This will be an approximation/nearing retreat with a daily sadhana practice based on the sadhana Meditation on Kurukulla, composed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with mantra recitation. The mantra will be recited during the retreat but it is up to you whether it is counted or not. Choosing between common and uncommon requirements is up to the practitioner, and their meaning and context will be explained.’ For those who complete the mala count of, 100,000, there will be a Dorje Khandro offering on the last day.

The aim of the retreat is to co-support practitioners in gaining confidence and experience on their path to actualising Kurukullā as a yidam. There will be shared discussions and Q&A’s in an open and inclusive way to provide a safe space to strengthen our individual practice.

You will need to bring;
  • Two Malas; One is your retreat mala (preferably red), which should have its own small bag and be left in the Gompa throughout the whole retreat; The other is for doing your other practices.
  • Dorje and Bell are needed, but the Damaru is optional.
  • Your inner offering (or bring a small jar with alcohol so that we can add an inner offering pill into it).
  • Black sesame seeds – optional for Dorje Khandro offering on the last day
About Kurukullā

Kurukullā (Skt. kurukullā, Tib. ku ru ku lle or rig byed ma) is a female meditational deity in Tibetan Buddhism traditionally associated with subjugation, enchantment, and exerting power over others (Skt.vaśīkaraṇa, Tib. dbang), concepts that are popularly subsumed under the term magnetising in Western Buddhism.

Kurukullā is referred to as the Buddhist Deity of love and enchantment due to her connection with transforming amorous desire. The Kurukullā subjugation practices are categorised as one of The Four Enlightened Activities (Skt. caturkarman, Tib. phrin las rnam bzhi).

The other activities include pacifying, enriching, and destroying. Güzin will be presenting Kurukullā’s iconography and historical roots to contextualise her practice, provide information on the root tantra and its main lineages and provide a detailed commentary on the stages of the sadhana practice.

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