Details:

Date: 12th-20th February

Retreat Leader: Marina Brucet Vinyals

Requirements: To have ideally taken Buddhist refuge and follow the Buddhist path or to have some knowledge of Buddhism and its practices. It is not necessary to have received the Vajrasattva jenang or initiation.

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

Format: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we can currently only offer our group retreats via Zoom. This will continue until we are able to host them onsite once again. When this happens we hope to live stream the onsite retreats online so those who can’t make it to the centre can still join the retreat via Zoom. Therefore, please share how you would prefer to attend the retreat when you complete your booking form so we know how many people to expect on onsite if this becomes possible.

Start and Finish times: The retreat will begin at 7pm on the 12th February and finish at 12:30pm on the 20th February. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after if staying onsite.

Accommodation: Shared 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

“We need a powerful purification practice like the tantric yoga method of Heruka Vajrasattva to destroy both the energy forces of the ignorant mind and the negative actions of body and speech that arise from it.” – Lama Thubten Yeshe

In the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of Vajrasattva is one of the preliminary practices. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to purify using the practice and mantra of Vajrasattva.

There is no negative action that cannot be purified. These negative imprints left in our mind-stream can be purified so that we don’t have to experience the suffering results that would otherwise come, and so we can clear this negative energy out of the way of our spiritual development.

Especially powerful methods are those associated with the deity Vajrasattva and the Thirty Five Confession Buddhas. It is said to be as effective in burning away delusions and negative energy as is a great fire in burning away thousands of acres of forest.

We will follow the sadhana of Heruka Vajrasattva composed by Lama Yeshe, for 4 sessions a day. The retreat will take place in an atmosphere of silence. Daily Lam Rim meditations will be included and prostrations will be done in some sessions.

There will be sessions to explain and clarify aspects of the practice, as well as Q&A sessions, and the retreat leader will give instructions, guidance and personal support to all retreaters.

Suggest Reading

The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT booklet: https://shop.fpmt.org/Vajrasattva-Retreat-Sadhanas-eBook-PDF_p_1220.html

Becoming Vajrasattva, The Tantric Path of Purification, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Wisdom Publications. http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/becoming-vajrasattva

Teachings From the Vajrasattva Retreat, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=243

About the Teacher

Marina Brucet Vinyals was born in Barcelona, Spain. She has completed a six-year full-time study program Masters Program of Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Italy. She studied with great Tibetan lamas such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Jampa Monlam and Khensur Jampa Tegchok, amongst others. She has also completed a one-year individual meditation retreat, amongst others.

She holds a BA and a MA in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology in Immunology from the University of Barcelona, where she also performed postdoctoral studies.

Presently, she combines continual development and meditation retreats with teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy, at both general and specialized levels, with an approach that always takes into account the context and circumstances of Western life.

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You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.

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