HELD AT KAMALASHILA TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTRE 27 December 2022 - 1 January 2023
The Healing and Purification Retreat commenced at Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre with Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe. On the first day Khenpo la gave the attendees the Vajrasattva transmission, teachings and practice.
The auspicious Medicine Buddha Day according to the Tibetan calendar fell on day three of the retreat. Khenpo la gave the Medicine Buddha Transmission to a full gompa of devotees that morning. Khenpo la said we take this transmission to practise Medicine Buddha to help those with physical and mental sickness. It was a truly moving ceremony, giving those participating the means to really help others. Khenpo la gave two days of teachings on this practice.
During the retreat we learned of the sad passing of our beloved Guru Vajradhara Luding Khenchen Rinpoche. Led by Khenpo la, sangha offered hundreds of light offerings and recited Guru Devotion Prayers. On the final day of the retreat, we took the prayer text of the Prayer to the Exalted Guru, the late Luding Khenchen Dharma King Known as ‘Rain Blessings’ written by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and we recited this a number of times. Sangha members were offered a copy to take home to recite.
We owe everything to our precious Teachers. His Eminence is an incredible example to us of how to live one’s life, completely selflessly helping all beings always.
At the conclusion everyone remarked how the experience at this retreat was very warm and profoundly moving. We thank Khenpo la for his incredible teachings during retreat and giving us all guidance at this time.