Held at Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre
27 December 2018 - 1 January 2019
“Situated at the foot of Mount Gulaga, perched high above the canopies of the lower forest is this amazing place, Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre. On arrival four days ago, I felt immediately at ease. Such a calming, friendly space.
“Two months ago, I didn't know this place existed. I now feel so privileged to be part of this special moment of sacred teachings. This is where I am meant to be at this time in my life. These lessons, re-enforcing my thought pattern, which has enabled me to get through recent troubled times. The setting is tranquil. Gazing out of the gompa, through the eastern glass doors, the garden offers tranquillity, extending to the surrounding bushland. All students have become one large caring family. I feel at peace.”
Thoughts by Susan who was an attendee at the Healing & Purification Retreat.
The Annual Healing & Purification Retreat concluded on 1 January 2019. Within the first few days, Khenpo la bestowed the Vajrasattva Transmission and began detailed teachings on the practice. Khenpo la taught on the reasoning behind taking the Vajrayana path. If we can help one person that is good enough. There are two ways to help others; One is to stop causing trouble/disturbance to others and Two - Go out and help others in their daily lives. These are the basic principles of a Buddhist Practitioner.
There were continual comments from attendees of how profound and detailed Khenpo la's teachings on Vajrasattva Practice have been. On the third day Khenpo la very kindly gave the Medicine Buddha Transmission and began teachings on Medicine Buddha practice. Such an opportunity! He continued to teach in detail on the Eight Medicine Buddhas.
On the last night of retreat, it was New Year’s Eve and traditionally in this retreat we have a New Year’s celebration. Ani la and Aylar cooked a wonderful meal, and we enjoyed lots of laughs and jokes. A fun night for everyone!
On New Year’s Day Khenpo la offered an elaborate ceremony on a very auspicious day conducive of hanging prayer flags that bless the gompa, the whole dharma property of KTBC, Tilba and beyond. This day was extremely auspicious due to its positive elemental combination. He mentioned specifically that it was extremely fortunate that all of us attending retreat could be a part of this ceremony. It was a most precious and beautiful way to commence the last session of retreat. Thank you Khenpo la!!!
Happy New Year everyone, we hope you have a great year in 2019, in the dharma.