Enriching Our Lives: Blessings and Magic

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Centre: Dechen Chöling
Date:
Sunday 3 November 2019 (16:00 -22:00)
Sunday 10 November 2019 (08:00 -09:00)
Teacher : Walker Blaine
Contact person : Shambhala Dechen Chöling
Programme Price A : €330
basic food and accomodation per night to be added to the program price: €40
Come join us for a week-long exploration of the power of magnetizing energy, the magic of gathering blessings and the lineage roots of the Shambhala tradition. Taught in English.Translation upon request.

Come join us for a week-long exploration of the power of magnetizing energy, the magic of gathering blessings and the lineage roots of the Shambhala tradition. Throughout the week, we will have practice sessions along with morning talks on the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage and the Shambhala lineage tangka as we explore the meaning of the lineage of Sakyongs.

In afternoons we will look at Great Clouds of Blessings*, also known as “The Magnetizing Chant,” one of the most popular short practices in the Nyingma tradition. Each session we will do the chant several times, look at it in detail, and explore the purpose of magnetism in the context of the Shambhala teachings and Buddhism in general.  

During the retreat we will also have short talks on and practice of lhasang, one of the main rituals in Shambhala for gathering lineage blessings.

These topics are relevant to all levels of practitioner. During the week, our main practices will be White Tara and sitting meditation.

* Great Clouds of Blessings was composed by the Sakyong’s predecessor, Jamgön Mipham the Great [1846-1912]. It invokes nine wisdom deities, or dralas, of magnetizing, and requests them to add auspiciousness to situations by enriching them and making them more powerful. In doing chants like this, we invoke principles of enlightenment - in this case, virtuous magnetism, compassion, discriminating awareness, and other forms of the warmth of the human heart - to awaken those qualities in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us. Great Clouds of Blessings was added to the daily chants at Shambhala Mountain Center in 2001 in order to help complete the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, and later became part of the daily chants at all land centers and dzongs as a way to invisibly share the magic of the lineage with the others. The chant is often used in the Tibetan tradition, particularly in Nyingma lineage daily practice, at the start of important dharma events, on pilgrimage, and at times when one wishes to accomplish a worldly goal that requires good connections to arise.

Practical

Arrival day (Sunday November 3): You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm. Orientation talk at 8 pm.

End of programme (November 9): Banquet in the evening.

Departure day (Sunday November 10): You may leave anytime (no programme). You're welcome to stay for lunch.

This programme is taught in English. Free translation into French or other languages to be confirmed. Important: Translation services are possible only if you register your request at least two months in advance of the programme.