Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering Retreat

Wed Dec 19, 09:00 - Sat Dec 22, 12:30
Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre


Practicing Guru Yoga sincerely is relying on the Spiritual Guide, the root of the spiritual path. Guru Yoga is an especially powerful method that enables us to receive the blessings of all the Buddha’s and greatly increases our store of merit. Guru Yoga is a special method for receiving the blessings of all the Buddha’s and Holy Beings and making mandala offerings is a special method to accumulate a vast amount of merit (positive karma/energy). Developing faith in our Spiritual Guide is like the sun shining on the snow mountain of our Spiritual Guide causing the water-like blessings to pour into our consciousness. Our mind is like a field. Purifying negative karma and accumulating merit are like clearing the field of obstructions and fertilizing it, and meditating on the stages of the path is like sowing good seeds. However, these seeds will grow into a harvest of realizations only if they are watered by a rain of blessings from the Yidams and Buddha’s. Practicing Guru Yoga is the means by which we receive these blessings.

Offering the Mandala is the best method to free ourselves from future poverty and to create the cause for rebirth in a Buddha’s Pure Land. In general ‘mandala’ means ‘universe’, but a literal translation is ‘taking the essence’ (of our precious human life). By making mandala offerings we lessen our attachment to worldly enjoyments and possessions and we accumulate a vast amount of merit. As a result we experience a gradual increase of our enjoyments, wealth, and good conditions. Our temporary wishes will be fulfilled and finally we will attain our ultimate goal, full enlightenment. If we wish to experience these benefits we should familiarize ourselves with the practice of offering the mandala. Read more in ‘New Guide to Dakini Land’.

Retreat Timetable:

                           Wed 19th                                       Thurs 20th                          Friday 21st                        Sat 22nd             

Session 1:        09:00 – 10:15                              09:00 – 10:15                09:00 – 10:15                  09:00 – 10:15

Session 2:        11:15 – 12:30                              11:15 – 12:30                11:15 – 12:30                 11:15 – 12:30

Heart Jewel:    12:30 – 12:50                              12:30 – 12:50               12:30 – 12:50              

Session 3:        14:30 – 15:45                              14:30 – 15:45               14:00 – 15:15              

Session 4:        16:30 – 17: 45                             16:30 – 17: 45             18:30 – 19: 45 (WFJ with Tsog)

Attendance:  It is possible to attend a single retreat session or as many sessions as you wish.

Recommended study: The relevance of this retreat in our life? Who and what is a Spiritual Guide? What is merit? What do I need to know for this Retreat? Guru Yoga in ‘Modern Buddhism’, ‘Joyful Path of Good Fortune’, ‘New Meditation Handbook’, ‘Great Treasury of Merit’ and also ‘New Guide to Dakini Land’, ‘Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra’


Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering Retreat
Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre
Shop #SO12, The Colony Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Craighall, 2024, South Africa
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