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About the Retreat

Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification.

During this retreat we will have the opportunity to purify our negativity by engaging in the four opponent powers and the purification practices of Buddha Vajrasattva. Through these practices we can remove both the causes of our future suffering and the obstacles to our spiritual practice.

Since purification is the root of future happiness and spiritual realizations, we should strive to cleanse our mind of delusions and negative karma by practicing the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva. This is a very powerful method of purification.

What is Retreat?

Retreat means that we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreats: physical, verbal and mental.

We engage in physical retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we isolate ourselves from other people, activities, and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions.

We engage in verbal retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically remain silent.

We engage in mental retreat by maintaining mindfulness, conscientiousness and by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger and jealousy from arising.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising even on retreat our mind will not be at peace. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat.  

Retreat Schedule

Saturday 14th

Introduction with Gen Kelsang Mila 09:30 – 10:45

Session 2 11:15 – 12:30

Session 3 14:00 – 15:15

Session 4 15:45 – 17:00

Sunday 15th

 Session 1 09:30 – 10:45 – Guided

Session 2 11:15 – 12:30

Session 3 14:00 – 15:15

Session 4 15:45 – 17:00

Monday 16th

Session 1 09:30 – 10:45 - Guided

Session 2 11:15 – 12:30 

Session 3 14:00 - 15:15

16:15 – 17:30 Chanted Prayers Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog


You are welcome to attend all or as many sessions as you wish.

When and where?

VKBC Johannesburg
Colony Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue
Craighall Park
South Africa

Sat 14 Dec 2019 at 9:30 AM (SAST)
Mon 16 Dec 2019 at 5:30 PM (SAST)

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Organiser details

Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre