Starts Tuesday evening, January 3 with an introductory talk, 6:30 – 8pm and then there will be 4 sessions each day.
Suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
For the first time at KMC Durban we will be offering the opportunity to engage in this close retreat in which we recite the mantra of the Buddha called Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, 100,000 times. Engaging in such a traditional retreat is a very profound and beautiful practice.
This retreat can be done as an actual close retreat, in which you must take part in at least two sessions a day, or you can participate in the retreat in a less formalized manner as part of your preliminary guide practice of Guru Yoga (to be explained by Gen Jampel in the introductory talk). It is important to attend the introduction if you are wishing to attend any part of the retreat. The first 2 days of the retreat will be guided to help develop the correct minds to enter the retreat, thereafter sessions will be self guided.
As such this retreat is open to all.
The Introduction is included in the monthly membership for all members and member discounts apply for the GUIDED RETREAT SESSIONS.
For those wishing to complete the entire retreat at KMC Durban, please write to email@example.com as soon as possible to reserve your place.
The sadhana The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra will be used in the retreat sessions. This prayer booklet is available for purchase from the BOOK SHOP at KMC Durban.
Please arrive at least 15mins before the beginning of a session.
Meals are not provided. Please bring your own vegetarian meals if you wish.
Introduction (3 Jan) :6:30 – 8pm
Session 1: 9 – 10:30am
Session 2: 11:30 – 1pm
Session 3: 3:30 – 5pm
Session 4: 6:30 – 8pm
For daily variations in session schedule please see CALENDAR
Following is some helpful inspiration on this retreat:
At the 2022 NKT-IKBU International Spring Festival in Malaga, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong shared an important instruction from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He asked Gen-la Dekyong to give the transmission and commentary of the mantra of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, suggesting to practitioners of all New Kadampa Tradition centers to engage in retreat to collect 100,000 recitations of this mantra, as well as 10,000 Vajradaka mantras with burning offerings.
Gen-la Dekyong explained how this mantra is the very essence of the guru yoga of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. By reciting this mantra with faith, a pure motivation of compassion, and strong conviction in the law of cause and effect we will place very strong potentials within our mind to easily accomplish all spiritual attainments. Venerable Geshe-la said, “This is magical.”
This year you will have the opportunity to fulfil Venerable Geshe-la’s request and join a Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka counting retreat at KMC Durban. Not only will you receive great benefit for yourself, but as Venerable Geshe-la said, this retreat is a wishfulfilling jewel for the development of Kadam Dharma internationally.