The New Essence of Vajrayana Retreat

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The New Essence of Vajrayana

with Gen Kelsang Chokyan

**This event is for those who have received the Empowerment of Heruka Body Mandala or who plan to receive it at this year’s International Summer Festival.

In this weekend retreat, Gen Chokyan will give the oral transmission and guide meditations on the practice of The New Essence of Vajrayana.

The New Essence of Vajrayana is a special middling length self-generation sadhana, or ritual prayer for spiritual attainments, that distills the very essence of the body mandala practice of Heruka, the manifestation of the compassion of all Buddhas. This sadhana was composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche based on instructions from previous great scholars and lineage Gurus.

The body mandala practice of Buddha Heruka, the manifestation of the compassion of all Buddhas, is the very essence of Buddha’s Tantric teachings. By engaging in this practice we will quickly receive the powerful blessings of Buddha Heruka, and through this easily develop and make progress in all the stages of the Tantric path leading to full enlightenment.

We can improve our understanding of and faith in this special practice through sincerely studying the books The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra and Essence of Vajrayana, as well as the The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala chapter in the book Modern Buddhism, which are all available from Tharpa Publications.

6:30–8:30pm Introduction Talk followed by The New Essence of Vajrayana with Tsog

9:30–11am Session 1
11:45am–1pm Session 2
2:15–3:30pm Session 3
4–5:30pm Session 4

8–9:30am Session 5
12–1:30pm Session 6

$50/full retreat

Free for Supporting Members

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Chokyan, Meditation Teacher in AlbuquerqueGen Kelsang Chokyan is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. He has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 18 years and teaches with warmth and enthusiasm, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our daily life.


**This class is available IN-PERSON and ONLINE**