9th – 12th April 2017
with Valentina Schweizer, branch teacher of KMC Switzerland
This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.
Usually this practice is done over two days, with the eight Mahayana precepts being taken at the beginning of each day. On the first day, it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day, we engage in a complete fast abstaining from all food and drink for twenty-four hours. On both days we do three sessions of the puja Drop of Essential Nectar – one first thing in the morning, one before lunch, and one in the late afternoon. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the puja on the second day, provided they take the eight Mahayana precepts on that day.
On each day, before the break of dawn, we begin by taking the eight Mahayana precepts according to the sadhana entitled A Pure Life and then we begin the first session of the sadhana entitled Drop of Essential Nectar.
Valentina is a long time sincere practitionner who dedicates her life to the spread of Kadam Dharma through her job as Education Programme Coordinator in KMC Switzerland, Zürich. She is admired and loved for her joyful and light-hearted way of practicing Buddhism in everyday life.
The retreat starts on the first day with supper at 6pm followed by the introduction at 8.15pm and finishes on the last day with lunch. There will be four sessions with chanted prayers every day. During break times each participant helps with small jobs and there is plenty of time to go for walks and discuss the topics with other practitioners.
During this course all participants observe silence in the morning until lunch. The library and meditation room are silent zones all day.
The course will be held in English, please contact us if you need translation.
Kailash IRC is a non-profit charity and the Retreat Centre, B&B and courses are all run by a few volunteers. Therefore it is common practice during an event at Kailash IRC that every participant helps with some jobs (e.g. chopping vegetables, washing dishes, tidying up etc.) and the final cleaning at the end of the course.
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