This is the residential aspect of the Guru Yoga weekend for all Dharmacharis led by Padmavajra at Padmaloka
Bhante was introduced to this practice by the Venerable Khachu Rinpoche at the time of receiving the Padmasambhava abhishekha. He made his own translation of the text with the help of Dhardo Rinpoche and introduced Padmavajra to the practice in 1976.
This Guru Yoga involves the transformation of ourselves into Vajrayogini - the archetypal devotee-disciple and then imagining our guru - in this case Bhante - and the trikaya lineage of Padmasambhava, Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha above our heads. We then enter a mood of tremendous faith and devotion whilst repeating a special prayer to attain Enlightenment for the liberation of all beings. Finally, we unite with the guru and dissolve into the light of Great Bliss.
In inviting you to join us, our wish is for the whole Order to be with us in our worship and dedication. As well as sessions of Guru Yoga, there will also be pujas devoted to Padmasambhava with sessions devoted to the chanting of the seven line prayer to Padmasambhava and two of his mantras, whose recitations are recommended in this practice "to increase devotion".
We are delighted and inspired that we will be holding this weekend and we hope that many of you will join us.
Details and Timings
The weekend starts at 6:30pm with dinner on the Friday and finishes after the clear-up on the Sunday at about 2:30pm.
Health and Hygiene
It is vital that you don't come on retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, loss or change of smell or taste, a temperature, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms; or if you have been in contact with anyone who has within the past 14 days.
We ask that you take two Lateral Flow Test, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting.
If you haven't taken one by the time you arrive at Padmaloka, we will ask you to do one upon arrival and you will have to wait for the result before entering the buildings.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.
In coming on retreat you agree to observe measures laid out in our coming on retreat page here: Coming on Retreat
We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will still remain a risk to those who attend; please consider this when coming on retreat.
A Dana Event
There will be a dana appeal at the end of the retreat where you will have the opportunity to support Padmaloka with a donation.
People often want to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates used in the past on a weekend retreats, the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £109
• Concession: £68
• Unwaged: £48
These retreats will have higher running costs than ordinary retreats due to the restricted number of attendees, as well as the extra hygiene precautions we are taking to ensure the safety of all those involved; so we ask that you give as generously as you can to support Padmaloka through the Covid-19 pandemic.
There will be an opportunity to donate on the last day, or you can do so any time online, but please be aware that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Vajrayogini by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room