|Date||08/05/2020 - 10/05/2020|
|Time||10:30 am - 5:00 pm|
Sakya Buddhist Centre, 121 Sommerville Rd, Bristol, BS6 5BX, United Kingdom
We will be hosting a three day retreat on Chenrezik, the embodiment of compassion, over the first May Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 8th-Sunday 10th May 2020).
This is a non-residential retreat being held in the peace and seclusion of the Sakya Centre, Bristol.
There will be four sessions each day, following the meditation practice called “The Benefit of Beings that Pervades Space: The Meditation Recitation of the Great Compassionate One” by Tangtong Gyalpo.
To take part fully in the practice you need to have taken refuge and received the relevant reading transmission from Lama Jampa Thaye, although anyone may sit in on a session, which includes a period of quiet meditation.
Meditation on Chenrezik helps us to develop compassion – defined in Buddhism as the wish for others to be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
The composer of this particular Chenrezik practice, Tangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464), was a great Buddhist master, and an emanation of Chenrezik and Padmasambhava. His extraordinary life story can be read in his biography: King of the Empty Plain: the Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo.
The transmission for this particular Chenrezik meditation practice was given by the (then) head of the Sakya tradition of Buddhism, His Holiness Sakya Trichen on his very first visit to Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling in Bristol in 1978. It has been practised regularly at the Centre ever since, and Lama Jampa has continued to give the transmission, enabling many others to practise it individually also, with the wish to benefit all sentient beings.
If you would like to request a dedication please ask about this on the day or contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to join us for all or any of the sessions – you may commit to one session, one day, or the whole retreat – please just call in as you are able. There will be 4 one-hour sessions each day:
At the end of each day we will recite the prayers wishing for the long-life our teachers.
The Centre will open at 10am and close 5.30pm each day. Please arrive in good time for the start of each session. [Note: the first session will take place upstairs, as the Saturday morning meditation class will be downstairs as usual].
This is a practice retreat – simply an opportunity to meditate together. The explanatory text for the sadhana, by Lama Jampa, will be available to those who have received the reading transmission for the sadhana and wish to learn more about the practice.
Refreshments will be provided, but if you are there for lunch please bring some food to share.
There is no formal charge for the retreat, but donations to help cover the cost of running the Centre would be welcome.