Another great Three Day Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat which included Vajrasattva Practice. Vajrasattva, through visualization and mantra, purifies negative karma.
The surroundings were peaceful, the weather cool with afternoon mist, the food delicious (thanks to Janette, Gumburu’s Chef) and the Teachings, what can you say? Insightful, amazing, delivered with clarity and humour – you had to be there!
19 students attended with a mixture of new and seasoned students, or what Lama Choedak jokingly calls, ‘Repeat Offenders.’
Lama talked about retreating from wrong views and perceptions, retreating from addiction to ego and being free from the inner shackles of ignorance as well as retreating from procrastination, lack of structure and discipline.
Lama spoke about our perceptions of a person. He said it’s as though we put a veil over the other, the veil being our own thoughts, we don’t see the other clearly.
He reminded us of the First Seal of Dharma, that our suffering comes not from the other person, but our wrong view of the other and our own afflictions.
This tags on to the concept of emptiness which Lama spoke about last year.
As always, Lama covered a wised range of topics, including the Buddhist concept mindfulness ‘piloted’ by The Four Seals of Dharma, compared to secular mindfulness which is not necessarily using the Four Seals as a guide. Even weapons, he said can be produced mindfully but of course, not made in relation to the Four Seals.
Numerous students said the mix of Calm Abiding and Vajrasattva was powerful and they were more than glad they came to the retreat.
Next year’s Three Day Retreat is set for 4 – 7 September, put it in your diary, put a note on the fridge, let the boss know you’ll be taking Monday 7th September off!
Here’s some thoughts about the retreat from Megan who hails from Canada:
“Thanks for the great weekend full of learning and enlightenment, Tharlam Ling. The
food was fantastic, the location was serene and the people were amazing. A true eye
opener. I will definitely be a ‘repeat offender’!”