|The following article is from the Spring, 1988 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.|
A seminar on the Tibetan Path of Love and Compassion will be offered at Omega Institute from August 29-September 2.
This retreat will be well disciplined and strict, yet full of joy and freedom; true to the Tibetan traditions, yet requires no previous exposure to Buddhism.
DAY ONE: An introduction to the retreat through purification, creation of an altar and mandala, invocation of one's own Supreme Field of Refuge, guided meditation, offerings, breathing techniques, chanting of the compassion mantra and discussions on Be Here and Prepare for There. Practices introduced in Day 1 are taught throughout the week.
DAY TWO: Day of Silence and Fasting. Silent Mantra, guided meditation for releasing guilt and other impurities, walking meditation, candlelight procession with recitation of mantra to fire ceremony, yoga for sleeping and rising.
DAY THREE: Break of fast and silence, guided meditation on longevity and revitalization using the five elements of earth, fire, water, air, and space, chanting of the Tara mantra, focus on the feminine embodiment of enlightenment.
DAY FOUR: Meditation on revitalization of energy, collection of wisdom, protection, power, and luck.
DAY FIVE: Sunrise incense smoke ceremony for rejoicing, good luck prayer flag and wind horse hoisting for peace in the world, releasing of prayer balloons, concluding ceremony.
Lama Gelek Rinpoche was born in Tibet, into the family of the 13th Dalai Lama. From early childhood he studied at the largest monastic university in Tibet, and continued those studies after fleeing Tibet in 1959. Deeply devoted to his culture and to the enlightenment of all people, he shares his knowledge all over the world, speaks perfect English and leaves a powerful impression.
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