Mahamudra – Summer Retreat
22nd – 25th June
“This retreat principally presents the practice of meditation, through which we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the mind. If our mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. So, if we really wish for ourself and others to be happy all the time we must learn to practice meditation. Eventually, through practising Mahamudra meditation we will be able to benefit each and every living being every day. There is no greater meaning than this.
The function of meditation is to give rise to mental peace. The supreme permanent mental peace is enlightenment. What is enlightenment? Enlightenment is the inner light of wisdom that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day. Only human beings can attain this through practising meditation. How fortunate we are!
Meditation is a scientific method to transform human nature from bad to good. Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart. This is the real method to solve our own inner problems – problems of ignorance, depression, anger and so forth – and is also the real method to benefit others practically.
To ensure that our meditation is effective, each meditation practice is presented in two stages: the contemplation and the actual meditation. We should memorise the contemplation and during the meditation session mentally repeat it again and again. Through this we will generate or find the object of the actual meditation. Having found the object we then hold it strongly and meditate on it single-pointedly. This way of meditating is very practical and important, so we should keep this advice in our heart.
In the term ‘Mahamudra’, ‘Maha’ means ‘great’ and refers to great bliss, and ‘mudra’ means ‘non-deceptive’ and refers to emptiness. The actual Mahamudra, therefore, is the union of our own great bliss and emptiness.
The instructions of Mahamudra presented in this retreat are based on Je Tsongkhapa’s oral instructions of Mahamudra, his uncommon instructions of Mahamudra that he extracted from the Garden Emanation Scripture.”
(Adapted from) The Introduction of The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra ‘Second Edition’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
This retreat requires HYT Empowerment or the strong wish to receive it in the future. The closest opportunity to receive Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment is during the NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC in the Lake District, UK.
Retreat schedule will be made public closer to time of retreat.
Vegetarian meals are provided and different kinds of accommodation are available.