5 Day Retreat with His Holiness

 

His Holiness has very kindly offered the Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation, Yamantaka Initiation and Commentary on the Five Stages of Guhyasamaja Teaching during the Ocean of Wisdom visit for serious Buddhist practitioners.

These will be given during a five-day Retreat style event in the quiet and conducive environment of the Fairmont Resort in Leura, Blue Mountains.

The Guhyasamaja Tantra and its circle of texts changed the face of Tantric Buddhism. It is the fundamental purpose of the Gelukpa Tantric colleges and Tsongkhapa’s Lamp is the foundational guide through this most profound system.

It is of the highest, most esoteric practices of Tibetan Buddhism and His Holiness has said this Initiation and Teaching is suitable for those serious practitioners who have been practicing for at least 5 to 10 years and who have knowledge of the structure of the Buddhist path.

In attending the Initiation and Teaching, participants will be taking His Holiness as their Tantric Guru and this will involve taking Tantric Vows and other life-time commitments. Not following the vows and commitments given can cause obstacles to the life and health of His Holiness, so attendance at this Teaching needs to be taken seriously.

Because of the commitments that need to be kept and the limited number of participant spaces available, we have created a Request to Attend form.

We ask that you provide us with the details as requested, before the 30th April 2014, with spaces being allocated as requests are processed. This will give attendees ample time to prepare for this very special opportunity.

REQUEST TO ATTEND FORM

If you have any problems in downloading the request form, please call our office on (02) 9575 4888 or email info@dalailamainaustralia.org. We will be happy to assist in any way. 

 

The Retreat will be held over the Long Weekend in June 2015.

Friday 5th June – Tuesday 9th June 2015
Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains – NSW

Fairmont Resort overlooks the bush land of the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales - one of Australia’s most treasured wilderness areas.

Located only one-and-a-half-hours drive west of Sydney, Dalai Lama in Australia have secured the entire Resort to ensure a peaceful setting in which to hold such a rare and precious event. We have negotiated special packages for attendees, including the Teaching & Initiation, accommodation and meals.

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PACKAGES

1. Single Room at Fairmont Resort
1 x Teaching & Initiation Attendance Ticket
Including 5 x Morning Tea & Full Vegetarian Buffet Lunch for one person
$1,762.00
6 x Nights Accommodation for one (1) person in a King Bed Room
Including 6 x Full Buffet Breakfast for one (1) person
Check In - Thursday 4th June ’15 / Check Out – Wednesday 10th June ‘15
$1,074.00

TOTAL: $2,836.00
(Monthly repayments over 12months - $236.34)


2. King Share Room at Fairmont Resort
2 x Teaching & Initiation Attendance Tickets
Including 5 x Morning Tea & Full Vegetarian Buffet Lunch for two people
$3,524.00
6 x Nights Accommodation for two (2) people in a King Bed Room
Including 6 x Full Buffet Breakfast for two (2) people
Check In - Thursday 4th June ’15 / Check Out – Wednesday 10th June ‘15
$1,194.00

TOTAL: $4,718.00
(Monthly repayments over 12months - $393.17)


3. Twin Share Room at Fairmont Resort
1 x Teaching & Initiation Attendance Ticket
Including 5 x Morning Tea & Full Vegetarian Buffet Lunch for one person
$1,762.00
6 x Nights Accommodation for one (1) person in a Twin Bed Room
Including 6 x Full Buffet Breakfast for one (1) person
Check In - Thursday 4th June ’15 / Check Out – Wednesday 10th June ‘15
$597.00

TOTAL: $2,359.00
(Monthly repayments over 12months - $196.59)


4. Triple Share Room at Fairmont Resort
1 x Teaching & Initiation Attendance Ticket
Including 5 x Morning Tea & Full Vegetarian Buffet Lunch for one person
$1,762.00
6 x Nights Accommodation for one (1) person in a Triple Bed Room
Including 6 x Full Buffet Breakfast for one (1) person
Check In - Thursday 4th June ’15 / Check Out – Wednesday 10th June ‘15
$438.00

TOTAL: $2,200.00
(Monthly repayments over 12months - $183.34)

5. Teaching Attendance Only – Staying off Site
1 x Teaching & Initiation Attendance Ticket
Including 5 x Morning Tea & Full Vegetarian Buffet Lunch for one person
TOTAL: $1,762.00
(Monthly repayments over 12months - $146.84)


Once your Request to Attend has been accepted, we will provide you with a link through to book your preferred option.

Dalai Lama in Australia will once again be offering attendees the option to make payment over several months, for their tickets and preferred accommodation option. Further information will be notified when booking for the Retreat.


NOTE FOR ORDAINED SANGHA:

This is such a unique Teaching and one proposed by His Holiness himself for his next visit. We always imagined that the majority of the participants would be Sangha due to the high level of the Teaching being given as well as the request from His Holiness that the numbers be kept small. As a consequence, we would be unable to put the Teaching on without payment from all attendees. We have been very mindful of the price and of the financial capabilities of attendees such as Sangha and we have used our best endeavours to keep costs as low as we can. The ticket price of $1500 is a simple flat price for everyone who wishes to attend the Teachings and to lessen the overall cost, Sangha can choose to stay off site also. As usual, we will also be offering Morning Tea & Lunch to all ordained Sangha over the 5 days, at no charge.

6. Sangha- Single Room at Fairmont.
Teaching Attendance Ticket
6 x Nights Accommodation in a Single Room
6 x Full Buffet Breakfast
5 x Morning Tea & Full Buffet Lunch
$1500 – ticket / $1074 – accom with breakfast/ $262 – f&b
TOTAL: $2,836.00 (- $262 for f&b)
NEW TOTAL: $2,609.24 (includes $35.24 Admin Fee)

7. Sangha- Twin Share Room
Teaching Attendance Ticket
6 x Nights Accommodation in a Twin Room
6 x Full Buffet Breakfast
5 x Morning Tea & Full Buffet Lunch
$1500 – ticket / $597 – accom with breakfast / $262 – f&b for Retreat
TOTAL: $2,359.00 (- $262 for f&b)
NEW TOTAL: $2,132.24 (includes $35.24 Admin Fee)

8. Sangha- Triple Share Room
Teaching Attendance Ticket
6 x Nights Accommodation in a Triple Room
6 x Full Buffet Breakfast
5 x Morning Tea & Full Buffet Lunch
$1500 – ticket / $438 – accom with breakfast/ $262 – f&b for Retreat
TOTAL: $2,200.00 (- $262 for f&b)
NEW TOTAL: $1,973.24 (includes $35.24 Admin Fee)

9. Sangha- Teaching Attendance only- Staying offsite
Teaching Attendance Ticket
5 x Morning Tea & Full Buffet Lunch
TOTAL: $1,762.00 (- $262 for f&b)
NEW TOTAL: $1,535.24 (includes $35.24 Admin Fee)


Note: Following long and careful investigations, His Holiness the Dalai Lama strongly discourages Tibetan Buddhists from propitiating the fierce spirit known as Dolgyal (Shugden). Although he once practiced Dolgyal propitiation himself, His Holiness renounced the practice in 1975 after discovering the profound historical, social and religious problems associated with it. Since he personally feels strongly about how negative this practice is, he has requested those who continue to propitiate Dolgyal, not to attend his formal religious teachings, which traditionally require the establishment of a teacher-disciple relationship.


His Holiness also gives a number of Empowerments and Initiations throughout the year, usually coinciding with his Teachings. The Kalachakra Initiation is a complex and extensive initiation, which His Holiness has given 32 times up to 2014. However, His Holiness has always stressed the importance of practitioners attending the Teachings rather than the Initiations or Empowerments in order to allow you to better understand the philosophy of Buddhism. It will be a requirement to attend both the Commentary on the Five Stages of Guhyasamaja Teachings and the Yamantaka Initiation.

His Holiness has expressed the desire to make this Teaching available to a broad base of Buddhists both in Australia and South East Asia. Tibetan, Mandarin and Vietnamese translations will be available.

In addition to the sessions with His Holiness, attendees will have the opportunity to integrate the Teachings in discussion groups, tutorial focus groups and meditation sessions at Fairmont Resort.
 


Attendees, as a minimum, will need to take and commit to keeping Refuge, Bodhichitta and Tantric Vows, plus there will be daily practices including Six Session Guru Yoga and retreat commitments which His Holiness will specify during the Retreat and not before.
This Retreat is for serious practitioners. Your attitude needs to be that you are prepared to do whatever is asked of you by His Holiness in order to receive the Initiation and Teaching.