Online Amitabha Retreat with Lama Rabten Tshering
Lama Rabten first introduced us to Amitabha Buddha practice in an online retreat two years ago. This year’s retreat will be focused entirely on practice, with Lama Rabten leading us through the full sadhana including the inner practices.
Amitabha sadhana practice is a deity yoga practice where one meditates on the form of Amitabha Buddha while reciting his mantra. Because of Amitabha’s infinite merit and compassion, it is said that through diligently and wholeheartedly reciting his mantra one will be reborn in the Sukhavati Pure Land, the land of great bliss. This is a precious opportunity to learn and practice this sadhana under the skilled guidance of Lama Rabten.
Sadhana recitation will be in Tibetan; the screen-shared liturgy includes English and Chinese, as well as the Tibetan transliteration.
This is an unrestricted program. All are welcome!
Schedule (Saturday and Sunday, Pacific Time)
|Saturday, March 19|
|9:00 – 10:30am||Opening remarks|
|Amitabha Sadhana Practice with Prayers for the Deceased|
|10:30 – 11:00am||Break|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||Amitabha Sadhana Practice|
|12:30 – 2:00pm||Lunch Break|
|2:00 – 3:30pm||Amitabha Sadhana Practice|
|Sunday, March 20|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||Amitabha Sadhana Practice|
|12:30 – 1:30pm||Lunch Break|
|1:30pm – 3:00pm||Amitabha Sadhana Practice|
|3:00 – 3:30pm||Break|
|3:30 – 5:00pm||Amitabha Sadhana Practice with Long Life Prayers|
If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the liturgy, the book “Recitation Sadhana of Maha Sukhavati from Cycle of the Profound Oral Lineage, the Sky Dharma Mind Treasure (Long Amithaba)” is available through Namse Bangdzo Bookstore.
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Within Tibetan Buddhism, the Amitabha Buddha sadhana is the practice most commonly performed on behalf of the departed. It is also thought to be beneficial for the living, and is often practiced in supplication for a loved-one’s health and well-being.
With this in mind, you are warmly invited to submit a prayer request on behalf of the living or deceased. The names will be read aloud during one of the practice sessions each day and we will make lamp offerings for them. The link to the Prayer Request Form is given below.
Submit Prayer Requests
To make a prayer request, please complete and submit the Prayer Request Form no later than Thursday March 17, 2022. Unfortunately, we will not be able to include any requests submitted after this date.
Even if you are not able to attend the retreat, you may still make a prayer request to be read during the program. Please simply complete the Prayer Request Form.
According to Mahayana Buddhist sutras, Amitabha was once a king who renounced his kingdom and became a monk named Dharmakara. Inspired by the teachings of Lokesvararaja Buddha, he made forty-eight great vows for the liberation of sentient beings. Among these, the Eighteenth Vow forms the basis for the “Pure Land” called Sukhavati:
“When I have attained Buddhahood, all sentient beings in the ten quarters who aspire in sincerity and faith to be reborn in my land and who have thought of me (or repeated my name) up to ten times; if they fail to be born there, then may I not attain the Perfect Enlightenment …”
After five aeons of accumulating great merit and wisdom, the Bodhisattva Dharmakāra finally attained supreme enlightenment and became Amitabha Buddha. He created the Pure Land of Sukhavati for the benefit of all beings, thereby fulfilling his vow.
About the Teacher
Lama Rabten Tshering is the resident teacher and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi Canada. He spent his early years at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkhim, and served as disciplinary master there for five years. In 1997 he entered a 3-year retreat at Pullahari Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and other masters. In 2002 he came to the west at the invitation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and has been serving the Nalandabodhi community since that time. He teaches regularly at Nalandabodhi’s Canadian headquarters in Vancouver. Read more
MRC is an arm of the Nalandabodhi Foundation. Nestled in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, and surrounded by nature, it is the perfect spot for a meditation retreat. Choose one of our secluded cabins and settle into your practice. Our community shrine room and library are also at your disposal, and the many trails are perfect for walking meditation and contemplation. Whether you choose to do a strict solo retreat, or are simply looking for some time away to refresh your practice and study, we welcome your visit.
For more information, go to mrclodgeandcabins.com.
Register to receive the Zoom link. The suggested offering is C$10 per session or C$50 for the full program. However, no one is turned away for lack of funds.
It is also customary to make a monetary offering with prayer requests. Any amount, large or small, is greatly appreciated. Please include your offering during registration.
The registration deadline is Friday March 18th, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com .
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P.O. Box 2355 Station Terminal,
Vancouver BC V6B 3W5
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