Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Retreat - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide

Special 2-DAY RETREAT 

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre 

DATE:  Tuesday & Wednesday,
Sep 20 & 21 | 9.30am-4.15pm

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre,
970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: No registration necessary

Each retreat session is on a drop-in basis.  We open our doors 15 minutes before the start of each session.  Please arrive a few minutes before the session begins.

ONLINE ATTENDANCE: Registration Required

Please register HERE with Zoom.  Just one registration is required for all sessions, both days. Just attend what works for your schedule. You will receive a confirming email for your registration.  Livestream Only.

Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche 2-Day Retreat

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sep 20 & 21 | 9.30am-4.15pm

IN-PERSON

On September 17 our most precious Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche showed the manner of peacefully passing into the clear light.

Venerable Geshe-la requested that for auspiciousness at this time all our Kadampa centres around the world engage in a short retreat using his special prayer, Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from his Faithful Disciples.

 

SCHEDULE

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY

9.30-10.45am  ~  Session 1                    

10.45-11.00am  ~  Break

11.00am-12.15pm  ~  Session 2           

12.15-1.30pm  ~  Lunch Break  

1.30-2.45pm  ~  Session 3

2.45-3.00pm  ~  Break

3.00-4.15pm  ~  Session 4

PRAYERS FOR RETREAT SESSIONS:

  • Guru Founder
  • Liberating Prayer
  • The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra
  • Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from his Faithful Disciples

Please bring your own copies if you own them.  If you are attending online you may purchase ebooks of the prayers from Tharpa Canada.

Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

During his remarkable life, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche touched the hearts of countless people throughout the world.  His wisdom, kindness and compassion are unequalled in these uncertain times.

From his vast body of unequalled teachings enshrined in his extraordinary books, the Temples, centers, study programs, Teachers, Sangha and above all the international community of people actively dedicated to world peace, he has sown so many seeds of peace and hope in this troubled world that are already bearing fruit and will continue to do so for many decades to come.

Venerable Geshe-la frequently said to us “The time will come for you to do my job.” And so now this time is upon us – to joyfully and sincerely work together to fulfill the compassionate wishes of this holy being in generation after generation.

This will be our highest offering to Venerable Geshe-la and our deepest expression of gratitude.

FAQS

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE RETREAT?
Guru Founder
Liberating PrayerThe Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra prayers up to the end of Migtsema request prayer (x7) Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from his Faithful Disciples prayersRecite Venerable Geshe-la’s name mantra (20 minutes)Finish the remaining practices of HDJL from Request to the Lord of All Lineages up to the final Dedication and Prayer for the Virtuous Tradition
Second, third and fourth session – the same prayers with 20 minutes for reciting Ven Geshe-la’s name mantra. The nine-line Migstema prayer should be at the end of the fourth session only each day.
WHAT ARE THE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDANCE?
  • Stay home if sick or not feeling well
  • Masks are optional

 Thank you.

MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind

Q. Do I need to have any experience?

No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

Q. How should I dress?

No special clothing is required, come as you are.

Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?

No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q. Do I need to book in advance to attend in person?

No, please just drop in a few minutes before the class starts and pay at the door with cash, credit card or cheque.  Members just tick their name on the list.

Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like.  Each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q. What is your policy regarding fragrance?

We strive to be a scent free environment. Please help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free. The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma and allergies.

Q. What is your policy regarding late arrival?

Our doors open 15 minutes before class start.  Kindly arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class start to facilitate check in and get seated. Out of kindness for our volunteers, students and Teachers, we cannot accommodate latecomers.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre