Könchok Chidu Guru Padmasambhava Retreat, Saltspring Island, BC, Oct 10-13

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Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling is pleased to announce that a Könchok Chidu Retreat will take place Thanksgiving Weekend (October 10-13, 2014) with Lama Tsultrim. Please save the date! This is a very rare opportunity to partake in this Guru Yoga practice.

KDOL10.previewThe ritual practice of Könchok Chidu, “The Embodiment of the Three Jewels” is a termadiscovered in the 17th century by Rigdzin Jatsön Nyingpo and has become the main practice of the Nyingma lineage although it has been a common practice for the Kagyu school as well.

Könchok Chidu is a very profound and wide cycle of teachings. There are many ways to accomplish Padmasambhava’s mind, but this way is considered to be one of the highest and has been quite secret.

Padmasambhava says: “If someone even just opens a book of this text, the surroundings become rich and peaceful, and all wars become reduced. An individual practitioner who even just holds these teachings, offers to its deities or listens to these precious teachings, is a son of all Tathagatas gone to bliss, and his karmic defilements become pure like a washed white conch. His two accumulations increase like the stars in the sky. His bodhichitta mind and wisdom increase limitlessly. When death comes, one can recognize one’s own natural state and be liberated in the bardo. For the beings of this degenerate time, receiving this precious, unbroken, and blissful teaching is more rare and precious than finding a wish-fullfilling jewel.”

The Könchok Chidu is a Guru Yoga practice which involves four aspects of Padmasambhava’s activities, and encompasses all Three Roots: the Lama, the Yidam, and the Khandro.

Through the power of the Lama, in the form of Tsokye Dorje – a peaceful manifestation of Guru Rinpoche; the Yidam Guru Drakpo – a wrathful manifestation of Guru Rinpoche; and the Khandro Senge Dongma, it removes obstacles and harmful influences; creates positive circumstances for the environment and all beings, increases virtue, and clears away all ignorance.

The retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 10, and ends at noon on Monday, October 13. Pre-registration is required. Please make all cheques out to “KKC” and send them along to 268 Mount Tuam Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 2W9.

Cost: $150 (includes food, lodgings and teachings)

What to Bring: Flashlight, sleeping bag, alarm clock and watch, indoor shoes (footwear is removed at entrances), personal items such as shampoo, toothbrush etc.

As we have a limited number of texts available, we are asking whomever purchased a text during the Lama Lodu Rinpoche program kindly to bring the text with them.

1st Pick-up time: We will collect all retreatants from Fulford Harbour ferry terminal at 3:35 p.m. Those travelling from Vancouver should ensure they take the 1:00 p.m. (or earlier) ferry from Tsawwassen and then transfer to the 3:00 p.m. ferry from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour.

2nd Pick-Up time: We will collect all retreatants, not able to get the earlier connections, at 5:35 p.m. Those travelling from Vancouver should take the 3:00 p.m. ferry from Tsawwassen and then the 5:00 p.m. ferry from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged and please leave enough travel time on the busy long weekend.

Contact KDOL administrator Matthew Burrows at 250-380-8610 or email kdol268@gmail.com with any questions.

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