Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner
Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form.
Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.
Dates & time: Friday 19th April 6pm to Monday 22nd April 6pm
Cost: Full retreat $190 / ($170 VI members) plus teacher offering. Includes breakfast, lunch and light supper
Day attendees $80 per day plus teacher offering (includes lunch) – 8.30am to 6pm
Open to everyone. For catering purposes please book online.
At VI we aim to make Dharma teachings as accessible as possible, so if you wish to attend but are unable to afford the full cost of classes at this time please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements to join the Retreat
Vajrayana’s group tantric retreats are most suitable for those who are Buddhist (having formally taken Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), have taken the Bodhisattva Vows and have received a Green Tara Initiation. However, our Green Tara retreat is also suitable for those who might not be ready to make these commitments usually involved with a tantric retreat. The very basic requirements are:
- Know about Green Tara practice and have a deep wish and/or commitment to doing this practice, which includes Guru Yoga and many prayers and practices.
Students on all our our Tantric Retreats are also required to follow our general discipline guidelines, which you see below.
Rules of Discipline
Since Vajrayana is a semi-monastic meditation centre and not a guesthouse, we ask all of our retreatants and visitors to observe the following rules of discipline in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to inner reflection and meditation:
- Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.
- Respect others’ property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.
- Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others. This is easy when observing silence!
- Be celibate: no sexual activity. This also includes no holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.
- Be alert and mindful: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes (we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, one can smoke at a designated place outside the centre boundary).
- Be considerate of others’ silence: respect others that choose to keep silence during the retreat, especially in the Gompa. No singing or playing music and in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.
- Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully (please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts or tight and revealing clothing).
Basic Retreat Discipline
In order to keep the atmosphere conducive to inner reflection and spiritual pursuit and to minimise distractions during the course, students on our residential courses and retreats are asked to abide by our basic code of discipline listed below.
- Please settle all outside communication before the course begins. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration of the course and sticking by that decision significantly reduces distraction from investigation into the workings of your own mind!
- Participants should attend all sessions of the course and come to sessions on time.
- Please leave all communication / entertainment devices (laptop / mobile phones /cameras / MP3/CD players) etc at home or switch off and leave in your bag.
- Please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to fellow group members.
Can’t make it yet would like to generate merit by supporting the retreatants?
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that sponsoring retreats generates the same merit as if you had done the retreat yourself.
- If you would like to financially sponsor the cost of the retreat, please make a donation here.
- Sponsor one retreatant ($190)
- Sponsor food ($108)
- You can also volunteer during the retreat to help with food preparation and delivery , set up and clean up. Please reach out at email@example.com
Ven Jampa Dekyi
19 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 22 (Monday) 6:00 pm
9 Victoria Square, Ashfield, NSW 2131