February 11, 2023 2:00 PM
Costa Rica UTC-6
February 15, 2023 2:00 PM
Costa Rica UTC-6
February 8, 2023
This retreat is a traditional practice that has been passed down in the Tibetan lineage to deeply purify karmic tendencies generated through our body, speech, and mind. Drupon Lama Dorje is a certified retreat master of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism Mahayana. He will skillfully guide us to train our hearts and minds through traditional visualizations, silence, intermittent fasting, sacred mantra, prostrations and the precious teachings of the Dharma. We are fortunate to be receiving the 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment and the uninterrupted oral instructions of the sacred vajrayana methods. This is an opportunity to cleanse the habits and emotional patterns we struggle with and intentionally start on a new fresh note so that we may actively engage in compassionate action in the world. This practice is said to be a powerful, swift, and effective method to purify vast amounts of negativity and accumulate vast amounts of merit, healing us at the physical, emotional, and mental levels. The ultimate goal of this practice is to swiftly attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
(subject to minor shifts)
Day 1: Afternoon arrival, welcome circle & instructions, light filling meal, optional refuge vows, meditation
Day 2: Begin silence, morning meditation & recitations practice, light lunch, teachings & afternoon practices, mindful nature walk
Day 3: Full Tibetan fasting and day of recitations : nothing touches the tongue except prayers - no water, food, juice, etc (*Modifications available)
Day 4: Morning recitation practice, light nourishing meal, afternoon teachings & practices, Chenrezig Empowerment
Day 5: Final morning practice, break silence, integration reflection circle, celebratory lunch
In this retreat we are going much deeper than your normal detox, we are purifying the impurities of our body, the toxins of our speech, and the poisons of our mind that have been accumulated over endless lifetimes. Through skillful methods of mantras, prostrations, visualizations, meditation, silence, mindful walking, alongside juicing and fasting, we are deeply cleansing our karmic imprints.
Drupon Lama Dorje will be sharing insightful teachings on how to maintain this newfound purity and to make a new commitment from here forward to steward these 3 sacred doorways with care.
“May I benefit all beings through my body, speech, and mind.”
The traditional Tibetan way of this retreat is to have a wholesome lunch on the half days because the level of purification happening during the mantras and prostrations is very very deep. Even those accustomed to week-long detoxing find this particular method to be very strong. Thus, to actually have energy to do the full fasting on Saturday, the Tibetan tradition is to eat one good meal on the half days.
Sticking to tradition, we will be waking up VERY early “before we can see the light shine on our hands” and the first words that touch our lips are aspiration prayers for the benefit of all beings. With very little (or on some days none at all) food and drink in our bellies, we will repeat specific prayers and mantras multiple times a day as a practice of letting go of our attachments and comforts in order to benefit others. We will train our minds to focus and accept the sensations that come and go. As we gift ourselves the time to sit with ourselves and our minds, we will notice these emotions, feelings, experiences are always in constant flux- they are not as real and big as they seem. This becomes an invaluable experience that we bring back into daily life that helps us manage chaos and transform it into the nectar of awakening. As we chant and pray from the depths of our hearts, we will bow our bodies in a practice called “prostrations” which offers reverence to the great masters who show us the path of consciousness and whom are constantly benefiting sentient beings. May our hearts and minds be one.
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that these practices will provide instant healing. Though if you listen to the teachings, connect with them deeply, and put them into practice, it has been known to bring great benefit to countless beings.
*Please let us know if you have health conditions we should be aware of, as this practice can be physically potent. Though, you of course can meet the practices within your capacity.
*It is recommended to have already taken refuge vows before this practice, or to consider taking refuge vows at the beginning of the retreat with Lama. We will explain more about this at the retreat so you can decide if it feels like a good option for you and your spiritual path. In short, refuge means committing to the path of awakening for all beings. You do not have to let go of current beliefs or practices, simply commit to being a better human every day.
Their comfort and beauty make them a magical place to rest. Comfortable and spacious rooms with a covered terrace. Each room has it's own bathroom.
Enjoy the comforts of a room and the beauty of a luxury campsite. Tents with balcony, teak wood floor and private bamboo bathroom. Located in the upper area near the Practice Temple.
Section located in a paradisiacal place between the mountains and the river. Cabins-tent with private bathroom and balcony. Cabin type bunk beds. They are a 10-minute walk from the headquarters, along a path through lush landscapes.
Absorb the serenity and beauty of the Practice Temple and Altar. This loft sleeps 4 for a more economical option with a shared bathroom. *There are steep stairs/ladder leading up to these beds and is located at the top of the hill in the open-aired practice temple.
*Cancellation & Refund Policy*
A mountain like a green carpet where you can hear the sound of a crystal clear river and the song of birds; where your eyes will be amazed by the colors of the flowers that bloom in the gardens and native forests; where your lungs will breathe pure air and you will be able to see the water that springs from the springs of the earth. Imagine a place where people believe in goodness and have the best disposition to serve you and help you connect with the best that lives in you. This is La Montaña Azul!