23rd March -12th April
Deer Park Institute and Chokyi Lodro College of Dialectics (Dzongsar Institute) are jointly organising a 21 day retreat based on the 21 manifestations of Arya Tara.
The program should commence around the 23rd of March for 21 days. There may be a slight change in the starting date, but the exact dates will be confirmed shortly.
The retreat will be conducted at the Dzongsar Institute in Chauntra, H.P led by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche accompanied by 600 Buddhist Monks.
It will be based on the classical and profound practise of Arya Tara “Zabtik Dolma” The Profound Essence of Tara, a treasure teaching discovered by the great saint Chogyur Lingpa.
The program is also co-organized by Khyentse Foundation International
The retreat is open to all. There will be a daily schedule of practise, and also preliminary guidance can be arranged with senior sangha members. Participants may decide on which days and which sessions they wish to attend. However, it would be ideal to do the complete retreat.
The meditative prayers, which will be conducted by monks at Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra, will include 1,200,000 praises to Tara and be done 100,000 times. But those who wish to make a connection and accumulate merit for various reasons like health and protection, should go to the Siddhartha’s Intent website for directions how to do that.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche strongly requests those intending to come to Bir for the Chauntra puja not to bring any personal gifts, as this creates so much waste. If people really wish to donate to good causes that reflect his own aspirations, Rinpoche always urges them to contribute to 84000 or Khyentse Foundation.
Another way to make a specific connection with the puja is to bring a bottle of olive oil or candles. Rinpoche humbly suggests that, rather than bring large quantities that create packing and transport problems, it’s better to have a few good quality ones. That will produce the same merit. As well, if people wish to make offerings during the puja, they can offer lunches, dinners or teas at the Monastery itself.
We shall have the text available for the participants.
Tulku Orgyan Tobgyal (Buddhist Teacher) says:
"Personally I am very fond of this Tara practice of Zabtik Drolma.
Among the seven lines of transmission that Chokgyur Lingpa was endowed with, this one comes through mind treasure (gongter).
This practice includes outer, inner, and innermost sadhanas. This particular Tara practice is connected to a specific empowerment, known as a permission blessing or entrustment, written by Jamgön Kongtrül and known as The Mandala Ritual that is The Essence of the Two Accumulations. This Zabtik Drolma is very widespread and practiced by almost all the Nyingma practitioners as well as most Sakyas and Kagyüs.
This Tara practice is endowed with incredible blessings. The present Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche told me that he considers this Tara practice as the most profound of all Chokgyur Lingpa’s termas. In Bhutan, he personally sponsors it to be done one hundred thousand times annually."
The purpose of this specific retreat is for students of Buddhism, specifically Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions to accumulate merit, purify obscuration and more so dedicate, positive merit to liberate all sentient beings.
23rd March -12th April
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche