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Sadhana Ritual Course – 2018

December 15, 2017 - January 11, 2018

We are very pleased to announce our eighth annual Sādhana Ritual Course, scheduled 15 December – 11 January.

The course this year will focus on the Sangtik Dorsem (Vajrasattva of the Secret Essence) sādhana practice from the Chokling New Treasures Lineage (Chokling Tersar). The main points of practice, as well as the ritual tradition of chant melodies, mudrās, torma, shrine arrangement, musical instruments and more, will be taught in Tibetan by Lama Sherab Dorje, a senior lama of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, and translated into English.

Our objective is for non-Tibetan practitioners to be able to learn and practice the Vajrayāna ritual tradition in a genuine and thorough way.

About the Sangtik Dorsem sādhana

In the secret mantra tradition, Buddha Vajrasattva is considered the source of all maṇḍalas and the embodiment of all Buddha families. Most commonly Vajrasattva is practiced as a way to cleanse all negative actions and breakages of samaya by connecting to the ultimately pure nature of phenomena, the ultimate Vajrasattva.

The Sādhana for the Single Mudrā Vajrasattva is part of The Essential Secret Essence cycle which contains the three main yidam deities practiced by Guru Rinpoche: Vajrasattva, Vajrakīlaya, and Yangdak Heruka. This treasure teaching was revealed by the great tertön Orgyen Chokgyur Lingpa in the 19th century in the Derge Kingdom of eastern Tibet, while the sādhana was written down by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

The Sādhana for the Single Mudrā Vajrasattva includes a very concise and beautiful long-life practice, as well as gathering offering practice (tsok).

To read more about these practices and the Chokling Tersar lineage, please click here, and here.

Registration is now closed.


December 15, 2017
January 11, 2018

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Suggested Reading

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