Entering the Stream of Lineage Blessings: Working Basis for Chö
- Dakini's Whisper
- Follöknavägen, Malmköping, Sverige
- Apr 26 - May 2, 2019 (7 days)
About This Event
Entering the Stream of Lineage Blessings
Working Basis for Chö
Five-Dakini Retreat & Guru Yoga
This first annual residential retreat held in conjunction with the Five-Year Program is devoted to the gateway of the Ear-Whispered Chö lineage, a repository of blessings. The retreat is rich in contents and is a well-balanced program exploring our personal journey while fully immersing ourselves in the traditional lineage practice.
This Five Dakini Retreat entails taking this first step deep into the stunning river of blessings, the essential working basis for Vajrayana and Chö. It includes the Tantric practice of visualization and mantra recitation while embodying the awakening energies of Chö Deities – Prajnaparamita and the Five Dakinis. This retreat is called “the Preliminary to the Sacred Chö Practice,” a prerequisite to further Chö practices. Retreatants are required to complete a certain number of mantra recitation with visualization, which can be continued as a daily practice after the retreat. Then we will perform fire puja together upon the completion during the 2nd annual retreat in Spring, 2020. (The cost of the practice text is $35.)
Each annual residential retreat in the Chö Mastery Training is interwoven with the teaching on the Vajrayana techniques based on Vajrayana classics such as A Book of Three Inspirations (A Treatise on the Stages of Training In the Profound Path of Naro’s Six Dharmas), A Commentary to the Six Yogas of Naropa by Lama Tsongkhapa.
Our 1st residential retreat features the most misunderstood and most important practice in Vajrayana - “Guru Yoga: Entering the Stream of Blessing through Guru Yoga”. The guru yoga is the source of blessings and the entryway to the Vajrayana path. A strong foundation with a correct understanding and skill in this method is the key to the success in all the subsequent practices.
Retreat Includes:Common Chö Empowerment – Opening the Door to the Sky (First Day)Oral and Music TransmissionsChö Whispered from the Mount of BlissThe Preliminary Practices and Concluding PrayerThe Seven ‘PE’sSupplication to Machik Five DakinisFive-Dakini Retreat manualRetreat – Self-generation of Prajnaparamita and Front-generation of Machik Five DakinisFive Dakini Retreat: The Preliminary to Advanced Chö PracticesFive Elements and Five-Facets of Timeless Awareness TeachingTsok OfferingChö PracticeGroup practiceHands-on, private practiceChö in the Wilderness (outdoor practice)Guru yogaCommentary and practice based on A Book of Three InspirationsTransmission, Commentary, and Practice - Ganden LhagyamaTransmission, Commentary, and Practice - The Short Six-Session YogaDiscussion and InquiriesMeditationOpening Meditation, Mahamudra Shamatha (morning)Concluding Meditation (evening)MovementSubtle Body TrainingTrulkorChö Dance (i.e. Supplication to Machik Five Dakinis)Hands-on WorkshopsHow to play the damaru, bell & KanglingTorma MakingInterview with ChöyingTsok Feast Offering
Vajrayana Techniques in Chö Combined with Mahamudra
Chö as a Vajrayana Path employs a multitude of techniques aimed at seeing our true nature by revealing the pure reality and skillfully transforming our deluded experience into a direct experience of awakened being. The path of these techniques called “the Path of Methods (Tab Lam)” will be taught and practiced In conjunction with the annual residential retreat of the Five-Year Program. Since they entail the practices of the completion phase as well as creation phase, each technique will be introduced sequentially and sensitively based on the authentic text of Lama Tsongkhapa’s commentary to the Six Yogas of Naropa.
These Vajrayana techniques become powerful tools to liberation from what’s in a way on the path of the direct approach of “the Path of Liberation (Dröl Lam)” such as Mahamudra. In this way, Chö Mastery Training consistently and equally emphasizes both approaches to integrate into the path of awakening.
Schedule7.00-8.00 Session 1
9.00-10.30 Session 2
Empowerment, Transmissions & Commentary
11.00-12.30 Session 3
Five Dakini Retreat
14.30-16.00 Session 4
Outdoor Chö Practice
Five Dakini Retreat
16.30-18.30 Session 5
20.00-21.00 Session 6
Venue HighlightsThe Follökna Mansion
The estate dates back to medieval times and was once owned by Queen Christina. The present building was raised in 1840. It has a quiet location, by a lake, and includes an island with almost pristine nature and a non-denominal chapel.
The island's name is 'Troll Island' because in old times it was believed that trolls lived there. It has now been referred to 'The Island of Tranquility' for the past fifty years. There are places for swimming. All in all, this is presented as a venue that is particularly suited for retreats.
There are fifty beds, most in double rooms. Two halls for gatherings with capacity for fifty people are available. Standard is old fashioned and simple, but it is practical and the place is well taken care of.
AccommodationsRooms have simple but good standard. Private rooms are available.
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free