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In the sutras the Buddha said that in the beginning compasion is like the seed without which we cannot have any fruit; in the middle compassion is like water to nourish the seed we have planted; in the end compassion is like the warmth of the sun that brings the fruit to ripening. Thus without copassion there is no seed of enlightenment, no path to enlightenment, and no fruition of enlightenment. The genuine heart of loviing-kindness and compassion is crucial in achieving one’s own freedom from suffering, and in achieving freedom for all sentient beings – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

This weekend, we will focus on the practice of Chenrezik, or Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of the compassion of all of the Buddhas. This practice is suitable for everyone, even those who do not consider themselves to be Buddhist.

The meditation of Chenrezig is not just a fragment of the Dharma, it encompasses all aspects of the spiritual path. It is complete in itself and allows us to develop all the qualities necessary for the path and the six perfections of the mahayana – Chenrezig Lord of Love, Bokar Rinpoche.

We will look at the various aspects of the puja, including the visualisations. We’ll learn about the benefits o and how to write the famous six-syllable mantra. We’ll dip into the six realms and the mind poisons, and their purified aspects. And we will recite many mantras and dedicate the practice to our friends and families, communities and the entire world.

My body, the bodies of others and all appearences are the perfect form of the Sublime One. All sounds, the melody of the six syllables. All thoughts, the vastness of the great Jnana.

The retreat will be guided by senior practitioners.

Cost: R1000 for the weekend.

To book, click here.

A 50 % deposit will secure the accommodation of your choice. The deposit is non-refundable but transferable.