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with Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Lama Katen and Gelongma Lhamo

On this 4 day meditation retreat, Chöje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will share with us, based on his vast and deep experience, how to cultivate genuine feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

The retreat will start at lunch time on Thursday 21 March, a public holiday, and will end on Sunday 24 March at lunch time.

This retreat offers you a special opportunity to attend authentic Dharma teachings, as well as to partake in practice, a refuge ceremony, and even enjoy a morning walk with Lama Yeshe.

There will also be interview slots available with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Lama Katen and Gelongma Lhamo. To book an interview (max 15 min), please email the office.

There will also be a refuge ceremony – if you would like to take refuge, please email the office.

 

The Programme:

Thursday 21 March (public holiday)

12 – 1 pm: Arrival of retreatants and settle in

1 pm: Lunch

3 – 4:30 pm: Dharma Talk – Lama Katen

5 – 6 pm: Evening Walk

7- 8 pm: The Kagyu Masters and the importance of Lineage – Lama Katen

8 – 8:30 pm: Chenrézik Prayers

Friday 22 March

6 – 7 am: Green Tara Prayers

7 – 8 am Morning walk with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

8 – 9 am: Breakfast

9 – 10 am: Meditation with Lama Yeshe Rinpche

10:30 – 11:30 am: Sang Puja

11:30 – 12:30 pm Who is green Tara? Part I – Ani Lhamo

1 – 3 pm: Lunch Break

3 – 4:30 pm: Dharma Talk – Lama Katen

5 – 6 pm: Evening Walk

7 – 8 pm: Open Forum – Lama Katen

8- 8:30 pm: Chenrézik Prayers

Sat 23 March

6 – 7 am: Green Tara Prayers

7 – 8 am Morning walk with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

8 – 9 am: Breakfast

9 – 10 am: Meditation with Lama Yeshe Rinpche

10:30 – 12:00 pm Who is green Tara? Part II- Ani Lhamo

12:15 – 1 pm: Meditation (Alan)

1 – 3 pm: Lunch Break

3 – 4:30 pm: Dharma Talk – Lama Katen

5 – 6 pm: Evening Walk

7 – 8 pm: Living Joyfully with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

8- 8:30 pm: Chenrézik Prayers

Sun 24 March

6 – 7 am: Green Tara Prayers

7 – 8 am Morning walk with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

8 – 9 am: Breakfast

9 – 10 am: Meditation with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

10:30 – 11:30 am Talk on Refuge and Vows – Lama Katen

12 – 1 pm: Refuge Ceremony – Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

1  pm: Celebratory Lunch

 

Costs:

The costs include all meals from lunch on Thursday to lunch on Sunday, accommodation, a supplemental fee to cover the air fares of the teachers, and an optional R60 environmental levy.

The costs exclude Dana (an offering in appreciation) for the teachers and the refuge ceremony, and staff tips.

Twin/double room with en-suite bathroom (per person): R2700
Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person): R2300
Single room with shared bathroom: R2900
Single rooms (Office Block): R2200
Single use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom: R3100
Single use of en-suite room (if space available): R3200
Single en-suite room:  R3100
Dormitory: R2000
Camping: (own tent) 1700
Camping: TRC Tent 2000

TRC Daily rates apply for extra nights.

To Book:

Bookings are open – click here for the booking form.

A deposit of R1000 for camping, dorm or twin accommodation, or R1500 for single or en-suite accommodation will secure your booking.

We would like as many people as possible to benefit from this retreat, so there will be limited single accommodation available.

Don’t let a lack of resources prevent you from attending – please contact us for concessions or work exchange.

Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche was born in East Tibet, and escaped to India together with Akong Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa in 1959. In 1969 he joined Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland and in 1980 took full ordination as a Gelong monk from His Holiness Karmapa. He then entered a strict, long-term solitary retreat under the guidance of the Abbot of Karma Triyana, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He has completed a number of 49-day Bardo retreats of total solitude and darkness, an accomplishment that has made him one of the foremost meditation Masters alive today.

In 1991, Lama Yeshe Rinpoché became the Abbot of Samye Ling and took responsibility for the Holy Isle Project. Following the tragic death of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoché in 2013, he also assumed overall responsibility for ROKPA International and The Tara Trust, as well as for all Kagyu Samye Dzong Centres worldwide.
Lama Yeshe Rinpoché gives teachings all around the world, participating in numerous interfaith events, where his charismatic presence and good humour enable him to connect with people from all walks of life.

Lama Katen is deputy Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and a nephew of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He received full ordination from Thrangu Rinpoche and studied for many years at Thrangu Monastery in Nepal. He spent five years at Thrangu Monastic College and then undertook the traditional three-year, three-month retreat, followed by a six-month Kalachakra dark retreat. His root Guru, Drupon Rinpoche, has requested him to teach.

Gelongma Lhamo is a fully ordained Buddhist nun who completed a four-year cloistered retreat in 1993 and has lived at Samye Ling ever since. She is an experienced teacher of meditation and Dharma courses and as Secretary to the Abbot at Samye Ling she has learnt how to integrate the peace and stability of meditation into her busy working life.