A traditional 3 year 3 month traditional retreat is out of reach of most people leading modern lives. And it is a great challenge for lay practitioners to find the time or place to complete practices such as Ngöndro – the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism. In response to these needs, Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche initiated a space for longer-termed retreats at the Tara Retreat House in a secluded valley at Tara Rokpa Centre.
Here is a rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to your practice for 8 days in a consecrated, supported environment, from Friday 19 April to Saturday 27 April. There will be plenty of time to focus on your personal Buddhist practices, with guidance from Alan. There will be a recorded teaching daily, and also time to take walks in the surrounding bush.
7 am – 8 am: Green Tara Prayers
8 am: Breakfast
9 am – 12 pm: Individual practice
2 pm – 5 pm: Individual Practice
7 pm to 8 pm: Chenrézik Prayers
A recorded teaching will be presented daily – tbc.
Space is limited to 7 people in single rooms – allocated on booking.
The retreat will be supported by Alan Muller who also lives in Tara’s Valley. He took refuge in 1997 with Akong Rinpoche. In 2003, he completed a one-year closed retreat under the guidance of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. During this period, he took novice monks vows. Alan remained a novice monk for six years and now presents courses and retreats as a layperson. He has formed Ngöndro practice groups since 2004 around Southern Africa.