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Guided by Alan Muller

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.

Preliminary programme:

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.

Costs: R2200 for 8 days. Excludes dana.

Booking: Please complete the booking form.

A deposit of R1100 will secure your booking.

For more about the Retreat House, read here.

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.