Vajrasattva Purification Retreat: Release and Renew with Ven. Chokyi
Monday 26 December – Saturday 31 December held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $275.
Complete your year with the powerful act of releasing all that has gone before and start the New Year with a renewed sense of calm, feeling inspired and motivated. In Buddhist purification, we can let go of the past with mindfulness and perception, and open up to the brightness and potential of the present moment. In this state of openness, we resolve to make beneficial changes in our lives which help increase our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Our week-long Purification retreat has been described as life-changing by previous participants. With time for deep reflection in beautiful
surroundings, we begin to see how our thoughts, speech and actions have influenced the course of the year; we start to notice how our relationships have been impacted by our own responses to life.
Through the gentle but powerful and stabilising practices of meditation, Buddhist mantra recitation and visualisation we are encouraged to loosen our hold on the past, release our anxieties and regrets, and let go of our pain and heartache. Every courageous gesture we make takes us a little further along the path to awareness.
Through the beautiful and profound act of purification, we refresh ourselves with strong, positive mental habits, replacing negativities and worries with potent, aspirational resolutions for the future. This transformative process clears the way for us to fully embrace a more relaxed, peaceful, and happy approach to life. The effects of our increased mental and emotional wellbeing are far-reaching, affecting everything and everyone in our lives.
Come along and join us for this period of surrender, quiet reflection and positive transformation in the peaceful setting of Chenrezig Institute. You will enjoy the tranquil ebb and flow of a traditional Buddhist retreat and be supported in your journey with like-minded people. The retreat ends with a beautiful symbolic light offering ceremony, a sublime memory to carry forward into the New Year. This retreat is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners alike, but a basic understanding of karma will greatly benefit your time here. All welcome!
Monday 26th December, 6.30 pm – Saturday 31st, 9.00 am. Facility fee $275.
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Meals and accommodation also discounted 10% for those attending the full retreat. Meals in the Big Love Cafe are available separately, and must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.
Please note that accommodation is packaged as part of this retreat. When you book into the retreat you will then be able to see the accommodation options that are available.
Having met the Dharma in 1990, Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. Venerable Chokyi lives at Vajrayana Institute where she has been studying the Basic Program with Geshe Samten for the past ten years. Venerable Chokyi is Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute where she has been leading meditation and teaching foundation Buddhist studies, such as Discovering Buddhism, for some years. Venerable Chokyi has been the Director of Liberation Prison Project since 2010. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.