Fruitful Lama Tsongkhapa Sadhana Programme in KFR
A two day and one night programme, the first of its kind here in Kechara, took place in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat from 25 October to 26 October 2013.
20 people from all over the world, including Germany, Luxembourg and Malaysia attended this historical programme marking the start of Kechara’s new chapter – providing people a chance to wind down and learn simple methods to apply in times of difficulties.
The method that was introduced to the participants in this first programme is Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga where participants recite Migtsema, the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa, as many times as possible so as to familiarise themselves with it. The Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is a short, profound and concise practice but is very deep and has vast, innumerable benefits, including stability and protection from outer, inner and secret obstacles.
In today’s society, people are often seen to suffer from mental illnesses such as depression due to over emphasis on material enjoyment. By reciting Migtsema, we experience calmness and the effectiveness of pacifying their minds and environment. This method will also protect us from the three types of obstacles: outer, inner and secret. The outer obstacles is referring to harm from humans, non-humans, elemental forces such as flood and fire, bad weather and accidents. Inner obstacles are sickness or delusions including negative thoughts and depression. Secret obstacles are grasping onto dualistic appearance – seeing things and holding onto their apparant dualistic nature: good and bad; white and black; pleasant and unpleasant.
The programme began at 9am for registration which included check-in and orientation of their night’s accommodation – Dukkar Apartments. This was followed by the programme briefing and orientation of Wisdom Hall where the programme took place. The day continued with a talk that introduced Lama Tsongkhapa, the benefits of his Guru Yoga and retreat, as well as an explanation of the prayer text.
The first prayer session started after a healthy lunch, which consisted of delicious vegan meals that had no garlic or onion. Healthy meals are very important when engaging in profound practices because as the practice heals the mind, the home grown and fresh food heals the body, and gives the body time to detox and cleanse itself.
Participants were given a light but nutritious dinner before the second session and then completed their day to rest by 11pm. The next day they were up at 6.30am and breakfast was served from 7am to 8am. Two more prayer sessions were planned on the second day plus a walking meditation session in between. Mindful breathing methods were also taught at that session. There were also stretching exercises done prior to that to relax the body from long hours of sitting.
Before the end of the programme, the participants were split into groups to share their experiences together with staff who took 2 days off from their work to help. Many shared that the programme was impactful and they had a chance to be with themselves to discover their inner world. They enjoyed the food that was prepared specially to suit the programme, especially its freshness. Participants are already looking forward to more programmes like this and are eager to share it with their friends.
There are many more programmes like this to be introduced on a monthly basis, open to all. The next in the line are on the 22 November to 23 November 2013 and 20 December to 21 December 2013 where different methods will be taught to participants. For more information, please contact us on +603 7803 3908 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!