Manjushri Sadhana Practice 22-23 March 2014

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Manjushri is the Sanskrit name for the Buddha of Wisdom, the embodiment of omniscient wisdom of all enlightened beings. In Chinese he is known as Wen-shu Pusa and in Tibetan Jampalyang. Manjushri has been regarded as the crown prince of the Buddha’s teachings, the one who best explains Buddha’s wisdom. Wisdom helps us see what needs to be done, what is to be abandoned and to dispel ignorance. Through Manjushri Sadhana practice, we receive clear energies to do this.

The first 2014 Manjushri Sadhana Practice organized by Kechara was conducted in the Kechara Forest Retreat over 2 days and 1 night on the 22 and 23 March, 2014. This program was open to all practitioners old and new, who would like to learn and benefit from Manjushri’s practice in a tranquil environment.

The program started with guest registration, check in and a quick orientation to outline the rules to be observed by all participants, including maintaining silence during the retreat. This was followed by a proper introduction to Buddha Manjushri and his practice, an explanation of the sadhana text and offerings, the prayer recitation schedule as well as the schedule of meditation and other activities throughout the program.

Participants seated in Wisdom Hall during one of the sadhana practice sessions led by Pastor Han Nee

Participants taking refuge in the Three Jewels and generating Bodhicitta during a prayer session

Participants meditating in front of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s cabin

A lovely place to rest under the shade of bamboo trees during break time

Stretching exercises are included in the programme for participants to stretch their legs after hours of sitting

Light chores are also part of the programme, so participants can practice gratitude – gratitude for being provided with a place for their spiritual practice and to engage in intensive practice for 2 days.

The programme participants stayed overnight in Dukkar Apartments, the guest accommodation in the Kechara Forest Retreat, and were served vegetarian meals specially prepared to cater to the dietary needs of the retreat participants.

The food was well received

Dedicated Chef CK prepares dinner, while Karen, Pat, Pam and June help out in the kitchen.

Dinner is served!

Angel and Beatrix preparing soup ingredients

Day 2 lunch: vegetarian fried rice with lotus soup with papaya for dessert.

As the Manjushri Sadhana Practice program came to an end, participants gathered to share how they felt about the programme and provide the organizers with much-valued feedback. Many expressed their sense of accomplishment after completing the 2 day retreat program. Most participants also loved the special vegetarian meals and in general, everyone found tranquil natural environment very conducive for spiritual practice. Many are already planning to join the Setrap Sadhana Practice programme in April or the Lama Tsongkhapa Sadhana Practice programme in May.

Pastor Adeline and Pat moderate one of the sharing sessions.

CK and Pam moderate another team.

Pastor Shin is also a moderator for the sharing session.

A group photo before returning home.

Upcoming sadhana practice programmes in 2014:

  • Setrap : 18 & 19 April, 2014
  • Lama Tsongkhapa : 30 & 3 May, 2014
  • Black Manjushri : 13 & 14 June, 2014
  • Menhla : 26, 27 & 28 July, 2014
  • Setrap (Chinese) : 30 & 31 August, 2014
  • Dzambala (Chinese) : 19 & 20 September, 2014
  • Amitayus : 25 & 26 October, 2014
  • Mandala Offering : 28, 29 & 30 November, 2014
  • Manjushri : 23, 24, 25 & 26 December, 2014

For more information and to register your place, please contact us at +603 7803 3908 or retreat@kechara.com.

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