Exploring the meaning of doing a formal retreat.
Series: Vajrasattva Purification (2011-12)
Teachings and short talks given during the Vajrasattva Winter Retreat from December 2011 to March 2012 at Sravasti Abbey.
Dropping the negative identities we create for ourselves and learning to embrace and appreciate our good qualities.
The role of purification in retreat and in our daily spiritual practice.
Preliminary instructions for retreat including working with the mind, caring for the body, mindfulness of others, counting mantra, and much more.
It is in understanding our situation in samsara that we develop our motivation for awakening.
How learning to care deeply for ourselves naturally leads to the wish to benefit and cherish others.
By broadening our perspective and seeing our great potential, we can begin to transform the judgmental mind that can arise in purification practice.
Developing confidence in purification can be achieved by relying on the Buddhas, our teachers, and our own experience.
Using imagination to develop our own good qualities.
The power of reciting mantra to transform our mind into the mind of a buddha.