Remove the barriers to attaining enlightenment through the radical transformation of how you perceive reality.
Knowing where you want to go doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have the skills needed to get there. For this reason, smart travellers will first identify specific pitfalls that they are likely to encounter and then familiarise themselves with ways of overcoming them. In this program, you will work with subtle forms of grasping that can prevent you from progressing further along the path. As you learn to release this grasping, you will establish a radically different way of relating with reality that opens the door to a wide variety of practices. Through these practices, you will be able to transform the full spectrum of your experience into supports for your spiritual growth, greatly increasing the effectiveness of your practice and bringing the possibility of enlightenment within your reach.
This program aims to:
- increase your awareness of the enlightened perspective as presented within the Kalachakra system
- cultivate a mind that is capable of abiding in that perspective as a means for relating with your personal experiences
- provide you with a wealth of skilfull means to cut all forms of subtle grasping
The Kalachakra System uses a symbolic language to describe every aspect of our personal experience. By familiarising yourself with these symbols, you are able to develop greater awareness of the purity that underlies your conventional reality. In this course, you will learn how Buddhist tantra generally works to purify perception as well as how Kalachakra specifically connects you with this purity through the process of empowerment and subsequent generation stage practices.
While the generation stage works primarily with conventional realities, the completion stage emphasises direct perception of ultimate reality. In order to experience this very subtle level of mind, you must be able to transcend all forms of dualistic conceptual thought. In this course you will be given a broad overview of the various practices that are used in the Kalachakra completion stage.
The Kalachakra generation and completion stage practices provide you with everything you need to achieve enlightenment. How quickly you do that will depend on how much time you dedicate to formal training and how you use the time between those formal sessions. In this course, you will be introduced to a variety of supplementary techniques that can help you greatly enhance your formal Kalachakra practice. These techniques will increase the efficiency of your meditations and facilitate a more rapid progression along the path.
In this five day retreat, you will receive the generation stage empowerments known as the Seven Empowerments of Entering Like a Child. These empowerments will authorise you to engage in the visualisation practices of the Kalachakra generation stage. You will then receive the instructions for working with the deity yoga practice of Innate Kalachakra. A large portion of this retreat will be dedicated to the accumulation of the Kalachakra mantra, providing significant opportunity to become more familiar with how to generate yourself as the enlightened Kalachakra deity.
Kalachakra completion stage practice requires single-pointed concentration and a mind that is free from conceptual grasping. To develop this powerful state of mind, practitioners in the Jonang Tradition use a unique tantric method known as The Three Isolations. In this five day retreat, you will receive the completion stage empowerments known as the Four Higher and Highest Empowerments as well as the pith instructions for engaging in this extremely efficient method for producing Shamatha. This method is comparable to similar practices in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra traditions.
While death is certain, the time of death is uncertain and so you have no guarantees that you will actually be alive to put into practice all of the teachings that you have received. In this three day retreat, you will be introduced to a powerful method for directing your consciousness at the time of death. This profound technique, known as Phowa, will help ensure that you are born into an environment that is conducive to continuing your Kalachakra practice, such as the Pure Land of Shambhala.
In this three day retreat, you will receive unique pith instructions for how to annihilate the root of ignorance and the self-cherishing attitude. Through the use of powerful and direct methods, you will confront your deepest fears and weaknesses head on, thereby reducing their power to influence you.