Retreat for Dzogchen Community Practitioners, 26/01-01/0/2021
From Saturday 26 December 2020 -  08:00am
To Friday 01 January 2021 - 08:00pm

Retreat for Dzogchen Community Practitioners

26 December – 1 January 2021

Collaboration between Dzamling Gar and Merigar West
Reserved to those who have received teachings from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu


2612 0101.2021

 


Practice retreat based on a program written by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and held at Merigar in April 1990. Some sessions of the retreat will include optional Yantra Yoga exercises. As explained in an issue of Merigar Letter published that year,


"... the Master has stressed that most of the practitioners in the Dzog-chen Community have received many teachings, not only from him but also from other teachers. He said that what we are missing are not teachings, but practice, to make the teachings we have received concrete. So the Master has prepared a detailed program of practices for each day of the retreat."

There will be 3 daily sessions (10 am, 3.30 pm and 6.00 pm Italian time); main practices include short and medium Thun, Chöd, Guruyoga of Garab Dorje , Purification of the Six Lokas, Shitro and intensive Ngagkong. Two sessions per day include Yantra Yoga exercises.


The retreat will be transmitted via WEBCAST >>>
Tenerife Time


26 December
17:00 in webcast from Merigar 
The retreat begins with the Medium Thun reciting the mantra of purification (om e ho shuddhe...) seven times and the mantra of Guruyoga (long life) at least 25 times. After the Vajra recitation, the Song of the Vajra is sung, then contemplate in silence for at least 15 minutes. Then there is the practice of transforming in Guru Tragpur, reciting the mantra at least 300 times and then continue as usual.
 
27 December
09:00 From Dzamling Gar
Begin with the 9 breathings and then sound A, recite the mantra of purification 5 times.
Observe, look in your Melong with awareness 
What are you lacking?
What is lacking?
Is it true that you lack a teacher?
Do you lack teachings or transmission?
Or are you lacking the practice to realize oneself? Observe!
How many teachings have you received? How many transmissions have you received? How many practices have you learned? Observe!
What is most important in curing an illness, to know the medicine, know the cure or applying the cure?
Reflect (on this) for at least 20 minutes!
Afterwards, proceed with the short thun (A-Namo Guru bhya etc.). When you have finished singing the Song of the Vajra, remain in contemplation, in silence for about 15 minutes.
Practice of the 5 Tsigjong (CIGJYON) of Yantra Yoga 1. DRÍMBA (3 times) 2. SÌLVA (3 times) 3. PÙLVA (3 times) 4. BÈBBA (3 times) 5. GORVA (3 times) And 10 minutes of NÁLWÁB
The practice concludes with the dedication
 
14:30 From Merigar
After the 9 Breathings and the mantra of purification, proceed with the Short Thun as done in the thun in the morning.
Standing, there is the practice of the 8 LÚN̂SAN̂: 1. JÙGBA 2. GÁN̂VA 3. XÍLVA 4. PÈNBA 5. N̂ÚBA 6. GYILVA 7. DRÈNBA 8. JYÌNBA
And one of the positions of GANVA 
Now sitting comfortably, sing
HĂ A SHA SA MA HA MA BHANDHA MARARA HA KAN̑KA HĂ SHALA SA BHANDHA MATALI KA HANA ALITA
HA MASA SHA KI YU
A
Remain at least 5 minutes in silence and contemplation Upon finishing, dedicate as always done.
 
17:30 From Dzamling Gar
[12 A 10 minutes] Practice the Medium Thun, reciting the mantra of Guruyoga at least 21 times. After the Vajra recitation, sing the Song of the Vajra and then contemplate at least a quarter hour in silence. Then transforming in Guru Tragpur, recite at least a hundred times the mantra, and proceed to the end of the action mantra of Ekajati.
Then do the complete Jod practice.
Finishing, one dedicates merits, as always.
MAMAKOLING SAMANTA
 
28th December
09:00 From Dzamling Gar
 
The 9 Breathings. 
Reflect on the 4 kinds of awareness!
What are the 4 kinds of awareness?
Why are they important?
What is the relationship between oneself and the 4 kinds of awareness? How can one apply these in practice?
Reflect on this for at least a quarter of an hour in silence!!
 
Then proceed with the Short Thun (A – Namo Guru bhya etc.)
After finishing the Song of the Vajra, remain in contemplation, in silence for about 15 minutes.
Practice the 5 Tsigjong (CIGJYON̂) of Yantra Yoga 
1. DRÍMBA (3 times)
2. SÌLVA (3 times)
3. PÙLVA (3 times)
4. BÈBBA (3 times) 
5. GORVA (3 times)
And 10 minutes of NALWAB.
The practice finishes with the dedication.

 
14:30 From Merigar
For this thun, the practice follows exactly as the December 27th afternoon thun. The only difference though is after the practice of Yantra Yoga’s eight LUN̂-SÀN̂ , one of the positions for XÍLVA is introduced.
17:00 From Merigar
This thun’s practice is exactly the same as the evening thun of December 27th.
 
29 December - FULL MOON DAY
09:00 From Merigar
Nine breathings
Observe one’s relationships of the Vajra, between teacher and students, between student and student, with whom we are travelling in the same boat.
Is this rapport important?
If so, why?
Then how is it maintained and collaborative? What kind of problems manifest in this regard? And how does one overcome this?
Reflect for at least 15 minutes
Continue on with the practice of the Medium Thun, with 7 invocations of Guru Padmasambhava and recite the mantra of Guruyoga (long life) 25 times, going on to the Vajra Recitation, then sing the Song of the Vajra, followed by contemplation in silence for 15 minutes.
First, practice the Zadul breathing, repeating seven times and then ap- ply the five yantra:
1. ÑÉVA
2. LON̂XAD 3. BUN̂GOR 4. QÀNBE!B 5. ÑON̂VA
Practice one of the positions for Gyilva.
Finishing, one dedicates merits to all sentient beings

 
14:30 From Dzamling Gar
Do the practice of the Medium Thun with the mantra of Guruyoga (long life) at least 25 times and continue the practice as done normally to the Vajra Recitation. Then in the state of unification, sing the Song of the Vajra and contemplate in silence for at least 15 minutes.
Sounding OM A Hum reawaken the presence of the 3 Vajra States and then proceed with the practice of the Purification of the 6 Loka as usually done, purifying one loka after another and then all together.
HĂ A SHA SA MA HA MA BHANDHA MARARA HA KAN̑KA HĂ SHALA SA BHANDHA MATALI KA HANA ALITA
HA MASA SHA KI YU
A
Remain at least 5 minutes in silence and contemplation. Ending, one dedicates merits as always.


17:00 From Dzamling Gar 
[12 A 10 minutes] Practice the Medium GANAPUJA, reciting the mantra of Guruyoga at least 21 times. After the Vajra recitation, transform in Guru Tragpur, recite at least a hundred times the mantra, and proceed with the Ganapuja. After the Song of the Vajra contemplate at least a quarter hour in silence. 
[Complete the Ganapuja] and then do the complete Jod practice.
Finishing, one dedicates merits, as always.
MAMAKOLING SAMANTA
 
30 December
09:00 From Merigar
After the 9 purification breathings and sounding A, recite at least five times the purification mantra.
Continue with the practice of the five ZADUL as done on August 8th in the afternoon thun. And then practice one of the DRENBA positions
Sounding A visualize Garab Dorje and continue with the practice of Guruyoga of Garab Dorje as usually done. (After the invocation, sounding A unite in the A at the heart. Then sounding A again, do TRO, and sounding another A, do DU. Again, sounding A , manifesting and invoking Garab Dorje, one unites in the gakyil at the forehead, sounding A. Then do TRO and DU as done before). Sing the Song of the Vajra, remain in silence and contemplation for at least 15 minutes. The thun finishes with the dedication of merits as always.
 

14:30 From Dzamling Gar
The practice follows exactly as that done in the afternoon on December 29th. The only difference is the before “mamakolin samanta” sing A A HA SHA SA MA MA BHADHA....etc.. .. the mantra DASDROL and also TOSDROL to the ending HA HA HA.
 
18:00 From Dzamling Gar
Practice of the Medium Thun – recite the mantra of Guruyoga at least 21 times. After the vajra recitation, sing the Song of the Vajra and then remain for at least a quarter of an hour in silence and contemplation.
Then transforming in Simhamukha, recite the mantra at least 100 times, continue on to the action mantra of Ekajati, and then using all instruments, do the long rite of Ekajati (Bhyo yakmo...). After, add the N̂aggon̂ practice sounding the drum, bells etc.
Repeat N̂aggon̂ 25 times and then conclude as usually done.
 
31 December
09:00 From Merigar
The practice is done exactly as the Thun on the morning of December 30th.
 
17:00 From Dzamling Gar
After the 9 breathings, sound A and sing the purification mantra 7 times.
Practice the eight LÚN̂-SÀN̂ and one of the positions of Zadon̂kyilva.
Sound A and follow with refuge and bodhicitta after which do the com- plete practice of XiITRO. After the practice of Dasdrol and Tos-drol, sing the Song of the Vajra and remain in contemplation and silence for a quarter of an hour.
Finish the practice as usually done with dedication of merits
 
17:00 From Dzamling Gar or From Merigar 
The practice takes place as on December 30th evening [Medium Thun, recite 21 times the mantra for Guruyoga. Then transform into Simhamukha, reciting the mantra at least 100 times. Continue with the longer rite of Ekajati (Bhyo yakmo…) using instruments], but at the end is added “N̂aggon̂” 15 times, and we also do Dorje Legba once. And the thun ends as always. Prepare Ganapuja for January 1st.
 
1 January
09:00 From Merigar
Thuncog (Ganapuja) with 7 times 7 verses, 
25 times Guruyoga mantra 
300 times Simhamukha mantra 
3 times Ekajati
25 times N̂aggon̂ 
and 
3 times Dorje Legpa.
[we add also 1 time Rahula, Dogpa and dedication to benefactors]
After the dedication
A A HA SHA SA MA MA BHADHA… ecc. until HA HA HA.