Gomde Pyrénées will host the next retreat in our ongoing series: a three-month retreat based on the teachings from the Sphere of Refined Gold.
14th of March 2023 until June 8, 2023
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche often encourages us to spend as much time as possible studying, reflecting, and meditating. He tells us that one of the most meaningful things we can do with this precious human life is to spend time in retreat. This time brings benefit to yourself, but also brings great benefit to others. Rinpoche and Drupon Lama Tenzin Sangpo, our retreat manager, have kindly allowed us once again to extend this opportunity for the intensive retreat to those who are unable to travel to Gomde.
The actual retreat will begin on March 17, 2023, but we ask that you schedule a few days in advance for retreat preparation.
For those not able to join us at Gomde in person, we will be offering this retreat in the following modified versions online:
Please note that we recommend at least 3 retreat days in advance in order to watch all the pre-retreat material and prepare one's own retreat space.
The preliminary exercises from The Sphere of Refined Gold will not be included in the online retreat. The online retreat curriculum focuses on the main part of practice only.
Understanding the Options
In the Continuous Retreat, it is necessary that you dedicate the entire time - six weeks or three months - to a full retreat. Lama -la understands that you may need to leave your retreat space for food shopping or other necessary errands, but your number one priority during this time should be retreat. This is for your own benefit, as trying to juggle retreat with other responsibilities is quite difficult and you will not get as much out of the experience.
At the heartfelt request of those who have work or family commitments during the week, Lama Tenzin has also given permission for a weekend-only version of the retreat as listed above. In this schedule, participants stay in full retreat on Saturdays and Sundays only. Then, Monday- Friday one keeps just the first morning and last evening individual practice sessions during the week (Lama Tenzin asks that you commit to these 2 sessions per day).
This is a wonderful opportunity to connect or reconnect with the Sphere of Refined Gold and Vajrasattva retreat practices for those who cannot take full retreat time away from their daily life commitments.
For those who have a daily commitment to Tara’s Triple Excellence program, Lama Tenzin has given permission to substitute your Tara practice for the first morning and last evening session from Monday-Friday.
Have Questions or Need Advice?
For any questions regarding the online retreat options and to get advice about your participation, please contact us using the email address: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.