RETREATS and CLASSES at the VAJRASANA TEMPLE and RETREAT CENTER

The abbot, Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche, invites students of the Buddha (and others who are interested in the Buddha’s teachings) to attend retreats at her residence while the temple is being remodeled and brought up to code. The abbot and several of the senior students will also conduct retreats at various other locations while the temple is undergoing construction. Someone will usually be at the site to welcome pilgrims who wish to pay their respect to the Holy Vajra Poles and the Bodhighara and beseech blessings, although one should always call first to be sure. Zheng Liao Shi can help coordinate trips for Chinese-speaking pilgrims.

Most classes held at the temple and elsewhere include either the reading of preliminary translations of discourses or listening to discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III with a simultaneous translation by Suonan Ciren Zeng De. These translations have not been reviewed or approved by His Holiness and most certainly contain translation errors. However, they are not yet available in English at any other location and do contain wonderful Buddha-dharma that will help us gain liberation. Please contact Helen Pan for the Rosemead classes; Gesang Suolang for Salt Lake City classes; Pannavati, Heartwood Refuge and Conference Center, for North Carolina, 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739 (https://heartwoodrefuge.org/; and Zhaxi Zhuoma for Sanger retreats and classes. Click for more general background on our retreats.

RETREAT REGISTRATION:

As space is limited, a deposit is usually required now to hold a room at the temple. Donations are needed to help cover the cost of a dorm room, shared bath, and meals at Sanger plus specific charges for meditation halls and other facility rentals and other expenses at facilities located elsewhere. There is never any charge for the teachings, but donations to support the temple are always welcome.

Some retreats may allow for attendance at only part of the retreat and some will have open classes so that others may listen to simultaneous oral translations or readings of preliminary translations of discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Retreats usually start with an orientation session and evening meal at 5:00 pm and introduction to the teachings of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III at 7:00 pm the first night followed by a daily schedule that consists of morning and evening chanting, walking and siting meditation sessions, classes and discussions on discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, and temple work assignments. Some of the classes may also serve as seminars on particular topics sponsored by the Xuanfa Five Vidyas University (XFVU) and include more extensive discussion periods and even group debates. Wake up bells are rung early (usually 5:30 am) and lights are out at 10 pm. The main meal is lunch (served before noon following monastic protocols), with breakfast served after morning chanting and dharma practice and an optional evening snack before class. Meals will all be strictly vegetarian with vegan options. The meals, chanting, and meditation periods will be conducted like a monastic regime, giving lay practitioners a taste of monastic life. Except for the classes, discussion periods, and private interviews with Zhaxi Zhuoma, the retreats are conducted in silence. No electronic devices or phones are allowed during the retreat, although iPads and mobile devises may be permitted during the XFVU Seminars. With so many audio-visual stimuli competing for our attention every moment of our lives, we rarely have the time to just reflect on our inner lives. No matter what our spiritual practice or beliefs, the retreat offers peace and serenity,a luxury that is hard to find in our modern world. Click for more.

 

CLASSES (held at The Holy Vajrasana Temple near Sanger, California, unless noted):

General information on Xuanfa Seminary Seminars:

The Xuanfa Seminary, part of the Xuanfa Five Vidyas University, offers 1 credit seminars on Dharma Discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III that focus on certain important concepts and principles. You will need to attend all classes, participate in a debate, and follow up with homework to receive credit for these seminars, but you do not need to enroll in the seminar to attend and listen to preliminary translations of dharma discourses expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III either with simultaneous translation into English by Suonan Ciren or a reading by Zhaxi Zhuoma of a preliminary translation and followed by a discussion period led by Zhaxi Zhuoma. You can register when you arrive at or after the seminar. More information on these seminars can be found at http://courses.holyvajrasana.org/course/index.php?categoryid=82 ; http://courses.holyvajrasana.org/course/view.php?id=331 and http://holyvajrasana.org/2016/07 and http://holyvajrasana.org/buddhist-practice/the-seven-dharma-system-of-listening-to-dharma-discourses.

May 26-August 4, 2017–Summer Session, Xuanfa Five Vidyas University.

 

June 17-18, 2017–English Translations of Dharma Discourses in Rosemead (Same schedule both days)

9:00 am: Meditation & Chanting; 9:30 am: “Numerous Questions Posed to the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III by Disciples, PART I”; 10:45 am: “Numerous Questions Posed to the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III by Disciples, PART II”;   12:00 pm: “Numerous Questions Posed to the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III by Disciples, PART III”;  1:30 pm: “The Important Segments of His Words Were Retrieved at the Scene”; 1:45: “In Addition to the Middle Way, There Is Esoteric Dharma to Achieve the Samboghakaya (Reward-Body)”; 2:45: “Regarding the Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation”; 3:45 pm chanting.  Amitabha Temple of Compassion and Wisdom, Suite 106, 7940 Garvey Avenue, Rosemead, CA.

June 30 to July 7, 2017*–Seven-Day Meditation Retreat and Seminars

Intensive retreat practice and study of dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III including the following two Seven-Dharma Seminars,

June 30 to July 2, 2017–XFVU Seminar I-007 for Beginning Students VI: including the following dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III: “Can One Get Married after Rebirth in the Western World of Ultimate Bliss?” “If You Can Do This, You Can Become Accomplished Easily; Violating on This Will Nullify the Effects of Practicing Any Buddha-Dharma;” “Do You Clearly Believe in the Law of Cause and Effect?” “How One Has to Have a Vigilant State of Mind and Cultivate Oneself Truthfully;” “Are You Sincere in Taking Refuge? You’ve Already Forgotten!” and “ Can Your Behavior Cause You to End the Cycle of Birth and Death?” with simultaneous translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche. This part of the retreat starts Friday at 7:00 pm and ends at noon on Sunday. Click for more information. We will also try and have Rinpoche translate “Why People Get Sick” again.

July 2 to July 7, 2017–XFVU Seminar I-006 for Beginning Students V: Supernormal Powers, Qi-Gong, et al: including the following dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III:Can Supernormal Power End the Cycle of Birth and Death? Qi-Gong Is Different from Buddhism;”  “If Casually Empowering Others Can Cause Their Liberation, Shakyamuni Buddha Would Have Long Ago Liberated Everyone;” and “Principle of All Dharmas Arising from the Mind.”   This part of the retreat starts at 7:00 pm on Sunday and ends the following Friday at noon. Click for more details.

 

August 1-30, 2017*–Thirty-Day Meditation Retreat & Seminars: 

Intensive retreat practice and study of dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III including the following four Seven-Dharma Seminars and opportunity to read and study the Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation (Chinese  speakers only). All retreats start with morning chanting at 6:00 am on the first day and end after lunch on the last day. Click for more information and registration and to reserve space at the temple. Click for Chinese registration form.

August 1-7, 2017–XFVU Seminar I-003 Dharma Discourses for Beginning Students II: Sickness & Death including “Why People Get Sick;”  “Have You Thought About Matters After Death? Part I;”  and “Have You Thought About Matters After Death? Part II.” Click for more details.

August 8-14, 2017–XFVU Seminar I-005 Dharma Discourses for Beginning Students IV: Supernormal Powers including “Buddha-Dharma Is a Form of Construction;” “Without Truly Taking Refuge, One Cannot Attain Liberation;” “Ordinary People Are Not Able to Recognize Holy Beings;” “What Kind of People Are Qualified to Obtain Supernormal Powers?” and “To Attain Supernatural Powers, You Must Not Violate Unalterable Principles.” Click for more details.

August 15-21, 2017–XFVU Seminar I-006 for Beginning Students V: Supernormal Powers, Qi-Gong, et al” based on preliminary translations of dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. These discourses have been identified as suitable for those just beginning to learn Buddhism.  “Can Supernormal Power End the Cycle of Birth and Death? Qi-Gong Is Different from Buddhism;”  “If Casually Empowering Others Can Cause Their Liberation, Shakyamuni Buddha Would Have Long Ago Liberated Everyone;” and “Principle of All Dharmas Arising from the Mind.Click for more details.

August 22-28, 2017–XFVU Seminar I-007 for Beginning Students VI: including “Can One Get Married after Rebirth in the Western World of Ultimate Bliss?” “If You Can Do This, You Can Become Accomplished Easily; Violating on This Will Nullify the Effects of Practicing Any Buddha-Dharma;” “Do You Clearly Believe in the Law of Cause and Effect?” “How One Has to Have a Vigilant State of Mind and Cultivate Oneself Truthfully;” “Are You Sincere in Taking Refuge? You’ve Already Forgotten!” and “ Can Your Behavior Cause You to End the Cycle of Birth and Death?” Click for more details. The class will probably go to southern California during August 29-30.

You will need to attend all the classes AND participate in debate and follow up with homework to receive credit for these seminars that are sponsored through the Xuanfa Five Vidyas Seminary and follow the Seven-Dharma system of listening to Dharma Discourses.

 

September 1-4, 2017–Meditation Retreat and Seminar

Listening to dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III with simultaneous English translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche. Details to be announced.

 

October 6-9, 2017–Meditation Retreat and Seminar

Listening to dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III with simultaneous English translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche. Details to be announced.

 

November 10-13, 2017–Meditation Retreat and Seminar

Listening to dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III with simultaneous English translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche. Details to be announced.

 

December 8-15*, 2017–Seven-Day Meditation Retreat and Seminar in Thailand

Listening to dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III with simultaneous English translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche, Thailand. Details to be announced.

 

December 17–Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly in Vietnam

Details to be announced.

 

December 29, 2017 to January 1, 2018–Meditation Retreat and Seminar 

Listening to dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III with simultaneous translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche. Details to be announced.

 

*The option of only staying for the seminars or first part of the retreats held in Sanger is possible, but priority for staying at the temple will go to those there for the entire retreat. Others may stay locally and still attend the intensive seminar part of the retreat. All retreats are held at Sanger, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are a must to be able to read the Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation as an exact number of copies of the book must be borrowed for the retreats. A $10 reserve fee is required to guarantee a space as there will only be a limited number allowed to attend due to space limitations.

NOTES: In the advent Suonan Ciren Rinpoche is unable to attend any of the seminars, Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche will read from a similar collection of preliminary translations of dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III while Chinese speakers may listen to recordings of the same discourses in the original Chinese. Other translators will be available for the discussion periods and debates.

The seminars and retreats are sponsored by the Xuanfa Five Vidyas Seminary and may be taken for credit, if desired. Go to website for more information.