RETREATS and CLASSES at the VAJRASANA TEMPLE and RETREAT CENTER

The abbot, Zhaxi Zhuoma Xuan De, 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. 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 Sanger unless noted):

February 17-April 28, 2017–Spring Session, Xuanfa Five Vidyas University.

 

April 20, 2017–Dharma Discourse and Discussion in North Carolina

7:00 pm: Chanting; 7:30 pm: Talk on the state of Buddhism in the world today by Zhaxi Zhuoma Xuan De; 8:00 pm: Listening to a very recent dharma discourse given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III on why saying that either just chanting the name of a Buddha or believing that one can become instantly enlightened by becoming aware of one’s original nature actually slanders the Buddhas with simultaneous translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche; 8:40 pm: Discussion;  the Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center on 159 Osceola Road, Hendersonville, NC. Click for detailed schedule.

April 21-22, 2017–Meditation Retreat and Seminar in North Carolina

XFVU Seminar I-012 Learning from Buddha; 6:30 am chanting; 9:00 am to 8:30 pm both days; Listening to very important dharma discourses given last year by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III on cultivation and the practice of the true Buddha-Dharma that can enable you to become enlightened in this lifetime with simultaneous translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche at the Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center on 159 Osceola Road, Hendersonville, NC. Click for detailed schedule. Click for more information on XFVU Seminars. You may attend any of the classes offered these two days or take the seminar as a course at the Xuanfa Five Vidyas University Seminary. Click for more information on XFVU.

 

April 23, 2017–Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly in North Carolina

1:30 pm: Registration: 2:00 pm: Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly, Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center, 159 Osceola Road, Hendersonville, NC. Register for this event by calling (828) 356-5568 or e-mailing retreat@heartwoodrefuge.org. Comfortable clothing and pants are recommended for this Assembly. Permission to attend is required for children ages 14 and under. There is no charge for this event. All donations will go to cover expenses and to the Living Beings Liberation Fund to free and/or benefit captive beings including incarcerated people. Click for detailed schedule. Click for more information on similar empowerments done elsewhere.

 

April 23, 2017–Dharma Discourse in North Carolina

7:00 pm: Listen to recording of Dharma Discourse on the “Vajra Yoga Perfection (Four-Armed Kuan Yin) Dharma” by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha with simultaneous translation by Suonan Ciren Rinpoche; 8:40 pm: Discussion;  the Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center on 159 Osceola Road, Hendersonville, NC. Click for detailed schedule.

 

May 6, 2017– Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly in Salt Lake City, Utah

12:45 pm: Registration: 1:00 pm: Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Great Compassion Empowerment Dharma Assembly, at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, 569 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT. Register for this event by calling (801) 532-4833 or e-mailing contact@xuanfautah.org. Comfortable clothing and pants are recommended for this Assembly. Permission to attend is required for children ages 14 and under. There is no charge for this event. All donations will go to cover expenses and to the Living Beings Liberation Fund to free and/or benefit captive beings including incarcerated people. Click for more information on similar empowerments done elsewhere.

 

May 7, 2017–Dharma Class in Salt Lake City, UT

10:00 am: “Are Supernatural Powers Necessary to Become Greatly Accomplished? The Difference between Buddha-Dharma and Qigong;”  Reading of a preliminary English translation of the  dharma discourse by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III by Zhaxi Zhuoma Xuan De. Discussion. Xuanfa Dharma Center of Utah, 755 East 600 S,
Salt Lake City, UT.

 

May 26-29, 2017–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.

 

June 30 to July 7, 2017*–Seven-Day 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.

 

July 14-21*–Seven-Day Meditation Retreat & Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation Intensive

(Chinese  speakers only)

 

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 Seven-Dharma Seminars (TBA) and opportunity to read and study the Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation (Chinese  speakers only). Details to be announced.

 

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.

 

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

 

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 $50 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.