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Vajra Vega Wheel of Protection: Fierce Kalachakra Empowerment & Retreat

August 19 - August 25, 2024

Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoché

Robert A.F. Thurman

Learn the Most Powerful Spiritual Protection Practice Done before the Kalachakra EmpowermentVajra Vega, the wrathful form of Shri Kalachakra and the King of the Wrathful Deities, is the protector aspect in Kalachakra. There are many benefits to establishing a connection with Vajra Vega. The essence of Vajravega is that he represents the non-conceptual primordial wisdom that arises when the winds enter the central channel. This is the method by which the root ignorance of conceptuality is cut. It is also the basis or container where the precious six vajra yogas arise. When we establish a wheel of protection with Vajra Vega, we are symbolically stopping the arising of dualistic appearances and abiding within the non-conceptual wisdom. Vajra Vega is considered the King of Spiritual Protection, and his 60 retinues are incredibly powerful. Khentrul Rinpoche has never before agreed to bestow this practice on students before keeping it to a very limited number. This powerful practice forms a vajra-protective sphere containing Vajra Vega and 60 protectors. It is performed at the start of a Kalachakra empowerment ceremony to secure the space. It is also done in some of the extensive Kalachakra Sadhanas. Robert Thurman requested the VajraVega Jenang and other special practices on the mind Mandala. For this reason, Yeshe Wangmo requested Rinpoche grant this wheel of protection practice that is so special and rare. Khentrul Rinpoche agreed to give this specific practice especially due to Robert Thurman’s initial request for Vajra Vega. Who is Vajra Vega?https://youtu.be/KweyCnXLx5w?si=sUk5E_TORhK1xS4VFor those joining in person, there will be several in-person-only activities. Retreatants will be a part of creating the empowerment mandala and tormas of the retinues as well as a King of Kalachakra Fire Puja, among other exclusive offerings.It is very important and special for us to connect with this aspect of Kalachakra in our lifetime to benefit from the connection in the Bardo state after death. While we must do our best to create karmic propensities to realize our own sacred truth during this life, if we do not then in the Bardo state after death, we may be able to recognise Vajra Vega in the sea of wrathful Deities and be liberated. For this reason, we also have several smaller practices that can help increase our connection and familiarity with Vajra Vega.Mudra and ritual instruction classes will be led by Yeshe Wangmo.Included in the Retreat both Online and In-Person- Vajra Vega Jenang (wrathful Kalachakra) Blessing Empowerment- Oral Transmission and practice text of Praises of Vajra Vega- Oral Transmission and practice text of Short Practice of Vajra Vega- Oral Transmission and practice text of Vajra Vega’s Wheel of Protection Sadhana - Khentrul Rinpoche will give a short Commentary on the Wheel of Protection Sadhana - Teaching by Bob Thurman- Teaching on Dharma Protectors and the importance of their rituals - Lesson in how to make the torma and tea offering to Dharma Protectors- Specific Mudras related to Vajra Vega and the Wheel of Protection and the 12 Kalachakra Offerings according to Jonang - Instruction on how to perform the ritual with the mudras are lead by Yeshe WangmoIncluded In-person Retreat Only- The King of Kalachakra Jinsek Fire Puja- Torma Making Class- Vajra Vega’s Retinue and Vajra Vega’s Torma- Sand Mandala ConstructionWHO CAN COMEIn-Person students must have already taken the Kalachakra Empowerment (wang) or plan to take it in the future. The participant must already believe that the Kalachakra tantra is an important practice they wish to continue with in this life. Khentrul Rinpoche is being generous in offering the in-person attendees the opportunity to attend this retreat even just with the intention to take it in the future, rather than insisting on prior initiation as is customaryOnline participants must have already taken the Kalachakra Wang before.OPTIONAL SUPPLIES TO BRING DamaruBell and DorjeSerkyem (Golden Tea Offering Set)HYBRID FORMATThis workshop will be online and in person. Oral transmissions and empowerment must be received in real-time (i.e. not via video replay). Recordings will be added to learn.dzokden.org after the retreat. Everyone enrolled in person or online will be able to access the course.This page is for in-person attendance registration. If you cannot attend in person and wish to join us virtually online, please visit our Teachable platform at Menla Online.
ScheduleMonday, August 19
  • 3 - 6 pm  Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Welcome and Intro Teaching on Kalachakra, the Path, and How Vajra Vega and Protectors Fit in (Thurman/Rinpoche)
Tuesday, August 20
  • 7 - 8 am  Early Morning Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm  Making Vajra Vega Tormas, Sand Mandala, Hall Set up
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6  Making Vajra Vega Tormas, Sand Mandala, Hall Set up
  • 6 - 7  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm   Teaching on Vajra Vega, Protector Deity, and Forms of Protection on the Spiritual Path
Wednesday, August 21
  • 7 - 8 am  Early Morning Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm   Vajra Vega Initiation (Rinpoche)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6   Introduction to the Mudras of Kalachakra and Vajra Vega (Yeshe Wangmo)
  • 6 - 7  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Practice Session and Oral Transmission of Praises of Vajra Vega and on the Short Sadhana (Rinpoche & Yeshe Wangmo)
Thursday, August 22
  • 7 - 8 am  Early Morning Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm  Oral Transmission and Intro to the Vajra Vega Wheel of Protection Commentary (Rinpoche)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6  Vajra Vega Sadhana Practice and Lesson on Making Torma and Tea Offerings (Yeshe Wangmo)
  • 6 - 7  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Vajra Vega Sadhana Practice (Yeshe Wangmo)
Friday, August 23
  • 7 - 8 am  Early Morning Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm  Continued Commentary on Vajra Vega Wheel of Protection (Rinpoche)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6  Vajra Vega Sadhana Practice (Yeshe Wangmo)
  • 6 - 7  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Vajra Vega Sadhana Practice (Yeshe Wangmo)
Saturday, August 24
  • 7 - 8 am  Early Morning Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm  King of Kalachakra Fire Puja Jinsek (Rinpoche)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6  Wheel of Protection Practice (Yeshe Wangmo)
  • 6 - 7  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Kalachakra, Peace and the Golden Age (Rinpoche)
Sunday, August 25
  • 7 - 11 am  Check Out of Rooms by 11am
  • 7 - 8 am  Early Morning Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm  Final Practice Session (Rinpoche)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time.  

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoché

Khentrul Rinpoché spent the first 20 years of his life herding yak and chanting mantras on the plateaus of Tibet. Inspired by the bodhisattvas, he left his family to study in various monasteries under the guidance of over twenty-five masters in all the Tibetan Buddhist tradition...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

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