Vajrayogini Mantra Retreat


2018 JEWEL HEART WINTER RETREAT – VAJRAYOGINI MANTRA RETREAT and FIRE PUJA
NOTE: A Ganden Lha Gyema/Migtsema Mantra Retreat will concurrently be held in another area of the center.

Onsite Only
Jewel Heart
1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Dates and Times
Friday, February 23 – Check In 3:30 – 5:30pm
Friday, February 23, 6pm sharp
Through Sunday, March 4, mid afternoon

Vajrayogini Practice Mantra Retreat with a Fire Puja

Opening the retreat at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor requires all be present for the start of the Preliminaries on Friday, February 23 at 6pm. The retreat will close after the fire puja, sadhana closing and tsoh on Sunday, March 4, mid afternoon.

This mantra retreat is open for those who have already received Naropa Vajrayogini highest yoga tantra initiation and related teachings by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche or another qualified master.

To complete the full retreat by March 4th, registrants may begin earlier. See box below with details.

All retreat participants will open the onsite Ann Arbor retreat together at 6pm sharp on Friday, February 23rd. If you have a conflict with the start time, contact Programs right away.

To confirm eligibility or report conflict with February 23rd start time, contact Programs at the email listed below.

If you have a conflict with the Friday, 6pm opening of the retreat, please contact Programs right away at programs@jewelheart.org

Cost: $600 / $150 Deposit due upon registration

Click here to Register.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – AN EARLY START TO THE VAJRAYOGINI MANTRA RETREAT IS RECOMMENDED

It is recommended to begin the retreat in advance at home in order to complete the full mantra accumulation by the closing time on March 4. It will be difficult to complete 100,000 mantras in 8 days. Some may prefer to begin at home on their own timeline. The preliminaries for that purpose are part of the retreat instructions available upon registration.

Some may also choose to open their retreat in advance as part of a Jewel Heart Vajrayogini wide group on Saturday, January 27 via webinar. Details are also available upon registration.

Also, the fire puja (and tsoh) is required to fully complete a first Vajrayogini 100,000 mantra retreat.
Those who have already completed a full Vajrayogini retreat and fire puja may attend the fire puja if they wish. Otherwise, they are welcome to close and complete with their tsoh offering on their own.

 

SANGHA LODGING
We can offer limited Sangha Lodging. Please contact Peter Arnesen as soon as possible to either request sangha lodging or offer sangha lodging. Write pjarnesen@comcast.net.

 

HOTELS
We recommend making early reservations. Ann Arbor and local universities have well attended programs that keep hotels well booked.EXTENDED STAY DELUXE DETROIT - ANN ARBOR
3265 Boardwalk Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 997 7623

EXTENDED STAY AMERICA - ANN ARBOR
1501 Briarwood Circle Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 332 1980

MOTEL 6 ANN ARBOR
3764 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108

RUDOLF STEINER HOUSE
1923 Geddes
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734 662 9355
Call early to confirm rates and availability.

Link to other Ann Arbor area hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts: http://annarbor.travelhero.com/index.cfm/country/US/state/MI/city/ANN_ARBOR/aid/225/index.html

 

CARPOOLING TRANSPORTATION
We are happy to help retreat participants connect with each other for carpooling during the week.
For carpooling arrangements, please contact Bob Rickman at rr.rickman@verizon.net or 412 973 4355 and/or Birgit Roller at birgit.roller@gmail.com or 248 459 2959.HANDICAP PARKING
If you need handicap parking, please let us know as soon as possible.

We do not offer airport transportation for arrival to or departure from Ann Arbor.

 

MEALS, MAINTAINING THE CENTER, ITEMS TO BRINGMEALS
Breakfast recommended at home.
Lunch and Dinner time periods will be shared by both retreat groups.

Silence/quiet time is requested during meals and throughout the day at the center near the retreat/meditation rooms, as some people may choose to remain/return to their seats while others are off their seats.

We suggest brown bag lunches and dinners. Refrigerator space will be available. Please mark your items with your name and date. Items will need to rotate regularly due to limited space.
________________________________

CENTER
Please only use closeable beverage containers.
Please keep the space around you clean and take care to not step over other’s cushion or dharma materials.
Please participate in volunteer cleaning – Your help keeping the center clean and stocked is helpful service as a bodhisattva activity and in maintaining the mandala for everyone during the retreat.
________________________________

ITEMS TO BRING/FIRE PUJA
Vajrayana implements/materials and personal needs for your retreat – including tables, prayer books, bell/dorje, etc.

Please contact Hartmut at Hartmutjewelheart@gmail.com regarding fire puja participation.

Contact ujjenjewelheart@gmail.com to reserve/order tables and backjacks to use during the retreat.

 

SCHEDULE *Friday, February 23
3:30 – 5:30pm – Check In
6pm sharp – Mandatory attendance of Preliminaries followed by first sadhana/mantra session
Mantras in this session are not included in the 100,000 count

Saturday, February 24 Saturday, March 3
9:30am – Session (Group Opens Vajrayogini Long Sadhana together on Saturday/Sunday, February 24/25)
12 – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Session
5 – 6:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Session
8 – 8:30pm – Group Closes Vajrayogini Long Sadhana

Monday, February 26 – Saturday, March 3
9:30am – Session
12 – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Session
5 – 6:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm- 8:30pm – Session and Closing (Group Closes Vajrayogini Long Sadhana together on Saturday/Sunday, February 24/25)

Sunday, March 4 – the following schedule is contingent on Fire Puja timing

9:30am – 10:30am – Sadhana
10:30 – 11am – Break /Snack
11am – 12:30pm – Fire Puja
1:30pm – Sadhana Closing and Tsoh

* GENERAL RETREAT SCHEDULE POINTS
The overall schedule is flexible to allow individually extending or shortening one’s sessions as desired.

Lunch and Dinner periods are the same for both Ganden Lha Gyema and Vajrayogini retreats to help minimize sound disturbances for participants.

Quiet zones near the retreat rooms will be established for the mealtimes in support of those who may choose continue on their chair/cushion during meal periods.

To support newcomers to sitting in a Vajrayogini retreat, Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25 includes opening and closing as a group. People wishing to keep a different schedule are welcome to do so.