Offering mandalas, a powerful practice of visualizing and offering pure universes, is an important method for building positive merit throughout many Buddhist traditions. Great practitioners such as Atisha and Tsongkhapa are renowned for the vast numbers of mandala offerings they made. In many traditions, accumulating 100,000 short mandala offerings is a prerequisite for tantric practice.
Demo Rinpoche will offer brief daily talks about the purpose, function and background of mandala offerings. Participants will receive hands-on instructions on how to make these offerings in simple and more elaborate forms, followed by group sessions for offering mandalas together. The schedule will also include time to individually focus on accumulating many short mandala offerings.
This retreat is open to all.
How to make a mandala set
Tuesday – Friday, December 27 – 30, 2022
10:00am – 5:00pm Eastern Time
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COST – $65 Jewel Heart Members / $80 Non-Members
Pay What You Can – No one is turned away
Registration lets us know you will be attending and provides the zoom link via this web page or the registration confirmation email. Newcomers to Jewel Heart will receive instructions about their account in their registration confirmation email.
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Also: NEW YEAR’S EVE LAMA CHOPA & TSOH AND VIRTUAL PARTY
Saturday, December 31, 3:00 – 5:00pm Eastern Time
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Mandala offering sets are available to order from the Jewel Heart store through Ujjen Tsewang (email@example.com). Order early to allow time for shipping.
You can also opt to create a temporary cardboard mandala set for this retreat’s practice purposes.
2022 MANDALA OFFERING RETREAT TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – Schedule updates will be posted closer to the retreat
Tuesday, December 27 – Friday, December 30
Friday – Saturday, October 7 – 8
|Mandala Offering Retreat||Tuesday, December 27||Wednesday,
|Thursday, December 29||Friday, December 30|
|10:00 – 11:00am||Demo Rinpoche||Demo Rinpoche||Demo Rinpoche||Demo Rinpoche|
|11:30am – 12:30pm||Instruction Session: Set & Materials; How to build temporary set||Instruction Session: 37 Heap Mandala||Instruction Session: 23 Heap Mandala||Instruction Session: 7 Heap Mandala; Repeat 37 and 23 Heap Mandalas|
|12:30 – 1:30 pm||Lunch break||Lunch break||Lunch break||Lunch break|
|1:30 – 2:30 pm||Instructor / Practice Session: 7 Heaps; Discussion||Instructor / Practice Session: 37 Heaps; Discussion||Instructor / Practice Session: 23 Heaps; Discussion||Instructor / Practice Session: 37 Heaps; Discussion|
|2:30 – 3:15 pm||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala|
|3:15 – 3:30 pm||Break||Break||Break||Break|
|3:30 – 5:00pm||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala||Individual Session: 7 Heap Mandala|
Note: While 100,000 of the 7 heap mandala offerings constitute a Mandala Offering Retreat, in this short retreat, any number is okay. This retreat’s purpose is to learn the practice and become familiar with it.
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