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Winter Retreat 2019

Yamantaka and Refuge Mantra Retreats


Jewel Heart International
1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

February 15 - 24

There will be two separate mantra retreats - a Refuge retreat and a Yamantaka Mantra retreat with fire puja. Demo Rinpoche will speak to each retreat groups a few times during the retreat.

To confirm eligibility for the Yamantaka retreat or if you have any questions, please contact

General start and close schedules for your planning

Both retreats open on Friday, February 15 which is Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche’s Paranirvana day
3:00pm - 5:30pm - Final check-in for both groups
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Lama Chopa and tsoh with both groups and friends not attending the retreat
8:00pm - 10:00pm - Yamantaka preliminary ritual to open the retreat and Refuge retreat opens

Retreats close on Sunday, February 24
2:00pm - Yamantaka retreat closes with completion of the Yamantaka fire puja.
11:30am - Refuge retreat closes following a 10am talk by Demo Rinpoche.
Note - Complete schedule provided on the retreat registrant webpage.


How To Do A Refuge Retreat with Hartmut Sagolla

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This retreat is a mantra retreat for all Buddhist practitioners.

Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is the basis of Buddhist practice at every level, including tantra. Gelek Rimpoche recommended that his students make an effort to complete certain practice retreats including the recitation of 100,000 refuge mantras, using the five mantras. Rimpoche often reminded us of the great tantric practitioner who said the King of Tantras, Guhyasamaja practice, is not profound. However, the three lines of refuge are profound.

A refuge retreat allows us time to focus and reflect on what refuge means to us in order to refine, expand and improve our understanding. It also allows time to develop and hone refuge visualizations, such as the refuge tree or the jewel method, which strengthens our connection and serves to purify problems that may arise with our refuge. We can also review and deepen the many meditations on refuge in the Lam Rim. We can meditate on how practitioners of the three scopes take refuge and check our own with these perspectives in mind.

By meditating on causal and result refuge, we can gain greater confidence and trust in the guru, yidam, three jewels, and in our own ability to progress along the spiritual path.

Click here for more about the Refuge Retreat.


The Yamantaka retreat is a mantra retreat for those who have received the Yamantaka Solitary Hero initiation and teachings. This retreat will conclude with a fire puja.

There will be no qualifying initiation given during this retreat.

To confirm eligibility for the Yamantaka retreat or if you have any questions, please contact

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Friday, Feb 15 - Sunday, Feb 24

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