Friday, February 9 2018

9 AM
Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 9 a.m.
Multi-day Event
Practice Retreat


Vajrakilaya Putri Rekphung





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Concise Vajrakilaya Practice

Vajrakilaya-Losar related Supplies and Items from Dharma Treasures store

Sponsoring Prayer Flags and Ritual Activity



The wrathful Vajrakilaya Gutor practice is a powerful purification ritual traditionally done in the final days of the outgoing Tibetan year to cleanse and pacify all accumulated negativities, defilements and obstacles, in order that we start the New Year afresh. We will do His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's Putri Rekphung - The Razor that Destroys at a Touch Vajrakilaya practice. This year eight days of Vajrakilaya pujas, February 6-13, 2018, will be enriched by three days of Shenpa (Dharma protector) prayer accumulations (February 6-8).


We are pleased to announce that Tulku Thadral Rinpoche will be Dorje Lopon (Ritual Master) for our 29th annual Vajrakilaya retreat. Lama Sonam Rinpoche says that Tulku Thadral Rinpoche is one of the most qualified of Dudjom lineage lamas, in terms of his depth of training and understanding.

Tulku Thadral Rinpoche PhurbaIMG_7194.JPG

We are deeply honored that Tulku Jigme Wangdrak Rinpoche, a fourth generation familial descendant of HH Dudjom Lingpa, pictured left, will also join our retreat.   

The practice culminates in the Gutor ritual, this year on February 14th, where the wrathful torma is cast out, accompanied by the sacred Black Hat dance, paving the way for a New Year where “all positive circumstances increase like the waxing moon. Relative circumstances such as longevity, merit, glories, joy and family lineage are increased. And on the path, meditation qualities, experience, wisdom and fruition of practice are accomplished.” Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Please join Tulku Jigme Wangdrak Rinpoche, Tulku Thadral Rinpoche, Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche, Lama Sonam Rinpoche and other lamas and sangha for as much as your schedule allows.


On February 10th, Tulku Thadral Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrakilaya empowerment.


Gutor Zorchen

Gutor Day, February 14, in the morning we will go through the sadhana up to tsok. The afternoon will start with the averting ritual, where the sacred black hat dance is performed, and the ritual torma cast and consumed in a wisdom bonfire. The large zorchen torma, which is thrown into the bonfire on Gutor Day to dispel negativity of the past year, is made from a mold sculpted in 2011 by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. It is incredibly detailed and will be decorated with Lama Sonam Rinpoche's special phurba mandala (phur drom) and other ritual objects. 


On "Thanksgiving Day (Tang-rak)" on February 15, we will perform the Vajrakilaya sadhana at 9 AM, followed by Losar preparations in the afternoon. On this day, traditionally, house cleaning is undertaken to usher in good energy for the New Year.

Losar day, February 16th, the Year of the Earth Dog, will start in the morning with offerings to the Guru Rinpoche statue and the resident lamas. We will do Lake Born Vajra tsok with Orgyen Khandro Norlha long life and wealth practice will follow, up to lunch time. After lunch, a Riwo Sangchod smoke offering puja will be peformed to accompany the raising of our New year's Prayer Flags, and sharing of Tibetan fortune soup.



Vajrakilaya puja and Shenpa Protector practice require many tormas (ritual sculptures) and sacred substances, which you can help sponsor. Make offerings for Tsok, Butter Lamps, Dharmapalas, tormas, lama care, Prayer Flags, and more.