Drupchen (Great Accomplishment) is an extensive practice retreat. In the Collection of Seven Treasures: The Mind Accomplishment of the Lama we perform this highly elaborate Guru Rinpoche Guru Yoga practice as a group, drawing on the full array of the skillful means of Vajrayana practice, such as the creation of the mandala, group sadhana practice, tsok offerings, 24-hour mantra recitation, ritual music, mudra, fire pujas, and sacred dance. Due to Guru Rinpoche's previous compassionate aspirations for these degenerate times, the practice carries the most penetrating compassion and wisdom blessings. Click here for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's talk about Drupchen.
Held in conjuction with Drupchen, Children's Retreat at Pema Osel Ling offers families a means of connecting with the Dharma in an authentic, practice-oriented environment while providing special care and attention to the needs and capacities of young family members. One of the coordinators of Children's Retreat has this to offer families for a sense of the activities involved:
"Pema Osel Ling's youth retreat is an opportunity for children to learn about the Dharma with age-appropriate activities in a supportive and fun environment while their parents attend retreat. Activities include a morning puja and tsok, and dharma lessons from experienced dharma practitioners or lamas. There are also fun dharma-related art projects and hands-on activities (torma-making, mudras, learning the instruments, doing life release, etc). They also practice and perform a dharma-related play for the Sangha. Each day ends with children joining the parents and Sangha in the Shrine room for Tsok and Dances. The children who have come to summer retreat over the years have made very special friendships and have learned about the many aspects of Buddhism. "
Attendance at Children's Retreat has grown year-by-year, as the benefits to both parents and children are easy to see. One of the long-time Children's Retreatants says, "The lamas teach me to do good things, think good things, and say good things. This helps me in my life and at school. I love kids' retreat!"
Restriction: People without children coming to Drupchen can come any day as long as you attend the entire first day and on other days also the entire day i.e. all three sessions and also take a mantra shift that day.