Gutor-Losar Vajrakilaya Retreat 2020

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Vajrakilaya and Shenpa Marnak


"Vajrakilaya cuts through the solidity of hardened minds and afflictive emotions with the weapon of sharp, clear awareness." --Lama Tharchin Rinpoche 


Losar Day

Feb. 24, Monday - Lake Born Vajra and Khandro Norlha Puja with breakfast tsok, kapse, tea and auspicious sweet rice - 7:00 am - 12:00 pm; Riwo Sang Chod Puja- 2:00-5:00 pm (times approximate)





Text List

Ride Share


Sponsoring Prayer Flags and Ritual Activity

Concise Vajrakilaya Practice

Vajrakilaya-Losar related Supplies and Items from Dharma Treasures store

Prayer Flags to Purchase at Dharma Treasures

(Please bring your personal phurbas to the Gutor/Losar Retreat if you would like to have it blessed)


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. Read Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche's 2017 letter to Pema Osel Ling Sangha [in Tibetan or English] about the importance of reciting the Shenpa prayers.


Gutor Day we will go through the sadhana up to tsok. Beginning at approxiately 2 pm, we 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, made from a mold sculpted in 2011 by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, is thrown into the bonfire on Gutor Day to dispel negativity of the past year. This paves 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


 Gutor Zorchen

After the burning of the torma, we will share Tibetan fortune soup.


On "Thanksgiving Day" (Tang-rak), we will perform the Vajrakilaya sadhana beginning at 8:30 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, we will start in the morning with offerings to the Guru Rinpoche statue and the 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 performed to accompany the raising of our New year's Prayer Flags. This is followed by traditional Tibetan Losar activities, including offering Chemar, auspicious rice and other food and drink.


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


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.


Pema Rigdzin Phurba Teaching

Learn about phurbas, in video teachings with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin:

Full 25-minute video teaching in 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2



Sat, Feb. 15 - Mon, Feb. 24, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. US/Pacific


Pema Osel Ling
2013 Eureka Canyon Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States