Tantric Path of Desire: Teachings & Six Buddha Families Blessing Ceremony with Khentrul Rinpoché

Tantric Path of Desire: Teachings & Six Buddha Families Blessing Ceremony with Khentrul Rinpoché

Online and in-person in Austria at Dzokden Kalapa. In English with the potential of live translation in other languages (TBA).

This page is for registration to attend in person only. If you would like to register to attend the event online please click here.

“Most followers of the Tibetan tantric Buddhist teachings are merely wearing an outer costume of tantra.” (Khentrul Rinpoché)

We are delighted to announce that Rinpoché accepted our request to present his exciting new tantra book, “The Tantric Path of Desire” in Europe. He will give related teachings, a blessing ceremony of the 6 Buddha Families, and address crucial questions of both new and veteran practitioners.

What is tantric practice really about? How to use our day-to-day ‘negative’ emotions as positive potential? How do the different levels of Buddhist paths relate to each other? How to use sexuality as part of the spiritual path according to the Buddha’s tantric teachings? Why does one need an authentic Guru to learn Tantra genuinely?

Preconceptions and misunderstandings about tantra have spread everywhere. Both in Western countries, as well as Asian countries where these teachings originated. Lost amidst extreme views and with a lack of proper clarification, it is difficult for practitioners to reach the essence of the tantric teachings. Rinpoché will teach about how the different levels of Buddhist teachings and their respective conduct of ethics support each other without contradiction. He will explain the varying degrees of tantric practice and what one should do to truly focus on tantra.

For Rinpoché, there is no doubt that different types of persons, including lay devotees, monastics, and non-religious ones, have the potential to learn the essence of tantric practice. This is because the tantric approach is closely aligned with our existing nature.

“In the tantric path, nothing that is naturally present in our mind needs to be eliminated. Instead, we learn means for putting these mental phenomena to work for us. When all these phenomena are subjugated by the brilliance of pure and true reality, they become our friends.” (Khentrul Rinpoché)

In the view of tantra, the pure aspects of our afflictive emotions are connected to specific Buddha Families. To strengthen this awareness and for the continued support of participants’ practice after the event, Rinpoché will bestow a Blessing Ceremony of the Six Buddha Families.

For the Q&A session, we thoroughly encourage you to gather all your questions that will clarify your understanding of tantra. Do not miss this precious opportunity.

Schedule

This is a weekend of teachings with Khentrul Rinpoché, although he may decide to direct senior students to teach one of the sessions or lead group discussions in support of the participants’ learning process.

Schedule in Vienna Time (CEST)

Friday 26th July | 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Session 1: Free Public Teaching: Tantric Path of Desire An Introduction

Saturday 27th July 

Session 2: 7.00 a.m. – 8.30 a.m. | Session 3: 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 a.m. | Session 4: 3:00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. | Session 5: 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Sunday 28th July

Session 6: 7.00 a.m. – 8.30 a.m. (includes Blessing Ceremony of the 6 Buddha Families) – THIS CEREMONY MUST BE ATTENDED LIVE

 Session 7: 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. 

How to Prepare?

There are no prerequisites for these teachings. They are open to all, regardless of your background. Reading Rinpoché´s book, “The Tantric Path of Desire,” is suggested but not mandatory for participation. (It is currently available in English and can be purchased here). If you plan to attend the teachings in person at Kalapa and you would like a hard copy, you can reserve one by writing to [email protected] and can pick up it upon arrival. (Unfortunately, Kalapa cannot send books via mail.)

Registration

The fee for the retreat includes three vegetarian meals and shared accommodations at the beautiful Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. Please inform us ([email protected]) in advance if you have allergies, food intolerances, or other important health or mental conditions that we need to consider. We cannot promise space for individual rooms for participants of this event. However, you can alternatively bring your own tent and sleep outside near the Kalachakra Stupa (see registration options below). Please note: Parking in the area of Kalapa is very limited. If you are staying with us for the whole retreat, we encourage you to drop off then find a space to park at a distance (in the city, if possible) to help other travellers reach the site.

Additional Info for those attending in-person

Additional schedule for in-person participation on Friday 26th July:

14:00 to 16:00 – Check-in at Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center 

17:00 – Welcome Meeting at the Yoga Room (mandatory for everyone)

18:00 – Dinner

Check-out on Sunday the 28th July after lunch, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Recordings: By attending in-person, you will also be automatically registered to participate online. This way, you will be able to access audio and video recordings of the sessions afterward through our learning platform.

Live translations: If you are participating in person and need live translation, you must provide your own internet connection and bring earphones to listen to the translated teachings provided over the internet using your tablet or mobile device in the temple. Laptops or notebook computers are not allowed in the temple. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a wireless internet connection for participants owing to technical limitations.

If you are a volunteer translator who is joining the retreat in-person and wishes to offer live translation, please let us know in advance so that we can reserve a space for you to translate during the teachings. The live translation will not be performed in the temple itself. Instead, in-person translators will participate in the event over an internet connection provided at the retreat center so that their translation can be broadcast to the online audience. You need to register yourself as an in-person participant.

Volunteer Opportunities

Rinpoche strongly encourages us to support our dharma brothers and sisters by volunteering. There are 2 full-time volunteer positions for this retreat:

COOK: For this retreat, we need one full-time volunteer to cook breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner for the participants. 

SOUND-VIDEO-ZOOM: For this retreat there is also an open position for thechnical support for all the sessions, this include a.o. video, audio, mics/amplification, hosting the Zoom Webinar, and so forth. We can give you a general introduction to the tasks and devices, however, it is preferred that you have some previous experience in this field.

If you are considering one of these opportunities, please write as soon as possible to [email protected] so that we can arrange a video call to plan your participation. If you decide to be a full-time volunteer for the whole event, you can attend the event for free without needing to register as a paying participant. Full-time volunteers can arrive one day earlier for preparing their tasks.

Dana for Khentrul Rinpoche

If you additionally wish to show your generosity to Rinpoché’s precious teachings and to his immense efforts, you can do it in-person at the end of the retreat or, if you are attending online, you can offer Dana for Rinpoche on the Dzokden website here. This is completely voluntary.

How to get to Kalapa?

Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center, Garanas 41, Bad Schwanberg, zip code 8541, Austria, Südweststeiermark. The nearest airport is in Graz, Austria. To travel to Kalapa by train, start at the main train station in Graz. From there, take the S6 or S61 S-Bahn towards Wies-Eibiswald for about an hour to the Bad Schwanberg station. (timetable information)

To travel from the Bad Schwanberg train station to the retreat center, a relatively inexpensive taxi service supported by the government is available that will take you directly to the Retreat Center, which is referred to as “Buddhistisches Zentrum” by this taxi service. For more information, please visit the following website: Regio Mobil. The taxi must be ordered at least one hour in advance, but visitors are recommended to do so much earlier or on the day before you intend to arrive. On weekdays, this taxi service operates between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. On weekends it does not operate during the evening. As the journey is quite long (about 20 minutes), the service should be scheduled at least half an hour before the closing hours provided above. For trips on Sundays or public holidays please schedule the taxi service by 5 p.m. on the day before you intend to arrive.

To order: +43 (0)50 16 17 18 Cost: €6.00 total regardless of how many people are taking the taxi. Alternatively you can book a normal taxi service or similar.

By car: From the Graz-West motorway junction (A2/A9), get on the A2 towards Klagenfurt/Italy and take the Lieboch exit. Then, continue on Federal Road 76 towards Eibiswald. After about 30 km, you will reach Schwanberg. At the end of the main square in Schwanberg, turn left towards Garanas. After the bridge, turn right towards Garanas and follow the signs to “Kalachakra Kalapa Center” uphill for about 8 km to reach the center.

1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra: Practice Retreat

1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra: Practice Retreat

in-person only
This page is for registration for the 1st VAJRA YOGA Practice Retreat Week(s).

WEEK 2: August 12th – 19th (7 nights)
WEEK 3: August 19th – August 26th (7 nights)
WEEK 4: August 26th – September 2nd (7 nights)

(How to register for one or multiple weeks? When registering below, simply select the start date of your participation, and the numbers 1, 2, or 3 of “tickets” corresponding to the number of weeks that you would like to attend.)

To register for the 1st VAJRA YOGA EMPOWERMENT, TEACHING, and RETREAT WEEK 1, you also need to additionally register here as well.

We are grateful to be able to offer a Practice Retreat on the 1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra at the Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center in the Austrian mountains. This retreat is a rare opportunity to practice similarly to how aspiring yogis practice during the traditional three-year Kalachakra retreat, in a uniquely beautiful natural Summer setting. This group retreat will support the participants in establishing their 1st Vajra Yoga practice. By having a solid foundation for their own individual practice after the retreat, practitioners will be better able to complete the 1st Vajra Yoga and prepare for the next Vajra Yoga. You are welcome to take part in any of the weeks of your choosing (choose the weeks below when registering).

This is the first time we have the precious chance to offer such a long retreat on the 1st Vajra Yoga in Europe, so do not miss this precious opportunity!

[Note for those who have already received the 1st Vajra Yoga in Tibet in 2019: Rinpoché encourages you to first attend the 1st Vajra Yoga Empowerment, Teaching, and Retreat Week 1 first, rather than directly attending the Practice Retreat in Weeks 2, 3, and 4. However, if you absolutely cannot and only want to attend the practice retreat, first send us an email to [email protected] explaining your reasons before proceeding with the registration. We will contact you to confirm whether or not this is possible for you. Decisions will be taken on a case-by-case basis.]

Online Meditation Guidance from Khentrul Rinpoche + In-person Retreat
Each participant can request a personal audience with Rinpoche (remotely via Zoom) to discuss their meditation progress and help alleviate any obstacles to their practice. Rinpoché may also join remotely to give a group teaching (upon participants’ request) if he feels that it is necessary. Rafa Lobsang Dorje will lead the practice retreat in-person with Rinpoche’s blessing. He received the 1st Vajra Yoga from Rinpoche in 2019 in Tibet and practiced it in group and solitary retreat settings.

REQUIREMENTS
All participants must have received the 1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra by Shar Khentrul Rinpoche. If you have not received them yet and have the aspiration to do so, there is the possibility (upon approval) of receiving them before this practice retreat. More infos and registration here

How to Prepare and Materials

How to prepare for this retreat: In addition to the longer sadhanas “Divine Ladder” and “Enlightening the Heart”, you will need to know the sadhana “Secret Dakini Treasure”. We encourage you to study all the sadhanas as much as you can, including the transliterations and chantings, because there will be some sessions of chanting in Tibetan without a recording during the retreat. 

During the retreat, Guru Puja and Kalachakra Tsok gatherings will also be held on special occasions. We strongly encourage you to additionally register for their two associated courses at our learning center to prepare yourself in advance so that you know the rituals very well beforehand. If you wish (not mandatory), bring your own vajra, bell, damaru, or other ritual instruments to use during the puja and tsok gatherings.

Materials: You can borrow printed texts of Guru Puja and Tsok from the temple to use during the event. Please bring your printed practice book “The Profound Path of Vajra Yoga”. You can also bring Rinpoche’s commentary “The Hidden Treasure,” “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3,” and the 1st Vajra Yoga Booklet as a reference for your practice (everything on paper, as tablets, phones, or computers are not allowed after the strict retreat begins.) Other reading materials not directly related to the 1st Vajra Yoga are not allowed during the retreat period. Bring your blindfold and your meditation belt.

Retreat Information and Guidelines

The retreat will be closed and in silence. Participants are not allowed to receive visitors or use computers, tablet devices, mobile phones, and so forth. We can store personal phones and other electronic devices in our office. If someone needs to contact you in case of emergency, they can email [email protected] or call +43 676 395 8898. Both e-mailbox and phone will be checked at least once each day. Rinpoche advises participants to follow the retreat guidelines respectfully, not only for the success of their own practice, but also to avoid disturbing others. 

The daily schedule consists of four practice sessions and additional activities such as occasional pujas, watching Rinpoché’s recorded teachings, personal audiences and so forth. Participants are welcome to address their questions related to the practice in written form to the retreat leader. They can request personal audiences with Rinpoché (remotely via Zoom) as well. Participation in two daily group sessions is mandatory unless health conditions completely prevent you from taking part. The remaining two sessions can be practiced in your own room if you prefer. Practice sessions will be conducted in English and Tibetan. If you absolutely prefer, you can bring copies of the texts in your own language as well and read them silently while the group recites in English. 

Check-in and Check out between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (If you absolutely need to leave earlier, that is possible. Just inform us in advance of your plans.)

Registration

The fee for the retreat includes three vegetarian meals and shared accommodations at the beautiful Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. Please inform us ([email protected]) in advance if you have allergies, food intolerances, or other important health or mental conditions that we need to consider. We cannot promise space for individual rooms for participants of this event. However, you can alternatively bring your own tent and sleep outside near the Kalachakra Stupa (see registration options below). Please note: Parking in the area of Kalapa is very limited. If you are staying withus for the whole retreat, we encourage you to drop off then find a space to park at a distance (in the city, if possible) to help other travellers reach the site.

FAQ: Please note it takes incredible merit to have the conditions for this project to happen. If you cannot commit to attending for the entire duration of your choosen week(s), please let us know in advance the exact date and time of your earlier check-out. Please note that in this case we cannot offer you a special registration cost. The cost is for the event as a whole, regardless of whether you can stay for the entire period or not.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities This is a strict retreat, and participants should avoid engaging in too much physical activity and interacting with others unnecessarily. We need at least one volunteer to cook breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner for the participants. The volunteer cook will be able to enjoy all the areas in the retreat center except for the Kalachakra Temple itself where the participants will practice. Unlike the participants, volunteers can access electronic devices, the internet, and so forth. This is an extraordinary opportunity to generate merit and create the causes to be able to engage in this practice yourself in the future. Rinpoche strongly encourages us to support our dharma brothers and sisters by volunteering. If you already received the 1st Vajra Yoga Teachings and wish to volunteer as a cook, you can attend the practice retreat for free if you so wish. Otherwise, during your stay, we can provide free access to an online course or recorded retreat at our digital learning center if you would like to support your practice and study while you are volunteering; additionally, you can also choose a dharma book of your choice in our Kalapa Shop that Kalapa will give you as a gift.

If you are considering this opportunity, please write as soon as possible to [email protected], so that we can arrange a video call to plan your participation. You can also volunteer for only a portion of the event rather than for the whole retreat; you can offer as much as possible according to your capability. 

How to get to Kalapa?

Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center, Garanas 41, Bad Schwanberg, zip code 8541, Austria, Südweststeiermark. The nearest airport is in Graz, Austria. To travel to Kalapa by train, start at the main train station in Graz. From there, take the S6 or S61 S-Bahn towards Wies-Eibiswald for about an hour to the Bad Schwanberg station. (timetable information)

To travel from the Bad Schwanberg train station to the retreat center, a relatively inexpensive taxi service supported by the government is available that will take you directly to the Retreat Center, which is referred to as “Buddhistisches Zentrum” by this taxi service. For more information, please visit the following website: Regio Mobil. The taxi must be ordered at least one hour in advance, but visitors are recommended to do so much earlier or on the day before you intend to arrive. On weekdays, this taxi service operates between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. On weekends it does not operate during the evening. As the journey is quite long (about 20 minutes), the service should be scheduled at least half an hour before the closing hours provided above. For trips on Sundays or public holidays please schedule the taxi service by 5 p.m. on the day before you intend to arrive.

To order: +43 (0)50 16 17 18 Cost: €6.00 total regardless of how many people are taking the taxi. Alternatively you can book a normal taxi service or similar.

By car: From the Graz-West motorway junction (A2/A9), get on the A2 towards Klagenfurt/Italy and take the Lieboch exit. Then, continue on Federal Road 76 towards Eibiswald. After about 30 km, you will reach Schwanberg. At the end of the main square in Schwanberg, turn left towards Garanas. After the bridge, turn right towards Garanas and follow the signs to “Kalachakra Kalapa Center” uphill for about 8 km to reach the center.

Dana for Khentrul Rinpoche

DANA for KHENTRUL RINPOCHE Khentrul Rinpoche has kindly agreed to give audiences remotely and to support the retreat leader and organizers. If you wish to additionally show your generosity to Rinpoche’s precious teachings and to his immense efforts for the Kalachakra Dharma, you can offer Dana for Rinpoche on the Dzokden website here

1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra: Empowerment, Teachings & Retreat with Khentrul Rinpoché

1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra: Empowerment, Teachings & Retreat with Khentrul Rinpoché

in-person only
August 2nd – 12th (10 nights)

This page is registration for the 1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra: Empowerment, Teachings & Retreat (week 1 only). If you would like to participate in the following retreat weeks 2, 3, and 4, you need to register here as well.

After repeated requests from individuals and groups over the last years, Rinpoché has finally accepted the request to teach the 6 Vajra Yogas of Kalachakra for the first time in Europe. This will be a milestone in the history of Kalachakra practice in the West. Rinpoché will come once a year to teach each Vajra Yoga over the next years. Moreover, Rinpoché has made an effort to clarify the conditions for participation in a way that gets back to the essence and allows practitioners with family and work commitments to fulfill the requirements. This is a precious and incredibly rare opportunity and we are delighted to be able to offer it at Kalapa.

For this year 2024 Rinpoché will bestow the 1st Vajra Yoga. To ensure the success of students on their paths, Rinpoche will only bestow it to pre-approved students who genuinely wish to deepen their practice. To bring more clarity to the preparation process, we have prepared an additional explanation. Regardless of whether you are a new or veteran practitioner, Rinpoché requests that everyone takes the time to read it. Download here:

2024 – Conditions for Higher Empowerments for the Wensum and 1st Vajra Yoga.

For new participants, after reading these conditions, and if you have already received the 4 Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra with Rinpoché, we welcome you to present yourself as a candidate by sending your application here. Only upon approval will you be able to proceed with registration. Veteran practitioners who have already taken part in the 1st Vajra Yoga Retreat in Tibet in 2019 can confirm their commitments in the form below when registering.

About the Event and Schedule

Upon completion of the two outer, the five inner, and the two unique preliminary practices of the Kalachakra Path, we are ready to enter the indestructible and profound path of the Six Vajra Yogas. These advanced yogic techniques are like a wish-fulfilling jewel with the capacity to grant us everything our hearts desire in the blink of an eye. For a diligent practitioner whose mind is sufficiently pure, enlightenment can be achieved within only a few short human years. Even mastery of a single vajra yoga is enough to ensure one is never again reborn into the suffering cycle of death and rebirth.” (Khentrul Rinpoche, “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3”)

The event encompasses 1) two days of preparations with Preliminary Practices, Pujas, Kalachakra-Tsok, and a walk in the nature with Rinpoche, 2) The Four Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra (Rinpoché will bestow them again for the sake of your spiritual progress), 3) Teaching-Transmission of the 1st Vajra Yoga Practice, 4) a printed booklet about the 1st Vajra Yoga in English, 5) If needed, a personal audiences with Rinpoche (upon request), 6) one week of Retreat with practice sessions guided by senior students, as well as 7) food and accommodations at the Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. 

SCHEDULE (10 nights)

2nd August afternoon – arrivals and welcome meeting with introductions (check-in 2 PM – 4 PM

3rd August Kalachakra Preliminary Practices, Guru Puja Ritual and Kalachakra-Tsok, Walk in the nature around Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center with Rinpoche

4th August  – new moon – Puja and Four Higher Empowerments for the 1st Yoga participants 

5th – 12th August – Teaching-Transmission of the 1st Vajra Yoga, 1st Vajra Yoga Retreat (week 1); personal audiences with Rinpoche

12th August – concluding Tsok and check-out after lunch (if you wish, you can stay longer for weeks 2, 3 and 4 by registering here)

How to Prepare and Materials

How to prepare for this retreat: We strongly encourage you to prepare yourself as much as you can with all the 9 Kalachakra Preliminary Practices. In addition to the longer sadhanas “Divine Ladder” and “Enlightening the Heart”, you will need to know the sadhana “Secret Dakini Treasure”. We encourage you to study all the sadhanas as much as you can, including the transliterations and chantings, because there will be some sessions of chanting in Tibetan without a recording during the retreat. We strongly recommend that you also register here for the Summer Wensum retreat so that you can be better prepared for the 1st Yoga Retreat.

During the retreat, Guru Puja and Kalachakra Tsok gatherings will also be held on special occasions. We strongly encourage you to additionally register for their two associated courses at our learning center to prepare yourself in advance so that you know the rituals very well beforehand. If you wish (not mandatory), bring your own vajra, bell, damaru, or other ritual instruments to use during the puja and tsok gatherings.

Materials: You can borrow printed texts of Guru Puja and Tsok from the temple to use during the event. Please bring your printed practice book “The Profound Path of Vajra Yoga” and your “Four Higher Empowerments” Booklet. You can also bring Rinpoche’s commentary “The Hidden Treasure” and “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3” as a reference for your practice (everything on paper, as tablets, phones, or computers are not allowed after the strict retreat begins.) Other reading materials not directly related to the 1st Vajra Yoga are not allowed during the retreat period. You need to bring your blindfold and your meditation belt. If you have already participated before, bring also your 1st Vajra Yoga Booklet. 

Retreat Information and Guidelines

After the Empowerments on August 4th, the strict retreat will begin. The retreat will be closed and in silence. During this period, participants are not allowed to receive visitors or use computers, tablet devices, mobile phones, and so forth. We can store personal phones and other electronic devices in our office. If someone needs to contact you in case of emergency, they can email [email protected] or call +43 676 395 8898. Both e-mailbox and phone will be checked at least once each day. Rinpoche advises participants to follow the retreat guidelines respectfully, not only for the success of their own practice, but also to avoid disturbing others. 

The daily schedule consists of four practice sessions and additional activities such as occasional pujas, teachings, interviews, and so forth. Participation in two daily group sessions is mandatory unless health conditions completely prevent you from taking part. The remaining two sessions can be practiced in your own room if you prefer. Practice sessions will be conducted in English and Tibetan. If you absolutely prefer, you can bring copies of the texts in your own language as well and read them silently while the group recites in English. 

Registration

The fee for the retreat includes three vegetarian meals and shared accommodations at the beautiful Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. Please inform us ([email protected]) in advance if you have allergies, food intolerances, or other important health or mental conditions that we need to consider. We cannot offer space for individual rooms for participants of this event. However, you can alternatively bring your own tent and sleep outside near the Kalachakra Stupa (see registration options below). Please note: Parking in the area of Kalapa is very limited. If you are staying with us for the whole retreat, we encourage you to drop off then find a space to park at a distance (in the city, if possible) to help other travellers reach the site.

Off-Site Accommodations If you absolutely need an individual room, many options for accommodations are available near the retreat center’s area, in the Garanas region, and in the town Bad Schwanberg. In this case, please search for and book the necessary reservations yourself. 

FAQ:  Please note it takes incredible merit to have the conditions for this project to happen. 1) We have made a large effort to keep the cost reasonable. We encourage practitioners to save up and create the conditions to participate. In the past, people have given everything they had to the Master for this opportunity. 2) If you cannot commit to attending for the entire period, please let us know in advance the exact date and time of your earlier check-out. Please note that in this case we cannot offer you a special registration cost. The cost is for the event as a whole, regardless of whether you can stay for the entire period or not.

Volunteer Opportunities

This is a strict retreat, and participants should avoid engaging in too much physical activity and interacting with others unnecessarily. We need one volunteer to cook breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner for the participants, and a cook helper. The volunteers will be able to enjoy all the areas in the retreat center except for the Kalachakra Temple itself where the participants will practice. Unlike the participants, the external volunteers can access electronic devices, the internet, and so forth. This is an extraordinary opportunity to generate merit and create the causes to be able to engage in this practice yourself in the future. Rinpoche strongly encourages us to support our dharma brothers and sisters by volunteering. 

If you are considering this opportunity, please write as soon as possible to [email protected], so that we can arrange a video call to plan your participation. You can also volunteer for only a portion of the event rather than for the whole retreat; you can offer as much as possible according to your capability. That being said, we prefer the participation of someone who can commit to the whole period. During your stay, we can provide free access to an online course or recorded retreat at our digital learning center if you would like to support your practice and study while you are volunteering. You can also choose a dharma book of your choice in our Kalapa Shop that Kalapa will give you as a gift.

How to get to Kalapa?

Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center, Garanas 41, Bad Schwanberg, zip code 8541, Austria, Südweststeiermark. The nearest airport is in Graz, Austria. To travel to Kalapa by train, start at the main train station in Graz. From there, take the S6 or S61 S-Bahn towards Wies-Eibiswald for about an hour to the Bad Schwanberg station. (Timetable information)

To travel from the Bad Schwanberg train station to the retreat center, a relatively inexpensive taxi service supported by the government is available that will take you directly to the Retreat Center, which is referred to as “Buddhistisches Zentrum” by this taxi service. For more information, please visit the following website: Regio Mobil. The taxi must be ordered at least one hour in advance, but visitors are recommended to do so much earlier or on the day before you intend to arrive. On weekdays, this taxi service operates between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. On weekends it does not operate during the evening. As the journey is quite long (about 20 minutes), the service should be scheduled at least half an hour before the closing hours provided above. For trips on Sundays or public holidays please schedule the taxi service by 5 p.m. on the day before you intend to arrive.

To order: +43 (0)50 16 17 18 Cost: €6.00 total regardless of how many people are taking the taxi. Alternatively you can book a normal taxi service or similar.

By car: From the Graz-West motorway junction (A2/A9), get on the A2 towards Klagenfurt/Italy and take the Lieboch exit. Then, continue on Federal Road 76 towards Eibiswald. After about 30 km, you will reach Schwanberg. At the end of the main square in Schwanberg, turn left towards Garanas. After the bridge, turn right towards Garanas and follow the signs to “Kalachakra Kalapa Center” uphill for about 8 km to reach the center.

4 Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra & Dark Retreat with Khentrul Rinpoché

4 Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra & Dark Retreat with Khentrul Rinpoché

In-person only
July 12th – 21st (9 nights)

This is for registration for the Kalachakra Four Higher Empowerments and Dark Retreat (Wensum / Three Isolations).

Rinpoché has kindly accepted a request to bestow the Four Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra in Europe. This precious and rare opportunity is a major step on the Dharma path. To ensure the success of students on their paths, Rinpoche will only bestow these empowerments to pre-approved students who genuinely wish to deepen their practice. To bring more clarity to the preparation process, we have prepared an additional explanation. Regardless of whether you are a new or veteran practitioner, Rinpoché requests that everyone takes the time to read it. Download here:

2024 – Conditions for Higher Empowerments for the Wensum and 1st Vajra Yoga.

For new participants, by clicking on this link you can find more material to understand where you are currently on your path. After reading and reflecting on this material, we welcome you to present yourself as a candidate by sending your application here. Only upon approval will you be able to proceed with registration.

(Note: The Kalachakra Four Higher Empowerments are not the same as the Kalachakra “Seven Empowerments of a Growing Child” given by Rinpoché online. For further clarification regarding it and Guru Devotion, please read the respective chapters of Unveiling Your Sacred Truth Book 3.)

About the Event and Schedule

“Up to this point, our use of conceptual methods has been instrumental in removing our many layers of misconception, but as they are embedded in the dualistic mind, these methods function as a subtle barrier to experiencing our definitive nature. For this reason, we need to abandon them in favour of a direct approach that works without conceptual fabrications. We can achieve this transformation from conceptual to non-conceptual in two steps. Firstly we are introduced to the Kalachakra view by receiving the Four Higher Empowerments. Secondly, with the establishment of this view, we use the unique meditation technique of the Three Isolations (Wensum) to cut the proliferation of thoughts and abide in the nature of the mind.” (Khentrul Rinpoche, Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3)

The retreat encompasses 1) a day of preparations with Preliminary Practices, Guru Puja, Kalachakra-Tsok, and a walk in the nature with Rinpoche, 2) The Kalachakra Four Higher Empowerments, 3) Teaching-Transmission of the Wensum (Three Isolations) Practice, 4) a printed booklet about the Empowerments and Practice, 5) “Secret Dakini Treasure” Sadhana oral transmission 6) If needed, a personal audience with Rinpoche (upon request), 7) Kalachakra Dark Meditation Retreat (Three Isolations / Wensum) with practice sessions guided by senior students, as well as 8) food and accommodations at the Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. 

We aspire to offer new English materials written by the lineage masters about the practice in case the translation process is finalized before the event.

SCHEDULE

12th July afternoon – arrivals and welcome meeting with introductions (check-in 2 PM – 4 PM

13h July Kalachakra Preliminary Practices, Guru Puja Ritual and Kalachakra-Tsok, Walk in the nature around Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center with Rinpoche

14th JulyFour Higher Empowerments and teaching-transmission of the Three Isolations (Wensum) practice.

14th – 21st July – Kalachakra Dark Meditation Retreat; personal audiences with Rinpoche

21st July full moon – concluding Tsok, and check-out after lunch 

How to Prepare and Materials

How to prepare for this retreat: We strongly encourage you to prepare yourself as much as you can with the Kalachakra Preliminary Practices. In addition to the longer sadhanas “Divine Ladder” and “Enlightening the Heart”, you will need to know the sadhana “Secret Dakini Treasure”. For the latter, you must register here for the recorded commentary Rinpoche gave recently if you have not already done so. We encourage you to study all the sadhanas as much as you can, including the transliterations and chantings, because there will be some sessions of chanting in Tibetan without a recording during the retreat.

During the retreat, Guru Puja and Kalachakra Tsok gatherings will also be held on special occasions. We strongly encourage you to additionally register for their two associated courses at our learning center to prepare yourself in advance so that you know the rituals very well beforehand. If you wish (not mandatory), bring your own vajra, bell, damaru, or other ritual instruments to use during the puja and tsok gatherings.

Materials: You can borrow printed texts of Guru Puja and Tsok from the temple to use during the event. Please bring your printed practice book “The Profound Path of Vajra Yoga”. You bring also Rinpoche’s commentary “The Hidden Treasure” and “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3” as a reference for your practice (everything on paper, as tablets, phones, or computers are not allowed after the strict retreat begins.) Other reading materials not directly related to the Wensum practice are not allowed during the retreat period. If you have already participated before, bring also your “Four Higher Empowerments Booklet”, your blindfold, and your meditation belt. If you are new, you will receive these as a gift during the empowerment ceremony. 

Retreat Information and Guidelines

After the Four Higher Empowerments on July 14th, the strict retreat will begin. The retreat will be closed and in silence. During this period, participants are not allowed to receive visitors or use computers, tablet devices, mobile phones, and so forth. We can store personal phones and other electronic devices in our office. If someone needs to contact you in case of emergency, they can email [email protected] or call +43 676 395 8898. Both e-mailbox and phone will be checked at least once each day. Rinpoche advises participants to follow the retreat guidelines respectfully, not only for the success of their own practice, but also to avoid disturbing others. 

The daily schedule consists of four Wensum practice sessions and additional activities such as occasional pujas, interviews, and so forth. Participation in two daily group sessions is mandatory unless health conditions completely prevent you from taking part. The remaining two sessions can be practiced in your own room if you prefer. Practice sessions will be conducted in English and Tibetan. If you absolutely prefer, you can bring copies of the texts in your own language as well and read them silently while the group recites in English. 

In the Jonang Tradition, this practice is done using a special blindfold to generate complete darkness. If you are a new participant, you do not need to buy this in advance. We will buy it for you and you will receive it as a gift after Rinpoché has blessed it for you to practice. Also, if you are attending the Higher Empowerments for the first time, we will give you a meditation belt. If you arealdy have one, then we will ask Rinpoché to bless yours.

Registration

The fee for the retreat includes three vegetarian meals and shared accommodations at the beautiful Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. Please inform us ([email protected]) in advance if you have allergies, food intolerances, or other important health or mental conditions that we need to consider. We cannot offer space for individual rooms for participants of this event. However, you can alternatively bring your own tent and sleep outside near the Kalachakra Stupa (see registration options below). Please note: Parking in the area of Kalapa is very limited. If you are staying with us for the whole retreat, we encourage you to drop off then find a space to park at a distance (in the city, if possible) to help other travellers reach the site.

Off-Site Accommodations: If you absolutely need an individual room, many options for accommodations are available near the retreat center’s area, in the Garanas region, and in the town Bad Schwanberg. In this case, please search for and book the necessary reservations yourself. 

FAQ:  Please note it takes incredible merit to have the conditions for this project to happen. 1) We have made a large effort to keep the cost reasonable. We encourage practitioners to save up and create the conditions to participate. In the past, people have given everything they had to the Master for this opportunity. 2) If you cannot commit to attending for the entire period, please let us know in advance the exact date and time of your earlier check-out. Please note that in this case we cannot offer you a special registration cost. The cost is for the entire event, regardless of whether you can stay for the entire period or not.

Volunteer Opportunities

This is a strict retreat, and participants should avoid engaging in too much physical activity and interacting with others unnecessarily. We need one volunteer to cook breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner for the participants, and a cook helper. The volunteers will be able to enjoy all the areas in the retreat center except for the Kalachakra Temple itself where the participants will practice. Unlike the participants, the external volunteers can access electronic devices, the internet, and so forth. This is an extraordinary opportunity to generate merit and create the causes to be able to engage in this practice yourself in the future. Rinpoche strongly encourages us to support our dharma brothers and sisters by volunteering. If you have already taken the Higher Empowerments and want to volunteer full-time for the whole period, you can also participate in the event for free.  

If you are considering this opportunity, please write as soon as possible to [email protected], so that we can arrange a video call to plan your participation. You can also volunteer for only a portion of the event rather than for the whole retreat; you can offer as much as possible according to your capability. That being said, we prefer the participation of someone who can commit to the whole period. During your stay, we can provide free access to an online course or recorded retreat at our digital learning center if you would like to support your practice and study while you are volunteering. You can also choose a dharma book of your choice in our Kalapa Shop that Kalapa will give you as a gift.

How to get to Kalapa?

Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center, Garanas 41, Bad Schwanberg, zip code 8541, Austria, Südweststeiermark. The nearest airport is in Graz, Austria. To travel to Kalapa by train, start at the main train station in Graz. From there, take the S6 or S61 S-Bahn towards Wies-Eibiswald for about an hour to the Bad Schwanberg station. (timetable information)

To travel from the Bad Schwanberg train station to the retreat center, a relatively inexpensive taxi service supported by the government is available that will take you directly to the Retreat Center, which is referred to as “Buddhistisches Zentrum” by this taxi service. For more information, please visit the following website: Regio Mobil. The taxi must be ordered at least one hour in advance, but visitors are recommended to do so much earlier or on the day before you intend to arrive. On weekdays, this taxi service operates between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. On weekends it does not operate during the evening. As the journey is quite long (about 20 minutes), the service should be scheduled at least half an hour before the closing hours provided above. For trips on Sundays or public holidays please schedule the taxi service by 5 p.m. on the day before you intend to arrive.

To order: +43 (0)50 16 17 18 Cost: €6.00 total regardless of how many people are taking the taxi. Alternatively you can book a normal taxi service or similar.

By car: From the Graz-West motorway junction (A2/A9), get on the A2 towards Klagenfurt/Italy and take the Lieboch exit. Then, continue on Federal Road 76 towards Eibiswald. After about 30 km, you will reach Schwanberg. At the end of the main square in Schwanberg, turn left towards Garanas. After the bridge, turn right towards Garanas and follow the signs to “Kalachakra Kalapa Center” uphill for about 8 km to reach the center.

Anleitung zur MEDITATION – Wochenendretreat in den Bergen

Anleitung zur MEDITATION – Wochenendretreat in den Bergen

Freitag 21. bis Sonntag 23. Juni

Nur vor Ort. Diese Veranstaltung ist für alle Interessierte offen, es gibt keine Voraussetzungen zur Teilnahme.

(Language: German) 

Wenn du engagiert bist, diese Anweisungen in die Praxis umzusetzen, wird dein Leben einen großen Sinn und Zweck haben. (K. Rinpoche)

Das Wochenende beruht auf dem Buch „Ein authentischer Leitfaden zur Meditation“ von Shar Khentrul Rinpoche, das vor Kurzem in deutscher Sprache erschienen ist. Die Praxis der Meditation ist als wichtiger Bestandteil einer gesunden Lebensweise und als wesentlicher Aspekt vieler spiritueller Traditionen anerkannt. Sie bietet einen praktischen Ansatz, von dem jede/r profitieren kann, unabhängig von Religion oder Herkunft.

Dieses Wochenende bietet eine praktische Einführung in verschiedene Arten der buddhistischen Meditation. Die Praxis führt uns auf einer anfänglichen Stufe zu größerer innerer Ruhe, Klarheit und Einsicht. In entsprechendem buddhistischen Kontext führt die Praxis zu subtilen spirituellen Zuständen und bildet eine Grundlage für die weitere Enthüllung unserer inneren Wahrheit, der sogennante Buddhanatur.

Die Meditationssitzungen werden aufgezeichnet (Audio-Aufnahme) und stehen den Teilnehmer/innen nach dem Retreat zur Verfügung.

(Es besteht die Möglichkeit, vor Ort ein gedrucktes Exemplar des Meditationsbuchs zu erwerben.)

Inhalt
  1. Körperübungen
  2. Sitzhaltung
  3. Atemübungen
  4. Geistige Ruhe (Shamatha) mit verschiedenen Objekten (Visualisationen, Bewusst-Sein)
  5. Analytische Meditation (Vipassyana)

 

 

ZEITPLAN

FREITAG 21. Juni

14:00 to 16:00 – Check-in im Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center
17:00 – Begrüßung und Orientierung im Yogaraum
18:00 – Abendessen
19:00 – 20:30 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel

SAMSTAG 22. Juni *edles Schweigen ganztägig*
06.30 – Gong zum Wecken
07:00 – 07:30 – Körperübungen im Yogaraum oder auf der Terrasse
07:30 – 08:30 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel
08.30 – Frühstück
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11:00 – 11:30 – Körperübungen im Yogaraum oder auf der Terrasse
11.30 – 13:00 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel
13:00 – Mittagessen und Pause
15:00 – 15:30 – Körperübungen im Yogaraum oder auf der Terrasse
15.30 – 17.00 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel
17.30 – 18.00 – Fragen/Antworten
18.00 – Abendessen
19.00 – 20.30 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel

SONNTAG 23. Juni
06.30 – Gong zum Wecken
07:00 – 07:30 – Körperübungen im Yogaraum oder auf der Terrasse
07:30 – 08:30 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel
08.30 – Frühstück
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11:00 – 11:30 – Körperübungen im Yogaraum oder auf der Terrasse
11.30 – 13:00 – Meditations-Sitzung im Tempel
13:00 – Mittagessen und Abreise

Verpflegung und Unterkunft vor Ort

Die Kosten für das Retreat beinhalten drei vegane Mahlzeiten am Tag sowie eine geteilte Unterkunft im schönen Dzokden Kalapa Retreatzentrum. Bitte informieren Sie uns im Voraus ([email protected]), wenn Sie Allergien oder Essensunverträglichkeiten haben, oder es andere gesundheitliche oder psychische Bedingungen gibt, die wir beachten sollten. Wir können verschiedene für Männer und Frauen getrennte Schlafräume anbieten, die Platz für ein bis zu max. acht Personen bieten. Tatsächlich können wir aufgrund des verfügbaren Platzes keine Einzelzimmer garantieren. Sie können wahlweise auch Ihr eigenes Zelt mitbringen und neben dem Kalachakra-Stupa zelten (siehe unter Anmeldemöglichkeiten).

Wenn Sie jedenfalls ein Einzelzimmer brauchen, stehen Ihnen verschiedene mögliche Unterkünfte in der Umgebung des Retreatzentrums in der Region Garanas und dem Ort Bad Schwanberg zur Verfügung. In diesem Fall wählen und buchen Sie bitte Ihre Unterkunft selbstständig.

Anmeldemöglichkeiten

Anmeldemöglichkeiten  

245,- (Normalpreis) 185,- (ermäßigt – für diejenigen mit weniger Einkommen oder die auf dem Gelände des Retreatzentrums zelten werden bzw. für diejenigen, die außerhalb des Zentrums übernachten werden.) 350,- (Sangha-UnterstützerIn – mit dieser Option wird Ihre Großzügigkeit auch Praktizierende unterstützen, die die reduzierten Kosten benötigen)

Bitte schreiben Sie im Vorhinein an [email protected], wenn Sie absolut eine (weitere) Finanzierung benötigen. Sie können mit Kreditkarte oder Paypal fortfahren (s.u.). Wenn Sie mit Lastschrift oder elektronischer Überweisung an unser Bankkonto zahlen möchten, wählen Sie diese Option beim Check-out an der Kassa. 

DANA für den Meditationslehrer

Dana (Spenden) an den Meditationslehrer Manfred Klell sind nicht in den Anmeldekosten enthalten. Freiwillige Spenden an den Lehrer können vor Ort in einer Spendenbox entrichtet werden.

Möglichkeit für Freiwilligentätigkeit

Unser spiritueller Leiter, Shar Khentrul Rinpoche, ermutigt uns nachdrücklich, uns gegenseitig durch ehrenamtliche Arbeit zu unterstützen. Für dieses Retreat gibt es eine offene Freiwilligenstelle für das Kochen (Frühstück, Mittagessen und ein leichtes Abendessen für die TeilnehmerInnen). Der Koch/die Köchin wird von einem Kochhelfer/einer Kochhelferin unterstützt.

Wenn Sie diese Möglichkeit in Betracht ziehen, schreiben Sie bitte so schnell wie möglich an [email protected], damit wir einen Videoanruf zur Planung Ihrer Teilnahme vereinbaren können. Wenn Sie sich für die gesamte Veranstaltung als Vollzeit-Freiwillige(r) entscheiden, können Sie kostenlos an der Veranstaltung teilnehmen, ohne sich als zahlende(r) TeilnehmerIn registrieren zu müssen. Der/die Vollzeit-Freiwillige kann zur Vorbereitung einen Tag früher anreisen.

Wegbeschreibung

Dzokden Kalapa, Garanas 41, Bad Schwanberg, PLZ 8541, Österreich, Südweststeiermark. Nächster Flughafen befindet sich in Graz, Österreich.

Mit dem Zug: Der Ausgangspunkt für Zugreisen nach Kalapa ist der Grazer Hauptbahnhof. Von dort kannst du die S-Bahn S6 oder S61 Richtung Wies-Eibiswald nehmen und circa eine Stunde zum Halt Bad Schwanberg fahren. (Fahrplanauskunft)

Für die Fahrt vom Bahnhof Bad Schwanberg steht ein relativ preiswerter, staatlich geförderter Taxidienst zur Verfügung, der dich direkt zum Retreatzentrum bringt, das von diesem Taxidienst als “Buddhistisches Zentrum” bezeichnet wird. Für weitere Informationen kannst du die Website von Regio Mobil besuchen. Dieses Taxi muss mindestens eine Stunde im Voraus bestellt werden, aber es wird empfohlen, es noch früher oder am Tag davor zu machen. An Werktagen verkehrt dieser Taxidienst zwischen 6.00 und 20.00 Uhr, an Wochenenden wird er am Abend nicht angeboten. Da die Fahrt recht lang ist (ca. 20 min), sollte der Service zumindest eine halbe Stunde vor den oben genannten Schließungszeiten geplant werden. Für Fahrten an Sonn- und Feiertagen bis 17.00 Uhr am Vortag bestellen! Bestellung: +43 (0)50 16 17 18 / Kosten: 6,00 € insgesamt, unabhängig davon, wie viele Personen das Taxi transportiert.

Mit dem Auto: Vom Autobahnknoten Graz-West (A2/A9) auf die A2 Richtung Klagenfurt/Italien fahren und die Abfahrt Lieboch nehmen. Dann weiter auf der Bundesstraße 76 Richtung Eibiswald. Nach ca. 30 km erreichst du Schwanberg. Am Ende des Hauptplatzes in Schwanberg links Richtung Garanas abbiegen. Nach der Brücke rechts in Richtung Garanas abbiegen und  der Beschilderung “Kalachakra Kalapa Center” bergauf für ca. 8 km bis zum Zentrum folgen.