Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering Retreat

June 5-9
at KMC South Carolina
2999 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

Engaging in the practice of Guru Yoga together with making mandala offerings creates a vast collection of merit
through which we can receive the powerful blessings of our Spiritual Guide and fulfill our spiritual wishes.

The word “guru” is Sanskrit for “spiritual guide” or “spiritual teacher.”  These days, it is possible to have a spiritual guide who is male or female, lay or ordained, Eastern or Western.  During this retreat, we will visualize our personal spiritual guide appearing in the aspect of Je Tsongkhapa, an emanation of the wisdom Buddha Manjushri and the 15th century founder of the New Kadampa tradition.

The word “mandala,” in this context, means “universe.”  In a traditional rice mandala offering, we utilize a rice mandala kit to create an offering that represents a completely pure universe, a universe in which all living beings are free from suffering and filled with peace.  When we participate in the Guru Yoga-Mandala retreat, we first use the prayers entitled “Offering to the Spiritual Guide” to imagine our spiritual guide appearing in front of us as Je Tsongkhapa.  We then use the mandala kit to make repeated offerings to him, imagining we are giving countless purified universes, along with the imagined purified objects of our own attachment.

This practice is a very powerful way to create positive karma and purify negative karma.  In this way, we can fulfill our deepest wishes to experience lasting happiness.

Introduction to the Retreat

Saturday, June 3; 10:30am – 12pm
10:30am – 12pm: Introduction to the Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering Retreat  ($10 or $5 students/seniors; free for monthly members)

Retreat Schedule:

All sessions are self guided, on a drop in basis, and free of charge. Please consider attending the introduction to the retreat on Saturday May 6 at 10:30am if you have never done this retreat before.  Everyone is welcome. 

Monday, June 5
7:00am – 8:00am — Session 1
8:15 – 9:00am — Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm – 6:45pm — Session 2
7:00pm – 8:00pm — Session 3 (downstairs in retreat room)

Tuesday, June 6
7:00am – 8:00am — Session 1
8:15 – 9:00am — Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm – 6:45pm — Session 2
7:00pm – 8:00pm — Session 3

Wednesday, June 7
7:00am – 8:00am — Session 1
8:15 – 9:00am — Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm – 6:45pm — Session 2
7:00pm – 8:00pm — Session 3 (downstairs in retreat room)

Thursday, June 8
7:00am – 8:00am — Session 1
8:15 – 9:00am — Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm – 6:45pm — Session 2
7:00pm – 8:00pm — Session 3

Friday, June 9
7:00am – 8:00am — Session 1
8:15 – 9:00am — Wishfulfilling Jewel
5:45pm – 6:45pm — Session 2
7:00pm – 8:00pm — Session 3