How to Rely on a Spiritual Guide

Introduction to Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering Retreat

Saturday, June 23

10 am – 1 pm

with Resident Teacher, Kelsang Jangchen
$25 (click to learn about monthly discounts)

In the practice of Guru Yoga we understand the benefits of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, how to identify a qualified Spiritual Guide, and how to receive blessings. And then we offer an imagined pure land (a mandala offering) in order to create the causes to abide in an actual pure land. 

This introduction will is for those planning to engage in the retreat and also for  those wishing to learn more about the practices.

All schools of Buddhism agree that relying upon a Spiritual Guide is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.

We can understand this from our ordinary experiences. For example, if we want to acquire special skills, become proficient at a particular sport, or learn to play a musical instrument well, we naturally seek a qualified teacher to instruct us. By following our teacher’s example and sincerely applying his or her instructions, eventually we accomplish our aim and become just like our teacher.

By following the example of our Spiritual Guide we learn how to live a most meaningful, happy life and benefit others effortlessly.