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Go With the Flow

Shamatha, Vipashyana, & the Medicine Buddha

 

Geshe Michael Roach

Using Emptiness Meditation to Get the Medicine Buddha to Work!

Photo by the kindness of Ben Christian

Led by Geshe Michael Roach
Powered by ACI and Legend of Blue Miracle
Live-streamed from Diamond Mountain

Want to make your Medicine Buddha practice more powerful?

In this retreat, we will focus on a deeper exploration into the Medicine Buddha teachings and practice using emptiness meditations from the hot-off-the-translation program-press: Light on the Path to Freedom, An Explanation of the Steps For Developing an Understanding That Nothing is Itself written by Choney Lama, Drakpa Shedrup (1675–1748). With these meditations – SHAMATHA and VIPASHYANA – we explore the depth of the now completely translated The Prayers of the Seven Buddhas, the longer sutra of the Medicine Buddha.

To gain mastery it is best to dedicate 10 full days in a retreat setting or choose a more flexible study schedule. This could be done at home or in a retreat setting of your choice. Either way, you should plan to set aside the time and space to complete the retreat.

Where: Live-streamed exclusively from Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
When: October 23-31, 2021

Sign up for this unique opportunity so that you can receive the blessing to study and meditate on the Medicine Buddha teachings, practices & prayers!

Medicine Buddha Retreat Packages

Rays of Light

$ FREE
  • Live-streamed Bodhisattva Ceremony
  • Live-streamed Empowerment
  • Daily Classes with Geshe Michael Roach
  • Access to Videos
  • Q&A Sessions with Senior Teachers
  • Guided Meditations
  • Retreat in Retreat
  • Virtual Gompa (Practice Together)
  • Butterlamp Ceremony
  • Fire Offering Ceremony
  • Retreat Schedules to Suit your Availability (Full, Light, Self-Paced)
  • PDF: Sadhana, Sutra, Emptiness Mediations
  • SIGN UP FOR FREE

Gold

$ 99
  • Live-streamed Bodhisattva Ceremony
  • Live-streamed Empowerment
  • Daily Classes with Geshe Michael Roach
  • Access to Videos
  • Q&A Sessions with Senior Teachers
  • Guided Meditations
  • Retreat in Retreat
  • Virtual Gompa (Practice Together)
  • Butterlamp Ceremony
  • Fire Offering Ceremony
  • Retreat Schedules to Suit your Availability (Full, Light, Self-Paced)
  • PDF: Sadhana, Sutra, Emptiness Mediations
  • 8 prerecoreded Yoga classed (dedicated to the Medicine Buddhas)
  • Gold Q&A Session with Geshe Michael Roach & Fearless Sage
  • SIGN UP FOR $99

Lapis Lazuli

$ 499
  • Live-streamed Bodhisattva Ceremony
  • Live-streamed Empowerment
  • Daily Classes with Geshe Michael Roach
  • Access to Videos
  • Q&A Sessions with Senior Teachers
  • Guided Meditations
  • Retreat in Retreat
  • Virtual Gompa (Practice Together)
  • Butterlamp Ceremony
  • Fire Offering Ceremony
  • Retreat Schedules to Suit your Availability (Full, Light, Self-Paced)
  • PDF: Sadhana, Sutra, Emptiness Mediations
  • 8 prerecoreded Yoga classed (dedicated to the Medicine Buddhas)
  • Gold Q&A Session with Geshe Michael Roach & Fearless Sage
  • Lapis Lazuli Q&A Session with Geshe Michael Roach & Fearless Sage
  • Access to the Classes from Medicine Buddha Retreat 2020
  • A prequel to Dr. Blue by Fearless Sage (offered by LBM)
  • Incredibly good Karma by making this retreat available to so many people worldwide
  • SIGN UP FOR $499

There will be a Bodhisattva Ceremony on the first day of the Medicine Buddha Retreat. In this ceremony, you will devote yourself to “The Wish”: that is, the fervent wish to become a person who can help all living beings. This special ceremony was written by Arya Nagarjuna.

With this, you are prepared to receive the Medicine Buddha empowerment. The empowerment allows you to learn the Medicine Buddha sadhana and practice the mantra.

These two ceremonies will take place during the first day of the retreat on October 23, 6 am – 9 am Arizona time and are live-streamed ONLY! Don’t miss this opportunity.

If you already have the wish or action vows it is always good to take them again!

Yes! If you are not able to set aside this time we also offer a light schedule to allow you to fit it into your life. At a minimum, you should set aside 3 hours a day for classes and another hour to practice reciting the sadhana in your own time. We recommend, however, that you attend the full 10 days to get the best result.

It is highly recommended that you attend for the full 10 days to get the best result. You will be able to study in your own time but you may then miss out on attending the live streaming of some classes and Q&As. It is important to remember that the blessing on the first day will ONLY be available via live stream. By receiving the live-streamed blessing on the first day you make a commitment to the teacher to study the full curriculum. All other activities are recorded and can be accessed later on as well.

Once you have registered, we suggest you book October 23-31, 2021 in your calendar and arrange for time off and a place to do your retreat. You can retreat either at home or at a quiet place in your region. Over the next few weeks, you will receive more information about the upcoming event, how to plan and prepare for your retreat.

You will receive a detailed retreat schedule. Read more about how to do a retreat at home here. It is important to take the time to create a space that is safe and quiet, have enough food, make sure your family is taken care of and that work will not intrude during this time.

Here is what a daily schedule might look like. Please be aware that depending on your time zone the order might be different and participants will receive a time zone adjusted schedule for the ten days. Your schedule will help you know what to do for every hour of each day so that you can focus your full attention on learning and practicing.

Example of a full retreat schedule

5:00 AM One-Day Vows / Light Breakfast
6:00 AM Live Class with GMR
7:00 AM Q&A
8:00 AM Meditation
9:00 AM Preliminary Practice /
Daily Practice (Jorchu & Sadhana)
10:00 AM Yoga
11:00 AM Meal Prayer and Meal of the Day
12:00 PM Nap / Walk
2:00 PM Mantra Practice
3:00 PM Long or Short Sadhana
4:00 PM Class
5:00 PM Song of MB
6:00 PM Guru Yoga
7:00 PM Journal & Bedtime

Example of a light retreat schedule

6:00 AM Live Class with GMR
7:00 AM Q&A
8:00 AM Meditation
6:00 PM  Long or Short Sadhana
7:00 PM Journal & Bedtime

Dharma is always free. All retreats, even virtual ones, have certain costs and many people working in the background to bring the Dharma to you. For the Gold and Lapis Lazuli packages, we have added a few more elements. With your ticket fee, we are able to produce this event and make it available around the world! We rejoice in your generosity. Additional donations and sponsorships are always welcome as Diamond Mountain is a 501(c) organization that relies on your generosity.

Diamond Mountain Retreat Center strives to respect all the laws and regulations of all places and countries in the world, including those where Buddhism may not be an approved practice or religion. Our policy is to not advertise to people in locales where there may be restrictions nor encourage people to attend any of our programs online where they would not otherwise be permitted. We ask everyone who is participating in these events to also respect those laws and regulations as well and to not send information, even in a personal way, to those people and places where our programs may not be permitted.

If you still have questions about the retreat or your registration please let us know:  https://forms.gle/jyonbgDredK1zao96

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