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Vajrayogini Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

May 10th to June 15th 2019 in Institut Vajra Yogini

Vajrayogini Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

May 10th to June 15th 2019 in Institut Vajra Yogini

We are so happy to be able to confirm that next Spring we will host a Vajrayogini retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini. Registration will only start in January but to allow those who wish to come to start the prepations for their trip, here is some important information:

Important dates

- Start of the retreat : Friday May 10th

- Starting from May 10th for 6 to 10 days: Héruka initiation followed by Vajrayogini initiation

- From the day following the end of the initiations, four daily sessions of the Vajrayogini sadhana.

- Rinpoche should be with us until approximately June 10th.

- The retreat will continue after Rinpoche's departure to enable those who wish to complete the recitation of 100,000 mantras as well as the fire puja and the self-initiation.

- Fire puja : Saturday 15th in the morning.

- Self-initiation and end of the retreat : Saturday June 15th in the afternoon.

Who can join the retreat ?

The Vajrayogini practice is a mother tantra belonging to the Maha-annutara Yoga Tantra. To participate in the retreat, one should have taken refuge previously and one should have received the Vajrayogini initiation. If you have not received the initiation previously, it will be given in the first few days of the retreat and will be accompanied by the taking of tantric vows and specific life commitments (see below). For those who have never received a Maha-annutara Yoga Tantra initiation, Rinpoche will first give the initiation of Heruka (father tantra), which is a pre-requisite for the Vajrayogini initiation.

ALL retreatants must be present during at least the first 10 days of the retreat, from May 10th to May 19th included. Therefore, it is not possible to arrive at the Institute after May 10th.

All retreatants also commit to take part in the four daily sessions.


- Heruka initiation: daily recitation of the six sessions guru yoga for life.

- Vajrayogini initiation: Rinpoche has indicated that the commitment "this time ... is some mantra every day for the rest of your life. If people can do retreat, that is best. Need to recite a minimum of 100,000 mantras to do the fire puja".

- Vajrayogini commentary: Rinpoche has not indicated yet what the commitment will be to receive the commentary of the Vajrayogini practice. For example, it could be the recitation of 400,000 mantras in a retreat setting or a daily recitation of the Vajrayogini sadhana. This commitment will apply to all retreatants, including those who will only take part in a few days of retreat after the initiations.

Please fill in this important questionnaire


Lodging on site at the Institute will be reserved first and foremost for people doing the full retreat (from May 10th to June 15th). Other lodging options will be available close to the Institute.

We wish to propose the lowest possible rates to enable as many people as possible to join the retreat, and if possible the full retreat. To help us to finalize a realistic budget and to offer you the most appropriate options, we are requesting more information about the number of retreatants and their length of stay.

Please be aware that actual registration will only start in January 2019

Sponsoring of the Retreat

A Vajra Yogini retreat at Institut Vajra Yogini with commentary of the practise by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a unique event and an extraordinary opportunity for us all to accumulate merit by supporting the organization and the participants, including the ordained sangha.
According to our first estimates, excluding the costs of lodging and food, the budget of the retreat itself (renting of a marquee, travel costs of Rinpoche and his entourage, creation of a Vajra Yogini big thangka for the retreat, sponsoring of monks and nuns, etc.) is likely to come close to 80 000 euros.

If you wish to contribute, please contact us by email and if you wish your donation to go to a specific budget item, thank you for letting us know.

For further information :

Institut Vajra Yogini
En Clauzades
81500 Marzens
Tél : +33 (0)5 63 58 17 22
Email : [email protected]
Site : www.institutvajrayogini.fr


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Never give up ...

No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart.
Too much energy in your country is spent
developing the mind instead of the heart.
Be compassionate, not just to your
friends, but to everyone.
Be compassionate.
Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Work for peace.
And again I say, never give up.
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you

Never give up.

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