a two-day retreat
with Resident Teacher, Kelsang Kunden
@ Avalokiteshvara Kadampa Buddhist Centre
143 Wyndham St. N.
Join us for two-days of Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering retreat at Avalokiteshvara Centre.
The practice of mandala offerings creates vast good fortune and is a method to attain the Pure Land of a Buddha.
Giving with a mind of compassion unmixed with attachment is the first of the Six Perfections. Buddha taught giving as the first of the Six Perfections in order for living beings to generate good fortune, or merit, to sustain all necessary conditions for our spiritual practice. Although meditation plants the seeds of realizations within our mind, if our mind is devoid of merit, or good karma, we will be planting seeds in barren ground. Accumulating merit creates a rich and fertile mental environment within which our meditations will swiftly ripen and transform into realizations of the stages of the path.
Blessings that arise from the practice of Guru Yoga are rain that nurtures and sustains the seeds of our meditation. Guru Yoga is a special and powerful method that enables us to receive the blessings of all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and holy beings. Receiving this inspiration into our mind bestows inner peace and gives rise to realizations of renunciation, universal compassion, and wisdom realizing emptiness.
This retreat is open to everyone. Each retreat session is 75 minutes long and includes a teaching long with Offering to the Spiritual Guide prayers. Please bring a mandala kit if you have one.
8:15am – 9:30am
10am – 11:15 am
5pm – 6:15pm
7pm – 8:30 pm
Each session is $5 or $15 for whole day. Free for Centre Card holders.