March 15 / 9:00 AM - March 15 / 6:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what the mind of an enlightened person is like?
Come find out at this annual community retreat day during which we
celebrate the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa, one of our Kagyu
lineages’ most revered enlightened masters!
Among Trungpa Rinpoche’s great translation efforts, was the rendering into English of the “songs of realization” of the greatest teachers of our Kagyu lineage. These, he published, as The Rain of Wisdom: The Vajra Songs of the Kagyu Gurus. We read aloud through the entire book, annually, on Milarepa Day, keeping functional silence so that we can soak our minds in the minds of the gurus. One gains from this, a connection to the personal experiences of practice, realization, and instruction of the great gurus, who wrote them for that purpose, for our encouragement. They are pithy, profound, beautiful, and touching.
According to Trungpa Rinpoche:
"Students are advised to read this book for instructions when their life is filled with disruption and uncertainty and neurosis. Even reading only one passage is better than going to a psychiatrist or taking a dose of aspirin. This is not a myth: from my personal experience, these songs do provide a staircase of liberation. They actually enable us to interrupt our perpetual subconscious gossip, awaken ourselves on the path, and energize ourselves so that we can help others."
All are welcome!
Consider attending the entire day, or one or more of the scheduled sessions (it is encouraged to stay for the full period of each practice session)
9:00am - 10:30am Opening remarks, Morning Liturgies, Sitting Meditation, Begin Rain of Wisdom.
10:30am - 10:45am Silent break
10:45am -12:15pm Rain of Wisdom
12:15pm -12:45pm Silent lunch (brown bag)
12:45pm - 2:15pm Rain of Wisdom
2:15pm -2:30pm Silent break
2:30pm - 4:00pm Rain of Wisdom
4:00pm - 4:15pm Silent break
4:15pm -6:00ish Protector chants; conclude Rain of Wisdom, Longevity and Rebirth Supplications.