Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies

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Information for all Vajrakilaya Retreat attendees:

This page contains teachings and downloadable items related to the Vajrakilaya retreat that you may find handy--please take the time now to download these items.

To register to attend, please scroll down to the registration link.

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Daily Candles & Prayers Download

DAY 6 (Sept 17) version available NOW: Please download your copy by clicking the image to the left!

Please check back here every evening of the retreat after 8pm Pacific to download the next day's candle offerings and updated prayer list.

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Offerings for our Precious Teachers and Dharma Center

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Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche

Venerable Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro

Tashi Choling Retreat Center

If you wish to make offerings to our Umzed/Chant Leader, Keith LaCoste, please go to his PayPal account HERE. Please note that personal offerings to Keith are not tax deductible.

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More About The Vajrakilaya Retreat:

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About this Retreat:

Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche established this retreat as his samaya commitment to Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche many years ago. Rinpoche has said:

“Vajrakilaya is a powerful method to clear obstacles. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche told me to do it, saying that it would remove obstacles to the propagation of dharma and all virtuous spiritual and worldly activities. Also, the Dalai Lama asked me, seemingly out of the blue, ‘Do you practice Vajrakilaya?’" He encouraged me in the practice and told me that, at his command, Vajrakilaya practices are carried out regularly at his monasteries in Dharamsala. These great masters have explained the power and blessing of Kilaya practice, so we should practice! If we don't listen to them, then to whom will we listen?”

Although we are unable to gather in person this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we will continue this yearly tradition of practicing Vajrakilaya by gathering online as one worldwide sangha through the miracle of the internet.

The Practice of Vajrakilaya:

Vajrakilaya, the wrathful emanation of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification, is a powerful deity to practice for removing obstacles, cutting through negativity, and swiftly progressing on the path. By practicing this profound treasure of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche in a group setting, with all of the necessary ritual articles gathered, we have the opportunity to gather vast merit and root out our negative habits.

Just as Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche foretold, Vajrakilaya practice is an important method for the removal of the obstacles facing all inhabitants of the world, particularly in these challenging and degenerate times. This retreat contributes to the pacification of all obstructing forces occurring worldwide, in our country, community, and within our own minds. Obstacles manifest as outer, inner, and secret, and this practice can and will remove them when engaged with wisdom awareness and the pure intention to bring benefit to all living beings. In light of the many disturbing events and difficulties arising both globally and on a personal level at this time, we hope that everyone can join us in this sacred effort!

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Teachings with Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

Once again, we have the great good fortune to welcome Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. Rinpoche will join us live via Zoom from Padmasambhava Buddhist Center in New York.

Khenpo Rinpoche is a renowned holder of the Dudjom Tersar lineage and was a close personal student of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.

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Read Khenpo's Bio Here


Teachings by Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro:

Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro will also offer teachings on a few days during the retreat on topics related to the Vajrakilaya practice of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.

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Program Schedule for Vajrakilaya:

12:30-6:30 pm Pacific Daily

Updated 9-12-21

This handy guide provides page numbers to help you navigate through the text. We highly recommend you use it to label your text with section and page markers so you don't get lost during the practice!

More about Offerings and Opportunities to Support the Retreat:

This download explains how to add prayer list names, make a candle offering, and other opportunities to support the retreat. It also explains tsog offering substances you can set up and use at home.

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Vajrakilaya Retreat Teachings

by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche

At Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's request, Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche promised to carry out a Vajrakilaya Retreat each year. For many years, the Tashi Choling sangha has kept this commitment. Read a few of Rinpoche's teachings about this retreat by downloading them from the links below.

Sept 7, 2020: On the 2020 Livestreamed Vajrakilaya Retreat

Oct 23, 2019: On Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

Nov 1, 2019: At the Conclusion of the 2019 Vajrakilaya Retreat

Oct 30, 2014: On the 2014 Vajrakilaya Retreat

You can view and download a large collection of Rinpoche's other inspiring, often humorous, and always thought-provoking teachings HERE.

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To attend, you must have received a Vajrakilaya empowerment or be engaged in daily practice of a ngondro or sadhana practice under the guidance of an authentic master.

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Practice texts needed for the 2021 Vajrakilaya Retreat:

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Vajrakilaya Retreat Text

Putri Reg Pung: The Miraculous Activity Sadhana of Vajrakilaya, The Razor that Destroys at a Touch, by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

Digital Text Link

Printed Text Link

Please note: If you need a text for the retreat, we recommend you consider ordering the digital text--we will send that to you within 24 hours of receiving your order. For hardcopy texts: Please note that our deadline has passed. You may still order one, but our volunteers are attending the retreat and will resume order processing on September 19th, after the retreat concludes.

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Extra Daily Prayers Packet

Free Download at this Link

Please take a moment now to download this packet! You will need this Extra Prayers Packet to supplement the main text during this year's Vajrakilaya retreat.

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Vajrakilaya imagery on this webpage used by permission of Trish DeMers (artofwisdommind@gmail.com)