VAJRAYOGINI CLOSE RETREAT. January 2019

The mantra to the Pure Land

  • Jan 7th to Feb 3rd
  • With Gen Kelsang Dargyay
  • IRC Menorca. International Retreat Centre

About the retreat

January is a very special month for practitioners of Highest Yoga Tantra as it is considered the month of the deities Heruka and Vajrayogini.  During this month we receive special blessings from these enlightened deities. For this reason January is the best time to do the close retreat of Vajrayogini in which we  engage in the practice of ‘Verbal Recitation’ counting 100,000 mantras of this deity.

If you have received a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment you are able to accomplish this close retreat and create a special connection with Vajrayogini.

The retreat will end with a Fire Puja on February 3rd.

Bookings & Information

IN THIS RETREAT WE OFFER YOU TWO OPTIONS OF ACCOMMODATION

  • In the IRC Menorca you can book your rooms, marquee or camping. The retreat house is about two minutes from the Temple. The rooms are en-suite with air conditioning and heating system. Please note that there are bunkbeds in all rooms.
  • In Villa Manu we offer you more options of accommodation. The house have heating system.The rooms have shared bathroom. There are double rooms (3), twin room (1), and a single room (1).
BOOKINGS IN IRC MENORCA

BOOK NOW FOR ACCOMMODATION AT IRC MENORCA

BOOKINGS FOR VILLA MANU
DATES & SCHEDULES
  1. January 7. Introduction. 
  2. February 3. Fire puja 
PRICES

AT THE IRC MENORCA

Shared room (4 people): 586€

IN  VILLA MANU

Single room: 840€

Twin room: 756€

ABOUT YOUR STAYING

ACCOMMODATION

If you are camping, you must bring a sleeping bag and towel.

The food is vegetarian. We may be able to accommodate other diets if requested in advance.

HOW TO GET TO THE CENTRE

By taxi or by renting a car

The temple is right next to the Puig de Sa Roca restaurant. Once you arrive, you can call us and we will come look for you to take you to the temple.

There are numerous car rental companies on the island. Below are three options:

http://www.alquilercochesmenorca.com/

http://www.autospt.com/

http://www.alquilercochesmenorcaa.com/

This link will show you how to get here by car:  Click here to see the map

TELEPHONE CONTACT

If you have any questions, you can call us at +34 691 158 656

SURROUNDINGS

Situated in a privileged enclave on the beautiful island of Menorca (declared a Biosphere reserve)IRC Menorca, International Retreat Centre, is an ideal place to have retreats, both alone and in a group. The Centre, which is surrounded by a forest of pine trees and holm oaks of great natural beauty, enables you to breathe in a great sense of tranquility and peace and invites you to collect yourself and to deepen in the practice of the Dharma, through the contemplation and meditation of the Lanrim Kadam.

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Gen Kelsang Dargyay has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since 2004 and has completed the Special Teacher Training Program. Studying, meditating and practicing the teachings that he has received, he has become a qualified kadampa teacher. His teachings are clear, practical and very accessible to his students.

Since November 2012 he has been the Resident Teacher of Menorca International Retreat Centre (Menorca IRC)

What is a retreat

When we perform a retreat, we leave aside all kinds of activities that can distract us and we concentrate on a particular spiritual practice. A retreat can be of three kinds: physical,verbal and mental. We perform a physical retreat when, with pure motivation, we gather ourselves in solitude [or in a group] and we abandon the activities that are oriented toward the external or that which lacks meaning. We carry out a verbal retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we abstain from engaging in idle conversation and we maintain silence for a certain amount of time. Finally, we perform a mental retreat when we avoid the distractions and the strongest mental disturbances in our lives, such as attachment, hatred or jealousy, through retentive memory and proper conduct.
 
If we perform a physical and verbal retreat but fail to maintain it at the mental level, our solitude will not be of great benefit. This type of retreat will be very relaxing, but unless we avoid the most intense deceptions, our minds will not enjoy any peace, despite the fact that we are retiring. Being physically and verbally withdrawn helps us to maintain a mental retreat, and for this reason, Shantideva, in his guide to the Bodhisattva’s works, praises these two types of recollection.