Please pay attention and check your email one or two days before the retreat. Those participating in the retreat for the first time must attend a small ZOOM meeting one day before the retreat for further instructions. All information regarding the meeting will be sent via email.
Regarding the Precepts: Please read the detailed Eight Precepts before the retreat in the case you are not too familiar with them. You can also download the information by clicking the following link:
Obeserve the Eight Precepts: Every person should take the precepts before sunrise in front of any representation of the Buddha. Alternatively, one can watch Rinpoche´s video on the Eight Precepts, in Tibetan language, by clicking the following YouTube link:
It is considered acceptable if you are not able to join all group practice sessions, however you are instructed to complete 4 individual sessions of Guru Yoga according to Yachen/Achen lineage tradition. Please take notice that the duration of the meditation should not be less than 30 minutes.
During the retreat, we usually practice Dharma Protector Offering and the Tsok Offering, For the practices, everyone can individually prepare the vegan food of one´s choice (for example, the dairy products are welcome but egg is forbidden).
One could chant “Om Mani Padma Hum” or other mantras according to one’s personal practice. We will however not ask you or request you the number of chanted mantras. It is wonderful to follow the tradition of Yachen/Achen lineage which is a unique method of practice.
Virtual Achen Gar Team