Yamantaka Tsog & Closing session Livestream
February 26th, 2017, morning ( time to be announced soon ) MST
Visual and English language link.
It’s that time of year again to let you know registration for next year’s Yamantaka Drubchen will open soon, and details follow below.
The 2017 Yamantaka Drubchen will take place from February 18th- February 26th, and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST on Saturday, September 3rd.
Please note that in September the time in Arizona is the same as Pacific Standard Time.
Registration will be done ONLY via EMAIL. The email address to register is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any registration received before 9am, September 3rd, PST will not be accepted. Please note that participation by sangha members residing outside North America is limited to 12 seats, the remaining seats are reserved for those residing in North America.
Only one person per email registration. If you can not register yourself via email you may have someone send an email for you. (The person registering for you can not also register themselves in same email body, their registration must also be separate.)
The total cost for participating in the Yamantaka Drubchen is $425, and a nonrefundable deposit of $175 is due at the time of registering. Cost includes lodging in the temple up until the night the Drubchen ends on February 26th, but does not include lodging the night prior to the start of the Drubchen. Please let us know when you register if you will be arriving the night before and whether you prefer indoor camping (in the temple or stupa) or outdoor camping as the dorm and guest house will not be available the night before the Drubchen starts.
You must provide your name, phone number, and payment information with the email. You can break up your payment info into separate emails to ensure data security. Please provide your name, card number, security code, & billing zip code.
The deposit may be paid either by credit card, check or money order, within two weeks of registration, and if paying by credit card, we must receive all your credit card information at the time of your email in order to hold your place. All major credit cards are accepted.
If you are paying by check/money order, please indicate this in your email, and the check/money order must be received no later than Friday, September 16th to hold your place. If your check/money order does not arrive by then, your place will be given to the next person on the waiting list.
First time participants must have a reference from someone who has completed a Yamantaka Drubchen established by Garchen Rinpoche or from a Lama. For those that have attended a Yamantaka Drubchen previously please provide the time and place of the Drubchen.
We will seed out a confirmation email by 6pm, September 4th confirming your space, or letting you know you are on the waiting list.
The Yamantaka Drubchen is an intense practice with up to 17hrs of sitting per day. Please know your own capacity and ability to participate. Participating in the Yamantaka Drubchen is not anything that should cause worry or anxiety. In fact, most people who participate find it much easier to settle into this practice than other extended practices due to the fact it is so structured. The main issues participants experience are physical discomforts such as hip pain and back pain from sitting so long, please take this into account.
HEALTH REQUIRMENTS / MEDICAL CONDITIONS.
We ask that those participating be in good health, both physically and mentally. Please consult your doctor or medical professional if you have any outstanding health issues. Also please be aware of your fellow retreat participants including H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and how your health issues might affect others practice and the stability of the mandala.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU / WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT.
Please note that other than teeth brushing and face washing, bathing is not permitted during this retreat. Clothing may be changed if desired. Earplugs and eye shades may be used during your assigned sleep periods, and a complimentary pair of earplugs is provided.
Participants should bring sleeping bags, meditation mats, and other necessities. In preparation for practicing and sleeping in the temple know that you will sit and sleep in the same spot throughout the Drubchen. Personal items, sleeping mats, and meditation mats may not exceed 31 inches in width (please note that at Garchen Rinpoche’s request the width has been reduced by two inches this year in order to create two additional spaces for participants). We fit as many people into the temple as possible, and this space limitation will be strictly observed. Any excess or oversize items will be stored in the back of the dining room during the Drubchen.
Practice will be conducted nonstop, with everyone practicing together from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ritual implements are not required. For the night sessions participants will be divided into three groups, which will rotate each night. When it is not your practice session you may sleep, but all Drubchen participants recite the opening and closing sections of the text for each night session. Your total sleep time per night will be approximately 5-6 hours, more often than not broken into two separate sessions. this will be your only time to lay down or rest each day.
Three simple meals a day will be served, with vegetarian dishes at all meals and meat dishes served at least once a day, and with night time snack tables available. Special dietary requests regretfully can not be accommodated for this retreat (no exceptions are possible). During meals, there will be two serving sessions, with half of the practitioners eating during each session. Meal time is limited to 20-30 minutes per meal.
There will be no speaking during the retreat other than the mantra recitation and the recitation of the text. The only exception will be a point indicated by the lamas on day four between the approach and accomplishment sections of the practice when participants will be allowed to speak to each other for a short period of time. Please note that no checking cell phone, voice mail messages, text messages, emails or social media is allowed the duration of the event.
Any necessary communication within the mandala will be done via handwritten note.
For practitioners who have difficulty sitting on the floor for long periods of time, a chair may be used where you are sitting if needed. All those requiring a chair will be assigned one of the sitting locations at the back of the temple, so as not to block others’ view. It is important that all participants have seated meditation experience and realistically gauge if they are physically and mentally able to handle up to 17 hours per day of sitting. Please note that once you choose your location in the temple, you remain there throughout the Drubchen, both while awake and while sleeping at night, and may not change the location at any time.
All who plan to attend the Drubchen must arrive no later than 12:00pm on February 18th and must remain for the entire duration of the Drubchen. At 12:00 p.m. the gate to the center will be closed, and no one will be allowed to enter after that point. No one will be allowed to leave early for any reason, other than a medical emergency.