Retreat begins with the evening session on November 15, 2020 and ends after the first morning session on November 21, 2020.
Important: The Namgyalma wang (empowerment) is not a requirement for this retreat.
Namgyalma is one of the three long-life deities and is of the tathagata family of practices. Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that the Namgyalma practice not only dispels life obstacles; it also purifies negativities and downfalls and protects against birth in the lower realms. Further, Lama Zopa Rinpoche said the Namgyalma practice is a powerful purification and it is especially beneficial for the sick and those with cancer.
We will aim to complete 1,000 of the long Namgyalma mantra over the course of the retreat.
“The kind, compassionate Guru Shakyamuni Buddha taught the benefits of reciting the Namgyalma mantra to the Four Guardian Kings. Even if you are in danger of dying because the karma that determines your life-span is running out, if you wash your body, wear clean clothes and, abiding in the eight precepts, recite the Namgyalma mantra one thousand times, you can increase your life-span, purify your obscurations and free yourself from disease.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche sent us this message after the 2017 Namgyalma Retreat, where we collectively accumulated 10,267 mantras.
“The mantra has so much power to cure even what expert doctors can’t cure, if recited 1000 times or more. You can bless the cream (medicine) by blowing on it after each time you recite the mantra. That becomes a powerful healing method. And besides that, it becomes incredible purification and accumulation of merit!”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains these further benefits of the mantra:
“The Namgyalma mantra is extremely powerful. If you put this mantra on a mountain, then the whole mountain is blessed and any human beings, animals or insects who touch or climb the mountain have their negative karma purified just through that. They are not reborn in the lower realms.
This is the main mantra for purifying and liberating from the lower realms—purifying negative karma by putting the mantra on the body of a person who has died or chanting it for a person who has died. What need is there to mention, therefore, how great the purification experienced by those who recite this mantra or keep it on their body?”
How will this *online* retreat work?
Those who register for the full *online* retreat will set up their own seats at home with a strong internet connection and commit to attend all sessions as follows:
6am to 8am – Session 1
8am to 9:30am – Break for breakfast
9:30am to 11:30am – Session 2
11:30am to 2pm – Break for lunch
2pm to 4pm – Session 3
4:30pm to 6pm – Break for dinner
6pm to 8pm – Session 4 (open to part-time participants)
Land of Medicine Buddha will make offerings on our altar here at LMB. We will provide soft copies of the materials we will be using for the retreat. Ven. Steve Carlier will lead all the sessions via Zoom. We are keeping the retreat quite simple, using a very short practice to afford plenty of time for mantra recitation.
Who can attend this online retreat?
If you have refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and have faith in tantra, you can attend this retreat, even without the empowerment. You may choose to attend the full retreat or just the evening sessions from 6pm to 8pm PST.
Gift of Dharma—Be a Benefactor!
Help sponsor this special event… Your gift of the Dharma creates the causes for your good health and long life and for the Dharma to flourish!
Benefactors will receive special prayers and dedications during the Namgyalma retreat–for your long life, purification and removal of hindrances.
- Gold level: $500
- Silver level: $250
- Bronze level: $108
|Date(s):||November 15, 2020 - November 21, 2020|
|Instructor/Leader:||Venerable Steve Carlier|
|Type of event:||retreat|
|Number of sessions:||multiple|
|Participation:||Full-time or evening session only|
|Location:||Online Via Zoom|
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