Vajrayogini Enabling Retreat with Commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dakpa

March 2–22, 2019

Vajrayogini—the Powerful Lady Naro Khechari

This practice belongs to the highest yoga tantra class, which means it contains special methods for attaining the two enlightened forms of a buddha that are not found in the three lower classes of tantra.

Phabongkha Dechen Nyingpo explained that the Vajrayogini teaching is like the heart of the Chakrasamvara root tantra. As the times become more degenerate, the blessings of other deities slow down. As for Heruka Father and Mother, in degenerate times, their blessings become greater and swifter. The Vajrayogini mantra is so precious; it is the mantra of all the dakinis. In the forty-eighth chapter of the Chakrasamvara root tantra, the source of the Vajrayogini path, it says:

“By reciting this mantra, one will have accomplishment.
All the actions that one does will be virtue.”


Geshe Ngawang Dakpa has once again with great kindness accepted to guide us in the rituals of the retreat on the evening of March 2nd and give a 5–7 day commentary beginning with afternoon session (2:30pm) on March 3.  The commitment for receiving the commentary is to do the Vajrayogini retreat.


We will be accumulating 100,000 mantra recitations on the basis of the long sadhana, The Nearing Path to Great Bliss, plus the wisdom showering mantra. The retreat will conclude with a peaceful fire offering and completed with the Vajrayagini self-entry. The retreat will be led by Ven. Steve Carlier. All retreatants will also participate in karma yoga to help the retreat run smoothly.


Participants must fulfill all of the following:

  • Have taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
  • Have received a highest yoga tantra empowerment (wang)
  • Have a daily practice of the Six Session Guru Yoga
  • Have received the blessing initiation (jinlab) of Vajrayogini
  • Have faith and respect for all traditions of Buddhism and in His Holiness the Dalai Lama

March 2: Check-in after lunch, orientation at 5pm and retreat preliminary ritual at 7pm
March 3–20: Four retreat sessions per day beginning at 6am- with commentary during afternoon session for first 5-7 days of retreat.
March 21: Final session and Fire Puja
March 22: Vajrayogini Self-Entry-ending at 12:30pm

Date(s): March 2–22, 2019
Times: All Day
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Steve Carlier
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 21 days
Level: Advanced
Participation: Restrictd to Vajrayogini initiates.
Location: Main Gompa
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