Guru Yoga — the union of the mind of the disciple with that of the Guru — is quintessential to success on the path of Vajrayana. Without the close supervision, advice and teaching of a qualified master, it is extremely difficult to make progress, and very easy to substitute one’s own preconceptions, desires and ignorance for the pure goals, philosophy and insight needed to practice properly and achieve the highest attainment. For practitioners of the Nyingma lineage, Padmasambhava — the great master from Oddiyana who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, is the supreme root guru, and his realization and enlightened energy continue to bless and empower this lineage up to the present day. He is the embodiment of all the pure qualities of an enlightened being, and the focus and object of devotion of all Nyingma Guru Yoga practices.
In 1982, Ven. Peling Rinpoche dictated The Profound Nying Thig (Heart Essence) Guru Yoga, which had spontaneously arisen in his mind. Rinpoche felt that this seemingly simple practice, containing profound depth, subtlety and realization, was so inherently powerful that ritual permission or initiation was not required to recite it, and that it would engender great spiritual progress in any who practiced it regularly.
The Nying Thig Guru Yoga, in addition to the one contained in the Nam Cho preliminary practices, are the two principle Guru Yogas practiced at Orgyan Dzong.
2:00-3:30pm – Meditation and Nying Thig Guru Yoga
3:30-3:45pm – Refreshment Break (Tea, Coffee and Light Snacks will be provided).
4:00-5:30pm – Nying Thig Guru Yoga and concluding meditations.
Fees: In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost, but donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the operating expenses of the Centre. Canadian charitable tax receipts will be given for amounts over $20.00.
Food: Since we do not have a resident cook, you will need to bring your own food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided during the breaks. A fridge, stove, microwave, cutlery and utensils are available to use in the sangha house kitchen.
Overnight Accommodation: Rooms in the retreat house are free of charge to sponsors, but require advance confirmation by RSVP since space is limited. For non-sponsors, rooms are available at $34 (Includes 3.90 HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There’s also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.