Saturday, February 22nd, 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Throughout January 2020, many Kadampa students around the world are engaged in close retreats of Heruka and Vajrayogini, during which they collect a certain number of mantras. This Fire Puja held at KMC Florida is for those who have successfully completed counting 100,000 Vajrayogini mantras in a close retreat. To complete such a retreat it is necessary to perform a burning offering, or fire puja, of fulfilling the commitment of close retreat. This practice purifies any mistakes we may have made during our retreat. In Ornament of Vajra Essence Tantra it says, “All faults of excess and omission in Secret Mantra are redressed by a burning offering.”
If practically possible, we request all those participating in this Fire Puja to arrive on Thursday 2/20, and participate in the fire puja preparations on Friday 2/21 starting at 10:30am. The actual fire puja will take place on Saturday, 2/22.
The schedule for this event if as follows:
Thursday, February 20th schedule: Participants are welcome to arrive Thursday, indicate arrival time on registration form Friday, February 21st schedule: (attendance is required for those who completed a Counting Retreat this year and are concluding with a fire puja) 8-10:30am: Check-in 9-10am Wishfulfilling Jewel (optional: for those who would like to attend) 10:30am-12:30pm: Fire Puja Preparations (preparations of final substances, preparing the site, setting up the offerings, melting the butter and making tormas) 12:30pm: Lunch 1:30pm-3pm: Run through of Burning Offering Sadhana with participants 3-5:30pm: Fire Puja Preparations con't (preparations of final substances, preparing the site, setting up the offerings, melting the butter and making tormas) 6pm: Dinner 7pm-8:30pm: Quick Path to Great Bliss puja (optional: for those who would like to attend) Saturday, February 22nd schedule: 7am-8:15am: Quick Path (Refuge and Bodhicitta up to and including Yoga of inconceivability) *must attend in order to engage in the Fire Puja* 8:15am-9:15am: Breakfast & Final set-up of site 9:15am-12:15pm: Fire Puja 12:15pm-3:30pm: Lunch, Final clean-up
This event is taught by Gen Kelsang Chodor. Our resident teacher, Gen Kelsang Chodor, is a western Buddhist Monk. Ordained in 2001, he is a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and has studied and practiced Buddhism for many years. He is much loved for his relaxed and gentle nature and teaches with great clarity, insight and wisdom, skillfully guiding people to inner peace and happiness in their lives.
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