A Pure Life

Vajrasattva Empowerment, commentary and retreat

"Buddha taught many different methods to purify non-virtuous actions, downfalls and broken commitments, but the supreme method is the practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva. This practice is a scientific method to purify our mind and transform it from an impure mind into a pure mind using Tantric technology."- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

With Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

A Pure Life

Friday 10th - Wednesday 15th November

An empowerment is a blessing ritual and guided meditation through which we make a deep connection with an enlightened Buddha and create the cause to achieve that Buddha's enlightened state.

The blessing empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification, will enable us to connect directly with Vajrasattva's mind and to receive purification simply through his blessings. This powerful experience gives us a brief glimpse of the inner freedom and universal love experienced by an enlightened mind.


Friday 10 November
7:30-9:00pm Introduction with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

Saturday 11 November
9:00-10:00 Meditation with Gen Kelsang Losel
11:00-12.30 Vajrasattva empowerment with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab
4:00-5.30 Teaching with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab
7:30-9:00 Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog puja

Sunday 12 November
9:00-10:00am Meditation with Gen Kelsang Losel
11-12.30 Teaching with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab
4:00-5:30pm Retreat Session 1
17:30-9:00pm Retreat Session 2

Monday 13 November
7:00-8:30am Retreat Session 3
11:00-12:30pm Retreat Session 4
4:00-5:30pm Retreat Session 5
7:30-9:00pm Retreat Session 6

Tuesday 14 November
7:00-8:30am Retreat Session 7
11:00-12:30pm Retreat Session 8
4:00-5:30pm Retreat Session 9
7:30-9:00pm Retreat Session 10

Wednesday 15 November
7:00-8:30am Retreat Session 11
11:00-12:30pm Retreat Session 12 (final session)

During the teachings on this simple but effective practice, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab will illuminate the purification practice of Buddha Vajrasattva following the sadhana Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva. This skilful and creative practice allows us to connect
with the natural potential of our mind, to heal our past, and to free ourselves from old, painful habits of thinking and behaving. Through purifying our mind gradually we experience a wonderful lightness and inner freedom.  We are then free to live a life based on wisdom
and love, to experience a truly joyful heart and to become the person we really wish to be.

Everybody welcome.

Retreat on Buddha Vajrasattva

Our retreat on the purification practice of Vajrasattva will be done in the context of the Offering to the Spritual Guide puja in each session. In this way, not only do we purify negativities but we also accumulate merit and receive blessings bringing together all necessary conditions for solving our human problems. How wonderful!

Our retreat will be guided by Gen Kelsang Losel who has many years experience on this retreat for all Teacher Training students.

Please note: Everyone who attends this retreat should have previously received the blessing empowerment of Vajrasattva.

Buddha Vajrasattva is a manifestation of Buddha Vajradhara, the Founder of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Generally we say Buddha Shakyamuni is the Founder of Buddhism in this world. However, there were two types of teachings he taught. The Sutra teachings came from Buddha Shakyamuni, but when he taught the Tantric teachings he appeared as Buddha Vajradhara, who is therefore seen as the Founder of Tantra. The Tantric teachings are the actual quick path to enlightenment, by which we can attain enlightenment in this very life.

Vajrasattva is the purified consciousness of all the Buddhas. His special function is to purify our minds. By relying sincerely on Buddha Vajrasattva we can purify ourselves and become a completely pure being, just like Buddha Vajrasattva. When we have completely purified our mind there will be no further basis for us to experience any kind of pain or suffering.

Many causes and conditions need to come together to enable an event such as this to appear in this world. It is incredibly rare good fortune to receive this empowerment and teachings that enable us to transform our karma, and draw close to Buddha Vajrasattva - not to be missed! Everybody is welcome.