Teachings & Retreats

YAMANTAKA & VAJRAYOGINI MEDITATION

Alternate Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.00pm

Each week Les Sheehy provides teachings on and leads the practice of Solitary Hero Yamantaka, alternating with Vajrayogini. Having the opportunity to practise Yamantaka and Vajrayogini is extremely rare. It is even more extraordinary to be able to receive regular guidance from such an experienced practitioner as Les, who has received extensive teachings from Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, and has completed and lead numerous close retreats over the past twenty three years.

To be able to attend these teachings you must have received Solitary Hero Yamantaka and Vajrayogini Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments. Students must have a sound basis in the study and meditations of the Path to Enlightenment, and a deep commitment to their Buddhist practice. Each class includes sadhana practice, instructions and guided meditation, and on Vajrayogini nights - Wheel of Offering (tsog) practice.

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In addition to weekly practice, each year in July Les leads either a two week Yamantaka retreat or a three week Vajrayogini retreat.  During the retreat we complete the mantra commitments, and the retreat concludes with the traditional fire puja.

 

This series of classes covers:

  • An explanation of Highest Yoga Tantra in general
  • An explanation of the sadhana and associated practices such as mudras
  • Teachings on the generation and completion stages of Vajrayogini and Yamantaka and guided meditations associated with each stage
  • Instruction on the most subtle body mandala unique to Vajrayogini and guided meditation practice

During these classes you can gain:

  • An understanding of the vajrayana system and the unique features of mother and father tantra
  • The ability to perform the brief sadhanas of each practice
  • An understanding and ability to perform the meditations and mantra practices
  • An ability to practise at home and to develop your own practice
  • An understanding of the completion stage including precise definitions of the stages and their sequence
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These teachings are based on Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s Ocean of Indivisible Method and Wisdom, and Path to the Union of Clear Light and Illusory Body.