The Board of IGNA organizes a meditation retreat in Lumbini on 5 to 12 March 2015. We are happy to announce the start of the enrolment to the Light retreat with the venerable Dzogchen master, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche.
About the retreat
During the first month of the Tibetan new year in 2015 (Feb 19-Mar 20), Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche will lead both Sangha and lay people from around the world to perform light offerings in the 10 Million Light Offering Event at the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama – in Lumbini, Nepal. The event will also be graced by many Sangha from the temples and monasteries in and around the Lumbini Development Zone. – See more at: http://igna.org/projects/light-offerings/#sthash.X1DTfiyS.dpuf
During this month Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach during a specially arranged meditation retreat for about 50 people in Lumbini. If you wish to take part in this auspicious event, please register, by filling out and sending a registration form.
Please note, that the number of participants is limited to 50 people and the first to register will receive the confirmation first.
When the maximum number of participants has been registered, the names of persons applying after that will be added to a reserve list. In case of cancellations you might be contacted to see, if you are still interested to participate. The last date for registering is 30 January 2015.
You will receive the confirmation upon registration. After 30 January 2015 we will send out more detailed practical information for all the registered and confirmed retreat participants.
5 March – 12 March 2015
Meditation retreat schedule
3 March 2015 – Arrival in Lumbini
5 March to 12 March 2015
Daily schedule for the eight days IGNA Light retreat in Lumbini
6:30~. 9:00 Light offerring
9:30~12:00 Practice of the Four Ordinary Preliminary
12:00~.13:30 Lunch and rest
13:30~16:00 Practice of the Five Inner Preliminaries
17:00~17:30 Devotion of Light offering
18:00~19:30 Dinner and rest
19:30~21:30 Guru Yoga, meditation and Dharma
teaching by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche
The place where retreat will be held:
Accommodation will be at the Sri Lankan Pilgrims Rest House in Lumbini, Nepal. It is the property of the Sri Lankan Government. The rest house is about half an hour walk (3km) from the Sacred Garden. It is a large modern place that was only recently opened in November 2014.
The rooms generally are for 4 to 5 people with a bathroom with hot water on suite.
The building has a restaurant that will serve vegetarian meals. The restaurant will be opened in January 2015.
Prices: Budget around US$50 per day.
Please note : These prices are not finalised. As the establishment has only recently been opened and the prices per person still need to be finalised. The establishment has said the prices will only be known in January 2015. Once the prices and the menu is finalised we will inform you accordingly.
A bus will be hired for transport from Kathmandu to Lumbini. The bus will leave Kathmandu early on the 3 March and return early on the morning of the 13 March 2015. The place of departure will be decided later and participants will be informed accordingly. The trip may take around 10 hours.
The buses seat 35 people. The cost of hiring a 35 seater bus is around US$500 (one way). The price will be shared equally amongst the number of passengers. If passengers are less than 11 a tourist microbus can be arranged for around US$ 300 (one way). Likewise the price will be shared equally amongst the number of passengers.
Before registering, please read through the important information below.
Rules of Discipline
The Light meditation retreat will be held in conditions deemed to be similar as that of being in a temple. Therefore you will need to observe certain rules of discipline so that we can maintain environment conducive to inner reflection and meditation, also respecting the Sri Lankan Pilgrims Rest House as our kind host.
- Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.
- Respect others’ property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.
- Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.
- Be celibate: no sexual activity.
- Be alert and mindful: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes.
- Be considerate of others’ silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the Gompa and the dormitories.
- Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully (please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts or tight and revealing clothing).
- Please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to other retreat participants.
Etiquette in the Meditation Hall
The Tibetan word for the Meditation Hall is “Gompa”. Because a Gompa is the location of study, meditation and devotional practices, Buddhists consider them to be holy places. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the following modes of behaviour are considered respectful in a Gompa and we ask you to follow them while here:
- Do not point your feet towards the teachers, the altar or any holy object.
- Do not put Dharma materials – prayer books, texts, Dharma books or notebooks with Dharma in them – on the floor, or sit or step over them.
- Do not lie down or do any yoga exercises in the Gompa at any time.
- No idle chat in the Gompa.
Thank you so much for your support.