White Tara Teachings and Short Retreat

May 19 – 22, 2022 (Thursday to Sunday)

with Lama Ngawang Tenzin

This program is now available on Zoom!

White Tara is a female buddha who bestows long life, clears obstacles, and guides us on the path to liberation. Lama Ngawang Tenzin will provide instructions on: arranging one’s shrine, the sadhana (practice text), mudras (hand gestures), torma (ritual food) offerings, and how to conduct a White Tara retreat. He will base his teachings on the sadhana entitled The Distilled Essence for Practicing the Flowing River of the Moon, A Manual of Instruction for the Longevity Sadhana of White Tara, the Wish-Fulfilling Wheel. If you need to purchase a copy of the sadhana, please email us at skc.retreat@gmail.com.

 

This is a strict vegetarian retreat

In accordance with kriya tantra requirements: No eggs; no smelly spices or sauces; no onion, garlic, radish, or daikon; and no animal flesh or byproducts (including meat, poultry, pork or fish) can be consumed during this program. Milk, butter, and yogurt are permissible.

Prerequisites

You must have received the White Tara empowerment from a qualified Sakya lama. Also, you must have your own copy of the sadhana. The sadhana will not be displayed on screen.

How to register?

To receive the Zoom link for this program, email us at skc.retreat@gmail.com with the following information:

1) your full name,

2) when you received the White Tara empowerment, and

3) the Sakya lama from whom you received the empowerment.

Donation

Please donate at the level appropriate for you. It is only with your support that we can continue to function and offer programs like this one.

  • $200 sponsor level
  • $108 supporter level
  • $50 regular

Donate by PayPal or by check with our donation form.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Zoom Schedule (Times are Pacific Time Zone)

Thursday, May 19 at 6 PM: Orientation

Friday to Sunday, May 20 to 22

  • 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM: Practice Instructions with Lama Ngawang
  • 2 PM to 4 PM: Afternoon Practice Session with Lama Ngawang.
  • Q&A will be included in the afternoon session.

If you are not in the Pacific Time Zone, you can convert the time here: https://savvytime.com/converter

Home Schedule (Offline)

In addition to our time together on Zoom, you may practice the sadhana during the following sessions offline on your own. These sessions are optional but encouraged.

  • 5 AM to 7 AM: Morning Practice Session
  • 8 PM to 10 PM: Evening Practice Session

Venerable Lama Ngawang Tenzin serves as a retreat teacher and adviser for Sakya Kachod Choling Retreat Center. He received extensive training in all aspects of Vajrayana ritual and practice at Sakya Dirru Monastery, a branch of the Ngor tradition in Bir, India. He became a monk at age ten and became a lama after 17 years of monastic education and completing multiple retreats. In 2005, he arrived in Australia, where he began serving as a resident lama at Sakya Tharpa Ling and as an assistant to Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe. Later, he traveled and assisted Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche with her international programs in Australia, Europe, Malaysia, and Singapore. In 2009, Her Eminence invited Lama Ngawang to Vancouver, Canada. Since then, he has assisted with the activities of Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling in Vancouver and Sakya Kachod Choling Retreat Center in Friday Harbor, Washington. He regularly leads students in weekly practice sessions (which he has held online for the last two years) and provides personal guidance to students of all backgrounds.