Prepare now for the Vajrasattva Winter Retreat &
Retreat from Afar

Winter Retreat is coming soon— beginning December 27. This year, we focus on the purification practice of Vajrasattva.Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva combines the wisdom and compassion of all the buddhas. Vajrasattva’s purification practice is a powerful way to release mistakes of the past and step forward into the future with a good motivation and clear mind.

Follow the links to see the various ways you can join us for Vajrasattva practice, then scroll down for resources on how to prepare for retreat, beginning right now.

You can join in person for the

Or sign up for the Retreat from Afar, where you can participate from your home.

Retreat Preparation & Resources

Many conditions must come together for you to be able to do retreat. You create these causes and conditions by preparing internally as well as externally for the retreat experience.

The value of your time in retreat is directly related to the level of your preparation beforehand. Please take the time to study these materials carefully

If you are coming for the 1-month or 3-month retreats, it is a good idea to increase your sitting time as the retreat approaches. We will do 5 sessions daily, each about 90 minutes long. Therefore, If you can set aside a day or two as full days of practice before you come, it will make the transition into the retreat schedule easier..

Vajrasattva Resources 

Ven. Chodron has given extensive teachings on the Vajrasattva practice. There are lots of resources to search for on ThubtenChodron.org and the Sravasti Abbey YouTube channel. The suggestions below will get you started.

Download the Vajrasattva sadhana (practice outline) and do the meditation practice daily. (En Espanol )  (Auf Deutsch) 
The sadhana is also in the Pearl of Wisdom II (red)  prayer book.

Study these to understand the Vajrasattva practice, karma, and purification:

Lamrim Resources

Learning Lamrim—the stage of the path to awaken ing (gradual path)—is another important preparation. 

In each meditation session you will do some Lamrim meditation. This is a powerful way to gain insight into the Buddha’s teachings. Please read some lamrim books and think about and meditate on their contents.

Thought-training Resources

Become familiar with the thought-training teachings, so you can work with issues as they come up in retreat:

As you gain familiarity with all these practices—Vajrasattva meditation, the lamrim topics, and thought-training teachings—your understanding will deepen as your readiness for retreat grows.

Learn About the Abbey

  • Read the Visit sectionof the Abbey website thoroughly. Here you will find information on accommodation, food, and clothing as well as guidelines for living in community.
  • Listen and start to learn the Abbey prayers and chants