Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka Close Retreat

Close Retreat of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka: January 2023

January 3-27

Cost: $5/session or $35 For all January Retreats

Free for TTP and Supporting Members

Everyone is welcome to join this special close retreat where you will be able to deepen your faith and reliance upon Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka following the oral instructions that Gen-la Dekyong received directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

KMC New Mexico will be offering the opportunity to engage in a close retreat in which we recite the mantra of a specific Buddha, in this case Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, 100,000 times. Engaging in such a traditional retreat is a very profound and beautiful practice. It is called a close retreat because when we engage skillfully with wisdom, faith, and the pure motivation of compassion, we naturally draw close to that Buddha, deepening our connection and enabling his or her enlightened qualities to grow stronger within us.

This retreat can be done as an actual “close retreat”, in which you must at least take part in two sessions a day on the same seat, or you can participate in the retreat in a less formalized manner as part of your preliminary guide practice of Guru yoga, dropping into sessions as you can. This retreat will be offered at the Center or it can be done at home.

This retreat is open to all. Everyone is welcome.

Following is some helpful inspiration on this retreat:
At the 2022 NKT-IKBU International Spring Festival in Malaga, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong shared an important instruction from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He asked Gen-la Dekyong to give the transmission and commentary of the mantra of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, requesting practitioners of all New Kadampa Tradition Centers to engage in retreat to collect 100,000 recitations of this mantra, as well as 10,000 Vajradaka mantras with burning offerings.
Gen-la Dekyong explained how this mantra is the very essence of the Guru yoga of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. By reciting this mantra with faith, a pure motivation, and strong conviction in the law of cause and effect we will place very strong potentials within our mind to easily accomplish all spiritual attainments. Venerable Geshe-la said, “This is magical.”

This year you will have the opportunity to fulfill Venerable Geshe-la’s request and join a Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka counting retreat at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. Not only will you receive great benefit for yourself, but as Venerable Geshe-la said, this retreat is a wishfulfilling jewel for the development of Kadam Dharma internationally.

Doing a Close Retreat

  • Count 100k mantras of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka
  • Count 10k mantras with Vajradaka Burning Offering
  • Complete the entire retreat either at home or in the meditation room at KMC NM (all sessions must be done on the same cushion/seat)

Please note: The retreat will likely take 3-4 weeks to complete. Completion time will vary due to the self-guided nature of this retreat.

Drop-in Sessions

If you cannot do an entire Close Retreat, but wish to engage in counting 100K mantras as part of your Guru yoga Preliminary Guide, you may join the Center during sessions as you are able.

Register for Session Register for all January Retreats

Session Times

Tuesday, January 3rd
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 4 – 5:30pm
Session 3: 6:30 – 8:15pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Wednesday, January 4th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Thursday, January 5th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Friday, January 6th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 1 – 2:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Saturday, January 7th
Session 1: 8 – 9:30am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:30pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog offering: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Sunday, January 8th
Session 1: 8 – 9:30am
Session 2: 3 – 4:30pm
Session 3: 6 – 7:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Monday, January 9
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Tuesday, January 10th – Vajrayogini Day
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 3 – 4:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide: 6 – 7:45pm

Wednesday, January 11th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Thursday, January 12th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Friday, January 13th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Saturday, January 14th
Session 1: 8 – 9:30am
Session 2: 5 – 6:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Sunday, January 15th
Session 1: 8 – 9:30am
Session 2: 5 – 6:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Monday, January 16th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 5 – 6:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Tuesday, January 17th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 1 – 2:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Wednesday, January 18th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 10:30am – 12pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Thursday, January 19th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Friday, January 20th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Saturday, January 21st
Session 1: 8 – 9:30am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:30pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog offering: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Sunday, January 22nd
Session 1: 8 – 9:30am
Session 2: 3 – 4:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Monday, January 23rd
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Tuesday, January 24th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 1- 2:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Wednesday, January 25th – Heruka Day
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide: 6:30 – 8pm

Thursday, January 26th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 11am – 12:30pm
Session 3: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)

Friday, January 27th
Session 1: 7:30 – 9am
Session 2: 4 – 5:45pm (with Dorje Shugden prayers)