Naga Puja: Pacifying the Nagas – VIRTUAL RETREAT
With Lama Gyurme Rabgye
August 7 - 9, 2021
Master artist and teacher Lama Gyurme is delighted to introduce the art of torma making and the offering practice for the Nagas.
The Naga Puja is mainly practiced to appease Nagas that may have been offended or injured by human activity, or to please Nagas that are active in areas where one wishes to live, work, or conduct business. Commonly associated with water, Nagas often live in springs, ponds, oceans, all places of water, trees, rocks, mountains and under the ground. They are beings whose abilities include controlling the weather, bringing good fortune and wealth, and enhancing fertility and positivity. Conversely, Nagas can also inflict disease, obstacles, and natural disasters when displeased. Recent changes in climate and natural disasters caused by careless human activity alone is a good reason to learn more about Nagas and how we can create positive alliances with them.
View Lama Gyurme’s website here, where you will see the gorgeous artwork from the Tara Mandala temple!
In this retreat you will have the opportunity to learn:
- What are Nagas and how do they interact with the human world
- Receive transmission and learn the Naga Puja sadhana
- How to make special Naga tormas
- Preparations for performing the Naga Puja
What Are the Benefits of the Naga Puja?
- Illnesses and obstacles caused by Nagas can be abated
- To bring timely rains and healthy water
- Wealth, fortune, and prosperity
Who Should Attend?
- This retreat is open to all.
How Do I Prepare for This Retreat?
- We recommend a vegetarian diet three days leading up to the Naga Puja Retreat (no meat and no garlic).
- It is highly recommended to have tingshas available when doing this practice.
- You will receive a list of items to have on hand to prepare tormas at least 5 days before the start of this retreat.
- Optional: To enhance your practice, we have curated this special bundle of items related to this retreat. All purchases through our Dakini Store directly benefit Tara Mandala!
What is a Virtual Retreat?
Virtual Retreats are Tara Mandala At-Home intensive retreats, teachings and in-depth workshops during which practitioners receive dharma teachings, engage in guided practice, experience hands-on learning, and connect with other participants through an easy-to-use online platform (Zoom) during consecutive days (with few exceptions) and daylong offerings. This modality of learning is appropriate for practitioners who are able to create a practice container of their own, setting aside a dedicated retreat space, removing themselves from social media, and taking care of necessities with the mind of compassion in action for the specific dates and times that the teachings occur.
Virtual Retreats are meant to be attended live given that direct transmission (Tib. lung) may be given. However, access to recordings of the sessions are available for additional viewing for various timeframes specified by the price level selected.
Tara Mandala offers tiered pricing for all virtual retreats to allow participants the opportunity to consider offering additional financial support for Tara Mandala while gaining greater access to the recordings of the teachings post-retreat. These are difficult times for everyone, and Tara Mandala is no exception. We encourage you to select at the highest level within your capacity to assist Tara Mandala in covering the costs to offer these wonderful teachings. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!
$239 – Tier 1 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 7 days from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers the basic costs of holding this specific retreat.
$294 – Tier 2 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 30 days from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers basic costs of this retreat and supports the year round staff at Tara Mandala.
$323 – Tier 3 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 1 year from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers basic costs for this retreat, supports year around staff as well as facilities maintenance and other critical operational needs.
Choosing Tier 2 or Tier 3 levels will allow Tara Mandala Retreat Center to continue to operate, be a repository for wisdom literature, a center for translation, a beacon for the feminine in Buddhism, and an active dharma center that provides refuge for deep practice and transformation.
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Offering dana to the teacher: The practice of offering dana, which means “generosity,” is the traditional offering the student makes to the teacher as a symbol of appreciation, gratitude, and reciprocity for receiving the precious teachings. Information on offering dana to the teacher will be provided during the virtual retreat. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.
Payment Plans and Financial Assistance
Tara Mandala has two scholarship funds and offers deferred payment plans as resources for anyone with financial limitations. For more information and to apply, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance Page.
VIRTUAL RETREAT SCHEDULE
Listed times are the online portions of the retreat. All times are Mountain Time.
Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.
Saturday, August 7:
9:00am – 11:00am MT: Teaching Session (Transmission/Lung will be offered, so this session must be attended live)
12:30pm – 2:00pm MT: Teaching Session
3:00pm – 4:15pm MT: Teaching/Practice Session
Sunday, August 8:
7:00am – 7:45am MT: Practice Session
9:00am – 11:00am MT: Teaching Session
12:30pm – 4:00pm MT: Torma Making
Monday, August 9:
7:00am – 7:45am MT: Practice Session
9:00am – 11:00am MT:Teaching Session
12:30pm – 2:30pm MT:Teaching Session
3:30pm – 5:30pm MT: Full Naga Puja
Master painter and craftsman Lama Gyurme was born in Dranang, Tibet in 1969. His family sent him to the Mindroling monastery upon the invitation of the head monk to study painting and traditional arts when he was 15. Lama Gyurme’s first teacher was from Kham (Guangzhou) located in Eastern Tibet.…
Learn more about Lama Gyurme Rabgye