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Pure Lands, Hidden Lands, Sacred Lands: Spiritual Pilgrimage for Dark Times – In-Person or Online – Drala Mountain Center, Colorado

May 20 - May 26

Pure Lands, Hidden Lands, Sacred Lands: Spiritual Pilgrimage for Dark Times

Presented In-Person or Online –  Drala Mountain Center, May 20-26th, 2024.

  • Have you been meditating for a long time but aren’t sure you’ll ever reach enlightenment?
  • When you consider reincarnation and look at the trajectory the world is on, have you thought, “I am not so sure I want to be born back here?”
  • Does the concept of heaven sometimes seem a lot more appealing?
  • Do you long to discover sacred places for spiritual rejuvenation, both inner and outer?
  • Do you wish that Buddhism didn’t seem so lonely and require you to work so hard to become enlightened?

Tibetan Buddhism offers a unique perspective on Pure Lands, blissful realms for spiritual growth after death. However, this aspect of Tibten’s Buddhism’s take on rebirth is rarely taught in the West.

This program delves into exoteric (sutra) and esoteric (tantra) Pure Lands, equipping you with everything you need to know. We will explore the history of Pure Land in Tibetan Buddhism. We will also discuss the various Pure Lands, why Amitabha’s Sukhavati is so special, and the importance of faith in achieving rebirth there. We will also see how Pure Lands are different from heaven and understand how to integrate them with a non-theistic Buddhist worldview. You’ll also discover how to cultivate a “pure land of the present moment” in the tantric Pure Land practices, including mantra recitation and inner pilgrimage.

Topics we will cover:

  • How we constantly evict ourselves from the Pure Lands
  • Finding purity in impurity
  • Mappo ­– the end of the dharma
  • The ontology matrix: How real are these places?
  • Spiritual solar power and mystical photosynthesis
  • How to meet Amitabha in daily life
  • Emptiness: the essence of purification
  • Purification in Yogachara and Dzogchen
  • Pure Land principles to empower ecological activism
  • Beyul: How to get there?
  • Sacred Lands: Why go there?

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone from any tradition interested in outer Pure Lands as real places we can go to and those wishing to explore the inner Pure Land principle.
  • Anyone wanting to learn about the largest form of Buddhism in the world and its place in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Anyone wanting to access esoteric Pure Lands on this earth.
  • Anyone wanting to complete their study of the Bardo teachings and understand why the Buddha taught that the Pure Lands are ideal places for rebirth after death.
  • Anyone wanting to know how to get there, why go there, what happens there, and how you can better help others by going there.

Whether you’re new to Buddhism or a seasoned practitioner, this program offers valuable insights for anyone interested in rebirth, enlightenment, and the power of faith. Join us and unlock the profound wisdom of Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism.

Prerequisite: You may find it helpful to listen to the an introductory talk on Pure Lands that Andrew previously presented at Drala Mountain Center.

This retreat is hosted and administered by Drala Mountain Center. Because of this, we are not able to offer any Night Club member discount to this event. Any inquiries about this program should be directed to the Drala Mountain Center. frontdesk@dralamountain.org – 1-888-788-7221



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