A Medicine Buddha Retreat
Dr. Hun Lye
November 9 - 12, 2023
Medicine Buddha is the vajrayāna embodiment of the healing powers of buddhas and is relied upon by great teachers, illustrious physicians, regular practitioners, and ailing patients alike. In the Tibetan/Himalayan tradition, Medicine Buddha practices are even done for dying persons as well as those who have passed as healing is seen as a process that transcends our ordinary concepts of life and death. While we all have to die, healing can continue — we can die broken, or die whole.
In this retreat, Dr. Hun Lye—a dorje lopön (vajra master) appointed by the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage—will introduce participants to the principles and practices of outer and inner healing in Tibetan Buddhism. We will learn visualizations, chants, contemplations and exercises. This retreat will be anchored on the Yutok Nyingtik (“Heart-Essence of Yutok”) tradition of Tibetan Buddhist medicine and meditation as transmitted by the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.
This retreat is appropriate for participants with some basic grounding in Buddhist practice as well as seasoned practitioners.
Until further notice, registration for our residential programs is restricted to individuals who have or will receive their final Covid-19 vaccination at least two weeks before their arrival on site. We will be restricting total retreat capacity to allow for comfortable, unmasked participation, as well as the option of outdoor dining. Please be prepared to present proof of your vaccination upon request. We also require all registered participants to present negative results from a Covid test performed in the 3 days prior to the start of your retreat AND that you consent to being tested upon your arrival at Southern Dharma. Any rapid antigen test is acceptable for testing, including over-the-counter at-home tests.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the safety of our staff, teachers, retreatants, and larger community!
Check-in from 4-6pm; Early arrivals may be accommodated – email email@example.com to request.
Departures will take place by 2:00pm on the last day of retreat. Please make sure that you can attend the full program before registering.
For our 2023 retreats, three fee tiers are offered. Please choose the option that best fits your ability to give in this time. Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible contribution to Southern Dharma Retreat Center. Your confirmation email is your receipt for tax purposes.
We are deeply grateful for your support.
Note that registration fees do not include dana for the teacher(s). In the Buddhist tradition the teachings are offered freely and teachers are not paid for their offerings. They rely on dana contributions from students. Similarly, Southern Dharma keeps registration fees low to ensure the Dharma is accessible to all. Fees cover only a fraction of Southern Dharma’s operating expenses. We appreciate your practice of generosity to continue the dissemination of the Dharma.
Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. We are currently offering six housing options:
- Bed in Lodge, shared double room (2nd floor)
- Bed in Lodge, dorm with privacy partitions (3rd floor)
- Unheated kuti (single cabin, outdoor bathroom)
- Heated kuti (single cabin, outdoor bathroom)
- Canvas Tent (furnished, outdoor bathroom)
- Basic Tent Platform
Please use the appropriate field in the registration process to let us know your preferences in regards to housing, if any, and also specify if you insist on or prefer being housed with others of the same gender. All housing options are priced the same except for the Basic Tent Platform.
Southern Dharma is now offering 50% scholarship awards for BIPOC and Young Adults, in addition to those with financial need. Indicate your interest in a Southern Dharma in-house scholarship during the registration process.
This program is also eligible for Hemera Contemplative Fellowships. Please note that you must apply for the Fellowship prior to registering for any program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
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