Purelands & View in Vajrayana Buddhism

Dear friends,

You are invited to this event:
Topic: Purelands & View in Vajrayana Buddhism

Date & time: Saturday 7th Dec, 1.45 pm for 2 pm start, there will be a break in the afternoon followed by a second session and then dinner together
Address: 95 Mt Pleasant Rd, Mount Pleasant, Christchurch.
What to bring: Something to sit on and please bring something for dinner to share (ie pot luck) and drink if you like.

Suggested donation: $15/$10 concessions – this will go towards travel expenses for Jakob

Contact: Kim Saxton, kim@saxton.co.nz, 021 1162 490  or 03 304 8730

About Jakob Leschly:
Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor, also completing a BA in Tibetan Studies. He lives with his family in New South Wales, Australia.

Hope to see you there.


Five-Day Vipashyana Retreat

Reminder: Early bird registration closing 1 Nov!!!

Five-day Vipashyana Retreat
With meditation instructor Jakob Leschly
At Raupo Bay Retreat, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Friday 29th November – Wednesday 4th December 2013

“We can actually declare that, as non-theistic Buddhists, we can free the whole world from pain. That’s the greatest news. And we are doing it properly, rather than worshipping somebody or going into trance. We are doing it methodically, scientifically, psychologically. Starting with ourselves, we are expanding that news to others in turn. It is very definite and ordinary – and at the same time, it is quite remarkable.” – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

We are please to announce that Jakob is coming back again this year, this time to guide us through a five-day Vipashyana retreat.

This retreat is held under the auspices of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with Jakob Leschly as his resident instructor.

About Jakob Leschlyjakob_leschly

Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor, also completing a BA in Tibetan Studies. He lives with his family in New South Wales.

About the course

The practice of Buddhist meditation allows us to uncover and experience our natural heritage of wisdom though cultivating insight or vipashyana. It is to establish a peaceful space of presence and mindfulness, allowing us to awaken a calmer and wider appreciation of our reality. A retreat is an invaluable moment of clarifying and re-affirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the 5-day retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.

The attached Vipashyana Retreat Schedule and Info document outlines the proposed schedule to be followed and relates further information about how the retreat will be run and generally give a more in depth overview.

New comers needn’t feel apprehensive, the retreat is suitable to those new to meditation through to the more seasoned practitioners.

Retreat start and finish time

The course will start at 5 pm on Friday 29th November for registration with dinner from 6 pm. Come earlier if you can to give yourself time to get settled in. The course will finish at around 11 am on Wednesday 4th December.


There is still the caravan and a single bed in the room connected to the gompa available. Otherwise it will be camping, there will be friends on hand to assist getting your tent set up. Dorm tents available if you don’t have your own.


There will be a rota in place to take turns in helping out with meal preparation and washing up.

What to bring

Torch, walking shoes, cushion, sunscreen, hat & wet weather gear. Togs for the spa pool or a post retreat celebratory swim at the beach. Sleeping bag, pillow and mat & tent are required for happy campers.

Retreat Cost

Early bird discount of $200 (concessions)/ $250 if registering before 1st Nov. Thereafter $250 (concessions)/ $300. This cost includes food and accommodation. The Red Hat Gompa Trust is a charitable trust and this donation will go towards expenses such as covering the instructor’s flight expenses and food for the course.


Please fill in this attached retreat registration form, feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding the retreat.

The Essense of Buddhism – A talk by Jose de Urgyen

Date and time: Sunday 7th July, 10 am

Location: 269 Mt Pleasant Rd, Mount Pleasant Christchurch. Please come to the room underneath the house (the main house is a rental), go down the bottom driveway and follow the pathway.

The session will include time for questions and will be followed by lunch. Please bring something for lunch to share – note we have limited kitchen facilities here, so something simple would be best. There will be a donation bowl in the room if you would like to contribute towards Jose de Urgyen`s book expenses.

About Jose de Urgyen

JoseJose de Urgyen has been practicing and researching into Buddhism for around 35 years. He spent many years traveling in India, particularly around the Himalayan region where he diligently pursued his study and practice going through all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jose de Urgyen devoted immense energy into researching, contemplating on and finding the locations of secret spiritual places relating to Padmasambhava. He journeyed to special places to practice in the ancient land of Uddiyana and found where the great master and founder of the Vajrayana – Padmasambhava himself was born, this is where he got his spiritual name Urgyen, in a blessed dream from Padmasambhava.

After completing his research he met HH Dalai Lama and his personal assistant and translator Geshe Lhakdor whom asked him to compose the book of his research and present it back to HH Dalai Lama. After spending 5 years in retreat in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India meditating and writing the book, he came to NZ where he continues his writing.

In order to sponsor the book and his necessities he is working at his trade – stone masonry and in some creative art projects.


Tsok practice in Christchurch this coming Saturday

Hi everyone,

Well we recognise we have been a bit on the quiet front lately… We are spending a lot time in Christchurch at the moment and would like to take this opportunity to get together for a Tsok practice this coming Saturday which is the 25th Day according to the lunar calendar which is astrologically a significant day called Dakini Day. A Dakini is a tantric figure representing a female embodiment of enlightened energy. To learn more about essentially the meaning of this Tsok practice see here

Time & Date: Sat 4th May 2013, 11.30 am. There will be a short introduction to those new to the practice.

What to bring: A small plate of food or drink to offer & share. Customarily an assortment of food & drink is offered. Bring a container also to take home any leftovers. Also a cushion to sit on as we are a bit short of those here!

Place: 269 Mt Pleasant Rd. Head to the room underneath the main house, not the main house itself.

Please confirm back via email or phone/text to Mb: 0211162490


Festive season Tsok practice

Dear friends,

To celebrate the festive season we thought it would be nice to gather together and do a Tsok (Circle Gathering Feast Offering) practice together in the next coming Guru Rinpoche day, a powerful astrologically significant day, which conveniently falls on Saturday 22nd December. A short explanation to the practice will be given before the practice

Time & Date: Sat 22nd Dec 2012, 11 am. Try and arrive earlier to give yourself time to have a cuppa and relax a bit after the drive

What to bring: Some food or drink to offer & share. Customarily an assortment of food, alcohol and meat is offered.

Place: Raupo Bay Retreat. 110 McHales Rd, Chorlton, Banks Penninsula. Ph: 03 304 8730

Bring walking shoes & togs if you are keen to go down to the beach after and have a dip.

“All practices on the path to buddhahood are methods for gathering the accumulations of merit and wisdom and for purifying our obscurations. These two processes of accumulation and purification go hand in hand; as we accumulate more merit and wisdom, our obscurations automatically diminish.

As we mentioned earlier, the Secret Mantra Vajrayana features countless skilful and powerful methods which, if they are practised in the proper way, can make the process of accumulation and purification incredibly swift and direct. One such method is the practice of tsok, which is primarily a practice of offering. It is not just a practice of offering however; it is also a powerful method for purifying our samaya. Sometimes it is said that the best method for purifying samaya is the fire offering, and tsok practice is the ‘inner fire offering.’ Tsok is a very rich practice with many layers of meaning, and it can be practised on various levels. It is said that as ordinary beings we are only able to imitate the real tsok practice, which is performed by the dakas and dakinis.

The Sanskrit word for tsok practice is ganachakra, which in Tibetan is ཚོགས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ་ tsok kyi khorlo. The word ཚོགས་, tsok means ‘an accumulation’ or ‘a gathering, an assembly or group’, and the word འཁོར་ལོ་, khorlo literally means ‘wheel.’ So the literal translation is something like ‘wheel of accumulation.’ According to the great master Jamgön Kongtrul, this term relates to the inner level of tsok practice, and the generation of vast ‘gatherings’ of bliss that are like ‘wheels’ which cut through the web of our deluded thoughts and tainted emotions.” ref Rigpa wiki