12-20 February 2023 (9 days)
This year, as in the previous one, we are going to practice Gutor according to the long Mahakala puja, known as Dangwa Namseg or Ngyntok. This is the same text that is used in all Kagyu monasteries during Gutor. Late Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche wished that we would also recite that text in our Centre in Grabnik since its blessing and benefits are inconceivable.
Led by: Khenpo Woesung and Umdze Lama Lhakpa from Benchen Monastery
Gutor is an intensive week-long Mahakala practice which, according to many-centuries long tradition of the Kagyu Lineage, is performed before Losar - Tibetan New Year.
The text of the puja can be recited only by people who have received the Mahakala Bernagchen empowerment, yet everyone may attend the event. You can stay at this time in the temple and, while listening to the puja, recite the prayers you know or do your own meditation. You can also sponsor the stay or meals of other participants or make donation for the materials needed to prepare the ritual (rice for offering bowls, oats for tormas, butter for torma ornaments, tealights, incense, tsok offerings etc.). Thanks to these activities you will accumulate merit and receive the same blessing as those who recite the puja.
The practice starts with the evening session, on the 12th of February at 6:00 p.m. During that session we will recite the medium-length Mahakala puja, known as Tsalma (the text we have recited so far).
Starting on the next morning, we will recite Dangwa Namseg (long Mahakala Bernagchen puja) for seven days, from the 13th till the 19th of February.
On Sunday, the 19th of February between 6:30 p.m. and around 9:00 p.m., will be the culmination of the week-long puja. Torma, which absorbs during the practice all negativities of the previous year as well as all the obstacles which may appear in the future, will be put into the fire and burnt.
The end is planned for the 20th of February with recitation of Tsalma in the morning session and receiving Mahakala’s blessing and siddhis accumulated in the torma (till about 10:00 a.m.). Everyone present in the temple can receive that blessing, regardless reciting the puja text or not.
NOTE! During Gutor both texts, Tsalma as well as Dangwa Namseg, will be needed.
Those who are going to participate in the puja are asked to order Dangwa Namseg text in advance, latest till the 6th of February.
Tsalma text is the same one we recited in previous years. There is no need to order it by those who already have it.
Those who are going to participate in Gutor for the first time and want to order both texts are asked to mention that in registration form under 'remarks'.
Registration deadline (and prepayment for meals) – till the 6th of February.
Registration can be completed by using the REGISTRATION FORM. Please fill in the form also for any accompanying person not participating in the sessions.
All changes considering your stay should be submitted at least three days in advance. If you want to receive meals, please make a donation in advance.
Those who already have Mahakala Bernagchen empowerment and are going to take active part in the long puja are also asked to order the texts in advance, latest till the 6th of February. During Gutor both texts, Tsalma as well as Dangwa Namseg, will be needed. Tsalma text is the same one we recited in previous years. There is no need to order it by those who already have it.
Our Buddhist Centre in Grabnik is maintained exclusively by donations, therefore each, even very symbolic, amount offered money is important and appreciated. Those who would like to support us, may do the donations via transfer to our bank account or with a use of a debit card (see: donate) or in cash at the Centre.
from 13 to 19 February (7 days) – 50 PLN daily
evening session on the 12th of February and morning session on the 20th of February - free
Dangwa Namseg text - 45 PLN
BONUS for those who will take part in the whole seminar - all 7 days for 300 PLN (bonus does not include food). Bonus is for those who will register and pay the whole amount at latest by the 6th of February.
Note: Those who resign from some parts of the seminar cannot use the bonus.
Children and accompanying persons not participating in the sessions – 30 PLN per day
Additional stay not during the seminar – 30 PLN per day
All meals are vegetarian.
Suggested donation: breakfast 16 PLN, lunch 28 PLN, dinner 16 PLN (full board - 60 PLN)
Please bring your own mug.
Prepayment is not equivalent to registering for the seminar. Please remember to register!
We are not able to guarantee meals to those arriving unannounced.
- We cannot guarantee meals to those who do not register and make a donation on time.
- Meals are served at fixed hours (breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m.).
- Please think your order through. There are no returns for ordered and not used meals, unless a resignation is submitted three days in advance.
GUIDE FOR PARTICIPANTS
In order to avoid misunderstandings and make the work of our team easier, please read the Guide for Participants which explains what to bring, where to stay, how to behave and more.
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