Don’t Be Disenchanted -My Sharing (Setrap Retreat)
Kechara House is engaging in another Setrap retreat, this time to clear obstacles for the smooth manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre or KWPC. They will be accumulating 1 million mantras, 108,000 serkym offerings and 54,000 prostrations to Lord Setrap, who is the Dharma protector of Kechara as well as Gaden Shartse Monastery.
The Kechara House Committee organised for the 1st day of the retreat to coincide with H.H the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday, which is a very auspicious start.
I was also very happy that my student JJ Chong gave his first Dharma teaching on Setrap’s lineage, history, practice and benefits. JJ is only 26 and he has been with me for a number of years now. He has very strong Dharma imprints and I am very glad that he is starting to mature and turn into a beneficial person. Jj’s wonderful talk will be on a separate post. Please do listen to it.
I wanted to offer the retreatants the oral transmission of Setrap’s mantra, because it would benefit them much more to do the retreat with it. I received the mantra from my Guru Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche in Gaden and I am happy to be able to pass it on to my students. I also wanted to talk a little bit about the benefits of doing group retreat as well as a number of other topics, so I spoke them over the conference phone at KH1.
I spoke regarding a few thoughts:
1. How not to get disappointed over a period of time when doing work.
2. Based on individualising problems, we become angrier, depressed, bitter et al.
3. How not to give up on certain people if we really are serious on our practice.
4. How doing group retreats makes us think less of our own problems.
5. How group retreats/work at Kechara can increase altruism which can be applied everywhere.
6. Different types of retreats such as on subjects, on Yidam, or on a protector.
7. How to feel hope again after being bitter, angry, disenchanted and depressed.
One talk I gave over the phone to everyone, the other one, I showed up in person to share my thoughts. Both talks have been uploaded here. Please do take a serious listen and contemplate. I feel it can really help you wherever your mental state may be.
My students recorded my talk over the phone and you can listen to it by clicking on the box below:
or click here to watch on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW2CX4Kzxbk
I was told that there were many people at KH1 that night. 72 people had registered for the retreat and they were very sincere in wanting to do this for KWPC. There were also a few people watching the live streaming of the event online. My students have set up an online live streaming channel at http://justin.tv/kechara and I am told it is quite popular. Personally I am not a big fan of technology or the Internet, but when it is used to benefit others and reach out to more people, then it serves the purpose.
So I decided to go there and pay them a surprise visit and also to give them more teachings. The best thing that we can give others is the Dharma and I was told that many people enjoyed my talk and were inspired by it. I am happy to know that.
The video of my visit is here and the continuation of the talk, watch it by clicking on the box below:
or click here to watch on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS8xYQnItU0
KWPC will be an institution that will benefit so many people and there will definitely be obstacles due to our negative group karma. So retreats such as this will be very effective for purification – but we must develop a selfless mind in order for it to be effective. You will be able to learn and understand more from my talks.
Everyone who attends the retreat will gain benefit from the energies that the prayers will generate. To find out more please visit http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/events/going-forward-with-setrap/
I thank the participants of the retreat. You make your time meaningful. I thank all those who prepared the videos/audios/uploading of this here, it really speeds things up for me and brings benefit to many.
P.S. I will update the progress of the retreat here on this thread. Please check back every few days.
July 14, 2010
Serkym = 1,512
Mantra = 7,200
Prostrations = 0
Serkym = 8,400 (cumulative: 9,912)
Mantra = 75,600 (cumulative: 82,800)
Prostration = 2,300 (cumulative: 2,300)
Serkym = 6,537 (cumulative: 16,449)
Mantra = 78,300 (cumulative: 161,100)
Prostration = 7,307 (cumulative: 9,607)
Serkym = 2,800 (cumulative: 19,249)
Mantra = 22,900 (cumulative: 184,000)
Prostration = 4,167 (cumulative: 13,774)
Serkym = 23,200 (cumulative: 42,449)
Mantra = 142,200 (cumulative: 326,200)
Prostration = 3,083 (cumulative: 16,857)
Prostration = 1,826 (cumulative: 18,683)
Serkym = 28,600 (cumulative: 71,049)
Mantra = 133,500 (cumulative: 459,700)
Prostration = 6,800 (cumulative: 25,483)
Serkym = 22,400 (cumulative: 93,449)
Mantra = 102,900 (cumulative: 562,600)
Prostration = 6,302 (cumulative: 31,785)
Serkym = 22,400 (cumulative: 111,552)
Mantra = 208,008 (cumulative: 770,608)
Prostration = 8,990 (cumulative: 40,775)
* Kechara Southern Jewel Chapel (KSJC) from Johor Bahru has contributed 600 prostrations count today
Serkym = 5,184 (cumulative: 116,736)
Mantra = 260,388 (cumulative: 1,030,996)
Prostration = 9,002 (cumulative: 49,777)
* Kechara Southern Jewel Chapel (KSJC) from Johor Bahru has contributed 200 prostrations count today
Serkym = 4,644 (cumulative: 121,380)
Mantra = 95,688 (cumulative: 1,126,684)
Prostration = 5,653 (cumulative: 55,430)
* SETRAP RETREAT IS COMPLETED TODAY WITH ALL TARGETS ACHIEVED