H.E. Tsem Rinpoche paid a surprise visit to Kechara House during the 2010 Setrap retreat for KWPC, where he explained the benefits of engaging in group retreat, the importance of putting others first, and the fact that every one of us faces the same problems in samsara. This video includes the oral transmission of Setrap’s mantra.
Below is an extract from Tsem Rinpoche blog about this video:
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 seperate post. Please do listen to it.- http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/jj….
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:
- How not to get disappointed over a period of time when doing work.
- Based on individualising problems, we become angrier, depressed, bitter et al.
- How not to give up on certain people if we really are serious on our practice.
- How doing group retreats makes us think less of our own problems.
- How group retreats/work at Kechara can increase altruism which can be applied everywhere.
- Different types of retreats such as on subjects, on Yidam, or on a protector.
- 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.