Setrap retreat: And so it begins…

8 March 2011 - 8:00pm 1 Comment

Thus begins a week-long spell of purification! Kechara House’s Setrap Grand Obstacle Removing Retreat has commenced, with 147 retreatants attending the very first puja on 7 March 2011.

One great benefit of having a Guru is that he can assign a Dharma Protector (or Dharmapala) to help us achieve our spiritual aspirations. The purpose of the Dharmapala practice is to remove obstacles and gather favourable conditions for our spiritual practice. These obstacles may be outer, inner or secret. At Kechara House, our Spiritual Guide, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has compassionately bestowed Dharmapala Setrap’s practice upon his students. As an enlightened Dharma Protector who is the wrathful emanation of Amitabha Buddha, Setrap is fully capable of removing all the afflictions which cause us suffering.

Of the 147 retreatants, there were 109 attendees at the English-language puja, and 37 participants at the Chinese-language puja. They began the auspicious week with a bang – make sure you check our website regularly to keep a track of the groups’ progress!

Retreat Target Day 1 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 9,700 9,700 190,300
Kawang 200,000 11,600 11,600 188,400
Mantra 2,000,000 170,300 170,300 1,892,700

On the second day of the retreat, 98 participants attended the English Setrap puja, whilst there were 49 attendees at the Chinese-language session.

Retreat Target Day 2 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 11,816 21,516 178,484
Kawang 200,000 14,860 26,460 173,540
Mantra 2,000,000 164,600 271,900 1,728,100

On the third day of the retreat, 75 participants attended the English Setrap puja, whilst there were 32 attendees at the Chinese-language session.

Retreat Target Day 3 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 9,204 30,720 169,280
Kawang 200,000 12,906 39,366 160,634
Mantra 2,000,000 126,200 398,100 1,601,900

The fourth day of the retreat saw 72 participants attending the English Setrap puja, and 28 attendees at the Chinese-language session.

Retreat Target Day 4 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 16,240 46,960 153,040
Kawang 200,000 5,326 44,692 155,308
Mantra 2,000,000 192,900 591,000 1,409,000

On the fifth day of the retreat, 59 participants attended the English Setrap puja, and 32 people attended the Chinese-language session.

Retreat Target Day 5 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 36,824 83,784 116,216
Kawang 200,000 9,043 53,735 146,265
Mantra 2,000,000 134,000 788,000 1,212,000

The sixth day of the retreat saw 49 participants coming together to attend the English Setrap puja, and 23 people attending the Chinese-language session.

Retreat Target Day 6 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 11,288 95,072 104,928
Kawang 200,000 6,462 60,197 139,803
Mantra 2,000,000 90,400 878,400 1,121,600

The final and seventh day of this Setrap retreat session saw 91 participants coming together to attend the English Setrap puja, and 40 people attending the Chinese-language session.

Retreat Target Day 7 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 10,160 105,232 94,768
Kawang 200,000 13,731 73,928 126,072
Mantra 2,000,000 84,200 962,600 1,037,400

Protectors, like other Buddhas related to one’s practice, should never be seen as magical beings who will grant us our heart’s desire if we please them. Thus, whatever our aspirations, we should always remember that the ultimate protector is our own natural mind. As Rinpoche reminds us, we should always be mindful that realising karma (the law of cause and effect) will be the best protector we can have, as that alone will help to guide our body, speech and mind towards the benefit of others.

Have you been part of the retreat yet? Come join us! Full details of the retreat can be found HERE or by contacting Any Loke or Bean Loke at house@kechara.com.

One Response to Setrap retreat: And so it begins…

  1. Really glad that I make it for the is retreat the full stay throughout and I hope I am able to participant in the next retreat. Thank you very much and Any and Bean for all the help and making tea for everyone and David for setting up the hall and Gim Lee’s effort and getting volunteers to clear the water bowls offering and getting the count at the end, How am I going to create cause for me to come for the next retreat. Kechara is where is my heart is. Jamie I really miss you leading the prayers.