His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche is a strong advocate for Buddhist practioners undertaking retreat. Doing retreat is important. If one person gains Enlightenment, he or she can help countless sentient beings. It is indispensible that graduated Monks undertake long term retreat. Philosophical education coupled with meditative contemplation is an advanced aspect of the Buddhist path.
A unique awakened mind of wisdom embodied with happiness, loving-kindness and a compassionate nature is a quality that everyone seeks for in life, and such were the ways of our great Gurus in ancient times.
Retreatant Monks at the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana are taught authentic skilful methods and techniques in order to engage in deep contemplative mind training. Together with the Vajrayana instructions this mind training leads to the attainment of highly realised stages of wisdom in the nature of the mind. This authentic tradition has been successfully applied by past masters and practiced since the time of the awakened Buddha 2,600 years ago. Through the sincere efforts of our Monastery and under the guidance of H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche we endeavour to preserve this profound tradition for the happiness of all sentient beings.
Our commitment is evident at our Monastery with many lay practioners from overseas engaging in Vajrayana ritual retreats throughout the year despite basic below standard living conditions. Their devotion and sincerity to H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche and their own spiritual path is a source of inspiration and further emphasizes the importance of preserving the Vajrayana tradition, which is a truly precious gift to our world.