Saturday Espresso Retreats

We offer Saturday Espresso Retreats at Aro Ling Cardiff as often as can be fitted in with Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin teaching schedule. Please see the calendar  to find the next one. They are Espresso Retreats because they are small  and potent  just like a cup of espresso.

Espresso Retreat
09:30 – 10:30 Meditation and Yogic song
10:30 – 11:00 tea/coffee break (refreshments provided)
11:00 – 12:30 Exploring Vajrayana
12:30 – 13:30 lunch break (please bring a packed lunch)
13:30 – 16:30 Tantric Crafts
10:30 – 11:00 tea/coffee break (refreshments provided)
16:30 onwards  Ceremony and Social (Aro gTér Lineage practitioners)

All welcome – refreshments provided for morning tea break, please bring a packed lunch. A donation is requested. Booking is not required.

Meditation and Yogic Song open to anyone who wishes to learn about meditation, or wishes to strengthen and establish an existing practice
Instruction on shi-nè meditation is offered, and the use of mantra, yogic song and visualisation as aids to meditation practice. Practical advice can also be given: on meditation posture, aids to sleepiness and distraction, how to view meditational experiences.
Meditation cushions, and chairs, are provided for your comfort, and song sheets and instruments are available.
Exploring Vajrayana The Aro gTér is a small Nyingma Lineage. but encompasses a vast range of Buddhist teachings. Based in Dzogchen, the teachings include the scope of Sutra and Tantra, but always with reference to the Dzogchen view of nonduality. This morning session is open to all. Particular topics will be explored in detail at each session. The session is led by Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, an ordained teaching couple with nearly 40 years experience of teaching guiding practitioners in developing their practice. Ngakma Nor’dzin is the author of four books which can be found at Aro Books Worldwide.Cerem

Tantric Crafts The Arts are an important aspect of the practice of Tantra. In the Aro gTér Lineage, practitioners create and improve their practice equipment to make their relationship with such equipment more powerful and personal. Craftwork may include: creating a mat upon which to place instruments and a songbook; creating a rainbow banner (chö-phen) to decorate and balance a drum; filing bells and drums to make them finer; making bags to protect instruments when travelling; framing a thangka; making a meditation strap (gom-tag), and so on. Other items that can be created are specifically craft as practice – such as a protection amulet, or a namkha (woven thread cross) which weaves the elements of the emotions through the symbolism of coloured thread. Please bring your own tantric craft project. Instruction, and suggestions for projects, can be offered to people who are new or unfamiliar with tantric craftwork. Basic tools will be available, such as a sewing machine, a dremel, files, etc. Materials are not generally provided, but some will be available to purchase at cost if needed.

Ceremony and Social The late afternoon and evening session is for Aro gTér Lineage practitioners. It includes a fire ceremony, riwo sang chöd (ri bo bSang mChod), Tsog’khorlo (food sharing puja), and social time enjoying one another’s company. It is for apprentices, members and friends of the Aro gTér Lineage who are familiar with Vajrayana practice.

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