Padmakilaya: February 18th – 20th | Vajrakilaya: February 21st – 23rd


Kilaya rituals are traditionally practiced during the final lunar month of the Tibetan calendar to dispel obstacles before the new year begins (Losar). At Rigdzin Ling we will practice three days of Padgyal Lingpa’s terma of Padmakilaya, followed by three days of HH Dudjom Rinpoche’s terma of Vajrakilaya, The Razor that Destroys at a Touch.

Padmakilaya was directly transmitted to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche by Padgyal Lingpa himself and it became the wrathful guru practice that Rinpoche practiced for decades. It was then passed on to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who, in turn, bestowed it several times at Rigdzin Ling. He authorized Lama Padma Gyatso to uphold and propagate this powerful antidote to harmful influences and emotions.


Vajrakilaya brings the practitioner into direct contact with the display of compassionate wrath, the intense energy of enlightened activity that subdues the forces of negativity. Guru Rinpoche transmitted this method of accomplishing Vajrakilaya to his heart disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal, who made it her main practice and was the source of her extraordinary spiritual attainment.

The respective empowerments are required to attend either section of this retreat. Lama Padma Gyatso will bestow the complete Padmakilaya empowerment on the first day of Padmakilaya and a blessing-permission empowerment on the first day of Vajrakilaya.

Registration will be available soon.

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