Vajrayogini Amending Mantra Fire Offering, 2017



This Vajrayogini Amending Mantra Fire Offering will be held in Shedra House on Gampo Abbey land next to the Söpa Chöling 3 year retreat center.  Shedra House and Söpa Chöling are perched on the cliffs above the Gulf of St Lawrence on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.  Accommodations will be single rooms in the Söpa Chöling 3 year retreat center.  Space is limited.

Prerequisites: The usual requirement for attending the Amending Fire Offering is the completion of 1,000,000 mantras, however since these fire offerings are not performed that frequently anymore, it has been our custom to also allow people to participate who have completed a large portion of these mantras. If you have questions in regard to this, please contact us.

Dates: October 26th to November 5th, 2017

Fee: $1,000 CDN includes program fee, single accommodation in Söpa Chöling 3 year retreat center and 3 vegetarian meals per day, a copy of the liturgy “Source of The Precious Karmas, The Abridged Fire Offering” by Loter Wangpo (if required).  Financial assistance is available for participants who request it.  See the application form for further details.

Leader: by Gelong Lodro Sangpo (See bio below), assisted by Kristine McCutcheon and Mark Nowakowski

If you are interested in applying for this fire puja please download and complete the application form and return it by email to Les Ste Marie program Coordinator by at [email protected]


GELONG LODRÖ SANGPO (Jürgen Balzer) is a student of the late Ven. Trungpa Rinpoche and of Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche. He studied educational science, political science and philosophy as part of his education as an elementary school teacher. He received his first ordination in the Karma Kagyü Sangha in 1984, France, and then moved to Gampo Abbey, Canada. He received his bhikshu ordination in 1987. From 1985–2002 he served as Secretary of International Kagyü Sangha Association of Buddhist Monks and Nuns and published its magazine The Profound Path of Peace. He completed the traditional three year retreat in 1996 and a four year study retreat in 2003. He also served for a few years as Acting Director of Gampo Abbey, was one of the co-founders of Nitartha Institute and served as chair of Vidyadhara Institute, the monastic college of Gampo Abbey, since its inception. He presently acts as head of the Chökyi Gyatso Translation Committee which, among others, includes being the general editor and one of the main translators of The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin, of which Volume I: Abhidharmakośa-Bhāṣya of Vasubandhu, was published in 2012, and of which Volume II: The Vijñapti-mātratā-siddhi of Xuanzang, which will be published in 2017.

Having spent much time with both practice and study, Sangpo has a passion for combining practice with the key instructions of the Śrāvakayāna- and Yogācāra-Abhidharma as well as with the pith instructions of Mahāmudrā and Tantra. Being part of the first group of three year retreatants at Söpa Chöling, Sangpo received a number of teachings in the monastic arts (tormas, musical instruments, sandmandalas, etc.) and wrote various manuals and articles on these topics.