a lovely report on the Home Mani Retreat

Update on the Home Mani Retreat

It is with great joy on behalf of all the home retreat participants, Chenrezig Institute offers to Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche the 8,386,600 manis that have been recited over the past year accumulating in a total of 714,844,489 manis over the 22 year period of our combined Mani Retreats.  Although we have not completed 100 million manis in each retreat as initially requested by Rinpoche, we persevere and understand that the most important aspect of the practice is not the number of mantras that are recited but the development of a good heart and a compassionate attitude and rejoice in our continuing efforts.

This year for the 23rd year the Home Mani Retreat will begin on Tuesday 15th November, 2022 (the Wheel Turning Day of Buddha’s Descent from Tushita) and will finish on Saka Dawa 4th June, 2023.

INSPIRATION for the Mani Retreat  

“ In your room, even if you recite one mala of mantra, whatever prayer you recite with bodhicitta, even with no realisation but with effort for bodhicitta, even some short prayer that you did for sentient beings, and then you come out. You see dogs, you see cats, or you see birds, you see insects or ants or things in the road, you see people. So you have done that one mala of mantra for everybody, every sentient being, for their happiness, for their enlightenment. When you come out, you have done that one mala of OM MANI PADME HUM or short prayer or whatever, for every being in the sky, trees, shops, people, on the road. Even one OM MANI PADME HUM recited one time is for everyone’s happiness, especially for enlightenment. So you should remember, you have already prayed for them, when you see dogs, birds, you have already done prayers for them in your room. Remember that. So amazing!” Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If you would like to participate in the Home Mani Retreat 23 please contact the Home Retreat Co-ordinator, Caroline Crossman via email carolinecrossman@gmail.com who will send all of the details through to you. At the end of each month there will be a monthly reminder to submit your mala count for that month. Please note that it is the mala count that participants should submit not the mani count i.e.1 mala = 108 mani recitations.

For any errors in the accounting of manis I accept full responsibility and request your forgiveness and patience with all of this.

Mani Retreat 23 Volunteer Home Co-ordinator,

Caroline Crossman