Intensive retreat of Mandarava combined with chudlen

with Elio Gaurisco in Phendeling

17.9.2014 – 25.9.2014


Phendeling, Czech Republic

Anyone who have received the transmission and the lung of Mandarava from our Master can attend.

From Experiences of the Primordial State (quotations from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu):

“The practice of Mandarava is a path for having total realization and also relatively for having a longer life and prosperity. But the main point is to attain realization of the state of Mandarava. Mandarava is a totally realized being and so we follow this path.”

Elio was born in Varese, Italy, on 5 August 1954 and grew up in Como. He studied art and received a Master of Arts before traveling to India to study Buddhism. On his return from India he moved to Switzerland, where for ten years he learned Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy under one of the Dalai Lama’s philosophical advisors. Elio joined the Dzogchen community in 1986, when he received teachings from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for the first time.

Invited by the late Kalu Rinpoche, Elio spent almost twenty years in India working on the large encyclopedia on Indo-Tibetan knowledge known as Shes bya kun khyab (Myriad Worlds,Buddhist Ethics, Systems of Buddhist Tantra, The Elements of Tantric Practice) authored by Kongtrul the Great, published in separate volumes by Snow Lion Publications. During this time Elio continued to actively collaborate with the Dzogchen Communityand especially with the Shang Shung Institute in Italy, of which he is a founding member.

Elio has worked on various translations for the Shang Shung Institute in Italy, including several books by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu relating to Tibetan medicine. He has completed several levels of the Santi Maha Sangha training, and became an authorized teacher of the base, first, and second level. Since 2003, Elio has been one of the three principal translators for the Ka-ter project of the Shang Shung Institute of Austria. Aside from serving as instructor for the Training for Translators from Tibetan program, he also works for the Dzogchen Tantra Translation Project.

During the retreat it will be possible to buy chudlen pills. The price for 1 pill is 1EUR.


Wednesday 17.9.2014:

15:00 explanation of Mandarava Practice

18:00 Mandarava ganapuja

Thursday 18.9.2014– Wednesday 24.9.2014:

6:30 long practice with the recitation of Mandarava mantra and sogthig breathing

10:00 practice of Mandarava

15:00 practice of Mandarava

18:00 Mandarava ganapuja

Thursday 25.9.2014:

6:30 long practice with the recitation of Mandarava mantra and sogthig breathing

10:00 practice of Mandarava

15:00 Mandarava ganapuja for the end of the retreat

There can be some small changes in the programme.

Please register here:

For accomodation you can use Phendeling´s dormitory (in this case you don´t need to take the mat, only the sleeping bag). If you´d prefer to sleep in dormitory, please register as soon as possible. The capacity is limited. For accomodation in dormitory, please contact Phendeling ´s geko – Pavel Spanily – +420 607 710 477; possibility is to stay in Phendeling´s gonpa. If you choose this option, please take your sleeping bag and mat! It´s also possible to sleep in the tent outside. The price for one night is 5EUR in dormitory, 4EUR in the gonpa and 3EUR in the tent.

The price of whole retreat is – 100EUR for reduced, 120EUR for ordinary and 40EUR for sustaining members.You can pay in EURO.

Contact person:
Lumir Solek – +420 605 488 180; Pavel Spanily – +420 607 710 477;


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