After the Tibetan New Year celebrations, students at Menri Monastery in India enter into an intensive retreat to cultivate the qualities of the wisdom deity Mawé Senge, Lion of Exposition. This retreat begins on the 24th lunar day of the 1st month and concludes on the 30th lunar day. In 2019, these dates coincide with February 28th through March 6th on the Western calendar. The intention of this retreat is to develop and sharpen the student’s intellect related to their upcoming studies. The practice of Mawé Senge is performed many times each day and the mantra of the deity is recited as much as possible throughout the retreat, but at least a minimum of 100,000 recitations are completed.
“I go for refuge to the wisdom deity for the intellect.
I generate the supreme mind for the benefit of vigorous training in the highest wisdom.
Having compassionately purified all karmic obscurations without exception,
please bestow the attainments of an increased intellect, useful knowledge, and a divine voice.”
—From The Short Practice of Mawé Senge. Tibetan translation: Raven Cypress Wood
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