Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center
Ka-Nying Surmang Choling
A Buddhist Residential Training and Retreat Center
Dzogchen Meditation Center was founded by direct students of the 11th Trungpa, Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. We work to maintain and preserve their unique transmission of the Kagyu and Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the west.
We are also the home of the Longchenpa Institute for Buddhist Studies a contemplative educational program which provides indepth training and transmissions in the Longchen Nyinthig tradition. The Institute is under the direction of Tulku Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche.
Dzogchen Meditation Center serves the mid-coast practice community by offering meditation retreats for those who are interested in exploring the teachings of Dzogchen.
Open to the Public
Weekly Meditation Classes
Introduction to Dzogchen Meditation Tuesday Nights 7-9 p.m.
Mixing mind and space – the union of shamatha and vipashyana.
The Path of Happiness to Happiness Friday Nights 7-9 p.m.
Exploring the Dzogchen teachings of Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche
Morning Dzogchen Meditation Tuesday through Saturday 6-8 a.m.
Silent practice in the Dzogchen Tradition.
Classes are open to the Public and by Donation
Sunday mornings we offer a special practice session from 9 -11 followed by a Dharma Talk by the Senior Resident Teacher Tashi Armstrong from 11-12. Community Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Community Room. All are welcome to attend. The Center is closed to visitors from 2:00 p.m. Sunday till 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday
We are located on the New Meadows River in the Mid-Coast area of Maine and offer residential training opportunities in the Three Yanas of Tibetan Buddhism as developed by Trungpa Rinpoche through his three month seminary program. We offer a comprehensive approach to spiritual training which is based on Trungpa Rinpoche's notion of the Practice Center as "Container Principle." When we live and practice together as a sangha within the boundaries of the retreat center schedule the power of our practice becomes magnified which creates an environment of realization and blessings. Living in a practice environment allows individuals to focus on practice and study and enables them to penetrate the wisdom of the Buddhadharma through direct experience. All of Trungpa Rinpoche's retreat centers were based on this principle as was his three month seminary program. The Dzogchen Meditation Center is revitalizing and maintaining this powerful tradition of practice and realization.
Residential Training Opportunities
Every summer we offer two 3 month work/study positions where students receive room and board in exchange for their work at the Center. It is a remarkable way to engage the path of meditation fully -- whether you are new to practice or have been a practicing Buddhist for a number of years.
We also offer month and year-long residential training. Please look at our residential programs for more information on how you can take part in this immersive training.
The Surmang Kagyu Order
The Center is also the home of the Surmang Kagyu Order --a contemplative order of Ngakpas (tantric practitioners) dedicated to the propagation and preservation of the Buddhist path laid out by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Belonging to the Order entails a commitment to this path and a commitment to helping others. The Center provides regular retreats designed to provide members of the Order with the means to engage this path properly and fully. To learn more about joining the Order contact Tashi Armstrong in the Main Office (207) 607-3392.