Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center





A Buddhist Residential Training and Retreat Center in the Practice Lineage of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin



“For just a moment we meditate on unobstructed, pure dharmata.

This experience is vividly real but truly nonexistent, like waking

From a dream.

To the guru of gurus, uninterrupted consciousness without a reference point, I prostrate

To mind itself, none other than your smiling face,

I prostrate again and again

May our minds be inseparable, like water poured into water.”

 Dzogchen Meditation Center was founded by direct students of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin the Dharma heir of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.   We  work to preserve his uniquely American transmission of the Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala Dharma.


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 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 options.  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 lay practitioners) dedicated to the propagation and preservation of the Buddhist path laid out by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.  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.