No one with a sincere desire to attend will be turned away from registration due to lack of funds.  We have staff and workstudy positions, as well as scholarships available.

Dzogchen Summer Seminary

July 6 to September 9, 2018

July 9-15, 2018 Hinayana Practice Retreat

July 17- August 4 Hinayana Study Period

August 6-12 Mahayana Practice Retreat

August 14- September 1 Mahayana Study Peroiod

September 3-9 Vajrayana Practice Retreat

September 11-30 Vajrayana Study Period


The Dzogchen Summer Seminary is a three month retreat at Dzogchen Meditation Center.  Participants engage in intensive meditation training coupled with the study of the Vajradhatu Seminary transcripts of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.

The Summer seminary program is modeled after the seminary training created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche for his students.  Each month of training engages the teachings of each of the three yanas of the Budhhist path.

This program is a residential retreat.  Participants are required to live full-time at the Center.  There are currently two work/study positions available.

Summer Seminary program

$2600.00 includes room and board

Event Date 07-06-2018
Event End Date 09-30-2018
Individual Price $2,600.00
$2,600.00 10

"Never Forget Hinayana" Practice Intensive

July 9-15, 2018

Event Date 07-09-2018
Event End Date 07-15-2018
Individual Price $350.00
$350.00 10

Dzogchen Summer Seminary Mahayana Practice Intensive

August 6-12,2018

Event Date 08-06-2018
Event End Date 08-12-2018
Individual Price $350.00
$350.00 10

Dzogchen Summer Seminary Vajrayana Practice Intensive

September 3-9, 2018

Event Date 09-03-2018
Event End Date 09-09-2018
Individual Price $350.00
$350.00 10

Vajrayogini Tummo Men's Retreat

September 14th to 23rd, 2018

The Big No and the Avadhuti Yogin


"That No was a lady's legs with nicely heeled shoes.

That No is the best No of all.

When a gentleman smiles, a good man,

That No is the beauty of his hips.

When you watch the gait of youths as they walk with alternating cheek rhythm,

When you watch their behinds,

That No is fantastic thighs, not fat or thin but taut in their strenth,

Lovable or leaveable.

That No is shoulders that turn in or expand the chest,

sad or happy,

Without giving in to a deep sigh.

That No is No of all No's.

Relaxation or restraint is in question.

Nobody knows that big No,

But we alone know that No."

from "How to Know No"  by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


This retreat is open to Vajrayogini practitioners who are interested in exploring the practice of "blazing and melting."  Particularly in this era of the #metoo movement the tantric exploration of masculine sexual energy provides a completely new perspective on what has become a degraded view in our society.  From the point of view of tantric practice masculine sexual energy is a tremendously powerful skillful means to realize coemergent wisdom through the practice of blissful inner heat.  Beyond the extremes of "acting out" impulsively on our sexual desires or cloistering ourselves in a monastic discipline harnessing our masculine sexual energy provides the yogin with the means to live within sacred outlook within our committed intimate relationships.

"If you don't have the potiential, the capability, the ability, to become horny, then you are not a student of vajrayana, literally. As long as you have those faculties in you -- lust, passion, and anger-- you are accepted in the vajrayana circle. It is not particularly dirty at all, its very clean and very respectable. Talking about last night's situation again, things began to bulge out and become slightly unrespectable, bulging out a little bit, dripping out a little bit here and there. We have to work on that, actually. That kind of feast was the first in the history of vajrayana Buddhism on this earth, in America. Considering that, it went quite well. But we would like to get together again-- I think we should do that."
Trungpa Rinpoche 1976

Prerequisites: Participants need to have received the Vajrayogini Abhiseka of the 6th Karmapa.  Completion of Kagyu Ngondro; extensive shamatha/vipashana training.

Cost:  $595 includes room and board

Event Date 09-14-2018
Event End Date 09-23-2018
Individual Price $595.00