Retreats

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 Kyudo Retreat: "First Shot Best Shot"

May 18th to the 27th

 "With every shot see your true nature"    Awa Kenzo

"As far as dharma art or absolute experience is concerned, along with our experience we begin to see things as they are, touch on things as they are.  Then we begin just to be with object perceptions, without accepting or rejecting.  We simply try to be that way.  There is a kind of standing-still quality, or stalemate, in which comments and remarks become unimportant, and seeing things as they are becomes the real thing.  It's like a frog sitting in the middle of a big puddle, with rain constantly falling on it.  The frog simply winks its eyes at each raindrop that falls on it but it desn't change its postrue.  It doesn't try either to jump into the puddle or to get out of the puddle.  That quality is what is symbolized by a sitting bull, so the frog becomes a sitting bull.

Trungpa Rinpoche "Dharma Art"

 This retreat will explore kyudo training as the technique for realizing the nature of mind.  During this retreat we will explore the traditional  teachings of isshin and zanshin from the Japanese contemplative and martial arts and how they correlate with our training in Dzogchen and Mahamudra.  In particular we will be looking at Trungpa's pith instructions on Dharma Art and Shambhala Warriorship and applying these instructions in our Kyudo training.

Isshin means "one mind".  This is the training of shamatha meditation for Dzogchen Practitioners and, in particular constitute cutting through the tendency of following one thought after another.  For the Kyudo practitioner we use the hassetsu or 7 steps of shooting the bow to synchornize mind and body in the activity of shooting the bow.

 $595.00 Includes Room and Board

 

Event Date 05-18-2018
Event End Date 05-27-2018
Individual Price $595.00
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Dzogchen Summer Seminary

July 6 to September 9, 2018

July 9-15, 2018 Hinayana Practice Retreat

August 6-12 Mahayana Practice Retreat

September 2-9 Vajrayana Practice Retreat

 

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.

The program is only open to residents 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
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Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand: The Mahamudra Teachings of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

November 10-19, 2017

“By working for the benefit of others we overcome hope and fear and make our meditation practice continuous.  In any transition there is a gap where the absence of the previous reference point has not yet become the next one.  In that space, there is no time.  That is the Buddha’s time.”

Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

This will be an intensive meditation retreat which will focus on the profound teachings of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.  We will be making use of newly released recordings of the Vajra Regent giving talks on his text "Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand."  Through study, contemplation and meditation we will deepen our understanding of these profound teachings and mix our minds with the Vajra Regent and our Kagyu Lineage.

Cost: $495.00 includes room and board

Event Date 11-09-2018
Event End Date 11-18-2018
Individual Price $495.00
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January Dathun:

Mixing Mind and Space

January 4,  to February 3, 2019

“In the Kagyu tradition a little special technique of breathing practice which is employed is the experiencing of “chung ne dro sum.”  “Chung” is where the thoughts arise; “ne” is dwell and “dro” is where they went; and those three are accompanied by “ying rig se wa.”  Ying means space; “rig” means conscious mind; “se wa” means mixing.  So mixing the mind consciousness.  Sometimes it’s called also “lung sem se wa”—the mind and breathing mixing together.   Whatever it is, the idea is that sense of space.  And one doesn’t have to deliberately try to mix the mind and the breathing with solemn effort particularly.  But like you feel the well-being of your body, in the same way you could feel you are breathing, a general sense of breathing.”

Trungpa Rinpoche

“The View Is the recognition of space as the true nature of mind.  According to the Kagyu gurus, mind is like space.  Space is unobstructed, all pervasive, empty and not produced by causes.  Space accommodates everything—life and death, confusion and liberation.  In that way it is the ground of everything.  At the same time, space is ungraspable by thought and cannot be experienced as a thing.  It is spotless because it has no allegiance and to describe it is impossible.  The best you can say is that space simply is, and in that sense it is primordially pure.

     “We should view our mind in the same way: mind is the ground of everything.”

Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

Dathun is the foundational retreat of the Vajradhatu sangha of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  It is a month long immersion in the practice of Shine Lhakthong or mindfulness/awareness which forms the core for our mahamudra and Dzogchen path.  In particular, it paves the way for entrance into the annutara yoga tantra.  Without some kind of accomplishment of shine/lhakthong it is impossible to engage ngondro and the sadhana of Vajrayogini – which oare the core practices of Kagyu tantra.

Dathun consists of 8 to 10 hours of group shine/lhakthong practice with oryoki meals.  Group and private meditation instruction is offered regularly.  Dzogchen Meditation Center is closed to the public during this retreat. 

$800.00

Includes room and board 

Event Date 01-04-2019
Event End Date 02-03-2019
Individual Price $800.00
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Kagyu Ngondro and Guru Yoga Intensive

This retreat is open to all practitioners who have received the lung to practice the Kagyu Ngondro from a qualified lama.

During this 10 day ngondro intensive we will be practicing the Kagyu ngondro and a short daily practice of the Sun of Wisdom Guru Yoga which Trungpa Rinpoche composed for his root guru Padme Trime.  We will conclude with the Sun of Wisdom Feast.

 

This retreat will be led by Tashi Armstrong 

This retreat costs $495.00  room and board included.

 

“The world of anuttarayoga is a large-scale world. Even in the Hinayana, and at least at the Mahayana level of shunyata, it has been taken for granted that the world is vast and that it has its functions, which are interdependent. This has been understood, and that is why the tantric teachings are possible. Tantra stirs up your smug way of sleeping within the gigantic cosmos. It upsets your sense of security and makes you more paranoid. Instead of security, there are a lot of holes all over the place. The oceans are not just oceans, but they have huge bubbles underneath them. The sky is not just a blue sky, but there are holes carved out that are not actually blue sky. It seems that the role of tantra is to see those things, rather than to rest in the eternity and efficiency of the phenomenal world, thinking that everything is going to be okay. That is not possible. Nothing is going to be okay.”
p.528 “The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness”
Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Event Date 03-15-2019
Event End Date 03-24-2019
Individual Price $495.00
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