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 Summer Seminary

June - September 2017

Dzogchen View Three Yana Journey: The Vajradhatu Seminary Teachings of Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.

The Dzogchen Summer Seminary is based on the seminaries held each year by the Vajradhatu Sangha and taught by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin from 1973 to 1988.

Dzogchen Summer Seminary 2017

This is our 5th consecutive year of offering the three month summer seminary.  We are very proud to be continuing this remarkable retreat -- following in the footsteps of our lineage forefathers.

The purpose of the Seminary is to engage the full presentation of the practice lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche from the Hinayana teachings up through the Vajrayana.  Seminary is a balance of study and practice periods.  Each section of seminary begins with a week of intensive shamatha/vipashyana practice.  

“You can consider yourselves worthy of taking great pride in what you have learned and what you have experienced.  This kind of opportunity only occurs once in your life.  Even if you come back a second time to a seminary, the first experience will always be unique, absolutely unique.  This is important for you to understand.  Personally, I feel extremely good, without any reservations, none whatsoever.  We have worked so hard with each other, and you have fulfilled what I have envisioned.  I can see at this point that everybody is sitting up straight, which is a good sign.  The whole thing is good, extraordinarily good.  When you go back home and doubts come to you, come back to this vision.  Be cheerful, raise your head and your shoulders, and look straight ahead.  Be disciplined and compact at the hinayana level, the level of shamatha.  At the Mahayana level, be disciplined, gentle, and loving.  At the Vajrayana level, just be there.  It’s fantastic.  It is quite magical and miraculous that the people of this seminary can actually construct a complete Buddhist world.  It is unheard of.  If the figures of our lineage had been here, I think they would have been very impressed—all of them, including His Holiness.  They would see how much we know what we are and what we are doing.  We have actually tasted the dharma.  Peoples’ reservations and complaints and misconceptions—all the rumblings of their ego territoriality—could be thrown in, too, because they have actually done the whole thing properly.  Therefore, when people come up with their particular blockages and problems, they are able to relate with them properly and fully.  That is actually delightful and fantastic—and lovely.”

Trungpa Rinpoche 1978 Seminary  “Creating an Enlightened Society”

During the Dzogchen Meditation Center’s seminary program we study the talks given by the Vidyadhara during his seminaries and we apply these teachings to our practice.  This is what it means to study, contemplate and meditate which is the only way for the Buddhadharma to enter our systems fully.        

Seminary Schedule:

Hinayana Section

Friday June 9 - Sunday June 18  Hinayana Practice Period

Monday June 19th - Sunday July 9th  Hinayana Study Period

Mahayana Section

Monday July 10th to Sunday July 16th Mahayana Practice Period

Monday July 17th to Sunday August 6th Mahayana Study Period

Vajrayana Section (Only available to those who have completed(Hinayana and Mahayana Sections)

Monday August 7th to Sunday August 13th Vajrayana Practice Period

Monday August 14th to September 3rd Vajrayana Study Section

The seminary program is taught primarily by Tashi Armstrong and other senior students of Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent.  

$2895.00 includes room and board for the whole seminary.  Students can also attend on a weekly basis for $250.00 per week.

Work/Study positions are available

Event Date 08-07-2017
Registration Start Date 08-07-2017
Cut off date 08-13-2017
Individual Price $250.00
$250.00

Vajrayana Intensive Training Session August 25-27, 2017

"Repairing our Samaya with the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin"

The Guru is the Buddha

The Guru is the Dharma

The Guru is the Sangha

The Guru is the Glorious Vajradhara

The Guru is the doer of all.

                                 Vajrayogini Sadhana

Meeting my guru

I heard the dharma.

Recognizing the dharma as true

I had faith in him.

Realizing the path to awakening

                Depended on his instructions

I did not hesitate.

                                                    Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

Devotion is said to be key point in the Vajrayana vehicle.  Without faith and devotion to the guru

We cannot enter into and progress on the path of secret mantrayana.  We certainly cannot realize the true nature of mind.

It is said by Jamgon Kongtrul that if one breaks one’s samaya to one’s root guru – one severs the root of blessings and realization.

In the case of Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin , a Vajracharya and direct Dharma heir of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to view him as an ordinary, confused being is to sever the root of the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  This retreat is about repairing that severed root and it is for Vajrayana students who have received Vajrayogini Abhiseka.

We will engage in a Guru Yoga practice for the Regent along with listening to his teachings and discussing “the power of his blessings” and how they are still accessible today.

 

$195.00 includes room and board

Event Date 08-25-2017
Event End Date 08-27-2017
Individual Price $195.00
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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 11-10-2017
Event End Date 11-19-2017
Individual Price $495.00
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Mixing Mind and Space

Event Date 01-05-2018
Event End Date 01-28-2018
Individual Price $895.00
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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 03-09-2018
Event End Date 03-18-2018
Individual Price $495.00
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