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.

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 are 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. '

The pre-requisite for this retreat is that the applicant practices shamatha-vipashyana meditation following Trungpa Rinpoche's instructions at least two hours a day as a personal practice.

$800.00

Includes dormroom  accommodation and meals

Private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis and cost an additional $250.00 per week.

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

Pre-requisites:  Membership in the Surmang Kagyu Order or permission of the instructor.

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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Vajrayogini Dathun

April 5 to May 5, 2019

$1200.00 cost includes room and board

Limit 10 participants

"The samaya of body involves always regarding one's basic phenomenal situation as an expression of sacredness.  We do not doubt the sacredness of our world.  The samaya of speech involves also regarding any occurrence-- anything that comes up in our experience-- as sacred.  This could be either internal or external occurrence, so that any subconscious gossi8p or emotional upheaval is included here.  The samaya of mind is connected with the indestructible wakefulness of the vajra mandala-- in this case the mandala of Vajrayogini.  Even the hint or possibility of neurosis is unable to enter into one's state of being because the whole world is seen as part of the mandala of sacredness that one has entered."

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

"Sacred Outlook: The Practice of Vajrayogini"

During our annual Vajrayogini Drupchen participants engage the full sadhana of Vajrayogini on a daily basis.  We do 6 sessions continuing the practice through the night (Participation in sessions 5 and 6 is voluntary!)  Short feasts are held everyday.  The full self abhiseka is held on Friday and Saturday before opening the retreat on Sunday.

Participants get to explore the full sadhana practice in the context of a closed retreat situation.  Functional talking is observed throughout.  We do not allow participants to used electronic devices while in retreat or to leave the retreat boundaries.

The emphasis is on practice but we review the Vidyadhara's Tris during the daily feasts.

Participants need the folloowing prerequisites to enter this retreat:

They must have received the Abhiseka from a qualified Lama

They must have completed their full kagyu ngondro by number

They must have a be students of the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent (either directly or by studying their teachings.

They must have a personal commitment to maintain their samaya to this lineage.

Event Date 04-05-2019
Event End Date 05-05-2019
Individual Price $1,200.00
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The Heart of the Matter

Shamatha-Vipashyana Weekthun

September 17 to September 23, 2018

"Lord Gotsangpa said, 'To condense everything into one point, I will simply practice this unimpaired present ordinary mind until reaching the state of buddhahood.' besides following this statement of his, don't harbor ambitions about anything else whatsoever.

The supreme being and lord of the Dharma Choje Rinpoche said:

'Some accepte that when the steadiness of the meditation state 

has become continuous with

The unboroken luminosity of the post-meditation,

Is itself the realization of the buddha-mind.'

This is exactly what I too have understood:

That the nakedness of ordinary mind is the dharmakaya

In which both meditation and post-meditation, along with habitual tendencies,

Are forever vanquished, like iron filed totally away.

He continued:

While striving for qualities, you get stuck in the viscious disease of ambition.

While trying to acquire a fruition, it is destroyed by the frost of expectations.

While wising for signs of progress, you get caught in the trap of Mara.

It is just as he has taught."

Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, "The Heart of the Matter: The Unchanging Convergence of Vital Points That Shows Exactly How To Apply the View and Meditation of the Definitive Meaning."

"The Heart of the Matter" retreats return to the practice which reveals the "Definitive Meaning" -- i.e. the practice of seated meditation as taught by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.  During these retreats students engage in four sessions of Shamatha-Vipashyana practice utilizing the forms of group practice followed by the Soto Zen lineage of Suzuki Roshi but accompanied by instruction on the practice of "mixing mind with space" -- the union of shamatha-vipashyana.  

These retreats are silent.  Face to face meditation interviews and group instructions and readings are held periodically throughout the week.

Daily Schedule

5:30 Wake Up

6-8 Morning Practice (Session 1)

8-8:30 Oryoki Breakfast

9:30- 12:30 Meditation Practice (Session 2)

12:30- 1:15 Oryoki Lunch

2-3:30 Work Practice

4-6 Meditation Practice (Session 3)

6-7 Oryoki Dinner

7-9 Meditation Practice

10:00 Lights Out

$395.00 includes room and board

 

TBA

Event Date 04-06-2019
Event End Date 04-15-2018
Individual Price $395.00
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Dzogchen Kyudo Retreat: "First Shot Best Shot"

May 20th to the 26th 2019

 "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 05-20-2019
Event End Date 05-26-2019
Individual Price $495.00
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