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.

Quintessential Trungpa  :"Hitch Up Your Chuba"-- Prostrator's Weekend December 10-12, 2021

Cost: $295.00 includes room and board

Prerequisites: Successful completion of an"Introduction to Dzogchen Weekend" held at DMC; "Pointing Out instruction" from a qualified Lama and the lung, or reading transmission, from a qualified Kagyu lineage holder.

"So I want you to take the attitude that you are caught and I want you to accept that as a fact.  It is very easy in the beginning to ask to be included in the tantra group, and the implications seem to be rather light.  You want to get into the tantra guild, the innermost club that exists in the Vajradhatu scene.  Since you are in it, I want you to not get out of it.  And any regressions that might take place are regarded as adornment of your path, rather than signs that you are totally fucked up.  So I want you to pull up your socks, as we say in Tibet, "Hitch up your chuba."

Viidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This weekend retreat will focus on the ngondro practices of the Kagyu Ngondro and the meaning of the preliminary transmission traditionally recieved in the Vajradhatu lineage and how we proceed.

We will be engaging the oral instructions on prostration practice of Trungpa Rinpoche and engaging in group prostration practice in the main shrineroom.  

The weekend will consist of talks by the resident teacher and the Practice of "mixing mind with space" the essential training of Dzogchen practice.  There will be group discussion and individual meditation interviews.


Schedule:

Friday

5-7  arrival and orientation

7-9 Shamatha/Vipashyana, and talk

 

Saturday

6-7 Morning Chants, Shamatha/Vipashyana and First Session

7-8 Oryoki Breakfast

9-12 Shamatha/ Vipashyana; Technical instructions, visualization, shrine set up followed by a group session of Prostration practice.

12:30- 2:00 Oryoki Lunch and break

2:30-3:30 work period

3:30-4  tea

4-6 Prostration Session

6-7 Dinner in the Community room

7-9  Shamatha/Vipashyana Commentary on "Commitment and Devotion" and"Problems of emotionalism" and other obstacles during prostration practice"

Sunday

7-8 Opening Chants and Prostration Practice

8-9 Oryoki Breakfast

9-12 Prostration Session Closing talk

12-1:30 Lunch and Reception in the Community Room

 

Event Date 12-10-2021
Event End Date 12-12-2021
Individual Price $295.00
$295.00

The Quintessential Trungpa Rinpoche:  "The Cosmic Joke and the Great Switcheroo"

December 17 to December 19, 2021

There are no prerequisites for this retreat.

"The attempt to confirm our solidity is very painful.  Constantly, we find ourselves suddenly slipping off the edge of a floor that had appeared to extend endlessly.  Then we must attempt to save ourselves from death by immediately building an extension to the floor in order  to make it appear endless again  We think we are safe on our seemingly solid floor, but then we slip off again and have to build another extension.  We do not realize that the whole process is unneccessary, that we do not need a floor to stand on that we have been building all these foors on the ground level.  There was never any danger of falling or need for support.  In fact, our occupation of extending the floor to secure our ground is a big joke, the biggest joke of all, a cosmic joke.  But we may not find it funny; it may sound like a serious double cross"  The Myth of Freedom

 

"The Quintessential Trungpa Rinpoche" retreats are a series of weekend retreats which focus on some of  the key teachings Trungpa Rinpoche presented during his transmission of the authentic Dharma to the west.  In this retreat we will explore the fundamental teachings on habitual mind as the "cosmic joke.;" and how meditation practice enables us to infiltrate the process of ego with wakefulness-- thereby discovering nonreference point experience-- the basis of Mahamudra and Dzogchen-- in the midst of confusion.

The weekend will consist of talks by the resident teacher and the Practice of "mixing mind with space" the essential training of Dzogchen practice.  There will be group discussion and individual meditation interviews.

cost:  $195.00

includes room and board.

Event Date 12-17-2021
Event End Date 12-19-2021
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

January Dathun:

Mixing Mind and Space

December 31, 2021 to January 31, 2022

Prerequisite: " Introduction to Dzogchen weekend"

“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.

$1200.00

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 12-31-2021
Event End Date 01-31-2022
Individual Price $1,200.00
$1,200.00 10

Dzogchen Weekend Intensive: Mixing Mind with Space

December 31, 2021- January 2, 2022

$195

“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

The Dzogchen Weekend Intensive has two purposes-- to be an intro for people interested in entering the gate of genuine practice and also a monthy short retreat/refresher for people who have already entered into training at DMC.

These are closed, residential retreats meaning that we fully immerse ourselves in practice with no outer engagements for the duration of the retreat.   The schedule on Saturday is the same daily format followed for the Dathun, "Naked Mind" retreat, and the practice sections during seminary.  Participants are expected to engage in all aspects of practice whole-heartedly including shamatha/vipashyana, chanting, oryoki and functional talking.  Recordings of each of the four sessions can be found on the "practice with us" section of the website.  Please study the teachings on our website to better understand the view of practice engaged during this retreat. 

Practice Schedule:

Friday

5-6 arrival and orientation

6-7 Dinner

7-9 First Meditation Session with instruction; closing chants

10 Lights out

Saturday

5:30 Wake up

6-8 Morning practice with Morning Chants

8-9 Oryoki Breakfast and Break

9-12 Second Session

12-1 Oryoki Lunch and Break

1:30-2:30 Work Period

2:30- 4 Rest

4-6 Third Session

6-7 Dinner in Community Room

7-9 Fourth Session with closing chants

10 Lights out

Sunday

6:30 Wake up

7-8 Morning Meditation with Morning Chants

8-9 Oryoki Breakfast

9-11 Meditation Practice

11-12 Closing remarks and Chants

1-3 Reception

Event Date 12-31-2021
Event End Date 01-02-2022
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

The Drinking Lesson Retreat

February 4-6, 2022

"Alcohol's creativity begins when there is a sense of dancing with its effect-- when one takes the effects of drink with a sense of humor.  For the conscious drinker, or for the yogi, the virtue of alcohol is that it brings one down to ordinary reality, so that one does not dissolve into meditation on nonduality.  In this case alcohol acts as a longevity potion.  Those who are overly involved with the sense that the world is a mirage, an illusion, have to be brought down out of their meditation into a state of nonmeditation to relate with people.  In this state, the sights, sounds and smells of the world become overwhelmingly poignant with their humor.  When the yogi drinks, it is his way of accepting the dualistic world of ordinary appearance.   The world demands his attention-- his relationship and compassion.  He is glad and amused to have this invitation to communicate."  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche "Alcohol as Medicine or Poison."

This retreat is for tantrikas who have  completed Seminary and have received the intitial pointing out transmission.  They also need to have completed half of their prostrations and  the "Introduction to Dzogchen Meditation" retreat at DMC.

We will be reviewing the Vidyadhara's teachings on utilizing the effects of Drinking Alcohol as a method for recognizing the nature of mind within the context of the practice of Vajrayana Feast -- in particular, the Sun of Wisdom feast.

 

Cost:  $295.00 includes room and board

Event Date 02-04-2022
Event End Date 02-06-2022
Individual Price $295.00
$295.00