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

December 31st 2017 to January 28th, 2018

“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 12-31-2017
Event End Date 01-28-2018
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 03-09-2018
Event End Date 03-18-2018
Individual Price $495.00
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Sacred World Vajrayogini Drupchen April 6, to April 15, 2018

Six Session Vajrayoini Drupchen 

 

Om svabhava suddho sarva dharma svabhava suddho ham

“Drupchen – literally “vast accomplishment,” is a form of intensive group practice that epitomizes the depth, power, and precision of the Vajrayana, drawing together the entire range of its skillful methods – mystical, ritual, and artistic—and including: the creation of the mandala house; the complete sadhana practice with visualization, mudra, chant, and music; continuous day and night practice of mantra; the creation of tormas and offerings, with sacred substances and precious relics; the tsok feast; the sacred dance of cham; as well as the construction of the sand mandala.  All blend to create the transcendent environment of the pure realm of the deity and awaken, for all those taking part, the pure perception of this world as a sacred realm.

So it is said that several days participating in a drupchen can yield the same results as years of solitary retreat, and great contemporary masters such as Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche have made a point of encouraging and reviving the practice of drupchen, because of its power of transformation in this degenerate age.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche says:” a drubpa chenpo, a drupchen, requires all kinds of details.  For example, you have to do six sessions, you must have a certain number of yogis and yoginis and the sound of the mantra must never be interrupted.  If there’s any drupchen happening, one must try to participate.  Just as we should participate in tsok offerings again and again, it is really good to participate in a drupchen as a Vajrayana practitioner again and again.  It is believed that just going to one drupchen will take care of all samaya breakages instantly.  Where there is no drupchen, one should try to organize one.”

$595.00 includes room and board

Event Date 04-06-2018
Event End Date 04-15-2018
Individual Price $595.00
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Dzogchen Kyudo:  Hitting the Main Point with One Arrow

May 4th to May 14

 

Shaho Kun 

Principles of Shooting by Master Junsei Yoshimi

The way is not with the bow but with the bone, which is of the greatest importance in shooting.

Placing Spirit (Kokoro) in the center of the whole body, with two thirds of the Yunde (left arm) push the string,

and with one-third of the Mete (right arm) pull the bow.  Spirit settled, this become harmonious unity.

From the center line of the chest, divide the left and right equally into release,

It is written, that the collision of iron and stone will release sudden sparks; and thus there is the golden body,

shining white, and the half moon positioned in the west.

"Initially we identify the fresh and naked state of uncontrived awareness through conditioned mindfulness,  However, if we leave the awareness as it is, at some poijjnt innate mindfulness, a natural state of awareness, will arise without our having to manipulate it through a conditioned mindfulness.  Through that innate mindfulness, the yoga of resting like a flowing river is maintained constantly, day and nightm during deep seep, in dreams-- all the time.  In order to recognize that, one should leave the mind uncontrived in the natural state,"

                   Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche commentary on "The Three Words that Strike the Vital Point by Garab Dorje

This retreat will explore kyudo training as the technique for understanding Dzogchen -- the teachings on The Great Perfection.  During this retreat we will explore the idea of isshin and zanshin and how they work within the teachings of Garab Dorje's "Three Words that Strike the Vital Point."

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.

With body and mind fully present or synchronized we execute the shot.  At the moment of release of the arrow the archer shouts a kia which is called "the cutting voice."  This shout comes from the tanden of the archer -- in tantric terms "the secret place."

 

After the release and shout the archer "looks" or remains aware in the space created by the complete interupption of mind's habituation of what arises.  In tantric terminology this moment is called the "fourth moment" and is a direct pointing out of the nature of mind.

 

$595.00 Includes Room and Board

 

Event Date 05-04-2018
Event End Date 05-13-2018
Individual Price $595.00
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