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.

Introduction to Dzogchen: 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 Introduction to Dzogchen practice weekends have 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 begun their practice.

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

 February 17-27, 2022

Sun of Wisdom Drupchen Guru Yoga Intensive

"In fact all the great lamas consider Trungpa Rinpoche as a real vidyadhara. He is very special. He is a very authentic master and great scholar. What he wrote is mind-boggling. There is a Guru Yoga of Sechen Kongtrul that is beyond words. (Long pause)" Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Dzogchen Weekend;  completion of aVajradhatu-style Dathun, engagement with the Kagyu Ngondro (completion of 100,000 prostrations or more), permission of the retreat facilitator.

During this 10 day intensive we will be practicing  Sun of Wisdom Guru Yoga which Trungpa Rinpoche composed for his root guru Padme Trime.  We will engage in four sessions of the sadhana practice each day with a short feast.  Short teachings on the Vajrayana path and discussion will occur during the feast section.

This retreat will be facilitated by Tashi Armstrong 

This retreat costs $695.00  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 02-18-2022
Event End Date 02-27-2022
Individual Price $695.00
$695.00 10

Vajrayogini Four Karmas Fire Puja

March 25, to April 3, 2022

This will be a 10 day four karmas fire puja following the guidelines from the Vajradhatu Manual.  Participants need to have completed the 10 day amending fire puja as well as the usual pre-requisites including the Introduction to Dzogchen weekend at DMC.  The Fire Puja is limited to 10 participants.

Cost is $995.00 this does not include feast materials but does include room and board.

Vajrayogini Sovereign of Desire

She is one taste

The guru entering the room

in the early morning loneliness of

The three solitudes

She is mahasukkha

She is ego's worst nightmare

and that is why she has fangs 

And a chopper

She enters our system

Unmistakenly through recognizing 

Her qualities

To run is a violation

Hey, you asked for it!

Now she is here

The Guru, Vajrayogini and you

Are one in the early morning 

Sunlight of spring.

A little chilly around the edges

Burning everywhere.

Event Date 03-25-2022
Event End Date 04-03-2022
Individual Price $995.00
$995.00

Introduction to Dzogchen: Mixing Mind with Space

April 16-18, 2021

Cost: $195.00  Includes room and board

“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 "Introduction to Dzogchen" practice weekends have two purposes-- to be an introductory retreat for people interested in entering the gate of genuine practice at Dzogchen Meditation Center and also to provide a monthy short retreat/refresher for people who have begun their training path here.

These are closed, residential retreats meaning that we fully immerse ourselves in practice with no outer engagements for the duration of the 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 04-15-2022
Event End Date 04-17-2022
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00