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.

Vajradhatu Seminary Retreat

June 10, 2019- September 1, 2019

The 1978 Seminary Transcripts

Every summer Tashi and the staff of Dzogchen Meditation Center offer a three month seminary program which is designed to re-engage the seminary teachings given by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche within a retreat context.

Participants spend 6 to 8 hours a day hearing, contemplating and meditating with these profound teachings. We also live together in residence which makes it a very good stew. The whole idea is to create or recreate the environment in which these teachings were transmitted and in doing that receive them on the level of our bone and marrow. We are committed to doing this every year focusing on each year of transcripts. This year we will use the 1978 Transcripts along with the Regent’s 1988 transcripts which serves as a kind of commentary for all of the Vidyadhara’s seminary teachings. We have been offering this retreat for 6 years and we will continue to offer this retreat every year for as long as we are able.

You might ask why?

The short answer is devotion. But devotion here isn’t just blind hero worship or nostalgia. Those of us who were there for a particular vintage seminary were exposed to a remarkable experience which is known as “blessings.” Chinlap in Tibetan. This is the “atmosphere” of our lineage wisdom. At the same time, Vajradhatu Seminary, was a formal retreat. It had a structure which was designed by the Vidyadhara as skillful means to bring students into contact with this lineage wisdom. The question we ask is why more students aren’t doing this for themselves or on an institutional level? These are precious teachings—living, alive teachings-- which we all need. But, as devoted students, we have to choose to invest in this both for our sake and for all beings.

So, we would like to open this retreat to new and old students of this lineage. If you have a particular talent, or, if you are a teacher, we would love to hear from you.

We always offer two work/study positions each year. And if you are an older student who would like to teach a course during this year’s seminary – we are happy to offer you room and board and $25.00 a week!

Sending our genuine appreciation and love,

The Staff

$2400.00 includes room and board

Event Date 06-10-2019
Event End Date 09-01-2019
Individual Price $2,400.00
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Sadhana of Mahamudra Drupchen

July 15, 2019 to July 21, 2019 

Crazy Wisdom

"Another aspect of the tradition of the Sadhana (of Mahamudra) is crazy wisdom, which is a very unusual topic. How can we say that craziness and wisdom could exist together? We could say quite saftely that the expression "crazy wisdom" is not correct; it is purely a linguistic convenience. We could say instead that wisdom comes first and craziness comes afterwards, so "wisdom crazy" is more accurate. In relation to the idea of journey, wisdom is an all -pervasive, all-encompassing vision or perspective. It is highly powerful and clear and precise. You are able to see things as they are, in their own right; you have no biases at all; you see things as they are, without any question. Out of that, you begin to develop craziness, which is not paying any attention to all the little wars, the little resistances that might be put up by the world of reference points, the world of duality. That is craziness."
Trungpa Rinpoche
Sadhana of Mahamudra Sourcebook

This will be a six session drupchen with a short daily feast using Trungpa Rinpoche's "Sadhana of Mahamudra."

This retreat is open to all Vajrayana Students of Trungpa Rinpoche's lineage.  

Cost: $395.00 plus feast materials

Includes room and board

Event Date 07-15-2019
Event End Date 07-21-2019
Individual Price $395.00
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Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand: The Mahamudra Teachings of the Vajra Regent Osel Tend

“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 11-08-2019
Event End Date 11-17-2019
Individual Price $395.00
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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 01-03-2020
Event End Date 02-02-2020
Individual Price $800.00
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