The Dzogchen Meditation Center was established as a residential training center for people interested in integrating Dzogchen meditation with their daily lives. We offer extended residential training options for all levels of practitioner.
One Month Residency
The one month residency offers an intensive immersion in the practice and study of the dzogchen teachings. Students engage in the daily schedule at the center which includes 5 to 7 hours of meditation practice; twice weekly classes on the “Dzogchen View and Three Yana Journey” along with 4 hours of work per day. Participants in the residency programs help with the daily operation at the Center and learn all the shrineroom staff positions. They also get to take part in all retreats happening at the Center during their residency free of any additional charge.
Cost: $700.00 includes all meals, room, board and teachings. Work/Study and scholarship programs are available for students who have demonstrated a commitment and diligence in their practice. Work/Study scholarships are available to those who have made a one year commitment to living at the Center. Please inquire when registering.
One Year Residency
The one year residency is for people who want to go deeply into their training. Participants engage in all retreats and programs held at the Center during the year including the 3 month summer seminary.
Cost: $700.00 per month includes all meals, room, board and teachings. (Scholarships are available, Please Ask!)
Cabins are available for solitary retreat practice at DMC throughout the year. We require a minimum stay of 7 nights and Charge $50.00 per night. The cottages have all the modern conveniences and have four burner stoves, refridgerators, pots pans and dishes, linens and bathrooms with showers. Each is equipped with a Kagyu or Shambhala shrine (1980's vintage). Retreatants are required to follow the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and must be engaging practices associated with this lineage.
Cost: $50.00 per night. Retreatants must supply their own food.
In house retreat is a training for those practitioners who want to have the support of the community at the Center but also want to focus on their individual practice. In house retreatants are expected to participate in 1 1/2 hours of work at the center and the daily practice. In addition to that they have further options in the afternoons to engage in personal practice and study. The Inhouse retreats are available for $250 per week or $800 per month. We also offer a nightly rate based on availability of $50.00 per night.
Intensive group retreats are held several times a year at the Center. These are community wide retreats -- in other words, the center is closed to the public during the retreat and all staff and workstudy participants as well as registered retreatants participate fully in the retreat schedule. These retreats cost $495.00 and are open to all levels of practitioner.
Dzogchen Meditation Daily Schedule for Residents
6:00 to 7:00 Dzogchen Wake-up practice
7:00- 8:00 Opening Chants, Meditation Practice Main Shrine room
8:00 - 9:00 Oryoki Breakfast and Break
9:00 to 11:00 Meditation Practice Main Shrine Room
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 Work Period
5:00 - 6:00 Tea and Free Time
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 Meditation, Dharma Class or Open Night
10:00 Lights Out
Dzogchen Meditation Center runs on a weekly schedule. All residents are expected to stay within the retreat boundaries during the week. 'Days off' run from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning wakeup during which time residents are free to leave the Center and have their own schedule. The Center is open to local sangha during any of our daily practice periods. Meditation instruction with the resident instructor Tashi Armstrong are available during the Sunday morning public program from 9-11 a.m.
For more information feel free to call us at (207) 607-3392 or email us.