Space, Time and Energy: The Mahamudra Teachings of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

“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: $695.00 includes room and board

Event Date 11-06-2020
Event End Date 11-15-2020
Individual Price $695.00
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Introduction to Dzogchen:  Mixing Mind and Space

January 1-3, 2021

$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.  

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 01-01-2021
Event End Date 01-03-2021
Individual Price $195.00
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January Dathun:

Mixing Mind and Space

January 1 to 31, 2021

“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 01-01-2021
Event End Date 01-31-2021
Individual Price $1,200.00
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Dzogchen Meditation Center Seminary Winter 2020 _2021

Dzogchen View Three Yana Journey: The Vajradhatu Seminary Teachings of Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.

The Dzogchen Summer Seminary is based on the seminaries held each year by the Vajradhatu Sangha and taught by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin from 1973 to 1988.

  We are very proud to be continuing this remarkable retreat -- following in the footsteps of our lineage forefathers.

The purpose of the Seminary is to engage the full presentation of the practice lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche from the Hinayana teachings up through the Vajrayana.  Seminary is a balance of study and practice periods.  Each section of seminary begins with a week of intensive shamatha/vipashyana practice.  

“You can consider yourselves worthy of taking great pride in what you have learned and what you have experienced.  This kind of opportunity only occurs once in your life.  Even if you come back a second time to a seminary, the first experience will always be unique, absolutely unique.  This is important for you to understand.  Personally, I feel extremely good, without any reservations, none whatsoever.  We have worked so hard with each other, and you have fulfilled what I have envisioned.  I can see at this point that everybody is sitting up straight, which is a good sign.  The whole thing is good, extraordinarily good.  When you go back home and doubts come to you, come back to this vision.  Be cheerful, raise your head and your shoulders, and look straight ahead.  Be disciplined and compact at the hinayana level, the level of shamatha.  At the Mahayana level, be disciplined, gentle, and loving.  At the Vajrayana level, just be there.  It’s fantastic.  It is quite magical and miraculous that the people of this seminary can actually construct a complete Buddhist world.  It is unheard of.  If the figures of our lineage had been here, I think they would have been very impressed—all of them, including His Holiness.  They would see how much we know what we are and what we are doing.  We have actually tasted the dharma.  Peoples’ reservations and complaints and misconceptions—all the rumblings of their ego territoriality—could be thrown in, too, because they have actually done the whole thing properly.  Therefore, when people come up with their particular blockages and problems, they are able to relate with them properly and fully.  That is actually delightful and fantastic—and lovely.”

Trungpa Rinpoche 1978 Seminary  “Creating an Enlightened Society”

During the Dzogchen Meditation Center’s seminary program we study the talks given by the Vidyadhara during his seminaries and we apply these teachings to our practice.  This is what it means to study, contemplate and meditate which is the only way for the Buddhadharma to enter our systems fully.        

Seminary Schedule:

Hinayana Section

10/16/2020 -10/25/20 Hinayana Practice Period

10/25- 11/13/2020   Hinayana Study Period

Mahayana Section

11/16-11/22/2020 Mahayana Practice Period

11/24 -12/13/2020 Mahayana Study Period

Vajrayana Section (Only available to those who have completed Hinayana and Mahayana Sections and have made a commitment to enter the Surmang Kagyu Order.

12/16-12/23/2020 Vajrayana Practice Period

12/25-1/15/21 Vajrayana Study Section

The seminary program is taught primarily by Tashi Armstrong and other senior students of Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent.  

$2895.00 includes room and board for the whole seminary.  Students can also attend on a weekly basis for $250.00 per week.

Work/Study positions are available

Event Date 01-16-2021
Event End Date 01-17-2021
Individual Price $2,895.00
$2,895.00

Vajrayogini Dathun

March 5-April 4, 2021

 

$1500.00 cost includes room and board

Limit 10 participants

"The samaya of body involves always regarding one's basic phenomenal situation as an expression of sacredness.  We do not doubt the sacredness of our world.  The samaya of speech involves also regarding any occurrence-- anything that comes up in our experience-- as sacred.  This could be either internal or external occurrence, so that any subconscious gossi8p or emotional upheaval is included here.  The samaya of mind is connected with the indestructible wakefulness of the vajra mandala-- in this case the mandala of Vajrayogini.  Even the hint or possibility of neurosis is unable to enter into one's state of being because the whole world is seen as part of the mandala of sacredness that one has entered."

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

"Sacred Outlook: The Practice of Vajrayogini"

Consciousness without habitual reference point

What is the view in Dzogchen? The view is essentially consciousness without habitual reference point. This is what is pointed out by your Guru and what you should recognize through the practices which he or she gives you. Recognition means that we recognize our consciousness, our awareness, freed from the constraints of habitual thoughts and through practice we familiarize ourselves with this state.
This sounds great doesn’t it but what we don’t realize is that we, as confused sentient beings, are dependent on our habitual thoughts and emotions as our reference points for our experience. This is what we call “Ego” in the Buddhist tradition and why believing in “Ego” is deluded. It is the view of reality which is based on habitual projection, grasping and fixation which is what relying on habitual reference points entails. When we first begin experiencing “consciousness without habitual reference point” we usually find this to be a panic inducing or unsettling experience.
Understanding this is important in order for us to develop a wariness regarding any attempt to turn our practice into something particularly cozy and comforting. This is the danger of the popularization of such approaches to meditation as “mindfulness based stress reduction.”
Fundamentally, any practice in the Buddhist tradition ultimately has one purpose which is to cut through the mind that clings to habitual reference point. From this point of view there is no “higher and lower” type of practice there is only whether a practitioner practices with the correct view and whether they “accomplish” the practice.
Finding a genuine Guru – someone like Trungpa Rinpoche, or the Vajra Regent is very rare. We should be very wary of anyone who having become their students then doesn’t follow through on their practice instructions. Maintaining the correct view is the meaning of samaya.

This is remarkably troubling with regard to such practices as Vajrayogini Sadhana which used to be practiced extensively in the Vajradhatu Sangha but has all but disappeared from the Shambhala International mandala.
In terms of Vajrayogini Sadhana, this abhisheka was given by the Vidyadhara to his direct students. Of all the higher tantric practices that we practice, this was the main practice of all of Trungpa Rinpoche’s senior students during the Vidyadhara’s life time. Never mind what labels we put on our practice lineages such as Kagyu, Nyingma, or Shambhala, because this practice is so associated with the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche and inextricably mixed with our experience in his presence it is a direct manifestation of his mind. It is a skillful means for connecting directly with the awakened mind of our root Guru. Whatever resistance we feel about this practice has to do more with this type of "panic" ego feels when it is being undermined by the practice. It is of utmost importance to continue and to actually "lean into" that resistance -- as we have been instructed. To misinterpret this practice, to believe our personal story lines about why it isn't for us is to give in to mara. On the larger scale, the inability of our sangha to hold this practice is bad news for the Dharma in the West and in the world.

As students of the Dharma it is very necessary to question why this has been removed from the curriculum.

Happy Dakini Day!

 

Participants get to explore the full sadhana practice in the context of a closed retreat situation.  Functional talking is observed throughout.  We do not allow participants to use electronic devices while in retreat or to leave the retreat boundaries.

The emphasis is on practice but we review the Vidyadhara's Tris during the daily feasts.

Participants need the following prerequisites to enter this retreat:

They need to have completed a Dathun within the past 5 years.

They need to have received Vajrayogini from an authentic holder of this lineage

They must have be students of the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent (either directly or by studying their teachings with senior students.)

They must have a personal commitment to maintain their samaya to this lineage.

Event Date 03-05-2021
Event End Date 04-04-2021
Individual Price $1,500.00
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