"Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Retreat" A Ten Day Retreat on the Shambhala Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

July 7 to July 16, 2017

“Totally sane means that there is the spark of sanity in the environment always.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone has  perfected their realization; if means that in every corner of our world, the spark exists.  Whether we consider it to be a mundane corner or exalted, whether it’s the linen closet or the shrine hall, there’s that spark of sanity existing.  So there is a possibility that we have of changing the world.”

“We have done so already, to various degrees.  But now we are asked to do even more.  How should we do that?  It depends.  It depends entirely on some sense of comprehending the nature of our motivation to change the world – our personal motivation and also our motivation as an assembly, as subjects of the Kingdom of Shambhala”

                                 Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin, 1981 Kalapa Assembly

During our ten day "Shambhala" intensive we will engage the Sacred Path of the Warrior through intensive practice and study in the Shambhala tradition.  

This will include:

Shambhala Liturgy,

Contemplative Brush Calligraphy and Dharma Art;

Kyudo Training;


Lungta and Stroke Practice;


Werma Sadhana (for those who have transmission);

Classes and Group Discussion of Key Shambhala Teachings;  

Meditation Interviews



$495.00 includes Room and Board

Event Date 07-07-2017
Event End Date 07-16-2017
Registration Start Date 08-03-2016
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Garab Dorje's "Hitting the Essense in the Three Words"

A Ten Day Dzogchen Retreat from Friday August 11-20, 2017

Led by Tashi Armstrong with recorded teachings by Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche

This retreat will serve as an entrance to the Dzogchen Teachings of Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche.  This practice intensive will engage Garab Dorje's pith instructions on the recognition of the natural state of primordial awareness and the commentary and instructions of Patrul Rinpoche called "The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King."

Event Date 08-11-2017
Event End Date 08-20-2017
Individual Price $495.00
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Vajrayana Intensive Training Session August 25-27, 2017

"Repairing our Samaya with the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin"

The Guru is the Buddha

The Guru is the Dharma

The Guru is the Sangha

The Guru is the Glorious Vajradhara

The Guru is the doer of all.

                                 Vajrayogini Sadhana

Meeting my guru

I heard the dharma.

Recognizing the dharma as true

I had faith in him.

Realizing the path to awakening

                Depended on his instructions

I did not hesitate.

                                                    Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

Devotion is said to be key point in the Vajrayana vehicle.  Without faith and devotion to the guru

We cannot enter into and progress on the path of secret mantrayana.  We certainly cannot realize the true nature of mind.

It is said by Jamgon Kongtrul that if one breaks one’s samaya to one’s root guru – one severs the root of blessings and realization.

In the case of Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin , a Vajracharya and direct Dharma heir of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to view him as an ordinary, confused being is to sever the root of the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  This retreat is about repairing that severed root and it is for Vajrayana students who have received Vajrayogini Abhiseka.

We will engage in a Guru Yoga practice for the Regent along with listening to his teachings and discussing “the power of his blessings” and how they are still accessible today.


$195.00 includes room and board

Event Date 08-25-2017
Event End Date 08-27-2017
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Vajrayogini Drupchen October 6-15, 2017

Sacred World: Vajrayogini Practice Intensive

“The Vajrayana, the tantric teaching of the Buddha, contains tremendous magic and power.  Its magic lies in its ability to transform confusion and neurosis into awakened mind and to reveal the everyday world as a sacred realm.  Its power is that of unerring insight into the true nature of phenomena and of seeing through ego and its deceptions.”

Trungpa Rinpoche “Sacred World”

“’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 Kilgo Khyentse Rinpoche have made a point of encouraging and reviving the practice of drupchen, because of its power of transformation in this degenerate age.”

This drupchen will be done using the English translation of the Vajrayogini Sadhana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  For those people with a strong connection to the Kagyu lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche Vajrayogini Sadhana really is the heart of his teachings.  Engaging in this drupchen is a way of repairing and maintaining our samaya connection with this lineage.

The cost of the retreat is $495.00 plus donations for the daily tsok.

Participants need to have completed all of the necessary pre-requisites to attend this retreat :i.e. completion of Kagyu ngondro and having received Vajrayogini Abhiseka from a qualified lineage guru.

Event Date 10-06-2017
Event End Date 10-15-2017
Individual Price $495.00
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Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand: The Mahamudra Teachings of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

November 10-19, 2017

“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 11-10-2017
Event End Date 11-19-2017
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