Introduction to Dzogchen: Mixing Mind with Space

April 17-19, 2020

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 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 04-17-2020
Event End Date 04-19-2020
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

Dzogchen Kyudo Retreat: "First Shot Best Shot"

May 25th to June 2nd 2020

“When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic.   By magic we do not mean unnatural power over the phenomenal world, but rather the discovery of innate or primordial wisdom in the world as it is.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

 

The idea of retreat practice is to fully engage the view and technique of whatever form of practice the retreat is focused on.  At DMC we offer a variety of retreats throughout the year.  Each retreat focuses on a different practice within the mandala of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s lineage.  I view Kyudo as a practice within this mandala.  Shibata Sensei was a master of kyudo who was invited by Trungpa Rinpoche to come to the USA to teach Kyudo to Trungpa’s students.  I was one of those students.  Beginning in 1987, I studied Kyudo with other students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 

Over the years the emphasis of Kyudo has changed and it is taught as a Japanese contemplative art outside of the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. That is not what I offer here at DMC. 

People who study Kyudo with me will also engage the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche.  Kyudo is the technique, but the view of the practice is Dzogchen as expressed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche through his teachings.

 The retreats at DMC are ‘closed retreats.’  This means that participants enter the retreat at the beginning and stay for the entire time.  Retreats are meant to be completely immersive experiences.  We disconnect from our usual engagements and focus primarily on the training being offered.  During closed retreats participants are not allowed to leave the retreat boundaries for the duration of the retreat unless there is an emergency.  We avoid use of the internet and cellphones. 

   All meals are provided as well as accommodations.

The Schedule:

Wake up 6:30

7-8 Sitting meditation in the main shrine room

8-9 Oryoki Breakfast in the community room

9-12 Kyudo Training

12-1:30 Lunch and break

1:30- 3 work period

3:30-5:30 Kyudo Training

6:00 -7:00 Dinner

7-8 Sitting meditation

8-10 campfire and informal time

10 Lights out

Wishing you the best,

Tashi Armstrong Kyudo Instructor DMC

 

 "With every shot see your true nature"    Awa Kenzo

“All together, these three principles—heaven, earth, and man—deal with how we can integrate our state of mind into a work of art. A fourth principle, though not exactly the same kind of principle, is that of the universal monarch. It is what joins heaven and earth together. This principle is singlefold: that is, it says that body and mind are able to work together harmoniously. Therefore, the mind develops a sense of openness and peacefulness, and the body develops an absence of speed and aggression. In that way, a work of art becomes gentle rather than contrived or extraordinary. It becomes a good work of art, very genuine, and it becomes worthwhile, really good, to be an artist. You can take a lot of pride in being an artist, in the positive sense. You will be so happy and feel so good to be an artist. You can work according to the principles of heaven, earth, and man, and you can expose yourself by means of those principles. It could be extraordinary, quite fabulous.”

Trungpa Rinpoche "Dharma Art"

 This retreat will explore kyudo training as the technique for realizing the nature of mind.  During this retreat we will explore the traditional  teachings of isshin and zanshin from the Japanese contemplative and martial arts and how they correlate with our training in Dzogchen and Mahamudra.  In particular we will be looking at Trungpa's pith instructions on Dharma Art and Shambhala Warriorship and applying these instructions in our Kyudo training.

Isshin means "one mind".  This is the training of shamatha meditation for Dzogchen Practitioners and, in particular, constitutes cutting through the tendency of following one thought after another.  For the Kyudo practitioner we use the  7 steps of shooting the bow to synchornize mind and body in the activity of shooting the bow.   Zanshin, "remaining mind", is the Kyudo term for vipashyana. This is resting awareness beyond the reference point of habitual mind. This expands into "Kyudo mind" which is the atmosphere of wakefulness.

 $495.00 Includes Room and Board

Event Date 05-25-2020
Event End Date 06-02-2020
Individual Price $495.00
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Purnachandra Fleet Maneuvers and Sail Training

June 19-28, 2020

"It is very important for you to connect with the Dralas, which have particular meaning for the military....The Drala concept should sink into your state of being.  When you wear your uniform or your Guard pin, that actually provokes the outer Drala.  The outer Drala situation is created by the military.  If you are a good Kasung, you have special access to the Dralas, much more so than basic civilians do.  That is important for you to realize."

Makkyi Rabjam Dorje Dradul of Mukpo

The Purnachandra Division is the Naval Arm of the Dorje Kasung.  During this retreat we will use the practice of Sail Training as the skillful means for engaging the teachings of the Makkyi Rabjam, Dorje Dradul on the notion of "enlightened Military."

The fleet will rendezvous at Portland Yacht Club in Casco Bay, Falmouth, ME during the week of June 19th.  During the first two days we will engage in basic sail training excercises exploring Casco Bay mixed with a daily schedule of shamatha-vipashyana meditation.  We will be studying "Town Talks" and other Dorje Kasung teachings.

During the retreat we will make our way to Rockland Harbor in Penobscot Bay making a series of day sails.

Cost:  Crew members will be expected to help cover the costs of food and moorings during the trip.  Captains will cover all costs for their boats.

Event Date 06-19-2020
Event End Date 06-28-2020

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

Friday June 9 - Sunday June 18  Hinayana Practice Period

Monday June 19th - Sunday July 9th  Hinayana Study Period

Mahayana Section

Monday July 10th to Sunday July 16th Mahayana Practice Period

Monday July 17th to Sunday August 6th 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.

Monday August 7th to Sunday August 13th Vajrayana Practice Period

Monday August 14th to September 3rd 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 10-16-2020
Event End Date 01-17-2021

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: $495.00 includes room and board

Event Date 11-06-2020
Event End Date 11-15-2020
Individual Price $495.00
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