Beginner's Mind Sesshin: Suzuki Roshi and Trungpa Rinpoche Retreat 

July 13-19, 2020

 Chogyam Trungpa's transmission of  the practice lineage was profoundly influenced by his connection and deep friendship with Suzuki Roshi -- who was another pioneering figure in bringing the authentic teachings of the Buddhadharma to the west.  In fact, the Vajradhatu shrine designed by Trungpa Rinpoche for use throughout the mandala included the picture of Suzuki Roshi as a lineage holder in our lineage.  Kobun Chino Roshi -- who was an attendant of Suzuki Roshi-- later worked directly with the Vidyahara Trungpa Rinpoche in developing many of the details we associate with our "Vajradhatu style."

This retreat will focus on the form of training practiced in the Japanese Soto Zen lineage as a way of deepening our understanding of Suzuki Roshi's and Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings.

TBA

$350.00 includes room and board

Event Date 07-13-2020
Event End Date 07-19-2020
Individual Price $350.00
$350.00

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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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