A Residential Training and Retreat Center in the Practice Lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Dzogchen Meditation Center is a small, independent meditation center founded by direct students of Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
We engage the authentic meditation practices and view of the Maha Ati and Mahamudra schools of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism. We also engage the Shambhala teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche which is a secular path. We do not offer retreats based on "Shambhala Buddhism."
We apply the pith instructions taught by Trungpa Rinpoche, Osel Tendzin, Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul of Shechen in our training. We consider Trungpa Rinpoche's transmission of this lineage to be a unique and complete transmission of the Surmang Kagyu and Shambhala lineages to the west and we maintain those transmissions here for those who would like to engage them fully.
Trungpa Rinpoche's lineage is known as the "Practice Lineage." This refers to the fact that we resolve the view not through intellectual study but through the actual practice of meditation. We offer a lot of practice retreats including two month-long dathuns per year. There is no other center in the United States currently offering the one month dathun retreat.
"There are many meditators but few who know how to meditate." Padmasambhava
Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche drew other teachers from various traditions to him not to enrich his message but to inject genuine spirituality into those dying forms. We do not become pseudo Shinto or Zen practitioners when we as Shambhala practitioners take up the contemplative arts.
We don't become Taoists when we do Qigong or engage the I Ching.
We are Shambhala practitioners. The main point in engaging these disciplines is to do it from the view of non reference point experience which is the mind of Trungpa Rinpoche and is the mind of the Shambhala Lineage. In that sense, we are always returning to our ancestral home as the Mukpo Clan. We are re-invigorating now degenerate cultural forms with the essential meaning. This is called being a true chauvinist in the Shambhala sense.
Our primary practice is Shamatha-Vipashyana. And we follow Trungpa Rinpoche's oral instructions on that practice known as the "Touch and Go." Without understanding that as the basis of the view of nonreference point experience any exploration of other arts and cultures from the Shambhala perspective will become confused and will miss the fundamental point. In order to understand the Shambhala teachings and path it is necessary to understand the Dzogchen view as non reference point experience directly. This is the main point. Without understanding that main point our Shambhala disciplines become disparate paths that take us away from our authentic lineage rather than connect us to it.
For that reason, we do not teach the Shambhala path separately from the nine yana journey that Trungpa Rinpoche spent 17 years establishing here in North America. It is especially important to engage the annutarayoga tantra practices of Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara with the preparatory training and pith instructions of Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche. It is essential to find a trustworthy spiritual friend in the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche as a guide. While there is no longer an authentic organization manifesting this mandala "out there" there are still a few individuals who hold this lineage. People who are drawn to the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche should seek them out in order to engage these teachings.