A Residential Meditation Center in the Practice Lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Dzogchen Meditation Center was founded by direct students of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We work to preserve the unique transmission of the Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala teachings embodied by this lineage of direct transmission.
Since Tilopa this lineage has been passed from Teacher to disciple and in in 1976 ChogyamTrungpa Rinpoche transmitted this lineage to his foremost disciple Osel Tendzin. In 1990 it was transmitted to Patrick Sweeney Trime Lhawang who is the current lineage holder.
Patrick Sweeney, Trime Lhawang
Dzogchen Meditation Center serves the mid-coast community by offering a daily schedule of 5 to 7 hours of meditation practice; intensive practice retreats held regularly throughout the year and ongoing training in the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet. We offer the opportunity to go deeper into the practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism through longterm residential training and work/study internships.
All of our meditation sessions are staffed by members of the Surmang Kagyu Order and meditation instruction is available on request. Face to face meditation interviews are available every Saturday during the 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. sitting period. There is no charge for any of our practice sessions though donations to the Center are appreciated!
We are located on the New Meadows River in the Mid-Coast area of Maine and offer residential training opportunities in the Three Yanas of Tibetan Buddhism as developed by Trungpa Rinpoche through his three month seminary program. It is a comprehensive approach to spiritual training which is based on Trungpa Rinpoche's notion of the Practice Center as "Container Principle." When we live and practice together as a sangha within the boundaries of the retreat center schedule the power of our practice becomes magnified which creates an environment of realization and blessings. Living in a practice environment allows individuals to focus on practice and study and enables them to penetrate the wisdom of the Buddhadharma through direct experience. All of Trungpa Rinpoche's retreat centers were based on this principle as was his three month seminary program. The Dzogchen Meditation Center is revitalizing and maintaining this powerful tradition of practice and realization. We offer 3 month work/study positions where students receive room and board. In exchange they commit to engaging in the daily work and practice schedule at the Center. It is a remarkable way to engage the path of meditation fully -- whether you are new to practice or have been a practicing Buddhist for a number of years.
Announcing the Creation of the Longchenpa Institute for Advance Buddhist Training
We are pleased to announce that Tulku Sangnag Tenzin Rinpoche has accepted a leadership role in the new Longchenpa Instiitue for Advanced Buddhist Training. For the past three years Rinpoche has taught at our 10 day Dzogchen Retreats giving empowerments and instruction on the teachings of Longchenpa and the Longchen Nyinthig Terma of Jigme Lingpa. This year with Rinpoche's help we will be formulating the five year curriculum for the new Longchenpa Institute to help students develop a deep understand of the Longchen Nyinthig Lineage.
The Center is also the home of the Surmang Kagyu Order --a contemplative order dedicated to the propagation and preservation of the Buddhist path laid out by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Belonging to the Order entails a commitment to this path and a commitment to helping others. The Center provides regular retreats designed to provide members of the Order with the means to engage this path properly and fully. To learn more about joining the Order contact Tashi Armstrong in the Main Office.