The Dzogchen Meditation Center was founded by direct students of the 11th Trungpa, Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and works to preserve his unique transmission of the Nyingma and Kagyu teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
We offer regular weekly classes on Buddhist Meditation Wednesday morning from 10-12 and Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5-7 which are by donation and are open to the public. We also have a regular Sunday Morning meditation intensive from 9 - 12 followed by a community lunch. All are welcome.
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 for his students. It is a comprehensive approach to 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 an effort to revitalize and maintain 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 practicing Buddhist for a number of years.
"We have discussed everything from the perspective of ati. Because of that, we have been able to view the characteristics of the various yanas and tantric disciplines in terms of openness and spaciousness and inevitability. That notion of wakefulness we have been discussing constantly is the final wakefulness of ati yoga.” Trungpa Rinpoche
Beginning students are first introduced to the practice of sitting meditation -- a practice which not only serves as a foundation for all Buddhist meditation but is the central practice of the kusulu or simple meditator. It is a practice which we continually return to during our 10 day meditation intensives which are held every three months at the Center. The practice of sitting meditation is the means for walking on the three yana path. We emphasize the continued focus on the practice of meditation and the study of the pith instructions of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages with particular emphasis on the profound oral instructions of Trungpa Rinpoche.
Present Lineage Holder Chokyi Sengay Trungpa Rinpoche XII Chokyi GyamtsoTrungpa Rinpoche XI (1939 - 1987)
Join us for a four day retreat June 13th through 16th. $120.00
A 10 day Shamatha/Vipashyana Retreat September 6th through the 15th $300.00
Shamatha /Vipashayana or mindfulness and awareness practice forms the core of all meditation practices available in the Buddhist tradition. The Shamatha Vipashyana retreats at the Dzogchen Meditation Center follow the forms established by Trungpa Rinpoche for group practice. We have 8 to 10 hours of meditation practice each day, walking meditation and oryoki meals in the shrine room.