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Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center -- Ka-Nying Surmang Choling



Ka-Nying Surmang Choling 

A Monastic and Yogic Residential Training Center in the Practice Lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


The Dzogchen Meditation Center-- Ka-Nying Surmang Choling -- was founded by direct students of the 11th Trungpa, Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and works to preserve their unique transmission of the Kagyu and Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dzogchen Meditation Center serves the mid-coast practice community by offering a daily schedule of meditation practice.  If visiting please note the Center observes complete silence until lunch every day.  Please refrain from talking to others or making eye contact during this time.


Our daily schedule Tuesday through Saturday is as follows:

6:00 to 7:00 Dzogchen Meditation
7:00 to 8:00 am - Sitting Meditation and Morning Liturgy
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Oryoki Breakfast and Free Time
9-11 am - Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro Group Practice in Main Shrine Room, Sitting Meditation in House Shrineroom 
11-12:30 pm - work period
12:30 - 1:00 pm - lunch
 5-6 pm - Sitting Meditation and Protector's Chants
 7-9 pm - Tuesday and Thursday Ngondro, Wednesday Dharma Class, Friday Movie Night.
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Sunday mornings we offer a special practice intensive from 9 -12 beginning with opening chants and Riwo Sangcho -- Smoke Offering and Blessings-- followed by a community lunch. All are welcome to attend.  The Center is closed to visitors from 2:00 p.m. Sunday till 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday
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.

Beginning students are introduced to the practice of sitting meditation -- a practice which not only serves as a core practice for all Buddhist meditation but is  the central practice of the kusulu or Dzogchen practitioner.  As such, it is not just a "beginner's" practice at all  but is a practice which leads to ever deeper levels of insight on the path.  At Dzogchen Meditation Center our daily schedule revolves around  the group practice of sitting meditation in the main shrine hall.  We continually return to a whole-hearted engagement with this practice during our 10 day meditation intensives which are held every three months at the Center.   The practice of sitting meditation is  the indispensible 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 Vidyadhara ChogyamTrungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.

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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.                                                                                                                                                                                    



Upcoming Events & Retreats


Retreats and Events 2014 - 2015 - 2016

February 6 to February 15 10 Day Dzogchen Retreat:  Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

February 19, 2015 Shambhala Day

July 2015 through September 2015     Dzogchen Summer Seminary -- "Dzogchen View: Three Yana Journey" Led byTashi Armstrong and Staff

April 3 to April 12, 2015 Gelong Lodro Sangpo Mahamudra Retreat

May 8 to May 17, 2015 Vajrayogini Druppa with Emily Weidman