Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center
Ka-Nying Surmang Choling
A Buddhist Residential Training and Retreat Center
Dzogchen Meditation Center was founded by direct students of the 11th Trungpa, Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. We work to maintain and preserve their unique transmission of the Kagyu and Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the west.
We are also the home of the Longchenpa Institute for Buddhist Studies a contemplative educational program which provides indepth training and transmissions in the Longchen Nyinthig tradition. The Institute is under the direction of Tulku Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche who will be leading the 10 day Dzogchen Retreat this fall from September 9-18th.
Dzogchen Meditation Center serves the mid-coast practice community by offering meditation retreats for those who are interested in exploring the teachings of Dzogchen.
Open to the Public
Dzogchen Meditation Center is open to the public everyday Tuesday through Saturday. We offer two sessions a day for nonresidents to attend. Morning meditation practice is from 6-8 a.m. and consists of 1/2 hour periods of sitting meditation and 10 minute periods of kinhin or walking meditation. Our evening session is from 7-9 and follows the same schedule as the morning session. Meditation Instruction is available upon request -- please call (207) 607-3392.
Sunday mornings we offer a special practice session from 9 -11 followed by a Dharma Talk by the Senior Resident Teacher Tashi Armstrong from 11-12. Community Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Community Room. All are welcome to attend. The Center is closed to visitors from 2:00 p.m. Sunday till 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday
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. We offer 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.
Residential Training Opportunities
Every summer we offer two 3 month work/study positions where students receive room and board. 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.
We also offer month and year-long residential training. Please look at our residential programs for more information on how you can take part in this immersive training.
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 Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
The Center is also the home of the Surmang Kagyu Order --a contemplative order of Ngakpas of tantric practitioners 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 (207) 607-3392.