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, his Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and Trime Lhawang, Patrick Sweeney the Vajra Regent's Dharma Heir.  We  work 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 Shamatha/Vipashyana --"Mindfulness and Awareness"  Meditation
7:00 to 8:00 am - Shamatha/Vipashyana "Mindfulness and Awareness" Meditation and Morning Liturgy
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Oryoki Breakfast and Free Time
9-11 am - Karma Kamstang Ngondro Practice in the Vajrayana Shrineroom, Shamatha/Vipashyana "Mindfulness and Awareness" Meditation in the main Shrineroom 
11-12:30 pm - work period
12:30 - 1:00 pm - lunch
 5-6 pm - Shamatha/Vipashyana "Mindfulness and Awareness" Meditation and Protector's Chants
 7-9 pm - Tuesday "Dharma Study Night"; Wednesday Shamatha/Vipashyana Meditation; Thursday "Sadhana of Mahamudra"; Friday "Dharma Class".
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Sunday mornings we offer a special practice intensive from 9 -12 beginning with opening chants andLhasang 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



Dzogchen Meditation Center follws the direct lineage of the 11th Trungpa Rinpoche as it was transmitted through his Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and to his principal student Trime Lhawang Patrick Sweeney.

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 Essence Mahamudra: Space, Time and Energy--

The Direct Transmission of the Awakened Mind

Trime Lhawang, Patrick Sweeney

November 6-8, 2015

During this very special weekend program Trime Lhawang Patrick Sweeney,  principal student and Dharma Heir of the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.  Mr. Sweeney will be using as his root text the pith Mahamudra transmission instructions according to the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin called “Space, Time and Energy.”


Unconditional friendship and the experience of hopelessness go hand in hand. When we stop trying so hard to be something other than what we are right now, when we give up the struggle, something else comes into our life. We are caught in a love affair of sad joy. There's the joy of recognition; the joy of discovering unborn, unceasing, undying awareness free of reference point of ego; and the sadness of seeing this world as it is and falling in love with it anyway. There is no solution to our human situation other than this unique love that begins to come into our lives and pervade our perception. The experience of love, compassion, and intrinsic dignity become effortlessly available. This is the fundamental reason why we practice--to make ourselves more available to the world. That's it.

--from Space, Time and Energy Weekend Seminar, San Francisco Shambhala Center, November 3, 2006, by Patrick Sweeney Trimé Lhawang 

 Longevity Supplication for Trime Lhawang

In the space of self-awareness and radiant clarity,

With expansive play you flawlessly maintain

     the lineage of the noble one

Who holds the teachings of the Victorious One.

Like a divine lord, may your activity increase.

At the request of all his faithful disciples, the one carrying the name of Thrangu Tulku composed this for Trime Lhawang (Patrick Sweeney) in the supreme place of Varanasi during the first month of the Iron Snake year as the New Year opened (January 23, 2001).