Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center





A Buddhist Residential Training and Retreat Center in the Practice Lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche




Dzogchen Meditation Center was founded by direct students of the 11th Trungpa, Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and Trime Lhawang, Patrick Sweeney. We  work to preserve their unique transmission of the Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala Dharma.


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 in exchange for their work 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.  

We also offer month and year-long residential training options.  Please look at our residential programs for more information on how you can take part in this immersive training.

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.




 Dzogchen Meditation Center serves the mid-coast practice community by offering meditation retreats for those who are interested in exploring the teachings of Dzogchen.

Dzogchen Meditation Center will be closed to the Public during the January Dathun Retreat


January Dathun: One Month Shamatha-Vipashyana Retreat

Mixing Mind and Space

December 30th to January 29th, 2017

Winter Dathun is a one month intensive ShamathaVipashyana retreat.  During this retreat students engage in 8-10 hours of Shamatha-Vipashyana meditation practice along with group and personal instruction.  Breakfast and lunch are eaten in the shrineroom using the oryoki form developed by Trungpa Rinpoche for his western students. Dathun is really the only way to enter the Dharma properly.

During this retreat we will engage Trungpa Rinpoche's profound teachings on meditation called "Mixing Mind with Space" along with the Dzogchen Pith Instructions on meditation from Dudjom Rinpoche, Sechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche and Khenpo Gangshar.

This Retreat costs $895.00 which covers room and board



The Surmang Kagyu Order

The Center is also the home of the Surmang Kagyu Order --a  contemplative order of Ngakpas (tantric practitioners) and Monastics 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.