Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center
Ka-Nying Surmang Choling
A 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 his Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. We work to preserve their unique transmission of the Kagyu and Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the west. Dzogchen Meditation Center is also home to the Longchenpa Institute for Advanced Buddhist Studies. We are very grateful to Tulku Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche for agreeing to take on the leadership of the Longchenpa Institute.
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:
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, the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and the Vajracharya Patrick Sweeney, Trime Lhawang.
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.