Welcome to Dzogchen Meditation Center


Ka-Nying Surmang Choling 

A Residential Training Center in the Practice Lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin



 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.  

    Regent and Vidyadhara

 Dzogchen Meditation Center is also home to the Longchenpa Institute for  Buddhist Studies.  We are very grateful to Tulku Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche for agreeing to take on the leadership of the Longchenpa Institute.

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 8:00 Shamatha/Vipashyana --"Mindfulness and Awareness"  Meditation
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Oryoki Breakfast and Free Time
9-11 am -  Vajrayana Practice Period (Vajrayogini, Longchen Nyingtik or Kagyu Ngondro)
11-12:00 noon - work period
12:00 - 1:00 pm - lunch
1:00 -4:00 work Period
 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 Dharma Class; Friday Recorded Talk Replay from 1976 Vajradhatu Seminary with Trungpa Rinpoche and discussion.
dzogchen Summer 2014
Sunday mornings we offer a special practice session from 9 -11  followed by a Dharma Talk by the Senior Resident Teacher 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
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.


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.