Retreats

No one with a sincere desire to attend will be turned away from registration due to lack of funds.  We have staff and workstudy positions, as well as scholarships available.

Quintessential Trungpa Rinpoche: The Cosmic Joke and The Great Switcheroo

The lower yanas explore experience beyond habitual reference point from the samsaric perspective as dukkha-- uneasiness and anxiety.  In the Vajrayana this same experience of the falling away of habitual reference point is explored as coemergent wisdom and Mahasukkha or Great Bliss.  Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche referred to this situation as "the cosmic joke-- and in one Vajrayana seminary as "the great Switcheroo."

During the weekend we will engage these pith instructions within the context of kusulu meditation.

cost

$195.00 includes room and board

Event Date 06-23-2023
Event End Date 06-18-2023
Cut off date 06-25-2023
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

Purnachandra Fleet Rendezvous Penobscot Bay

Event Date 08-11-2023
Event End Date 08-20-2023

Space, Time and Energy

Celebrating the Life and Teachings of The Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

August 25th- August 28th, 2023

"You know that I know that you know.  And who dat who said,'who dat?'"  Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

Event Date 08-25-2023
Event End Date 08-28-2022
Registration Start Date 08-28-2023
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

Naked Mind Retreat September 16- 25' 2022

"Keep your body straight, refrain from talking, open your mouth slightly, and let the breath flow naturally.  Don't pursue the past and don't invite the future.  Simply rest naturally in the naked ordinary mind of the immediate present without trying to correct it or replace it.  If you rest like that, your mind-essence is clear and precise, awake and naked, without any concerns about thought or recollection, joy or pain.  That is awareness (rigpa)."

Khenpo Gangshar

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Dzogchen weekend, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows and pointing out.

This retreat is for students who have received the pointing out instruction from a qualified master and completed their ngondro by number or by permission of the staff.

For more information contact the DMC office

795.00 Includes Room and Board

Event Date 09-16-2023
Event End Date 09-25-2023
Individual Price $795.00
$795.00

Quintessential Trungpa Rinpoche:  Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation: "Touch and Go"

February 18-20, 2023

There are no prerequisites for this retreat

"A common misunderstanding is that the meditative state of mind has to be captured and then nursed and cherished.  That is definitely the wrong approach.  If you try to domesticate your mind through meditation--try to possess it by holding on to the meditative state-- the clear result  will be regression on the path, with a loss of freshness and  spontaneity.  If you try to hold on without lapse all the time, then maintaining   your awareness will begin to become a domestic hassle  It will  become like painfully going through housework.  There will be an underlying sense of resentment, and the practice of meditation will become confusing.  You will begin to develop a love-hate relationship toward your practice, in which your concept of it seems good but, at the same time, the demand this rigid concept makes  on you is too painful.

So the technique is based on touch and go  You focus your attention on the object of awareness then, in the same moment, you disown that awareness and go on. What is needed here is some sense of confidence--confidence that you do not have to securely own your mind, but that you can tune into its process spontaneously."  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Quintessential Teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche series are a set of weekend retreats suitable for beginners and advanced students which engage the pith oral instructions of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  In this retreat we will engage the fundamental instructions on Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice given by Trungpa Rinpoche to his direct students.  

As beginners one always comes at practice with a mind conditioned by certain assumptions.  Generally we attempt to sustain a fabricated concentratiion by focusing on a technique.  But in this case one needs to develop a fundamental awareness which knows when you are present directly and then we let go of  any attempt to hold on to a fabricated concentration.  This is both the development and realization of "knowing the one" or "resolving the nature of mind."  It is not about feeling "good" particularly or pushing away thoughts so that we can achieve a "thought-free state."  It is realizing that this moment of knowing when we are present in a way which is not conditioned by our habitual reactions is the ultimate reference point -- the ultimate nature of our awareness.

The weekend will consist of talks by the resident teacher and the Practice of "mixing mind with space" the essential training of Dzogchen practice.  There will be group discussion and individual meditation interviews.

 

Cost  $195.00

Includes room and Board 

Event Date 09-16-2023
Event End Date 09-18-2023
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00