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.

The Three Words:  Integrating the Pointing Out with Daily Life and Practice

November 3-12, 2023

In this retreat we will be going over Garab Dorje's "Three Words that Strike the Vital Point" along with Patrul Rinpoche's commentary and Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings on the pointing out in "The Early Tantra Groups" and other Vajrayana Seminars.  

Participants must have taken refuge and bodhisattva vows and received the pointing out instructions from a qualified master.  They must have completed half of their prostrations by number.

 

 

Event Date 11-03-2023
Event End Date 11-12-2023
Individual Price $795.00
$795.00

"There are no feedbacks" Weekend Practice Intensive 

During this weekend retreat we will engage Trungpa Rinpoche's instructions for the practice of seated meditation.Many practitioners come to the practice of meditation attempting to have an "experience" which will provide some "spiritual reference point."  As Trungpa Rinpoche once pointed out, this is like trying to attend one's own funeral.  It is a fundamental misunderstanding of meditation practice from the perspective of Dzogchen and Mahamudra.

To understand the term "There are no feedbacks" is to become familiar with the direct experience of what is called "the fourth moment."  This is awareness which is not dependent on memory or projectiion of a future event.  Neither does it use conceptualizations in the present as a point of reference.  The meditation method Trunpga Rinpoche introduced to his students is the method for growing familiar with this "unborn awareness."  In Dzogchen this is known as "knowing the one."  Trungpa Rnpoche would often refer to this as "nonexistence" or "nonreference point experience."

cost

$195.00 includes room and board
 

Event Date 11-04-2023
Event End Date 11-05-2023
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

Kagyu Ngondro Retreat The General and Special Preliminaries

November 24-November 26, 2023

"Prostrations is a world of its own process, and it doesn't really matter at all if you find yourself confused or upset.  In fact prostration practice has a lot of aspects.  In the beginning it is very difficult and tiresome and a lot of emotionalism comes up.  I remember when I was doing prostrations and particularly when my tutor wasn't watchng me, I used to do them very hard and just break into tears without any reason.  Those things just happen.  You should see what happens from experience, rather than trying to get the whole thing explanined in a logical way before you begin.  Thamel gyi shepa is like ignition: it sparks your surrendering and comes to you as awareness of the need to surrender; so you begin to develop a sense of prostrating all the time throughout the day.  Thamel gyi shepa is like a pilot light, transparent, which causes all kinds of other awarenesses to come to light.  It might come as intense emotionality, for instance, in realizing the fragility of our lves. While we are doing the four foundation practices, the basic attitude to have is that you are a millionaire because you are bankrupt already and don't have a penny.  The sense of being a penniless mllionaire happens all the time in daily life.  It is complete surrender, like throwing yourself off a cliff.  And you never get anything in return, but somehow you acquire things on the path.  Without this attitude there are possibilities of becoming Rudra.

It is important to remember the vastness of what we have to learn, how little time we have to learn it, and that all kinds of difficulties and obstructions could come up to interrupt our practice.

Trunpga Ripoche 1974

"All the vidyadhara siddhas agree unanimously that the root of the entire  Buddhadharma is to gain mastery over our own mind.  And yet, there are many people who immerse themselves in a view and meditation made up solely of dry words, or who cling to a blank meditation state that is an exercise in mental fabrication.  It is therefore of chief importance to guide qualified disciples in accordance with their different capacites and faculties, such as the gradual, instantaneous or skipping-the-grade types.  First of all, they should persist in the general and special preliminary practices until the signs appear."

Tsele Natsok Rangdrol

$195.00

Event Date 11-24-2023
Event End Date 11-26-2023
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00