The training in recognizing mind essence is this: short moment repeated many times. There is no other way. –Tulku Urgyen
Trungpa Rinpoche taught that Dzogchen–Maha Ati as he called it–is the pinnacle of Buddhist meditation. But for this deeply subtle practice to be valid, it is essential to first work with the teachings and practices of hinayana, mahayana, and gradual mahamudra. Recognizing and resting in mind essence is also dependent upon devotion to one’s guru and lineage. A powerful way to cultivate this is to mix formless meditation with guru yoga, which we will do in this retreat.
Students new to these practices, or in need of a “reboot,” should begin with the weekend meditation program, and attend the entire retreat (Students who register for the full retreat and the weekend meditation program are invited to pay the reduced rate for the weekend). Students familiar with these practices will also benefit from the weekend, but should at least begin on Monday, and attend as much of the retreat as possible.
Our meditation will be guided by pith instructions from great lineage teachers. Emphasis will be on direct personal experience, over scholarship. The retreat will primarily be in silence, with times for discussion and interviews.
Participants must have received pointing out transmission from the Vidyadhara, Sakyong Mipham, or the Vajra Regent or Dorje Loppön on behalf of the Vidyadhara. Students who received transmission from other qualified rinpoches will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am; 12:00 Sadhana of Mahamudra and lunch buffet.
$340 Program Price
$390 Patron Price
$290 Reduced Price
An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher, whose livelihood is entirely from teaching programs. The gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount–any amount is appreciated!