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Profound Simplicity Meditation Retreat

Profound Simplicity Meditation Retreat


Relax your mind in simplicity, released from struggle and effort, like a garuda soaring through space.                             –Tagpo Tashi Namgyal


This three-day retreat, hosted by the Victoria Shambhala Centre, is open to all new and senior practitioners who wish to establish or deepen their meditation practice. The main focus will be meditation, in an atmosphere of mindfulness.

Drawing on teachings by the Buddha and lineage masters, the retreat will include talks on the subtle attitudes that make one’s meditation effective, the learning process that makes traditional teachings relevant and personal, and how the wisdom of meditation can transform one’s approach to life.

For vajrayana practitioners, the ability to rest the mind in stillness is an essential basis for all other practices, including sadhana, guru yoga and mind nature.

Most of the retreat will be in silence, with times for questions and discussion. Morning coffee & tea and lunch will be provided on-site. Early registration is encouraged, and priority will be given to those who commit to the entire retreat

Please note:

For participants who wish to prepare in advance, Richard will give detailed instructions for practice in Profound Simplicity: Essentials for the Path, an online program on May 4-5 sponsored by Northern California Shambhala. [see link]



Saturday-Monday, May 18-20

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

(Note that Monday is a holiday)


Richard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has taught many meditation programs and retreats in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.


Heart Gifts

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!




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