Ashe Mahamudra Nine-Day Retreat
with Richard John
June 21 / 7:00 PM - June 30 / 4:00 PM
Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do the SSA morning practices in separate sessions.
Mahamudra, the “great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. Revered as a powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind through direct experience.
This year the practice text will be Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, the classic liturgy by Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa. We will practice pith instructions by Yeshe Tsogyal, Lodro Thaye, Paltrul Rinpoche, Rangjung Dorje, and other masters of mahamudra and dzokchen, and make reference to the Ashe Mahamudra text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, which connects mahamudra to the Ashe and the Four Dignities.
The Retreat will be mostly silent, with times for circle conversation. Each day will include the physical practices of Lujong, Shamatha Yoga, and Lungtse. We will include the Stroke of Ashe, and there will be two sessions for Scorpion Seal practitioners to do the “morning practices” from SSA.
This retreat is appropriate for Shambhala tantrikas at all levels of practice. First-time participants must begin at the beginning and commit to the entire 9–day retreat. Participants who have already done a mahamudra retreat using Pointing Out the Daharmakaya may attend as much of the retreat as they wish, starting from the beginning of the retreat. (If you qualify to abbreviate your stay, please contact the Program Manager at [email protected] to make arrangements.)
Tuition: The cost of the program is 0.00 plus accommodations. The cost will be pro-rated for those who qualify to do a partial retreat.