Program Details

The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal

with Richard John
September 30 / 8:30 AM - September 30 / 8:30 PM

Pre-requisites: This intensive is for all Shambhala Tantrikas, who have attended SWA or Vajrayana Seminary, regardless of their current practice or teachers.

In the 8th century CE, Yeshe Tsögyal had a vision in which Vajrayogini gave her these pith instructions for practicing trekchö, known as “cutting through to primordial purity.” Trekchö is the dzokchen equivalent of mahamudra, and both are the epitome of the path of wisdom.

This profound but accessible text gives concise instructions for recognizing and resting in the empty and luminous nature of mind. We will conclude with the Sadhana of Mahamudra, followed by a feast and time to be together

Acharya Richard John
A longtime student of both the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and leads annual 10-Day Mahamudra Retreats at DDL, Karme Choling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax, Canada.

Heart Gifts
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher, as acharyas receive no salary or benefits. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and any amount will be appreciated.

Schedule for Yeshe Tsögyal Program

8:30 am to 5:00 pm: The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Sadhana of Mahamudra and “feast”


Program Fee

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We want anyone who wishes to study meditation and to experience the Shambhala view of basic goodness to be able to do so. Scholarships are available so that our programs are open to anyone, regardless of what tuition amount they are able to afford. (See link below if your are in need of a scholarship for this program. Scholarship requests are processed online, so that there is no delay in registration.)

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