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The Profound Guru Yoga (Vajrayana)

with Richard John
November 11 / 8:30 AM - November 11 / 7:00 PM

About the program
Before escaping from Tibet at the age of 19, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was already a revered lineage holder and accomplished teacher. Following tradition, he wrote this guru yoga for his students to practice in his absence. The text was brought to the West in 2003 by his nephew, Karma Senge Rinpoche, who translated it with the Nalanda Translation Committee and traveled widely giving the reading transmission and teachings.

In this one-day retreat, after receiving the lung we will practice this short and pithy guru yoga several times, and have talks and discussion. The very rich commentary with the text touches on the three kayas, three samadhis, absolute and relative bodhichitta, and other key teachings from the mahamudra and dzokchen lineages.

The feast
We will complete the day with the Sadhana of Mahamudra, followed by a feast-style buffet. All tantrikas are invited.

Vajrayana practitioners who wish to attend only the feast portion of this program are welcome to do so. Please RSVP to Faith Miller - fomiller55 [at] aol [dot] com - so we know how many to expect. A heart gift to the Acharya is always appreciated.

Acharya Richard John


Acharya Richard John
An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard John was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has 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 SMC, Dorje Denma Ling, Karme Chöling, and Casa Werma. Richard John and his wife Liz Richardson live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Heart Gifts
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. Acharyas receive no salary or benefits, and depend upon this income in order to teach for a living. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration. There is no suggested amount–any amount is appreciated.

Restricted to tantrikas who received transmission at a Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, regardless of your current practice.

The Text
Those who receive the lung can purchase copies of the text for The Profound Guru Yoga at the program for each. 


8:30 AMTea and Coffee
9:00 AMOpening Chants & Morning Session (Lung, Talk, & Practice)
12:00 PMLunch In (BYO or Takeout)
1:00 PMFirst Afternoon Session
2:00 PMBreak
2:15 PMTalk
3:30 PMClosing Chants
3:45 PMFeast Setup
4:00 PMSadhana of Mahamudra Feast
7:00 PMConclude

Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For those who can pay the patron rate, funds will go towards ensuring everyone has access to the weekend. For more information please see our generosity policy. 

For questions contact Faith: fomiller55 [at] aol [dot] com

Please register and pay online in advance of the class to ensure your space and so that the coordinators know to expect you.


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