Program Details

Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out

with Richard John
September 17 / 5:00 PM - September 23 / 9:30 PM

This program is offered on the land and online.

Mahamudra, the “great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. 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.

The key to all mahamudra and dzogchen practice and realization is the transmission of the nature of mind by the guru. Having received that, the vajrayana path is based on the student's understanding, recognizing, and becoming familiar with that which has been pointed out.

This deep practice retreat for committed vajrayana practitioners draws on upadesha, pith instructions, from some of the great masters of mahamudra and dzokchen: Garab Dorje, Lodrö Thaye, Mipham Rinpoche, Padmakara, Yeshe Tsögyal, Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and others.

Who Can Attend

Prerequisites Apply: This retreat is restricted to tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or received transmission from a Kagyu or Nyingma Rinpoche. It is important to commit to the entire retreat.

What to Expect

The retreat will be mostly silent, with ample opportunity for Q&A and circle conversations. Each day will include the physical practices of Lujong, Shamatha Yoga, and Lungtse, and the Stroke of Ashe.

Tantrikas attending the retreat are also welcome to attend the Chariot of Mahamudra weekend September 17-19, immediately prior to the mahamudra retreat. These two days are devoted to deepening shamatha and vipashyana practice, the ideal preliminaries.

Heart Gifts

There will be an opportunity to offer a monetary heart gift towards the end of this program, as is customary at extended retreats. Most teachers have experienced a loss of income during the pandemic, and Acharya John is taking a reduced honorarium in order to help DDL.

The heart gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration and financial means, and there is no suggested amount. It is helpful if you have extra cash on hand to make your gift.

Covid Considerations

Dare we hope that Covid will have receded by September and that others can visit Nova Scotia without a 14-day quarantine? We have our fingers crossed, but please check the Travel Guidelines on the homepage of our website before registering for any land-based retreat.

The good news is that this retreat is being offered as a hybrid -- so if you are not able to travel, you can transfer to the online program and participate that way.

Click here for more information and to register for the on-land course.

Click here for more information and to register for the online course.

Go to Dorje Denma Ling's website