Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out: Acharya Richard John
with Richard John
December 6 / 8:30 AM - December 8 / 5:30 PM
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, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and others.
Prerequisites: This is restricted to tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or received authorized Kagyu or Nyingma transmission. (If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Susan McConnell). It is important to begin at the begining, and commit to the entire retreat if possible.
Acharya Richard John: An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Richard has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Heart gifts: It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount--any amount is appreciated!
Due to Covid, there will be limited spaces available, however we have unlimited zoom availability. Please state on your registration whether you will be attending in person or by zoom.