Program Details

Pointing out the Dharmakaya: 10 Day Mahamudra Group Retreat

with Richard John
March 2 / 6:00 PM - March 13 / 9:00 AM

March 2-13, 2013

The Shambhala Buddhist lineage holds three profound streams of teaching: The Shambhala terma, Dzogchen, and Mahamudra.

Mahamudra, the "great seal,” established as the basis for our vajrayana path by the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and encouraged by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is revered as a powerful support for all other tantric practices. It is also extremely simple and direct. It is focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the true nature of mind through direct experience--the essence of all vajrayana practice.

In this ten-day group retreat, tantrikas will practice Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, the famous practice instructions of the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje. The retreat will follow the general guidelines set down for the Mahamudra in the Three-Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, using silence and a disciplined schedule to create the ideal container for practice. It will also connect this tradition with Shambhala imagery and teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

ACHARYA RICHARD JOHN: An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After completing three months of Mahamudra practice within the first Three-Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, he established a 49-Day Mahamudra Retreat at Karme Choling, and now leads the annual Ten-Day Mahamudra Retreat at Dorje Denma Ling, in Nova Scotia.

Program Details:

Prerequisite: Attendance at Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. This retreat is appropriate for tantrikas at all levels of practice. Participants who have attended Scorpion Seal Assembly will have the opportunity to do the trekcho and appropriate practices during this retreat.

Arrival and Departure days: March 2nd is the arrival day for this program. We will begin with dinner at 6:30pm, followed by an orientation to Casa Werma and the program. It is important that everyone arrive at Casa Werma by 6:30pm on the 2nd. March 13th is the departure day for the program. Breakfast will be the last scheduled activity on the 13th, but attendance at breakfast is not required.

All participants must enter the retreat at the very beginning and commit to the entire time. Students who have previously completed a Mahamudra retreat may request permission to leave earlier, if necessary.

Pricing: Program tuition: $600. This includes full breakfast and lunch, and a light dinner. If you make your tuition deposit before August 1st, you will recieve a 10% early bird discount and pay $540 for tuition.

Housing:  Please note that housing is not included in the tuition price. Housing is available both on site at Casa Werma, and in nearby hotels in the town of Patzcuaro, in a variety of price ranges. Due to the tight nature of this retreat container, we request that everyone stay in close walking distance from Casa Werma. Please contact Casa Werma for more information about housing options.

Scholarships are available for those who need them. Please contact Casa Werma to inquire about scholarships.

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