Waking Up in the COVID Bardo

Although we’ve had to cancel or reschedule our residential retreats for 2020, things are beginning to wake up at Dorje Denma Ling.

We haven’t rolled over and given up. Our Director, Catherine Neill got really creative while in quarantine and came up with some opportunities for our regional Shambhala community to visit the land this season. These opportunities include:

  • Several volunteer work days (July 4, 18, August 1, 15 and 29). Please visit us and offer a helping hand if you can. You can learn more and sign up here.
  • Day-long practice events. These have yet to be scheduled, but we’ll keep you posted.

For those who live afar but have a longing to connect in some way with Dorje Denma Ling, we are offering a few online programs. Please keep an eye on our Programs Listing page. There will be more “2020 Specials” coming – whether on-land or online.

Oh yes, and if you are coming on the land, please review and observe our list of guidelines below.



Transforming Fear with the Five Wisdoms

Join Irini Rockwell live for a three-week journey beginning July 11.

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Coming to DDL?

Please Follow These Guidelines

  1. We need to know you are coming.
    Before you come, please RSVP to a specific event, or call our main number (902.657-9085) and leave a message at least a day before. Or you may text the Director’s mobile phone 919.259.5451. She will call you back to make a plan for coming to the land.
  2. You need to be healthy and without symptoms.
    Please monitor your health before you come. If you have any symptoms of illness, we ask that you stay home.
  3. Please do not enter the main building: it is reserved for our “staff bubble.”
    When you arrive, we will direct you to the location of the event. The main building, which includes our shrine room and dining room, is for staff use only at this time. Other restrooms will be made available for use.
  4. Please bring your face mask if you are in a high risk group.
    Just in case. Depending on what you are doing, you be the judge of whether you need to wear it or not. Better safe than sorry.
  5. Don’t forget to wash or sanitize your hands a lot, and cover all coughs and sneezes using the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
  6. At all times, maintain the physical distance of 2 meters between you and others who are not in your household.

Explore the Magic: Dorje Denma Ling

Dorje Denma Ling is Canada’s only Shambhala International residential program centre. It was founded in 1992 under the auspices of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son and heir, the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche.

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Help Us Weather the Storm

These are indeed challenging times. Your gifts to Dorje Denma Ling make it possible for us to caretake this place as a resource for all who seek refuge and retreat. No gift is too small.

May we continue to offer that in the years ahead!