Pavilion Expansion: Stage I Planning

Dorje Denma Ling is now in the process of expanding the pavilion so that we have space to fit simultaneous Scorpion Seal III & IV programs mid-July. We’re writing this blog to keep readers up to date on how things are moving along. We are planning to have from 250 to 275 people for Scorpion … Continue 

Rock Meets Bone

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on Living at a Land Centre During the Scorpion Seal retreats at Dorje Denma Ling in 2009 and 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche met with the staff community to express his appreciation for the efforts and spirit that were supporting the retreats. Here are few excerpts from his remarks: It’s when you are … Continue 

The Best Family Vacation I Never Had: Chakrasmavara Group Retreat with Acharya Larry Mermelstein

Imagine  yourself  dressed in apron and a chef’s hat. You are in charge of  producing a twenty-two course banquet according to  complicated family recipes handed down for generations. But you only know how to make toast. Next, imagine  the master who translated the recipes AND compiled a collection of helpful hints stands at the kitchen … Continue 

Healing and Transformation with Maitri

Each day during the Healing & Transformation with Maitri program, at Dorje Denma Ling from December 4th to December 11th, we explored one of the Wisdom Energies of the Five Buddha Families (Vajra, Ratna, Padma, Karma and Buddha). We rested in energetic postures, bundled ourselves up for chilly aimless wandering, surrounded ourselves and clothed our bodies … Continue 

Changling Rinpoche Offers Diamonds of Wisdom About Living at a Dharma Centre

Ven. Changling Rinpoche is from Shechen Monastery and is the holder of the ‘Northern Treasures’ lineage. Rinpoche holds a khenpo degree and teaches the senoir students at Sechen College and those in a traditional three-year retreat.  Rinpoche protects the integrity of the ritual tradition of Sechen and teaches ritual and Nyingma tantra to senior students, … Continue 

With a Bubbling and Raw Heart, Fresh From DDL

 Raising the colors on a crisp winter morning during the Winter Family Gathering and Practice Intensive After morning chants with the children in the main shrine room the adults continued with their practice of choice Kelvin Mansaray playing the violin on New Year’s Eve; what beauty and heart, we all felt the dralas smile Learning … Continue 

The Warrior-Minister DENMA

Dorje Denma Ling is a Tibetan name meaning “Indestructible (Dorje) Place (Ling) of Denma.” In True Command: The Teachings of the Dorje Kasung, “Denma” is defined as follows: [Denma is] one of the great generals who  commanded the troops of the Tibetan warrior king Gesar of Ling. Denma was particularly known as a master archer and … Continue 

Children and Families at Dorje Denma Ling

The Kalapa Court is the central household where the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo live.  That’s a principle of family as a unit, as opposed to an individual.  I feel like that’s something that we need to aspire to and develop further.  So I feel like the next phase is really this notion of Shambhala household, and how all of our … Continue 

The Posture of Meditation …and More

  While meditating, have you ever wondered “am I doing this right?” Am I “not too tight; not too loose?” “Am I torturing myself to sit upright and perfectly still?” Over Remembrance Day weekend Will Johnson delighted a group of seasoned and relatively new meditators by leading a program entitled “The Posture of Meditation.” Focusing … Continue 

The Dorje Kasung are Here (and always have been)!

Recently I graduated from University in Halifax and became excited about Shambhala Land Center living after spending this past summer volunteering at Dechen Choling. I felt a tug at my heart when I heard that the Rusung position at Dorje Denma Ling was open—and had been for quite some time.  That tug turned into an application, which was accepted, and … Continue