Mahamudra Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

April 11th—April 20th (2014)

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  • $800 + lodging Full Tuition
  • $580 + lodging Tuition Assistance 1
  • $97 per month over six months Tuition Assistance 2


Ten-Day Group Retreat with Acharya Richard John

For the 10-Day Mahamudra Retreat led by Acharya Richard John at DDL this April 11-20, the emphasis will expand somewhat to include more teachings and practice of trekcho, as well as a superb new text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. While the established format using the 9th Karmapa’s vipashyana investigations from Pointing Out the Dharmakaya remains the same, we will include instructions from Shambhala Dzokchen, as well as the classic trekcho teachings on The Three Words that Strike the Vital Point.


A New text from the Sakyong will soon be made available to all Shambhala tantrikas. This retreat will include the lung, presentation and teachings on the text. It has particular resonance with our guru yoga practices, and with the recognition of original mind as the gateway to extraordinary perception.

Scorpion Seal practitioners will have a number of separate sessions for Scorpion Seal practices. SSA practitioners are welcome to bring bell, dorje and damaru (not required).

Some participants have asked about preparation. According to the traditional approach to this practice, it is not necessary to do a lot of advance study, since a key element is learning to distinguish direct experience from conceptual mind. For those who do wish to study in advance, three good sources are Shambhala
by the Sakyong, Pointing Out the Dharmakaya by Ven. Thrangu
Rinpoche, and Illusion’s Game by the Vidyadhara. We will also use the classic collections of pith instructions Crystal Cave and Flight of the Garuda.

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.


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.


Full program tuition $800 plus accommodations:  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition $580 plus accommodations:  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan $97/month:   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $90 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be $164/month.

Please Note: Above price includes meals but not accommodations. For winter programs, double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms are available in Gyatso Lodge for $45 per night, so for this program the lodging cost would be an additional $405.  Huts and Cabins are not available as lodging options for winter programs.  If you are interested in a single room, please contact us about two weeks before the program begins, and depending on the number of registrants, we may be able to offer you this option for an additional $40 per night.

All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at [email protected] at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.


Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.

To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085