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  • CAD $750.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: Saturday, July 31, 2021 to Saturday August 14, 2021

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0 CANADA

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(Online) Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun

With John Rockwell

July 31 - August 14, 2021

A Mahamudra Shamatha-Vipashyana, Tonglen, and Sadhana of Mahamudra Retreat

This two-week retreat is open to anyone who has a regular sitting meditation practice. Full participation qualifies as two weekthün credits within the Shambhala Path curriculum.

The view of this retreat is to join all three yanas of our journey together — on the spot.

We will practice formless sitting of mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana as our main practice, which is the most basic and advanced practice we have. This will be enriched by compassion practices such as tonglen, as well as study and contemplation. Every day we will practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra, the profound treasure text of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

In this way, we will mix our hearts with space, compassion, and devotion — grounded in direct perception of this world with its human, plant, animal, and elemental societies. There will be time for small group discussion, aimless wandering outside, and creative happenings.

What to Expect

In order to make this program accessible, this retreat is being offered online, parallel to the retreat on-land at Dorje Denma Ling.

The online schedule is divided into two sessions: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. AST. Participants should begin at the beginning and commit to the full retreat. No partial attendance is being accepted.

Who Should Attend

Open to all who have a practice of shamatha-vipashyana.

The suggested minimum prerequisite for an intensive retreat of this nature is Level One or an introduction to meditation program at a Shambhala Centre, but any practitioner may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.


Tuition: $750.00 CAD

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John Rockwell
John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English. For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. John’s inspiration is to share the profound and practical teachings that he has received.
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