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  • CAD $415.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: First session Sunday evening, September 19.. Program will end Friday September 24 at lunch time.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Madeline Conacher
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(Online) Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out

With Acharya Richard John

September 17 - 24, 2021

NOTE: If you are registering for What Has Been Pointed Out… Do NOT register for the Chariot of Mahamudra weekend as well. The Chariot of Mahamudra weekend has now been included in the What Has Been Pointed Out schedule.

Mahamudra, the “great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. A powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind through direct experience.

The key to all mahamudra and dzogchen practice and realization is the transmission of the nature of mind by the guru. Having received that, the vajrayana path is based on the student’s understanding, recognizing, and becoming familiar with that which has been pointed out.

This deep practice retreat for committed vajrayana practitioners draws on upadesha, pith instructions, from some of the great masters of mahamudra and dzokchen: Garab Dorje, Lodrö Thaye, Mipham Rinpoche, Padmakara, Yeshe Tsögyal, Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and others.

Who Can Attend

Prerequisites Apply: This retreat is restricted to tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. It is important to commit to the entire retreat.

What to Expect

The retreat will be mostly silent, with ample opportunity for Q&A and circle conversations. Each day will include the physical practices of Lujong, Shamatha Yoga, and Lungtse, and the Stroke of Ashe.

Note that this group will be joining the Chariot of Mahamudra weekend September 17-19, as two days are devoted to deepening shamatha and vipashyana practice — which is the foundation for understanding the more advanced mahamudra teachings.

Online Schedule

NOTE: All times listed are Atlantic Times. Go here for a Time Converter

7:45 pm Friday,  September 17 
Orientation and Overview

Saturday, September 18
9:15 am to 12:30 pm
2:30 to 4:30 pm
4:30 to 5:00 Tea Break
5:00 to 6:30 pm

Sunday, September 19
9:15 am to 12:30 pm
2:30 to 4:00 pm
4:00 to 5:00 pm Tea & Discussion Circle

Monday Sept. 20 to Thursday Sept. 23
9:15 am to 12:30 pm
2:30 to 4:30 pm
4:30 to 5:00 Tea Break
5:00 to 6:30 pm

7:45 pm (Activities may vary, and will be announced.)

Friday September 24
9:15 am to 12:30 pm

Detailed schedules will be emailed to all registrants.


All prices listed in $CDN.
Tuition: $415

Heart Gifts

There will be an opportunity to offer a monetary heart gift towards the end of this program, as is customary at extended retreats. Most teachers have experienced a loss of income during the pandemic, and Acharya John is taking a reduced honorarium in order to help DDL.

The heart gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration and financial means, and there is no suggested amount. We will send out an email to the Heart Gift payment option should you wish to make an offering.


Acharya Richard John
A longtime student of both the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and leads annual 9-Day Mahamudra Retreats at DDL, Karme Choling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax.
Learn more about Acharya Richard John