Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $690.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $530.00
  • Lodge: Couple's Room – CAD $690.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $650.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $510.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $390.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $330.00
  • (All prices include CAD $330.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Begins with orientation Friday evening 7:45 after dinner. Ends on Sunday, after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Dan Schreibman
[email protected]
(902) 657-9085 Ext. 20

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FACING DEATH WITH CURIOSITY: Meditation and the Bardos

With Acharya Richard John

May 13 - 17, 2022

Time is short. We know we will die but, amazingly, we rarely live as if that were true. Knowing that all things that arise will dissolve – every thought, every breath, every being – is the single most powerful thought on the path of dharma. It is the primordial fact of life, and the key to liberation.

In this retreat we will practice deep meditation and contemplation, and study classic Buddhist teachings on the Six Bardos. There will be ample time to discuss the teachings and share our personal experience.

“The only currency that has any value when we travel across the threshold of death is our spiritual attainment.”
– Chagdud Tulku

Who Should Attend

This is a hybrid on-land and online retreat. 

This four-day retreat is open to all practitioners who wish to deepen their meditation practice and learn more about the Buddhist teachings on the Bardo.

The suggested prerequisite for the retreat is Level One or an introduction to meditation program at any Shambhala Centre, but any practitioner may attend who has completed a similar weekend meditation retreat.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email the Program Manager at [email protected].

Online Schedule

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

May 13
Arrival Day
Dinner 6:30
Orientation & Opening Comments 7:45

May 14, 15, 16
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
1:00 to 3:00 pm Lunch Break
3:00 to 6:30 pm
7:45  Evening Study or Circle Discussions 

May 17
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
1:00 pm Lunch and Departure

Each day will also include breaks for walking meditation and tea.


Tuition: $250 CAD
Meals: $80 CAD
Accommodations: Extra. Prices vary according to your choice. (For a list of options, please visit the Registration Page.)

Heart Gifts

There will be an opportunity to offer a monetary heart gift towards the end of this program, as is customary at 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 provide you with link where you can offer a gift if you are inspired to do so.


Acharya Richard John
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2002. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has for many years taught Maitri and other Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Learn more about Acharya Richard John