Program Listings

  • Vajrakilaya Lodge Single Occupancy – CAD $3,000.00
  • Vajrakilaya Lodge Double Occupancy – CAD $2,600.00
  • Vajrakilaya Drala Cabin Single Occupancy – CAD $3,000.00
  • Vajrakilaya Drala Cabin Double Occupancy – CAD $2,600.00
  • (All prices include CAD $1,070.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival October 22 by 5 pm (dinner is at 6:30). Departure November 25 after breakfast.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral RoadTatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

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

FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION: Nancy Huszagh [email protected]

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Vajrakilaya Retreat

With Larry Mermelstein

October 22 - November 25, 2022

As the wrathful form of the Buddha Vajrasattva, Vajrakilaya embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. His practice is known to be the most powerful for removing all inner and outer obstacles, especially personal obstacles that affect our Dharma practice. The fruition of the practice manifests through enlightened activity without struggle.

The Vajrakilaya Tantra is of special importance to Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners because of its strong connection with the Shambhala terma.

The The Golden Sun of the Great East text equates the great primordial razor knife with the primordial Ashe and self-existing black Ashe. In his commentary, the Vidyadhara attributed these lines to the Vajrakilaya Tantra:

The eternally blazing great blade
Dawned as a dot in space. . . .
The dot arisen in space
Descends as the armour of life:
One should cherish it in the centre of one’s heart.

Further, in The Tiger Lion Garuda Dragon Glory (pp. 28-29) commentary we see how Shambhala vision correlates with Vajrakilaya Tantra on the ground of Absolute Ashe:

Vajra anger cuts aggression, therefore, it should be regarded as the protection of life. It dawns in your heart, therefore, you should meditate upon it in the centre of your heart.”

This tantric Buddhist reference embodies the vision of King Dawa Sangpo, who requested the Buddha to teach the Kalachakra Tantra in his kingdom.

Who Can Attend

  1. Participants must have received the Vajrakilaya abhisheka — specifically, from the Netik Phurba terma tradition of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, conferred by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987, and by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche in Halifax 2005 and elsewhere.
  2. Participants must also have completed the Chakrasamvara practice retreat requirements, or received special permission to attend.

If you have any specific questions about the retreat or  your eligibility to attend, please contact Nancy Huszagh at [email protected].

Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara practitioners who would like to practice or complete recitation commitments are welcome, and will be supported during the retreat. To register for this opportunity, go here.

Is Partial Attendance Accepted?

If you have the prerequisites and abhisheka for the Vajrakilaya Sadhana but cannot attend the full retreat, you are welcome to come for part of the retreat. However, we request you come at the beginning of the retreat, not after it is underway.

To attend part of the retreat, please follow the registration process below, and when you register with Dorje Denma Ling, tell us the date you plan to leave in the comments section.  We will adjust your Guest Statement to reflect your .

The Registration Process

To attend the Vajrakilaya Retreat:

  1. Complete this DDL Vajrakilaya-application form and email it to Nancy Huszagh at [email protected].
  2. Nancy will get back to you with a login code that will allow you to access the registration form.

If you are interested in coming just to practice Vajrayogini or Chakrasamvara, email Dan Schreibman ([email protected]) your (a) contact information, (b) the practice you will be doing, and (c) the dates you wish to attend. Dan will get back to you with a quote on costs and manually register you if you decide to attend.

All part time attendance is subject to lodging availability. Participants who are doing the full 33-day retreat will be give priority.

What to Expect

This is an intensive 33-day practice retreat that follows the traditional four-session daily practice schedule. By the end of the retreat, participants will have completed the mantra requirements associated with this practice, and will be able to attend a Vajrakilaya fire offering, though that is not required.

Costs & Minimum Program Size

Flat Rate Including Program, Housing and all Meals
$2,600 for Double Occupancy
$3,000 for Single Occupancy

Note that cost is the same for Drala Cabin or Gyatso Lodge, but you will be able to choose your preference.

Interested in a spreading out payments for this retreat? Please contact Suzy Ulrich to set up a Payment Plan.

Useful Links

What to Bring & Expect at DDL
How to Get Here



Larry Mermelstein
Beginning in 1971, Larry Mermelstein became a close student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and scholar. He has served as a senior teacher in the Vajradhatu/Shambhala community for many years, as well as having been a member of the board of directors. He is a founding member and the executive director of the Nalanda Translation Committee for over forty years and is a long-time consulting editor to Shambhala Publications.
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