Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $1,850.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,350.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,750.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,300.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $750.00

Date & Time Details: Arrival Saturday afternoon, September 23 (as early as possible). Departure Tuesday October 3, midday, after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, The Falls, NS B0K 1V0, Canada

Contact: Karen Porterfield
[email protected]
902 657 9085 x 14

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Vajrayogini Four Karmas Fire Offering 2023

with Brian Callahan

September 23 - October 3, 2023

The Vajrayogini Four Karmas Fire Offering is an advanced Vajrayana retreat open to practitioners who have completed the Vajrayogini Amending-the-Mantra Fire Offering.

Through the skillful means of the fire offering, in the Four Karmas practice we begin to engage more fully in all the karmas — the enlightened activities of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and destroying.

Who Can Attend

Open to practitioners who have completed the Vajrayogini Amending-the-Mantra Fire Offering.

Repeaters: Practitioners who have already attended a Four Karmas Fire Offering are invited to attend the full program at a discount of 50% off the tuition portion of the retreat. Add a note that you are a repeater when you register, and we will apply the discount.

Partial attendance is accepted for repeaters. Tuition and food will be prorated based on the regular per diem costs. If you wish to attend only part of the program, we cannot offer accommodations in the lodge until we are closer to the program date, as priority is being given to full attendees. To register for partial attendance in the Fire Offering, please follow the instructions below:

  • Choose the “live or stay locally” OR shrine room floor option for housing;
  • Use the “Comments or Special Needs” field in the Registration Form to tell us the following information:
    • Indicate your anticipated arrival day and time;
    • Indicate your departure date and time;
    • Tell us if you would would like to book a lodge room (or not… if you are happy staying elsewhere or in the shrine room);
  • Select the “E-Transfer or Check” method of payment to bypass the deposit requirement. We will adjust your Guest Statement and send you a payment link.


Arrival : Saturday afternoon, September 23 to begin setting up Fire Offering. Please come early if you can.

Practice Days: September 22 to October 2: 7 am to 9/9:30 pm.

Departure :  Tuesday October 3, midday, after clean-up and departure lunch.


Tuition: $550
Meal Service: $200
Accommodations: Varies according to choice of lodging. (Please see the registration page for more detail. To view pricing by lodging type, visit this page.)

Covid Considerations 

Please read the full details of our Covid policy here.

Useful Links

What to Bring & Expect at DDL
How to Get Here
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Brian Callahan
Brian began studying Buddhism in 1972 while also studying for ordination as a Catholic priest. Ordained in 1981, Brian resigned from ministry in 1985 when he became a Buddhist. He joined the Shambhala community in 1986, received transmission from the Vajra Regent in 1988, and received Vajrayogini Abhisheka from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1994. Brian completed the Söpa Choling 3-year retreat in 2003. Pema Chodron and the monastic council invited him to stay on at Gampo Abbey and serve as the Abbey’s executive director. Brian held that post until March of 2005. Since then he has taught Vajrayana and Shambhala…
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