Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $1,750.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $1,300.00
  • Lodge: Couple's Room – CAD $1,750.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $900.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $750.00
  • (All prices include CAD $750.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Thursday afternoon, October 19. Departure Sunday October 29 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

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

Karen Porterfield
[email protected]
902 657 9085 x 14

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Vajrayogini Amending the Mantra Fire Offering

With Mark Nowakowski

October 19 - 29, 2023

Join Vajrayogini around the hearth to correct any mistakes you may have made during sadhana practice, so that you are more open to receiving siddhi — especially the ultimate siddhi of wisdom.

The Amending the Mantra Fire Offering is the first of two longer Vajrayogini Fire Offerings, the second being the Four Karmas. The Amending Fire Offering is open to sadhakas who have completed their practice prerequisites either by numbers or by time (see below for details). The Four Karmas Fire Offering is open to sadhakas who have completed the Amending Fire Offering plus the additional practice requirements (see below).

The Vidyadhara likened the two types of fire offering to putting a sharp knife under running water: first the water washes off the dirt, but at the same time it sharpens the knife. Similarly, we are both purifying ourselves through amending the mantra and developing power so that we can help others through enlightened activity of the four karma.
        — From: Vajradhatu Fire Offering Manual, © 2000, page 3


By Numbers:

  • 1,000,000 mantras before attending the Amending Fire Offering

By Time:

  • 4 weeks of Group Retreat
  • 300 individual home practice sessions

Before attending the Four Karmas Fire Offering, practitioners counting by number must complete an additional 300,000 mantras. Those practising by time must complete a minimum of 3 but preferable 4 months of individual or group practice: at least 3 sessions per week (36 to 48 sessions).

Program Cost

Tuition: $550 CDN
Food: $200 CDN
Accommodations: Extra.  To view the list of accommodation options, please visit the Registration Page.

Partial attendance is accepted for repeaters on a prorated basis. However, 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:

  • Use the “Comments or Special Needs” field in the Registration Form to tell us the following information:
    • Choose the “live or stay locally” OR shrine room floor option for housing;
    • 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.


Thursday: Afternoon arrival. Set-up begins. Dinner: 6:30pm.

Friday: Lung, training and set-up.

Saturday to Saturday: Practice 7am to 9pm.

Sunday: Clean up and departure after lunch.

What to Bring

  • Your Buddhist and Shambhala daily chants.
  • White clothes and cushion covers if you have them. (Dorje Denma Ling has some for participant use.)
  • Vajrayogini Sadhana and Fire Offering liturgy.

If you are new to the practice or do not have the latest Fire Offering liturgy, you can purchase this for $17 at Indicate in the “shipping” area that it is for local delivery, use the NTC address as the shipping address, and add a note for Mark to bring it to DDL. It will be distributed after the lung.

The excellent and helpful Vajradhatu Fire Offering Manual will also be available for purchase ($55, optional).

A more complete list of “what to bring” will be sent to you prior to the program.

Covid Considerations 

Please read the full details of our Covid policy here.

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Mark Nowakowski
Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He currently studies with other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and a senior teacher in the Shambhala mandala. He did his first Fire Offering in 1985, and his second that same year with the Vidyadhara, and with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche the following year. Since then he has led many Amending and Four Karma Fire Offerings. In 2006, he requested the Sakyong’s blessing and permission to do weekend rite-of-aid fire offerings to benefit our mandala…
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