Program Listings

Book now for the retreat and get $100 off. Early Bird Discount valid until Jul 21, 2024.
  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $1,130.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy – CAD $880.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,080.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $855.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,030.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $805.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,030.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $805.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent: Platform Provided – CAD $755.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent: No Platform Provided – CAD $680.00
  • Shrine Room Floor: Garuda – CAD $705.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $580.00

Date & Time Details: Arrive Tuesday, September 17. Check-in is from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Atlantic. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Departure September 22 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

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

Contact: Amara McLaughlin-Harris
[email protected]

Finance Director: Suzy Ulrich [email protected]

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Awakening the Heart of Compassion: The Lojong Teachings of Longchenpa

with Gaylon Ferguson

September 17 - 22, 2024

In this five-day retreat we will engage in mind training contemplations and meditation in the tradition taught by the great vajra master, Longchen Rabjam, also known as Longchenpa.

As the text explains:

To enable fortunate beginners to gradually access the nature of manifest awareness, the Precious Copper Letters presents seven forms of mind training that pertain to the following topics:

  1. Impermanence
  2. Fleeting and lasting happiness
  3. The various circumstances that lead to death
  4. The pointlessness of all mundane endeavors
  5. The virtues of the Buddha
  6. The guru’s instructions
  7. Nonconceptuality

What to Expect

In this  retreat we will engage in mind training (lojong) contemplations and meditation in the tradition taught by Longchenpa.  Many Buddhists have studied the mind training teachings of Atisha.  Here we will expand on our understanding by delving into the presentation offered by Longchenpa.

Recommended Readings

  • Steps to the Great Perfection: The Mind-Training Tradition of the Dzogchen Masters, Jigme Lingpa
  • Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, Chogyam Trungpa
  • The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind, Traleg Kyabgon
  • Welcoming Beginner’s Mind, Gaylon Ferguson

Who Should Attend

Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a public retreat for all who have interest in cultivating compassion using traditional mind training techniques. For those who are new to meditation, instruction will be provided.

Overview of Schedule 

September 17  (Arrival Day)

  • Check-in is open from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please try to arrive before 5 p.m. to settle in before dinner if you are able to.
  • Dinner is at 6:30.
  • There will be an orientation session around 7:30 after dinner.

September 18 –  21

  • 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Sessions include talks, meditation, discussion, tea breaks. Evening sessions optional.
  • Includes breaks for meals and rest time.

September 21 (Departure Day)

Program concludes after 12:30 lunch.

Retreat Costs

All prices are in $CAD
Tuition & Meals: CA$580
Lodging: Extra: varies by type. Visit the Registration Form or this page for a list of options and pricing.

Early Bird Discount of $100 applies if you register by May 23, 2024.

Generosity Policy: If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please complete this form and our Finance Director will contact you. If you have questions or would like to set up a payment plan, contact our Finance Department at [email protected].

Covid Considerations 

Please read the full details of our Covid policy here.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

Please take note that our registration and cancellation policies have been updated. You can read our registration and cancellation policies here.

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Gaylon Ferguson
GF has led month-long mindfulness-awareness meditation retreats since 1976. He taught Religious Studies at Naropa University for fifteen years. He is the author of two books, Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness as taught by Trungpa RInpoche) and Natural Bravery.
Learn more about Gaylon Ferguson