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  • CAD $2,900.00 – Program Price - Includes tuition, food and lodging (double occupancy lodge rooms)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Wednesday, October 16 by 5 pm. Departure Sunday November 17 after breakfast.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Nancy Huszagh
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Mahamudra Retreat: Cultivating Stillness and Insight

With Elizabeth Callahan, Scott Wellenbach, Yeshe Palmo and Nancy Huszagh

October 16 - November 17, 2019

“Mahamudra is a situation in which a person’s state of mind can be completely transformed by two factors: devotion and practice.”
– Chögyam Trungpa; Mahàmudrà: Volume Three. The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, p 159.

“If you want your mind to rest, you must hold your body in the meditation posture.”
– Düsum Khyenpa; The Ocean of Definitive Meaning, p 94.

Please join retreat leaders Elizabeth Callahan, Scott Wellenbach, Yeshe Palmo and Nancy Huszagh who are pleased to present a second intensive mahamudra retreat for 2019.

We will, again, use as the practice text, the shamatha and vipashyana meditation instructions from the ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, translated by the Vajravairochana Translation Committee.

Elizabeth Callahan will lead the shamatha mahamudra for one week. The vipashyana mahamudra will be led by Scott Wellanbach.

Throughout the month, Yeshe Palmo will offer pranayama (breath), posture and yoga instruction designed to be a gateway to “looking” with relaxation and certainty. She will be available on an optional basis to work with individuals on posture issues for greater ease in sitting meditation as well as gentle yoga that has a strong emphasis on breath-work.

The retreat will follow a traditional three-year retreat format – four practice sessions per day. Authorization to attend is restricted to Vajrayana practitioners.

You can purchase the text and commentary for $65 Canadian from Nalanda Translation. Please purchase these materials prior to the retreat.

Prerequisites Apply

This is a vajrayana program restricted to tantrikas and sadhakas who have received pointing out instruction.

Questions? Wonder if you qualify? Please contact Nancy Huszagh.

Retreat Limited to 28 Participants

Due to limited indoor housing at Dorje Denma Ling, we can accommodate only 28 participants at this retreat. If you are interested, please register early to secure your space.

The all-inclusive cost for the program is $2900 Canadian dollars. An Early Bird Discount of $150 is offered until March 1, 2019. Housing included is a shared room in our Gyatso Lodge or Drala Cabin.

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

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Elizabeth Callahan
Elizabeth Callahan began her contemplative training and Tibetan studies in 1977, and completed two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling, New York, under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche. She is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has translated key texts of the Karma Kagyu tradition, including Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning, Profound Inner Principles, and, most recently, Moonbeams of Mahamudra. She has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002 and is the director of the Tsadra Foundation Studies Scholarship Program.
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Scott Wellenbach
Scott Wellenbach has been a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee for over 30 years. He was an early student of Trungpa Rinpoche and is now a member of Ponlop Rinpoche’s Nithartha faculty. Scott is known for his learned and accessible teaching style, with particular emphasis on Mahamudra instructions.
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Yeshe Palmo
Yeshe has been practising within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 33 years.  Yeshe left her teaching career to be ordained and travelled on the path as a nun for 18 years. She has felt very fortunate to receive teachings, transmission and guidance from her main teacher Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and lineage masters of the Kagyu lineage.  Retreat is an important part of her spiritual path and having completed the traditional 4 years in retreat (1989-93) she continues to spend 1-3 months in solitary retreat yearly. On the completion of her 4 year retreat Yeshe was the resident monastic in Thrangu…
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Nancy Huszagh
Nancy became a student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1979. In 2010, she completed the three-year-retreat at Söpa Chöling under the direction of Thrangu Rinpoche and subsequently assumed the role of Druppon for the latest retreat which concluded August 2017.
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