Program Listings

  • Lodge: Double Occupancy - $55 per Night – CAD $1,285.00
  • Lodge: Couple Room - $55 Each per Night – CAD $1,285.00
  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room - $100 per Night – CAD $1,690.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy - $45 per Night – CAD $1,195.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy - $80 per Night – CAD $1,510.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $1,105.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Single Occupancy - $60 per Night – CAD $1,330.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $1,105.00
  • Wood Cabin Dorm: Up to 4 People - $25 per Night – CAD $1,015.00
  • Your Own Tent - $20 per Night – CAD $970.00
  • Off-Land Commuters - $10 per Day – CAD $880.00
  • (All prices include CAD $790.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday, June 21 by 5 pm. Departure Sunday June 30 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Contact:
Peggy Eyre
[email protected]
902-957-3443

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Nine-Day Mahamudra Retreat

With Acharya Richard John

June 21 - 30, 2019

Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do the SSA morning practices.

Mahamudra, the “great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. Revered as a powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind through direct experience.

This year the practice text will be Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, the classic liturgy by Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa. We will practice pith instructions by Yeshe Tsogyal, Lodro Thaye, Paltrul Rinpoche, Rangjung Dorje, and other masters of mahamudra and dzokchen, and make reference to the Ashe Mahamudra text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, which connects mahamudra to the Ashe and the Four Dignities.

The Retreat will be mostly silent, with times for circle conversation. Each day will include the physical practices of Lujong, Shamatha Yoga, and Lungtse. We will include the Stroke of Ashe, and there will be two sessions for Scorpion Seal practitioners to do the “morning practices” from SSA.

This retreat is appropriate for Shambhala tantrikas at all levels of practice. First-time participants must begin at the beginning and commit to the entire 9–day retreat. Participants who have already done a mahamudra retreat using Pointing Out the Dharmakaya may attend as much of the retreat as they wish, starting from the beginning of the retreat. (If you qualify to abbreviate your stay, please contact the Program Manager at [email protected] to make arrangements.)

Tuition: The cost of the program is $790.00 plus accommodations. The cost will be pro-rated for those who qualify to do a partial retreat.

Leader

Acharya Richard John
A longtime student of both the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and leads annual 9-Day Mahamudra Retreats at DDL, Karme Choling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax.
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