Program Listings

Register now and get a CAD $75.00 off the assembly price. Offer valid until Aug 7, 2020.
  • Bundle Pricing: Double Occupancy Drala Cabin – CAD $678.00
  • Bundle Pricing: Double Occupancy Lodge – CAD $702.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $450.00
  • (All prices include CAD $450.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival is after 4 pm on Friday, October 2nd. Departure is after breakfast on Thursday, October 8th.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 22 Balmoral Road, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0

Peggy Eyre
(902) 957-3443

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before August 8, 2020 and save $75.

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Celebrating the Vajrayana

With Acharya Christie Cashman

October 2 - 8, 2020

“The ground is gold, and the path is gold mixed with impurities that are slowly being purified, and the fruition is buddhahood.” — Tulku Ugyen

The vajrayana teachings are renowned for providing the strongest medicine in times of the greatest confusion. But it’s also during these times that practices such as invoking the deity, resting in the nature of mind, or engaging in sacred perception can feel very remote. Throughout this five-day retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods “touch the fruition,” and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.

We’ll engage in practices such as Vajrakilaya, White Tara, and mahamudra, and separately practice Werma, ngöndro, Scorpion Seal. The program will include discussions with each group of practitioners, talks and personal interviews with the acharya. Lungs will be given for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s White Tara and The Short Daily Practice of Vajrakilaya by Mipham the Great—more information to follow.

Discussion Topics Include…

  • Co-emergent wisdom: Making direct contact with confusion in order to liberate it
  • Heart message of Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava
  • Remembering our Vajrayana training as we near death
  • The Heart Sutra as the basis and protection for the Vajrayana
  • Awakening to luminosity and limitless perception


  • Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary
  • Vajrayana students who have not attended one of these programs but wish to attend should email the Program Manager with more information.

Tuition Costs…

Full Residential Retreat Includes Housing and all Meals
$678 or $702 for Double Occupancy
An Early Bird Discount of $75 is offered until August 8, 2020.

Full Off-Site Retreat Includes Meals
An Early Bird Discount of $75 is offered until August 8, 2020.

Partial Off-Site Retreat Includes Meals
$79 per day
Partial attendance is welcome, but we cannot offer on-site lodging at this time. If you wish to attend part of the retreat please follow these registration steps:

  • Register using the “Live or Staying Locally” housing option.
  • Add the dates you will be attending in the appropriate registration area.
  • For payment method, select “E-Transfer or Cheque.” This will by-pass any need to pay for the full deposit.
  • When your registration comes through, your Guest Statement will be adjusted for you to reflect the correct number of days.
  • You can use the Guest Statement link in the registration confirmation email to make a deposit. Note: your registration is not confirmed until a deposit has been received, and space is limited.


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Acharya Christie Cashman
Christie first encountered the dharma as a young girl. During a long stay in Japan, she made daily visits to Buddhist and Shinto temples and began to feel a deep connection with the penetrating quietude of these environments. It was years later in 1968, while studying at the University of California in Berkeley, that Christie learned to meditate under the guidance of Suzuki Roshi. A few years later Christie picked up Trungpa Rrinpoche’s Meditation in Action.  Learning of Rinpoche’s “resonant and outrageous” lifestyle, she sold her belongings, packed a little bag and moved to Boulder, Colorado to become his student. That…
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