Program Listings

Register now and get CAD $100.00 off the program price. Offer valid until Apr 26, 2020.
  • Bundle Pricing: Double Occupancy Drala Cabin – CAD $1,067.00
  • Bundle Pricing: Double Occupancy Lodge – CAD $1,103.00
  • Bundle Pricing: Single Occupancy Drala Cabin – CAD $1,409.00
  • Bundle Pricing: Single Occupancy Lodge Room – CAD $1,499.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Single Occupancy - $60 per Night – CAD $1,265.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $1,040.00
  • Wood Cabin Dorm: Up to 4 People - $25 per Night – CAD $950.00
  • Your Own Tent - $20 per Night – CAD $905.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $725.00
  • (All prices include CAD $725.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday, June 5 by 5 pm. Departure Sunday June 14 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Peggy Eyre

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Nine-Day Mahamudra Retreat 2020

With Acharya Richard John

June 5 - 14, 2020

Restricted to Vajrayana practitioners who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or received the pointing out transmission from other Kagyu or Nyingma Rinpoches.

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, the Vidhyadhara, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and other masters of mahamudra and dzokchen,

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 special sessions for Scorpion Seal practitioners.


This retreat is appropriate for 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 Daharmakaya 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 enter your departure date on the registration form in the appropriate slot. We will adjust your Guest Statement accordingly. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the Program Manager at to clarify.

The Practice Text

You will need a copy of 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. If you do not have this liturgy, and wish to purchase a copy, please indicate this on your registration form. We will purchase a copy for you and add that cost to your Guest Statement. The cost is $65 plus a small processing fee, and includes the practice text, hard cover, and a separate commentary booklet.

If you prefer to purchase these materials yourself, you can do so on Nalanda Translation’s website.

All-inclusive Tuition

Includes Housing and all Meals
$950 or $1103 for Shared Accommodation
$1265 or 1499 for Single Occupancy

An Early Bird Discount of $100 is offered until April 26, 2020.

Off-site Tuition

Includes Meals

An Early Bird Discount of $100 is offered until April 26, 2020.


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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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