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  • Dathun Bundle Price: Double Occupancy Lodge – CAD $2,750.00
  • (All prices include CAD $1,445.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Tuesday, September 1 by 5 pm. Departure Wednesday, September 30 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, Nancy Huszagh and Kiron Khosla

September 1 - 30, 2020

In the mandala of mahamudra
Shines moonlight, pure and all-pervading
All apparent phenomena are the play of the mind.
All qualities are complete within the mind.

– Chögyam Trungpa; Sadhana of Mahamudra

Please join retreat leaders Elizabeth Callahan, Scott Wellenbach and Nancy Huszagh who are pleased to present a third intensive mahamudra retreat for 2020.

The retreat will follow a traditional three-year retreat format with four practice sessions per day, although the schedule is somewhat more relaxed.

Scott Wellenbach will lead the shamatha mahamudra for one week;  Elizabeth Callahan will teach the vipashyana investigations for one week, and Nancy Huszagh will lead the practice and discussion during the alternating weeks.

In addition this year, we are happy to include Kiron Khosla in our faculty. Kiron has been been teaching Qi Gong and Taiji Quan since 2011. From Kiron:

I teach what I define as the outer, inner and secret structures of internal energy. These structures, when combined with their respective spirals, I call the three courts. When the three courts are joined with inner breathing it becomes a dynamic, animate intelligence which can inform one’s sitting practice.

Our main practice text is the ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, translated by the Vajravairochana Translation Committee. In addition we will use: Crying to the Guru From Afar by Jamgon Kongtrul, Lodro Thaye. You can purchase both texts and commentary for Pointing Out the Dharmakaya from Nalanda Translation.

You can purchase both texts and commentary from Nalanda Translation.

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.

Limited Program Size

Due to limited indoor housing at Dorje Denma Ling, we can accommodate only 20 participants at this retreat. If you are interested, please register early to secure your space. We are accepting registrations for full-attendance.

All-inclusive Tuition

Including Tuition, Housing and all Meals
$2,750 for Double Occupancy in Gyatso Lodge
An Early Bird Discount of $150 is offered until March 1, 2020.

Repeating participants are entitled to half off the tuition portion of the retreat cost. If you are a repeater, simply let Guest Services know after you register, and a discount of $548.50 will be applied to your Guest Statement.
(Note: the housing portion and food expense portion are not eligible for discounts, and we cannot extend both the Early Bird and Repeater discounts to participants.)

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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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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Kiron Khosla
In the last decade I have completed more than a thousand hours of Chinese medicine, specifically acupuncture and massage, in the August Brodde School in Wuppertal, Germany. I have been teaching Qi Gong (working with energy) and Taiji Quan (the highest law of fist) since 2011 to a small circle of people on a regular basis. I teach everything from the “top of the mountain” — meaning I lay all the secrets bare from the first, so that in principle, anyone can join the class in the middle of the curriculum and walk down with a view. I find this…
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