Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $1,740.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,290.00
  • Lodge: Couple's Room – CAD $1,740.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,640.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,240.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,390.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,140.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,490.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,140.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent – CAD $890.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $890.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $740.00
  • (All prices include CAD $740.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Thursday afternoon, September 2. Departure Sunday September 12 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0

Dan Schreibman
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Vajrayogini Amending the Mantra Fire Offering

With Mark Nowakowski

September 2 - 12, 2021

Join Vajrayogini around the hearth to correct any mistakes you may have made during sadhana practice, so that you are more open to receiving siddhi — especially the ultimate siddhi of wisdom.

The Amending the Mantra Fire Offering is the first of two longer Vajrayogini Fire Offerings, the second being the Four Karmas. The Amending Fire Offering is open to sadhakas who have completed their practice prerequisites either by numbers or by time (see below for details). The Four Karmas Fire Offering is open to sadhakas who have completed the Amending Fire Offering plus the additional practice requirements (see below).

The Vidyadhara likened the two types of fire offering to putting a sharp knife under running water: first the water washes off the dirt, but at the same time it sharpens the knife. Similarly, we are both purifying ourselves through amending the mantra and developing power so that we can help others through enlightened activity of the four karma.
        — From: Vajradhatu Fire Offering Manual, © 2000, page 3


By Numbers:

  • 1,000,000 mantras before attending the Amending Fire Offering

By Time:

  • 4 weeks of Group Retreat
  • 300 individual home practice sessions

Before attending the Four Karmas Fire Offering, practitioners counting by number must complete an additional 300,000 mantras. Those practising by time must complete a minimum of 3 but preferable 4 months of individual or group practice: at least 3 sessions per week (36 to 48 sessions).

Program Cost

Includes meals. Accommodations are extra. All prices listed in $CDN

To view the list of accommodation options, please visit the Registration Page.

Repeaters are eligible for a 50% discount on the tuition portion (minus $20 daily food costs). Please make a note in the “Comments or Special Needs” section if you are a repeater and we will add the discount to your Guest Statement.

Partial attendance is accepted for repeaters on a prorated basis. However, if you wish to attend only part of the program, we cannot offer accommodations in the lodge until we are closer to the program date, as priority is being given to full attendees. Choose another lodging option instead. To register for partial attendance in the Fire Offering, please follow the instructions below:

  • Use the “Comments or Special Needs” field in the Registration Form to tell us the following information:
    • Your anticipated arrival day and time;
    • Your departure date and time;
    • If you would prefer to be in the lodge;
  • Select the “E-Transfer or Check” method of payment to bypass the deposit requirement. We will adjust your Guest Statement and send you a payment link.


Thursday: Afternoon arrival. Set-up begins. Dinner: 6:30pm.

Friday: Lung, training and set-up.

Saturday to Saturday: Practice 7am to 9pm.

Sunday: Clean up and departure after lunch.

What to Bring

  • Your Buddhist and Shambhala daily chants.
  • White clothes and cushion covers if you have them. (Dorje Denma Ling has some for participant use.)
  • Vajrayogini Sadhana and Fire Offering liturgy.

If you are new to the practice or do not have the latest Fire Offering liturgy, you can purchase this for $17 at the DDL registration desk after you receive the lung. The Vajradhatu Fire Offering Manual will also be available for purchase ($55, optional).

A more complete list of “what to bring” will be sent to you prior to the program.


Mark Nowakowski
Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He currently studies with other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and a senior teacher in the Shambhala mandala. He did his first Fire Offering in 1985, and his second that same year with the Vidyadhara, and with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche the following year. Since then he has led many Amending and Four Karma Fire Offerings. In 2006, he requested the Sakyong’s blessing and permission to do weekend rite-of-aid fire offerings to benefit our mandala…
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