9-Day Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Richard John

February 14–23, 2020

Tuition $0 + 9 nights

This retreat is restricted to tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or who have received pointing out instruction from a Rinpoche in the Kagyu or Nyingma Lineages.

Tuition has been set to $0 and lodging prices for this retreat have been reduced by between 20% and 40%, depending on lodging type, to support the sangha in practicing at Shambhala Mountain Center. Learn more about Financial Assistance and Scholarships.

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 incorporate pith instructions by Yeshe Tsogyal, Lodro Thaye, Paltrul Rinpoche, Rangjung Dorje, Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham.

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 Daharmakaya may attend as much of the retreat as they wish, starting from the beginning of the retreat. To register, please click on the “Register Now” button above, and in the Comments box, type “Departure: [type the date you’ll depart], and select “Personal Check” for “Payment Type.” This bypasses entering in your credit card information. We’ll receive an automated notification that you typed in the Comments box, we’ll manually adjust your departure date and finance section, and contact you for credit card information. Thank you!

Prerequisite: Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary in the Shambhala Tradition, or pointing out transmission from a Rinpoche in the Kagyu or Nyingma Lineages. Participants will need to bring a copy of the Pointing Out the Dharmakaya liturgy and sourcebook (not the published book) which will be sold at the SMC gift store and is also available from Nalanda Translation Committee. 

Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya John was appointed as Acharya
by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and now teaches Shambhala Buddhist programs
throughout North America. Having completed the first Three-Year Retreat at Gampo
Abbey, Acharya John has led annual Mahamudra retreats at Shambhala land centers for
twenty years.


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