9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
Acharya Richard John
February 23–March 4, 2018
Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do those practices in separate sessions.
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 SMC.
The Sakyong has written a beautiful practice text that brings together the Shambhala Dzokchen path of Ashe and the four dignities with the Mahamudra vipashyana investigations into the nature of mind. Since the nature of mind is the basis of all vajrayana practices—whether we directly experience the body, perceptions, thoughts, emotions, or awareness—all transmissions agree at one point: liberation on the spot. For those who have not yet received it, the lung for this new practice will be given at the beginning of the retreat.
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 retreat is appropriate for Shambhala tantrikas at all levels of practice. Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do their Scorpion Seal practices in separate sessions. First-time participants must begin at the beginning and commit to the entire 9–day retreat. Participants who have already done a mahamudra retreat 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 contact the Front Desk at 1-888-788-7221 to make arrangements.)
Prerequisite: Sacred World Assembly or Varjayana Seminary in the Shambhala Tradition
An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Chile. Having completed the first Three-Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, he now leads annual mahamudra retreats at Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia and Casa Werma in Mexico.