Werma Assembly

Diana Mukpo, Agness Au, Gaylon Ferguson and Loden Nyima

July 25–31, 2021

Tuition + 6 nights

This assembly is an opportunity to enter further or refresh a connection to the Shambhala terma and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teaching streams. Focused on the Werma Sadhana, this will be a reunion of warriors to celebrate together, find healing in community, and deepen our practice in a retreat setting. Participants will receive the lung (reading transmission) and instructions for the Werma Sadhana. It is open to those who have already received the Werma Sadhana and to those who have fulfilled preliminary requirements and wish to receive the lung and associated transmissions. More information is below about online participation and the application process for first time recipients of the Werma Sadhana. Please note: full participation, either in-person or online, is required.

Please note:  space for this program is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have questions, we recommend you still register to the best of your ability to reserve your spot, and then we will sort out your questions. If you have questions after you register, email is the fastest way to receive a response: frontdesk@shambhalamountain.org 

About the Werma Sadhana

In the Shambhala teachings, the Werma Sadhana is the practice that introduces and connects us to the essence and magic of drala, in ways both profound and in daily life.  “The word “sadhana” means a “method of accomplishment.”  In the case of The Roar of the Werma: The Sadhana of the Warrior, it is a means of accomplishing the warriorship and enlightened society so deeply called for in today’s intensely challenged world as we yearn to manifest true to the sacred nature of ourselves, each other, and the environment.  This is fitting as termas or “hidden treasures” arise in compassionate response to the circumstances of the times.  The Werma Sadhana is drawn from the terma text The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun: The Full Text which was received by the Dorje Dradül of Mukpo in the spring of 1980 in Lake Louise, Alberta, and subsequently composed in October of the same year while on retreat in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
Like many sadhanas, it involves elements such as visualization and invocation of deities, offerings, praises, mantra recitation, dedication and aspiration.  The Werma Sadhana does so as the embodiment of core Shambhala principles of basic goodness, lungta, drala, warriorship, and enlightened society.  Many elements will be familiar from Warrior Assembly and further empowered and manifested in this practice. The reading transmission for this sadhana will be offered this summer by the Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo, who along with others was directly empowered to do so by the Dorje Dradül.  More information on the early history of the Werma Sadhana and its practice can be found here: https://www.ldmletter.com/early-history-of-werma.

Public Health

We will be socially distanced and modular in order to create a safe container in line with CDC and state COVID protocols. Vaccine for all participants is strongly encouraged. Please review the SMC COVID-19 policy before completing registration.

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For First-Time Recipients of the Werma Sadhana

The preliminaries for receiving the Werma Sadhana at this program are Shambhala Training up through and including Warrior Assembly. However, we realize these are unusually difficult times and many practitioners may not have had access to these teachings over the past years, or may have needed to pause, reflect, or wait to see options for how the Shambhala path would continue before making decisions. If you are inspired to receive the Werma Sadhana at this summer’s program and have not completed through Warrior Assembly, but have a strong connection to the Shambhala teachings and the support of a local teacher, we warmly encourage you to apply and include an additional letter from such a local teacher outlining how you will be supported in your practice of the Shambhala teachings.  The application window has closed.

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

BIPOC 1st-time recipients of the Werma Sadhana: https://spocsf.shambhala.org/how-to-apply/

First, register, and select Personal Check for Payment – this registers you without payment. Click here to apply. If you receive a scholarship, we will reflect that in your registration, and contact you for any remaining balance.

SMC Financial Assistance & Scholarships: Click here to learn more. First, register, and select Personal Check for Payment – this registers you without payment. If you receive a scholarship, you will receive your award via email, and we will connect with you for any remaining balance.

Heart Gift

Toward the end of your retreat you will be asked if you would like to make a heart gift to the teachers of the retreat, as well as program staff and land center staff. In Shambhala and other wisdom cultures, people often make heart gifts to those who have made receiving precious teachings possible. The heart gift is purely optional and based on personal inspiration and gratitude. The amount is not important, just your inspiration to give, connect, and explore the cycles of generosity and offering.

* Heart gifts in the form of cash or check will be accepted from in-person participants. Online participants can offer heart gifts via PayPal.


Portions of this program will be recorded.

Program Staffing

Interested in helping us run this program as a program staff? Please express your interest by filling out the form in this link. Thanks!

Diana Mukpo

Lady Diana Mukpo, the wife of Vidyadhara the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, was born Diana Judith Pybus in 1953 in England. She first saw Chogyam Trungpa at a Free Tibet rally in London. Within a year, she and the Vidyadhara met and fell in love. They were married on January 3, 1970. A few months later, they left England for North America. They had been married seventeen years when the Vidyadhara died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1987. Lady Diana has had a lifelong passion for horsemanship. She is among a handful of women who ever trained in dressage at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Today, she continues to train and compete dressage horses at the international level and to teach the discipline of dressage to many students. In addition to pursuing her own career and raising their five children, Lady Diana often accompanied the Vidyadhara when he travelled and taught with him at some seminars and retreats. Lady Diana is the author of Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa. Since Rinpoche’s death, Lady Diana has taught throughout the Shambhala mandala, presenting both her personal experiences with the Vidyadhara as well as sharing her knowledge of the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings.

Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD,  has led mindfulness-awareness retreats for 45 years. He was Core Faculty in Religious Studies at Naropa University. The author of Natural Wakefulness (2009) and Natural Bravery (2016), he contributed the foreword to Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (2020). His articles and essays have appeared in Lion’s RoarTricycle, and Buddhadharma.

Loden Nyima

Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he practiced intensively, completed Shedra studies, and served in various roles including as a Shastri. He now lives at Shambhala Mountain Center where he serves as Resident Teacher and a founding faculty member for the Summer Seminar and other programs. He spends a portion of each year in retreat, frequently travels to continue his own dharma education, and can often be seen jogging around the land at SMC.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends with breakfast on the final day. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.