December 5–12, 2021
This retreat is for those who have received the Werma Sadhana and wish to deepen. All generations and practitioners of the Werma Sadhana are extremely warmly welcomed. During this retreat, we will practice Werma intensively, Stroke, and journey further into our understanding of the Werma Sadhana as a method to embody and manifest core themes from the Shambhala root texts such as Lungta, Drala, transforming negative forces, and good human society arising from confidence in basic goodness. These teachings and practices provide insight and wisdom into the challenges of ongoing trends and events in the world, and for how to manifest Warriorship and enlightened society in our lives throughout them. We can expect multiple sessions of practice each day, talks, discussion, study periods, and supportive time in nature and with each other.
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: email@example.com
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More About the Werma Sadhana and This Retreat
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.
This practice becomes increasingly relevant and needed with each passing day as our climate crisis intensifies, our world becomes increasingly tumultuous and unstable, multiple systemic injustices continue, and we long to move forward from the pandemic in a truly responsive and sustainable way—for real, sacred life, in good human society.
This retreat will provide a space for us to deepen our understanding, rouse our Windhorse, and look further into the root Shambhala texts for the insight and wisdom they offer into transforming these challenges and manifesting true to form as warriors in a sacred world.
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. Masks may be required indoors. Please review the SMC COVID-19 policy before completing registration.
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.