ONLINE • Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out: The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal

Acharya Richard John

July 3–8, 2021

  • $200.00 – Program Price
  • $108.00 – Generosity Policy - Subsidized Rate
  • $300.00 – Generosity Policy - Supporter Rate

The purpose of this retreat is to strengthen the recognition and direct experience of the guru’s vajrayana transmission. The practice framework will be based on a pith teaching called “Realization of the Ground,” which Yeshe Tsögyal received from Vajrayogini in a dream. This terma disappeared for a thousand years, then reappeared in the 19th century. These pith instructions (upadesha) are an incomparable and practical teaching on the practice of trekchö, “cutting through to primordial purity,” which is the dzogchen equivalent of mahamudra.

During this intensive practice retreat Yeshe Tsogyal’s instructions will be augmented by profound instructions from Mipham Rinpoche, Garab Dorje, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and other great masters.

PREREQUISITE: It is imperative that participants have received pointing out transmission at a Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or from a Kagyu or Nyingma Rinpoche. It is important to commit to at least the first 2 days.

This is a hybrid program and you are on the registration page to attend online, in your own home. If you prefer to take this course at SMC, you can find the registration page at this link.

General Schedule*

Saturday, July 3 through Thursday, July 8

A more specific daily schedule will be sent out with the program welcome letter. All times are in MDT.

7:00am  Morning Chants and Suchness Meditation
9:15am  Guru Yoga / ARJ Commentary / Practice Sessions
3:00pm  Guru Yoga / ARJ Commentary / Practice Sessions
5:00pm  ARJ Talk / Q&A
6:00pm  Protector & Evening Chants
7:30pm  Discussion Circle (some nights)
8:30pm  Conclude

— Gentle Silence during the evening hours —

*Online participants are strongly encouraged to commit to the entire retreat and follow the schedule. The first two days are required.

Heart Gift

It is customary to offer a monetary heart gift to the teacher.  Like so many, Acharya John has had a substantial loss of income during the pandemic, and he is taking a reduced honorarium in order to help SMC. The heart gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and any amount is appreciated.

A Paypal link will be provided to make an online heart gift to Acharya Richard John directly.

Tiered Pricing and Scholarships

This program features tiered pricing to address most cases of financial need. If you would like to apply for an additional scholarship, please click here. Applications are awarded on a first come basis, please apply early.

If you are able to attend the program at the Supporter tier, thank you for helping others attend.


Registration will close two hours before the start of the program.


Portions of this program will be recorded.


Acharya Richard John

A longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey–where he first encountered these teachings–and leads mahamudra retreats at Dorje Denma Ling, Karme Chöling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Program Details

This is a hybrid program; the online portion will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, a link to join the retreat will be sent to you via email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure to add "" to your email address book, to ensure that these emails don't get blocked as spam.