ONLINE • Summer Seminar II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Holly Gayley and Loden Nyima

July 1–15, 2021

Tuition - 400/550/750

The second Summer Seminar track, entitled “Living Wisdom and Compassion,” focuses on the Mahayana teachings, oriented toward awakening for the benefit of all beings. Select topics are chosen each year, and practitioners are encouraged to return and continue the journey together. The principal topic of this year’s Seminar will be the teachings of “Lojong” or “Mind-Training.” These teachings show us how to tap into our innate wisdom and compassion in order to engage in personal and social transformation and be of service in the world. Lojong also offers pragmatic instructions for living with compassion, courage, patience, and wisdom within the challenges of everyday life.


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Daily Schedule

During our two weeks together, we will co-create a community online that balances rigor with simplicity, warmth, and openness. This environment will support your journey in deepening your understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, developing your meditation practice, and relaxing the speed and habitual patterns that characterize so many of our daily lives.

Over the course of each two-week retreat, which can be taken together as a full month, we’ll engage in the three trainings taught by the Buddha:

Shila, learning about ethics and discipline;

Samadhi, spending mornings practicing meditation; and

Prajna, studying and discussing the dharma in the afternoons.

Note: Times below are provided in Mountain Time. You may join from any timezone.

9:00 am: Chants and Guided Meditation

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Silent Practice

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Dharma Talk

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:  Shedra Groups (small group discussion)

Evenings – Optional activities include White Tara practice, Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana, and contemplative movement sessions on most evenings.

Please commit to the entire two week program. If you are juggling commitments, please plan to attend the afternoon talks, 2 – 5 pm daily, at minimum. Full tuition is still required.

Registration, Attendance, and Questionnaire

We require that each participant fills out the Summer Seminar Questionnaire before their registration is considered complete. The purpose of the questionnaire is to ensure the suitability of the retreat for each participant and to help the teaching team tailor the program to participant needs.

Please click here to fill out the Summer Seminar Questionnaire


You can complete the questionnaire before or after you register, though your participation in the program will be confirmed only after the faculty give approval. You will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your questionnaire with confirmation that your registration for the Summer Seminar retreat is complete.

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

Please commit to the entire two-week program. If you are juggling commitments, please plan to attend the afternoon talks, 2 – 5 pm daily, at minimum. Full tuition is still required.

Tiered Pricing and Scholarships

This program offers tiered pricing to accommodate most instances of financial need. If you would be unable to attend at the subsidized tuition rate, we do have a limited number of scholarships available. Please note that scholarships are awarded in the order that they are received, so apply early. You can request a scholarship when you fill out the required questionnaire found in the next paragraph.

If you are able to register at the “Supporter” level, thank you for supporting the ability for others to attend this retreat.

Heart Gift

Teachers are compensated for teaching this program. In addition, according to Buddhist tradition it is customary, and entirely voluntary, to offer teachers a heart gift at the end of a program.


Portions of this program will be recorded. Registered participants will have viewable access to the recordings during the program. The recordings will not be downloadable and will be deleted at the end of the program.

Source Materials

The principal source we will be using for both tracks is The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma (Volumes I and II, respectively) by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will also be drawing from a wide variety of supplementary sources including direct sutras from the Buddha, narratives and stories of great practitioners, classics from the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and accessible readings from several contemporary teachers.

Holly Gayley

Holly Gayley is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on Buddhist literature in contemporary Tibet with special attention to gender and ethics. She is author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (2016), co-editor of A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rimé Masters of Tibet (2017), and translator of Inseparable Across Lifetimes: The Lives and Love Letters of Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo (2019). As a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, Holly regularly leads meditation workshops and retreats.

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, as a founding faculty member for the Summer Seminar, Werma Assembly, 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

This virtual retreat 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, you will receive another email with a link to join the retreat.

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