Cutting Through with Ashe: A Shambhala Dzogchen Retreat with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

June 30–July 13, 2006

Tuition $285 + 13 nights

Join the Sakyong and your vajra brothers and sisters for this unique opportunity to practice together in a vajra mandala and to explore the relationship between the Shambhala and the Dzogchen teachings.

The program will be the first of a series of teachings that the Sakyong will give on dzogchen, or ati. This first retreat will interweave study and practice of the most profound teachings of the Shambhala terma with the ati practices of cutting through to primordial purity (kadak trekchö) and crossing over to spontaneous presence (lhündrup thögal). Overall, we will cultivate the nature of mind transmission as a practice and as a way of life. This program is open to all graduates of Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary. (Stroke and lungta transmission are not required, as previously announced.) Each participant will take part in one of three intensives—ngöndro, werma or sadhana practice. Please see the practice requirements for each intensive below. All practice numbers or days accumulated during this retreat will count toward your overall practice requirements.

Ngöndro Intensive: Opening the Treasure of Devotion will be led by Ashe Acharya John Rockwell. All ngöndros agree at one point: devotion. Devotion is a lifelong journey of opening. Having received pointing out transmission from our teacher, we practice ngöndro step by step to energize the connection between this lineage mind and our own heart. This intensive will provide practice instruction, talks, study and discussion. Open to all graduates of Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary who are practicing the Kagyü, Nyingma or Shambhala ngöndro.

Werma Intensive: Gathering the Drala & Werma will be led by Acharya Christie Cashman. This practice mandala will include an in-depth study of the Werma sadhana based on readings from Kalapa Assembly transcripts and the Shambhala root texts. Each section of the sadhana will be studied with an emphasis on deepening our connection with the imperial dralas, the principles of lungta and direct perception. To attend this program intensive, participants must have attended Kalapa Assembly or have completed their Shambhala ngöndro.

Sadhana Intensive: Dwelling in the Palace of Bliss & Emptiness will be led by Acharya Larry Mermelstein. Participants must be sadhakas to attend and should register on the Sadhana Practice Intensive web page.

Taking place in The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, this sadhana intensive will provide the perfect atmosphere to deepen and enrich our connection with the yidam mandalas into which we have entered and been empowered. Acharya Mermelstein will give talks focusing on visualization training, the principles of utpattikrama (the creation stage), and the Vidyadhara’s unique and intimate instructions throughout the program. Please see this program’s web page for more information. All participants are invited to attend the Sakyong’s Shambhala Dzogchen talks.

The Fourth Track is for practitioners who would like to devote their time primarily to doing their own practice, working with the teachings and practices that will be giving by the Sakyong during the retreat and having discussion groups with other senior practitioners. Participants who are interesed may also attend Acharya Rockwell’s ngöndro talks. This track will be led by Bob and Lindy King.

When registering, please indicate which track you will be participating in in the comments field of the registration form. Also note that full participation is required and partial participation will be limited to those with special needs.

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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is also the dharma heir and son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain’s founder. He is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the best-selling books Turning the Mind Into an Ally and Ruling Your World. Rinpoche’s background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas.

Rinpoche will also be teaching Ruling Your World and Running with the Mind of Meditation

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World ,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.