Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun
October 22–November 5, 2021
A Mahamudra Shamatha-Vipashyana, Tonglen, and Sadhana of Mahamudra Retreat
This two-week retreat is open to anyone who has a regular sitting meditation practice.
Full participation qualifies as two weekthün credits within the Shambhala Path curriculum.
The view of this retreat is to join all three yanas of our journey together — on the spot.
We will practice formless sitting of mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana as our main practice, which is the most basic and advanced practice we have. This will be enriched by compassion practices such as tonglen, as well as study and contemplation. Every day we will practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra, the profound treasure text of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will also include qigong in our early morning session.
In this way, we will mix our hearts with space, compassion, and devotion — grounded in our direct perception of this world with its human, plant, animal, and elemental societies.
What to Expect
Participants should begin at the beginning and commit to the full retreat.
No partial attendance is being accepted.
This will be an intensive retreat that follows a schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. MT, as is our tradition.
Silence will be an important part of the retreat, with most meals taken in silence. There will be time for small group discussion, aimless wandering outside, and creative happenings.
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.
John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English. For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. John’s inspiration is to share the profound and practical teachings that he has received.