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Pointing Out the Dharmakaya and the Reliquary Mahamudra

A Practice Retreat with Lama Drupgyu and Lama Döndrup

So close we don’t see it
So profound we can’t fathom it
So easy we can’t believe it
So good we can’t accept it
~ The four faults of natural awareness from the Shangpa tradition


Retreat Overview:

Lama Drupgyu and Lama Döndrup will lead a practice-oriented retreat exploring the different dimensions of Mahamudra.

Mahamudra is a practice that leads one to the experience of the open, luminous, pure nature of mind. The four faults of natural awareness precisely define the challenge we face in ascertaining mind’s ever-present true nature. In his text, Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) presents an invaluable systematic approach that skillfully navigates the practitioner beyond these challenges and into a direct experience of awakened mind.

In the contemplative setting of Santa Sabina Center, Lama Döndrup will guide retreatants through the practices of Pointing Out the Dharmakaya and Lama Drupgyu’s Mahamudra teachings will draw from a text entitled Ga’u Ma (which translates as reliquary) and will explore questions of context and how to understand the practice and its integration into daily life.

This seven-day residential retreat will have a strong emphasis on practice and will provide retreatants with the precious opportunity to let go of the responsibilities and communications of daily life.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginners and advanced practitioners. There will also be time for personal interviews with the Lamas during the retreat.


Retreat Logistics:

This retreat will be held at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael. It can be done on a residential or commuter basis.

The retreat will welcome participants at at 3pm on Monday, June 22nd, with an orientation meeting at 4:30pm, dinner and an evening program.

The daily schedule begins with Lujong (Tibetan Yoga) at 7am, breakfast, a morning teaching session followed by a meditation practice. After a generous lunch break, the afternoon teaching will be followed by a movement practice,  meditation and dinner.  The evening program includes the vajrayana practices of Chenrezig and Tonglen, and is over at approximately 8:30 or 9pm.

The last evening will include a tsok (vajra feast) in which participants share joyful, funny or serious songs, skits and poems of their dharma experience. Sunday, the last day of the retreat, will include a time for reflecting on the retreat, and the retreat will end at noon.

There will also be time for personal interviews with the Lamas during the retreat.


Retreat Costs:

The cost for the lodging and meals are below. Teachers do not receive any proceeds from this amount; teacher donations are in addition and are made at the end of the retreat.

A $200 deposit is required at the time of registration, with the balance due by May 30th. Deposits will be refunded less a $50 administration fee if cancellation received by May 15th.

Please Note: Space is limited for this retreat. Single rooms will be allocated on a first come basis. If a single room is not available, we will contact you about a double room. Thank you!




Cost Member Cost
Single Room, All Meals $1415 $1365
Double Room, All Meals $1230 $1180
Commuting, All Meals $1070 $1020
Commuting, No Meals $740 $690
Commuting, Lunch and Dinner $990 $940




June 22 @ 3:00 PM
June 28 @ 12:00 PM
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Sukhasiddhi Foundation
771 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930 United States