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Pointing Out the Dharmakaya and the Reliquary Mahamudra

An Online Practice Retreat with Lama Drupgyu and Lama Döndrup

Monday-Friday, June 22-26, 2020

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 – though its always with us, it can be hard to recognize. 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.

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.

The retreat will be online through zoom, with sessions starting at 8:00 am daily (optional sitting at 7:30am),  and end at approximately 8:30pm.   Sessions and times will be approximately as shown below (final schedule given before retreat). The first day of the retreat will start at 9am with a Medicine Buddha empowerment, so the schedule will be slightly different that day. Thereafter, the schedule will be:

7:30-8:00am    Silent Meditation (optional)
8:00-9:00am    Lujong (Tibetan Yoga)
9:30-11:00am  Teaching: Pointing out the Dharmakaya
11:15-12:00       Silent Meditation
1:30-3:00pm    Teaching: Mahamudra Application
3:30-4:45pm    Qigong
5:15-6:00pm    Silent Meditation
7:15-8:30pm    Medicine Buddha Practice, may be others

Interviews will also be held through zoom.


Retreat Cost:

The retreat cost is a sliding scale $500-$900 (members $400-$850).  Cost includes dana for the lamas for the teachings and empowerment. A donation for an interview may be requested.

A $200 deposit is required at time of registration, with the balance payable by June 15th. Refund of all payments less $25 administrative fee provided if cancellation received by June 17th.


Requirements for Participating in the Retreat:

This is an advanced Mahamudra retreat for practitioners who have had:

  1. At least 3 years of regular shamatha meditation practice
  2. Prior participation in at least one 5-day retreat
  3. Previously received  Mahamudra teachings
  4. Participation in all days and sessions of the retreat is required

For people new to Sukhasiddhi, we will have to review and approve your qualifications for the retreat. Please provide your background when you register, and will email your acceptance into the retreat, or ask for further information to ensure that the retreat is appropriate for you. Thanks for your understanding of this process.


Retreat Registration

We hope you will join us for this retreat. Registration is required, and the registration deadline is Friday, June 19th at 5pm.




June 22 @ 9:00 AM
June 26 @ 8:30 PM
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Online via Zoom