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
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 recgnize. 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
5:15-6:00pm Silent Meditation
7:15-8:30pm Medicine Buddha Practice, may be others
Interviews will also be held through zoom.
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:
- At least 3 years of regular shamatha meditation practice
- Prior participation in at least one 5-day retreat
- Previously received Mahamudra teachings
- 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.
We hope you will join us for this retreat. Registration is required, and the registration deadline is Friday, June 19th at 5pm.