Ngöndro Retreat

with Shastri Henry Chapin

January 20 - 28

"The Sakyong has emphasized the importance and power of group vajrayana practice. With all of our practices, the point is not only how we do our individual practice, but how we connect to each other and live our lives altogether. Particularly with our aspiration to create enlightened society, it is important for us to gather, practice, study, work, and celebrate as a community. In addition, practicing under the guidance of senior teachers in a group setting will deepen our study and practice of the vajrayana."
-Guidelines for Group Ngöndro Practice Intensives

All ngöndro practitioners and instructors are warmly invited to this ngöndro practice and study retreat. Students are strongly encouraged to attend at least two consecutive days of the practice intensive. Whether you are doing the Rigden (Shambhala), Kagyü, or Nyingma ngöndro, whether you are counting or doing it by time, whether you are inspired or stuck, all are welcome.

There will be two sessions of group ngöndro practice per day, plus study time, talks and discussions on vajrayana and Shambhala teachings based on tapes and transcripts from both Sakyongs. Participants are welcome to come for all or part of the program.

Upon registration, participants will receive a list of the particular texts and materials to bring for practice and study.

Please plan to arrive for registration between 3 and 6:30pm on Friday, January 20th. The program ends with a departure day on Saturday, January 28th; you are free to leave anytime!

Prerequisites:

Graduates of Sacred World Assembly or Shambhala/Vajradhatu Vajrayana Seminary.


Pricing

Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Patron Price: $835
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program and supports financial aid for other participants. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.

Base Price: $625
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Daily Fee: $95

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.


Teachers

About Shastri Henry Chapin

After several years of Zen practice, Henry became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1977, and was a founding member and director of the Ottawa Shambhala Center. He has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1978, and leads guide, meditation, ngöndro instructor and teacher training workshops as well as the courses and weekend retreats included in The Way of Shambhala 1 and 2.

Henry was appointed a regional shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2010, and currently chairs the Shastri Council. He is also involved in prison outreach and hospital chaplaincy activities in Ottawa.

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