Scorpion Seal: Year 9

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

May 27 - June 7

The Sakyong has encouraged participants who have completed the Scorpion Seal Assemblies Year 1 - 8 to gather for Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 9. Modelled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received. Reading transmissions essential to the Scorpion Seal path will also be given.

Participants are asked to fully accomplish the number of required sessions before attending the next Scorpion Seal Assembly. Participants are also asked to please not attend more than one Scorpion Seal Assembly per program season.


Karmê Chöling strives to meet the housing requests of everyone attending Scorpion Seal Assemblies. Due to limited room and dorm space at both the main house and Ashoka Bhavan, priority goes to program staff, court staff, or people with physical limitations who have made arrangements well in advance.

If you fit into one of these categories, please email Alternatively, if you would like to guarantee indoor housing for yourself at this time, please seek accommodations off-site. Click here to find more detailed information regarding off-site housing options for SSA-9.


Pricing is charged in US dollars. Participants residing outside the US who find the currency exchange rate an obstacle to attending a program are eligible for financial aid. Click here to learn more about the many forms of aid that Karmê Chöling offers.


If you are interested in Staffing Scorpion Seal 9 (which comes with varying discounts), please complete a SSA-9 Staffing Application


Getting to Karmê Chöling is an adventure. Karmê Chöling recommends flying into Boston, taking a coach to Hanover, then hiring a car to Karmê Chöling. If you have questions about how to accomplish that or if you are traveling by other means or into other hubs, you may find our Transportation page and our Rideshare Board page very helpful. For any additional questions you may have, please call our front desk at (802) 633-2384.

PLEASE NOTE: Karmê Chöling will not be offering shuttle service in 2017.


There is a materials fee associated with this program estimated to be $95. This will be added to your registration. Payment for it may be made at registration if you have already paid for your tuition and housing.


Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on May 27th. June 7th is a departure day; you are free to leave anytime on that day.


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

Patron Price: $1575
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: $1275
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.

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.


About Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

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