Ashe Mahamudra Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

January 25 - February 3

This vajrayana retreat will be structured according to the Ashe Mahamudra, a profound practice liturgy by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The practice aligns the traditional investigation and pointing out instructions of mahamudra and trekcho with the wisdom of Ashe and the path of the Four Dignities.
Mahamudra, the Great Seal, is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. Revered as a powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind as pointed out by the guru, through direct experience.
This retreat is for Shambhala tantrikas—those who have attended either Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary—at all levels of practice. All participants are requested to begin at the beginning and commit to the entire retreat. All Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do the special “morning practices” separately.
This will be the first Mahamudra Retreat led by Acharya Richard John at Karme Choling, since he initiated the “49-Day Mahamudra Retreat” in the spring of 1998.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3-6pm on Friday, January 25, 2019, to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. February 3, 2019, is a departure day; you are free to leave at anytime.




This retreat is for Shambhala tantrikas—those who have attended either Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary—at all levels of practice. 


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

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Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2002, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, and internationally. He first came to Karme Choling to oversee the production of the shrine room carvings in the late 1970’s, and from 1996-98 he was Resident Teacher at KCL. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Acharya John and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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