9-Day Mahamudra Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

May 1 - 10, 2020

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 through direct experience.

This year, the practice text will be Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, the classic liturgy by Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa. We will practice pith instructions by Yeshe Tsogyal, Lodro Thaye, Paltrul Rinpoche, Rangjung Dorje, and other masters of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, and make reference to the Ashe Mahamudra text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, which connects Mahamudra to the Ashe and the Four Dignities.

The retreat will be mostly silent, with times for circle conversation. Each day will include the physical practices of Lujong, Shamatha Yoga, and Lungtse. We will include the Stroke of Ashe, and there will be two sessions for Scorpion Seal practitioners to do the “morning practices” from SSA.

This retreat is appropriate for Shambhala tantrikas at all levels of practice. First-time participants must begin at the beginning and commit to the entire 9–day retreat. Participants who have already done a Mahamudra retreat using Pointing Out the Daharmakaya may attend as much of the retreat as they wish, starting from the beginning of the retreat.

  • Participants will need to bring a copy of the Pointing Out the Dharmakaya liturgy and sourcebook (not the published book). These will be available for purchase on arrival at Karme Choling, or they may be ordered online from Nalanda Translation Committee. 

Arrival and Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3-6pm on May 1, 2020 to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm.

Sunday, May 10th is a departure day. You are welcome to enjoy breakfast and leave anytime that day.


Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary in the Shambhala Tradition, or pointing out transmission from a Rinpoche in the Kagyu or Nyingma Lineages. 


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 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya John was appointed as acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2002, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, and internationally. He has led annual Mahamudra retreats at Shambhala land centers for twenty years. 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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