HYBRID: Weekend Program: The Trekcho Instructions of Yeshe Tsogyal

with Acharya Richard John

December 10 - 12

Yeshe Tsögyal as Queen
by Cynthia Moku.

Used with permission. Prints available at https://cynthiamoku.com/

In the 8th century CE, Yeshe Tsogyal had a vision in which Vajrayogini gave her these pith instructions for practicing trekchö, known as “cutting through to primordial purity.” Trekchö is the dzokchen equivalent of mahamudra, and both are the epitome of the path of wisdom. This profound but accessible text gives concise instructions for recognizing and resting in the empty and luminous nature of mind.

This retreat will be very practice-oriented. The discipline will emphasize silence, but will include time for commentary and discussion. This weekend retreat is open to all tantrikas who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, regardless of your current practice.


This program is an addition to the three month study series, Yeshe Tsögyal and the Feminine Principle. Those who are registered for the full three month series, receive a significant tuition discount for this retreat. Contact our front desk at info@karmecholing.org for more information.


The Zoom room will open by 7:15pm EST, on December 10th, 2021. Please arrive early to check your connection and let us help troubleshoot any technical difficulties. On Saturday & Sunday, the program begins at 9am EST and ends about 5:30pm EST, with breaks throughout the day. The program ends by 5:30pm EST, on December 12th, 2021.

If you are participating in person, please plan to arrive between 3 and 6pm, on Friday, Dec. 10th. in order to register and settle in for the program. Dinner is served at 6:30pm. There will be a brief orientation at 7:00pm for all on-land participants. Please check our current COVID protocols regarding on-land participation. 

Registration Deadline

Because of the nature and logistics of online programming — including ensuring that you have the proper links, materials and schedules — the deadline to register for this program is 48 hours before it begins.

This program is available both On-Land and ONLINE. Participants who join the program in person, will pay an additional on-land differential of $60. This covers all meals and general land use at KCL. It does not cover accommodations.

Please check our current COVID protocols regarding on-land participation. Note that you must be fully vaccinated to stay overnight at Karme Choling. Current COVID practices are available here: https://www.karmecholing.org/visiting-us/covid-policy


Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly.


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

Please Note:
Participants who join the program in person, will pay an additional on-land differential. This covers all meals, general land use and program specific events at KCL. It does not cover accommodations.

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.


About Acharya Richard John

An early student of the Vidyadhara, Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2002. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and teaches Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America, including mahamudra retreats at Dorje Denma Ling, Karme Choling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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