August 2014 to February 2015

Location to be determined.

A Six Month Retreat Under the Guidance of Lama Mark Webber

The retreat will begin Friday, September 5th, 2014 and end February 28th, 2015. There will be a three-month option, starting September 5th and ending December 5th 2014, but please note that priority goes to those who are undertaking the six-month retreat. Lama Mark will be in retreat from September until June 15th-2015. Guidance and direction will be available on a one to three week basis for the six months. He is making no commitments at this time to a teaching schedule or Empowerments. However, Lama Mark is encouraging beings to take this opportunity to begin or complete a set of the Extraordinary Foundations (Non-dro) and receive the teachings, instructions and guidance for these wondrous practices. Practitioner’s who have studied with Lama Mark and have the capacity for self-reliance and balanced qualities will be accepted, depending on the availability of accommodation.H.E. Ontul Rinpoche, a teacher of Lama Mark, has accepted his and Crystal Mountain’s invitation to bestow teachings for students in retreat, and the general public for approximately 7-10 days in September.

Separate housing will be rented for three and six month practioners. All students must start in September and remain for the entire three or six month commitment.

Costs will be unknown until accommodations have been secured. Similar retreats have cost $1600-$2000 per month plus food and travel. Dana is not included in these amounts.

Interested, get your name on the list by contacting Susan van Asselt vanasselt.susan@gmail.com

Registration and accommodation contact will be announced shortly.

September, 2014 Toronto Teaching
September 2nd & 3rd, 7:30-9:30 pm
Institute of Traditional Medicine
553 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Dharma Centre of Canada
Retreat Center
September 5th – 14th

We are delighted to announce that His Eminence,
Lho Ontul Rinpoche has accepted the invitation of his
student Lama Mark Webber and the Dharma Centre of
Canada to teach in Canada in September 2014. He will
be accompanied by his son, H.E. Lho Ratna Rinpoche,
the emanation of a great Terton.

Toronto teaching;
Suggested Donation $30
Contact: sherlap@sympatico.ca

Dharma Centre of Canada
For information and registration
Contact: adminoffice@dharmacentre.org

August 22nd & 23rd, 2014
Naturally Being at Ease

Vancouver, BC

Naturally Being at Ease

Instructions & teachings on the unity of loving-kindness and mindfulness
Friday August 22nd @ 730pm
Saturday August 23rd @ 9am, 2 & 730pm
@ Yoga on 7th, 156 7th Ave E, Vancouver
Support for the Teacher is by Donation – Weekend Retreat Fee: $20
Contact Nicolina at 778 834 8205 or shareseeds@yahoo.ca

August 10th & 17th, 2014 at 9am Lama Mark Webber will be continuing the Sunday morning classes on Galiano Island throughout the month of August.  This is a series of teachings on the stages of the Path of Liberation and the progress of Meditation. Classes conclude with a group meditation. These classes are open to anyone interested in the exploration of Dharma.

Location:
455-2555 Cook Rd., Galiano Island, BC

Contact:
Kim Lenglet (250)539-5603
Libby McClellant (250) 539-4000

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Manjusri

12 Manjusris and Lord Sakyamuni of Vajrasana in Triune Form Wongkur

Lama Mark Webber will be bestowing the Authorization of the 12 Manjusris and Lord Sakyamuni of Vajrasana in Triune Form.  This Empowerment is open to all who would like to practice these wondrous meditations.

July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014
Crystal Mountain, Galiano Island, BC, Canada
Lama Mark Webber will be continuing the Sunday morning classes on Galiano Island throughout the month of July.  This is a series of teachings on the stages of the Path of Liberation and the progress of Meditation.   Classes conclude with a group meditation. These classes are open to anyone interested in the exploration of Dharma.

The schedule for July is as follows,

July 6th: 9:30 am
The authorization Empowerment of Two Armed Red Chenrezig in the form of the Stirrer of Samsara’s Pit.
(Please arrive 15 min. early)

July 13th, 20th, and 27th: 9:00 am

Teachings on the stages of the Path of Liberation and the progress of Meditation

Location:
455-2555 Cook Rd., Galiano Island, BC

Contact:
Kim Lenglet (250)539-5603
Libby McClellant (250) 539-4000

July 5th to August 2nd, 2014

Crystal Mountain, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

Crystal Mountain’s 15th Annual Summer Retreat on Galiano Island

Chenrezig: meditations and study to unfold great compassion and wisdom for all beings

Lama Mark will be dedicating the 2014 Summer Retreat to the practice and study of Chenrezig (Skt. Avalokitesvara). Planned are the bestowing of at least three Empowerments of different forms and practices of Chenrezig. The first practice will be Thousand Armed Chenrezig and the traditional multi-day fast. (“Please note that the multi-day fast is optional and you are not required to fast in order to attend.” ) The majority of the month retreat will be the practice of the Four-Armed Chenresig from the lineage of the great Treasure Revealer, Lho Nudin Dorje. The retreat will close with the Empowerment of a Red Chenrezig, called “Stirrer of Samsara’s Pit”. In addition to meditation practice, Lama Mark will be giving teachings on the essential foundations of the Path to Liberation, with emphasis on Bodhicitta. To help participants contemplate compassion for a vast range of sentient beings, Lama Mark will hold explorations in his laboratory and lead some biological field studies.

“Chenrezig is a meditational deity famous for it’s wide application and great benefits for all practioners. Chenrezig is a manifestation of the pristine unity of Enlightened compassion and wisdom; the heart of Bodhicitta. It is traditional to dedicate one’s self to a deep practice of Chenrezig to build strong declaration in one’s aspiration to be fully compassionate, with a profound depth of wisdom to aid all sentient beings out of afflictive emotions caused by grasping at forms and concepts. In a quality of pure aspiration and practice countless beings will be supported by our practicing and studying together.” (LM)

For more information about Lama Webber, please visit his website at markwebber.org

Contact Information:

Susan – vanasselt.susan@gmail.com

Leslie – brunswick007@gmail.com

Lama Mark Webber will be continuing the Sunday morning classes on Galiano Island throughout the month of July.  This is a series of teachings on the stages of the Path of Liberation and the progress of Meditation.   Classes conclude with a group meditation. These classes are open to anyone interested in the exploration of Dharma.

The schedule for July is as follows,

July 6th: 9:30 am
The authorization Empowerment of Two Armed Red Chenrezig in the form of the Stirrer of Samsara’s Pit.
(Please arrive 15 min. early)

July 13th, 20th, and 27th: 9:00 am

Teachings on the stages of the Path of Liberation and the progress of Meditation

Location:
455-2555 Cook Rd., Galiano Island, BC

Contact:
Kim Lenglet (250)539-5603
Libby McClellant (250) 539-4000

May 31 & June 1, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Being, Simply, Awake!
Teachings on meditation and Awakeness with Lama Mark Webber

At Yoga On 7th, 156 7th Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 1M6, Canada

Three sessions:
When, 2,500 years ago, Gotama Buddha was asked whether he was a god, semi-god, a wild spirit or a human, he replied, “I am awake.” The statement contains the essence of enlightenment. But what is ‘awake’? How awake is awake? In this weekend of teaching, Lama Mark Webber introduces to us key elements of being ‘awake’. And, why nothing could be more rewarding, or natural than being very awake”

Saturday, May 31st 10:30 am. to 12:30 pm.
Moving to Awakening
An introduction to the path of clarity, openness and joy. The foundation starts through in-touchment with our bodies. A group awareness-movement class that will introduce how to deeply soften and massage us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Experience how to peel away layers of discomfort of anxiety! When we are settled in the body, the mind brightens and relaxes.

Saturday, May 31st 7:30 pm.,
Learning to Wake Up
When we feel clear and joyous, we are open to learning. It’s quite natural. We have to learn what really awake is and what it is not. Lama Mark guides us step by step in re-learning how to learn, quite naturally. What do we want to wake up to? The most essential aspect of every moment: experience. Mind. Natural beingness. When we learn a bit, we enjoy learning more and more. Then we start to see what is missing in our lives and why the overstimulation, multi-tasking, consumption oriented world we find our selves in just won’t do it.

Sunday, June 1st 730pm.
Learning to Stay Awake and Nurture Awakeness to grow
First we discover calm and clarity. Then we wake it up to find our innate awakeness. The learning is then in the confidence to keep coming back to the vivid awakeness we all have: the experience of direct, spontaneous, open-spacious and compassionate mind. Find out why this state is so often missing for us.

May 30 2014
Vancouver, BC

JOIN US ON FRIDAY MAY 30th… FOR AN EVENING OF DHARMA, FEASTING, AND THE AUCTIONING OF MANY TREASURES

WHAT a sumptuous potluck meal, a Dharma teaching by Lama Mark, and a fundraising auction

WHEN Friday May 30th Dinner at 6pm ; Dharma class and Auction at 7:30 pm

WHERE At 4783 Collingwood Street, Vancouver (between Dunbar and Blenheim near to 32nd ave.)

WHO Auctioneer Lama Mark Webber, Your hosts, Jane Mortifee & Cheryl Fraser

WHY in September 2014 Lama Mark and Crystal Mountain have invited His Eminence Lho Ontul Rinpoche to Canada. Rinpoche will be teaching in Vancouver, on Galiano Island, and in Ontario. In order to raise funds to bring Rinpoche for this auspicious teaching, Lama Mark has suggested an auction.

TO DO:
SAVE THE DATE and spread the word !

DONATE to the auction…we need your support. Lama Mark will be donating some “truly wondrous items”. We’d love Dharma Items, treasures from your travels, gift baskets from your favourite Tea shop, winery, or restaurant….the possibilities are, like mind, limitless. We will compile a list of the tempting offerings and send you a sneak peak before the event.

DESCRIBE please send a description of your Auction Items by email to: Tine Rossing trossinghome@gmail.com

Include WHAT is the item? (Tell Tine where it is from, how old it is, anything else of interest) Approximate VALUE and some PHOTOS would be appreciated.

BRING yourself, your friends, some glorious food and/or drink to share, and plenty of cash or cheques for the auction so you can take some beautiful things home while supporting the precious Dharma teaching of Ontul Rinpoche

Please bring your donated items with you on Friday May 30th. Alternatives drop offs will be provided in a future email, as will further information about potluck and RSVP.

Questions about the auction?
Contact Cheryl Fraser drcheryl@shaw.ca or (250) 210-5683

April 26 – 27, 2014
Auckland, NZ

What is stress

how it happens, what it does, and how it will go away!
Uncovering the Awake-Compassionate Mind of Freedom.

April 26-27th -9.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday and Sunday

(Public Teaching – All are welcome)

Costs: $30 for both days plus dana for the teacher.
Venue: Garnet Rd, Westmere.

For details, expression of interest and bookings contact:
Mira info@aucklandsphere.org  or text/call ph: 021 548 781

March 14 to April 24, 2014

Queenstown, NZ

Theme: No Compassion-no Awakening:
from Mindfulness to the Mahamudra

Queenstown Teachings
March 14 to April 24, 2014

March 14, Friday, 7:30pm. ‘No Compassion—no Awakening: from Mindfulness to Mahamudra.’ Lama Mark gives an over-view teaching on the importance of discovering all encompassing Compassion. “To much emphasis on Emptiness, the nature of all things and beings, is straying from the full realization of freedom from suffering. So to, too much emphasis on developing relative compassion lacks the skillfulness to bring beings out of suffering states and keep them out. And yet, compassion permeated with profound experience of emptiness, is real freedom. Not just for oneself, but it encompasses all beings and things. This Path of extracting the one—Compassion—through the unity of the two, begins with mindfulness and love.” LM

March 15-16th, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am. Teachings and meditations on the Path of Mindfulness to the Mahamudra of all things.

March 19th, Wednesday, 7:30pm. The Science behind Transcendence and Wisdom: why scientific discovery is important. What we are beginning to understand, and what needs to be discovered about unfolding awakeness and compassion. How to apply scientific understandings to the Path of Compassion and Wisdom.

March 21, 22, 23. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30pm. Empowerment. Saturday-Sunday retreat. Empowerment and teachings of the Four-Armed Chenrezig in the Lineage of the Terton Urgyen Nüden Tsäl. Mini-retreat, come practice Chenresig 100,000 times by Sunday at midnight…for all beings.

March 24-27. Field Trip at Akaroa Harbour. Lama Mark is collecting diatoms at Akaroa Harbour for a research project, April 26th. People are invited, spend a day on the water in a most beautiful harbour and entrance. Come and learn about the importance of phytoplankton.

March 29-30th, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am & 2:30pm: Four Classes on the Five Fold Mahamudra. For practitioners of Dharma in the Vajrayana tradition.

April 1-2, Tuesday and Wednesday. 7:30 pm. Two Evenings of learning to be at Ease – the art of naturally meditating.

April 4, 5 and 6. Red Chenrezig— Gyalwa Gyamtso Mini-Retreat. Authorization of Gyalwa Gyamtso is on Friday, April 4, 7:30pm.

April 10, Thursday, 7:30pm. Vast Mind. The art and science of discovering the vast
nature of mind. Public class and meditations.

April 12-23, Saturday to Wednesday. Starts 9am Saturday 12th. Ends 5pm, Wednesday the 23th. Urban Retreat (10 days): Mindfulness to Mahamudra a ten day urban retreat merging compassion with Vipassana meditations. With teachings on the
theme ‘No Compassion—no Awakening: from Mindfulness to Mahamudra.’

April 23, Wednesday. Finishes with a Dharma House community Pot-Luck supper with
Lama Mark at 6:30pm.

Email: info@dharmacentre.org.nz

April 26th to May 21st, 2014

white tara

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand Retreat & Teachings

April 26-27th, 9:30am – 12:30 pm Saturday and Sunday:
What is stress, how it happens, what it does, and how it will go away! Uncovering the Awake-Compassionate Mind of Freedom. Public Classes

April 29-30th, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30am – 5:30 pm.:
“Liberation of What? Therapy, Mindfulness, Healing and Liberation” (Workshop for Professionals)

May 2nd to May 11th: Retreat at Bella Rakha.
The Essence of Vipassana: teachings and retreat: teaching and practice from Burmese, Mahamudra and Dzogchen approaches.

May 14th, Wednesday 7:30 pm.:
Vajrasattva Empowerment and Pith Teachings. Excellent for those wishing to begin the studying, receive teachings and practice the Vajrayana and Tantric Paths. Vajrasattva being part of the Extra-ordinary Foundations.

May 16 -18th. Friday Evening 7:30 pm., Empowerment. Saturday 10 am. Sunday 10am.
Empowerment and teachings of the Peaceful Red Two Armed Chenresig, called “Stirrer of Samsara’s Pit”. A wondrous practice from the Ocean of the Dharma Milk of Profound Treasures.

May 20-21st., Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30 pm.
The Empowerment and teachings of Fierce Guru with Phurba from the lineage of Terton Mingyur Dorje. Closed, by application only.

For more detailed information please see the descriptions below or click on the following email links. Contact: Duncan Gray or Georgina Mira

February 13th, 2014

Crystal Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Why Meditate ?
Open Public Talk with Lama Mark Webber

Looking for direction that is clear, effective and direct to the heart of the matter can be challenging and time consuming with all the options available in Vancouver. Lama Mark is an internationally celebrated mentor guiding people for over 35 years in matters that most deeply effect your emotional and spiritual well being. Come to this evening talk to gain insight, happiness and well-being!

Lama Mark’s style of teaching is humorous, deeply spiritual, non-sectarian, universalist in nature, classically founded and well integrated with science, art and nature. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to experience the true heart and mind of a master!

February 13th, 2014
At Yoga on 7th,
156 7th Ave east, Vancouver, BC
Starting @ 8 PM
Contact: 604-753-6922

February 22nd to March 4th, 2014

Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve, Bay Islands of Honduras

A Dharma, Diving and Natural History Course

Course: Lama Mark will be giving daily classes in Dharma & meditation through the ‘eyes’ and practice of natural history. In addition he will give practical introductions to coral reef biology. Most mornings we will get together for a group dive or two and or snorkel. Then we break for lunch, later in the afternoon come together for a Dharma talk followed by a visit to the microscopes for explorations into the extraordinary micro-life on the coral reef.

Accomodation: Clarity, spaciousness, awareness, pristine wild and exotic marine life, white sand beaches and beautiful tropical waters are here at the Cayos marine Reserve. Accomodation is available at the Turtle Bay Eco Resort. The resort is close to where Lama Mark is residing and teaching. It is accessible by a quick boat ride, walking, a swim or by kayak.

There are 7 rooms and 3 different types of accommodations at Turtle Bay Resort:

  • Standard Lodge rooms $1070 per person double occupancy (2 available)
  • Ocean View rooms $1284 per person double occupancy (3 available)
  • Deluxe hill side rooms $1641 per person double occupancy (2 available)

Single supplement is +40%
Photos of the accommodations can be found on web page.
All participants in the Dharma and Diving Course can arrange to arrive early or stay longer than the scheduled 10 days.

Included in your package is:

  • Accommodation of your choice for 10 nights
  • Private hot showers with all amenities such as towels, eco friendly shampoo and soap
  • Three meals per day including snacks, coffee, tea and filtered water
  • Snorkel equipment including mask, snorkel and fins
  • Use of resort’s hiking trails and access to hiking guides
  • WiFi in the common areas such as the bar and restaurant
  • Access to laundry
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • A guided tour of Chachuate to visit the local Garifuna community
  • Picnic and day trip to Sand Cay

Additional costs:

  • one night in La Ceiba (approximately $40)
  • transfer to and from the island (approximately $100 round trip)
  • $10 marine park entrance fee
  • 16% Honduran sales tax
  • service charge and gratuities
  • scuba diving, rental equipment and dive courses
  • $175 suggested donation for Lama Mark’s airfare
  • $35 material cost for teaching materials and handouts
  • Dana for Lama Mark

Scuba diving prices:

  • a la carte diving $40 per dive
  • 7 dive package $240
  • 11 dive package $320
  • 13 dive package $400
  • 16 dive package $460
  • unlimited dive package $500 per week
  • unlimited snorkeling aboard dive boat $99 per person per week

Scuba equipment rental is $150 per week or $35 per day including wetsuit.

Turtle Bay has several very good and experienced dive instructors that will be available if you care to get certified or improve your diving skills. Check their web page for programs.

Send inquiries and a request to attend to vanasselt.arjan@gmail.com or laurel.jacobson@gmail.com

Attendance by application.

All prices are in US dollars.Please note the the nearest airport is in La Ceiba and you will need to arrive one day early. On the return, do not book flights before 9 am on the last day of the retreat. The nearest international airport is in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Ground transportation can be arranged to La Ceiba.

January 10th to February 2nd, 2014

Crystal Mountain, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

The Initiation and Retreat into the Mandala of Twenty-one Taras

Meditations on the wombs of conditioning to meditations for entering the Womb of Freedom.Come join us in a retreat with Lama Mark Webber on the teachings of the Twenty-one Taras. Lama Mark will bestow the Empowerment of Twenty-one Taras, then each day he will give teachings on one of the meditational figures in the mandala. There will be two group meditations per day on each figure in the mandala.

A major theme of the retreat will be the conditioning of the human womb: how Tantric practice specifically alters this very deep patterning and sets the mind towards birth into a form-being that manifests pristine awareness unified with compassion. This new birth is the Yidam, an illusory body manifesting all the Awakened qualities. Other themes will include how to transform fears and anxieties, and how our relationships and communications are shaped by the womb we carry with us ever day. The practice of the Twenty-one Taras has a remarkable ability to quickly help people re-shape conditioning, and open one’s eyes to inner and outer ‘wombs’, continuing right through to the Womb of Freedom, called the “Mahamudra” or “Buddha-nature.”

A full commitment to the entire retreat is required for registration. The retreat begins Friday night on January 10th and finishes on the morning of Sunday February 2nd.

For more information contact: Terry Frewer at terryfrewer@shaw.ca

Cost:
We are looking for accommodation on Galiano Island, BC, Canada. Each person will have a room in a house or a cabin. Costs will depend on rental prices, food costs will be on an individual basis and a course fee will be charged to support the Lama. Some financial aid may be available for accommodation.

November 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2013

Vancouver School of Theology (VST) at the UBC

Mindfulness to Mahamudra

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be giving teachings and a mini-retreat on the topic of Mahamudra.

“Mahamudra has many equivalent names, such as,”Great Seal”, “Buddhanature”, “Totality” and “Great Symbol”—”the inseparability of awareness and emptiness”. It is the definitive penetrative insight into non-conceptual awareness of emptiness and compassion. We all have this awake nature, although it may be temporarily hidden within our mind-streams.

Mahamudra refers to both the result—the realization of Mind—but also the path and meditations to arrive at this realization. There will be teachings and practice sessions to help show the necessity of developing superb mindfulness (and what that means!) and profound relaxation of body-mind (and what that is!). In addition, the classic requisites of practice and understanding will be described to remove obstacles to recognition of the nature of Mind.” LM

Schedule: Friday November 22nd: 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 23rd: 9:00 am and 730 pm
Sunday, November 24th: 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
Afternoon practice sessions to be announced

LOCATION: Vancouver School of Theology (VST) at the UBC
6000 Iona Drive, Room 300 (3rd floor)

DANA: (Donation) Support for the Teacher is given separately from the Retreat Costs, please give generously!

RETREAT COSTS: $120 ( To cover course expenses )
(Assistance for the course fee payment is available where needed)

REGISTRATION and inquiries: Saskia Soeterik 604 926-7398 e-mail saskias@telus.net

*Please bring your meditation cushion, yoga mat & lunch (Basic kitchen facilities are available & comfortable chairs)

*Parking: UBC Rose Garden parking lot.

*Accommodation: Carey Center www.carey-edu.ca/accommodation. (Next door to the VST – $80 a night)

October 4th to November 4th, 2013

India

Traveling to North-India with Lama Mark Webber

Lama Mark is extending an invitation to his students to join him on this journey to visit some precious Teachers in India. This is an invaluable opportunity to receive innumerable blessings and teachings.

If you wish to join the Lama please note the following helpful suggestions in considering this Dharma trip:

His primary purpose during October-November is to be with his teachers and to receive profound nourishment from them and of course have us all receive blessings and teachings. It is not a sight seeing ‘visit India trip’, at least not while with the Lama! It will be on the schedule of the Lama and subject to possible sudden changes in itinerary or accommodation. One needs to respect his instructions on etiquette and customs, and be able to follow his instructions or requests for various purposes that may at times be mystifying. He will give Dharma teachings, but likely spontaneously, when it feels right. Will there be opportunities to simply enjoy being in India, eating out, shopping and sight-seeing? Yes, of course, but make sure those plans can be let go of at a moments notice, or conducted before and after travels with Lama Mark.

The general unspecific schedule, at this time and subject to change is:

1. October 4th, 2013 – Arrive in Delhi. Arrival from Canada and Europe is usually early in the morning. Sightseeing in Delhi.

2. October 7th – travel by car towards Tso Pema (Rewalsar)

3. October 9th – arrive in Tso Pema

4. October 10th – 21st (approximate) – Tso Pema: Teachings by H.E. Lho Ontul Rinpoche (primary reason for visit). Also visits to have blessings or teachings from Wangdor Rinpoche and other teachers in the area.

5. October 22nd (approximate) – October 30th – travel to Dharamsala to have audience and hopefully teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. the 17th Karmapa, possibly other teachers.

6. November 7-10th – a meeting with H.E. Khandro Rinpoche and attending teachings as opportunity arises.

7. November 7th onwards. Depending on teacher’s schedules, Lama Mark may stay in India in through mid November.

Travel Arrangements:

Sonam Topgyal, a kind and dear friend of Lama Mark’s, who also owns a travel agency in Delhi, will be traveling with us and will once again be making all the travel arrangements (excluding your flights to India), hotel bookings, vehicles, contacting the Lamas and their secretaries for visits, sightseeing, etc. Price is not known yet, but estimate about +$2,000 USD for a month in India (Oct 4-Nov 4th.), not including the flight to Delhi. We are requesting that students traveling help out with the Lama’s airfare.

Contact Information:

If you wish to join Lama Mark in October-November, and are committed to making it happen, please contact Arjan van Asselt who will forward further details as they become available: vanasselt.arjan@gmail.com

September 25th to 29th, 2013

Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland

Mindfulness is More than a Technique – Zurich (September 27-29, 2013)
and Tour of CERN – Geneva (September 25th, 2013)

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be leading a weekend of Dharma talks and instruction sessions on Buddhist meditation in Switzerland. Starting with recent discoveries in the neuropsychology of meditation he will highlight how both stress and attentive-loving-clear-mindfulness alters every aspect of our physiology; right through to the genetic level. Lama Mark will explain the essence and purpose behind the Buddha’s classic discourse called The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the necessity of loving-kindness to support meditation. Then he will clarify that mindfulness is essential but one of a number of indispensable qualities that must be recognized and nurtured for worthy meditation and for unfolding our Awake-compassionate qualities. In addition he will outline the vast dimensions of mindfulness, including a survey of the ten classic meditations on mindfulness, common misunderstandings and ‘pit-falls’ to be avoided. Lama Mark will briefly connect this essential training to include the approaches found in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Our organisms are highly attentive, moment by moment to inner and outer things, even if the “we” is not. Why not allow the natural attentiveness open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward—one must train—but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. However, to discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness, it requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. And this art must be taught. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

Class Schedule for Mindfulness is More than a Technique:
Friday September 27th: 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 28th: 9:30 am and 730 pm
Sunday, September 29th: 9:30 am and 4:00 pm
Contact:
The weekend of teachings will take place in Zürich. For more information on the location, the teachings and accommodation please contact Eva & Michael Gohl at <namgyal-schweiz@bluewin.ch>


Tour of CERN
(Currently this tour is fully booked. If you are interested we are pleased to put your name on a waiting list.)

(Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire”, or European Council for Nuclear Research) at Geneva (http://home.web.cern.ch)
On Wednesday, September 24th at 2 pm the Namgyal Group Switzerland will organize a group tour with Lama Mark Webber of CERN- Geneva.
Applications must be made until June 7th with Eva & Michael Gohl at namgyal-schweiz@bluewin.ch

September 12-22, 2013

South Tyrol, Italy*

The Vast Nature of Loving-kindness:

Expanding the meditations of loving-kindness through space and light.In this ten-day retreat in the mountains of South Tyrol, Italy, Lama Mark will teach the fundamentals of Loving-kindness meditation and in addition, open up the vast scope of this essential practice through classic meditations of space and light. This retreat will be suitable for both beginner and experienced practitioners.

Lama Mark writes: “Without a strong foundation of loving-kindness all of our efforts to awaken to spontaneous freedom and be insightfully compassionate will remain weak. It is a practice of vast scope. Countless beings need our help—we are all interdependent—however, to do so we must be as clear minded, bright, generous and open as possible. Meditations of space and light move us beyond “our” loving-kindness practice to vast loving-kindness and the luminous clarity of wisdom merged with compassion.”

What to bring:
• Embroidery hoops or rings of at least 20 cm. in diameter, preferably 30 cm in diameter. Each hoop needs to be free of bumps, scratches, screws and major imperfections.
• Thin, clear, nylon fishing line.
• Flashlights with big beams.
• Yoga mat or carpet.

For enquires contact: Doris Unterthurner
Please e-mail Doris serious expressions of interest, so she can estimate accomodation requirements.

* Please note that the exact location of the retreat and costs are being determined.

August 31st and September 1st, 2013

Ottawa, Ontario.

Mindfulness is More than a Technique

We are fortunate to have Lama Mark Webber give a weekend of teachings on the many facets of mindfulness taught in the Buddhist meditation tradition. Starting with recent discoveries in the neuropsychology of meditation he will highlight how both stress and attentive-loving-clear-mindfulness alters every aspect of our physiology; right through to the genetic level. Lama Mark will explain the essence and purpose behind the Buddha’s classic discourse called The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the necessity of loving-kindness to support meditation. Then he will clarify that mindfulness is essential but one of a number of indispensable qualities that must be recognized and nurtured for worthy meditation and for unfolding our Awake-compassionate qualities. In addition he will outline the vast dimensions of mindfulness, including a survey of the ten classic meditations on mindfulness, common misunderstandings and ‘pit-falls’ to be avoided. Lama Mark will briefly connect this essential training to include the approaches found in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Our organisms are highly attentive, moment by moment to inner and outer things, even if the “we” is not. Why not allow the natural attentiveness open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward—one must train—but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. However, to discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness, it requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. And this art must be taught. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

Schedule:

Saturday, August 31st: 9:30 am and 3 pm
Sunday, September 1st: 9:30 am and 3 pm

Contact:

Cheryl at <s.gellman@sympatico.ca>
Trudy at <tgold@magma.ca>

August 30th, 2013

Masham, Quebec.

Children and Dharma

an evening of friendly open discussionsDo children need to meditate or learn to meditate? How do parents meditate and unfold to Awakeness and compassion in the midst of a busy home and work life? What exactly is Dharma? Why meditate?

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to talk openly about Dharma, children and unfolding, with Lama Mark Webber. He will be happy to answer your questions and concerns about anything Dharma! His style of teaching is non-sectarian, and universal in nature. He is committed to freeing beings from innumerable suering states, through meditation, study, art, travel or science. He has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma and meditation for almost forty years, and is the author of numerous publications.

Friday, August 30th at 7:00 pm. 49 Wells Rd., Masham Qc ( near Wakefield )
For more info, contact Cheryl: cheryl@xittel.ca or 819 459 -2889

July 6th to August 3rd, 2013

Crystal Mountain, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

The 14th Annual Summer Retreat
The MAHAMUDRA

Lama Mark has been requested to provide teachings on The Mahamudra and will give a detailed exposition on the text: “The Mahamudra Eliminating the Ignorance of Darkness by the 9th Kar-ma-pa Wang-chu’g Dor-je”. Mahamudra, the “Great Seal” is the complete realization of Penetrative Insight into the nature of Mind and phenomena and the unity of wisdom and compassion. Mahamudra as a path gives detailed instructions for the development of merit, calm abiding and the stages of Penetrative Insight. Lama Mark will also supplement this with other profound teachings by the 9th Karmapa and many other Kagyu lineage holders.

For more information & registration contact Susan van Asselt or Nancy McPhee

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Lama Mark will be bestowing two Empowerments at Rinchen Namgyal Dzong, Galiano Island at the end of the one-month Mahamudra Retreat:

1) Four Armed Chenresig, as revealed by the Terton Mingur Dorje.
This Wongkur is open for all to attend. It is a profound empowerment for ripening the development of Compassion and Wisdom, Merit and all good qualities. The Empowerment will be followed by a Tsok feast. On the next day, there will be teachings for the meditative practice of Chenresig and a general introduction/refresher regarding the Tantric approaches of Generation and Completion Yoga.

Time: Thursday August 1st @ 7:30 pm (please arrive by 7pm) & Friday August 2nd @ 9:00am, Teachings on Chenresig meditation and Tantric meditative practice.

2) The Guru Yoga of Namgyal

As a final blessing for the closure of the annual summer retreat and prayers for the auspiciousness of our Lineage, Lama Mark will bestow the Authorization for the Namgyal Guru Yoga. This profound Guru Yoga was revealed by the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche in Peru in 1974, and carries recent blessing and a cornucopia of practices for ripening Totality through Wisdom and Compassion.

Time: Saturday August 3 rd @ 9:00am (please arrive by 8:30am). Some essential teachings will follow the Empowerment.

June 25th, 2013

West Vancouver, BC, Canada

Understanding the Universal Nature of Buddhist Refuge
A Public Class with Lama Mark Webber

730 PM June 25, 2013

What really is your Refuge? Taking Refuge in the Buddhist tradition can be mystifying; often seen as religious dogma and confusing for many Westerners. Yet all traditions of Buddhadharma consider taking and developing Refuge to be essential along the path of Freedom and Compassion. Why? Lama Mark Webber will explain classically and in modern terms the many levels of meaning of Refuge. Understanding Refuge involves appreciating the heart of Dharma, the purpose of meditation and training in compassion. He welcomes your questions.

Cost: Lama Mark does not want money to be a barrier to receiving teachings so there is no set fee. To support him be as generous as you can. (Guideline : $20+ at the door.).

Venue: 1444 Argyle Ave. West Vancouver
1.5 blocks south of Marine Dr. between 14th and 15th

Contact: terryfrewer@gmail.com

June 14th, 15th and 16th, 2013

Auckland, NZ

Medicine Buddha & Teachings on Deep Healing

Public Classes, Empowerment & Pith Teachings with Lama Mark Webber
June teaching in Auckland, NZ 2013

Friday June 14th -7:30 pm public class
Saturday June 15th – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm public class (including coffee & tea)
Sunday June 16th – 10:00 am: Empowerment of Medicine Buddha
Sunday June 16th – 7:00 pm: Essential instructions on the practice of Medicine Buddha

For further information please contact: Mira: caesura.effect@gmail.com and/or Duncan: djg1@xtra.co.nz

May 24-June 10th, 2013

Queenstown Dharma House, New Zealand

Three Stages of Ever Deepening Mindfulness:
Essential Pointers for unifying meditation practice and daily living

An Urban Retreat taught by Lama Mark Webber

  • Three evening classes open to the public at 7:30 pm:
  • Friday 24th: What is mindfulness? How do we cultivate it? What supports deepening mindfulness? What we are learning from the field of neuropsychology.
  • Saturday 25th: What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness? Developing Calm and Insight. What is real Insight knowledge?
  • Sunday 26th: Teachings on mindfulness and the nature of mind from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.
  • The retreat duration is May 24-June 4th. Morning and afternoon sessions are closed to the public. Retreatants also attend the three public evening classes.

We are fortunate to have Lama Mark Webber lead us in meditations and give teachings on the many facets of classic Buddhist mindfulness training and as they relate to some discoveries in neuropsychology. He will explain in detail the Buddha’s classic discourse called The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the necessity having a basis of Loving-kindness. Lama Mark will connect this essential training to the approaches found in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions (includes engendering Bodhicitta, Generation and Completion Stage Yogas).

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Our organisms are highly attentive, moment by moment to inner and outer things, even if the “we” is not. Why not allow the natural attentiveness open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward—one must train—but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. However, to discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness, it requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. And this art must be taught. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

June 4 – 7.30 pm: Zambala Yab-Yum Empowerment
Authorization to practice a powerful meditation to bring about a unity of generosity and wisdom, gathering richness of all kinds, wealth, and the ability to unfold what ever one wishes

Extended Teaching Schedule:

June 8 – 7:30 pm: “On Healing” (open public teaching)
June 9 – 9:30 am: Medicine Buddha Empowerment & Blessing the Medicine Buddha Shrine at the Queenstown Dharma House.
6:30 pm: Farewell & Potluck
7:30 pm: Teachings on Medicine BuddhaPlease arrive 15 minutes early to all Empowerments and Classes to allow time for you to settle in.

For more information or for registration, please email: info@dharmacentre.org.nz or visit: www.dharmahouse.org.nz

Saturday March 29th,30th and 31st, 2013

 

Nelson Buddhist Centre
87 Nile Street
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand

Three Stages of Ever Deepening Mindfulness:
Essential pointers for unifying meditation practice and daily living.

A Weekend Urban Retreat Open to the Public
Friday March 29th: 7.30 pm. What is mindfulness? How do we cultivate it? What supports deepening mindfulness? What we are learning from the field of neuropsychology.

Saturday 30th: 9.00 am, 3.00 pm and 7.30 pm What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness? Developing Calm and Insight. What is real Insight knowledge?

Sunday March 31st: 9.00 am and 3.00 pm Teachings on mindfulness and the View of mindfulness and mind from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

We are fortunate to have Lama Mark Webber lead us in meditations and give teachings on the many facets of classic Buddhist mindfulness training and as they relate to some discoveries in neuropsychology. He will explain in detail the Buddha’s classic discourse called The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the necessity having a basis of Loving-kindness. Lama Mark will connect this essential training to the approaches found in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Why not allow the natural attentiveness open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward—one must train—but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. To discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness, it requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

Cost: Lama Mark does not want money to be a barrier to receiving teachings so there is no set fee. To support him and the Buddhist Centre, be as generous as you can. (Guide : $90+)

Registration Contact: Tiffany: tiffany@rigdzin.org or Lara : laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz

Please note, attendance at these teachings is by registration only. The weekend’s teachings are linked so attendance to only a part is not possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for those of us constrained from attending more secluded retreats by jobs or family to take some time to engage with meditation practice here in Nelson. Please register early as numbers are limited.

Saturday March 9th, 2013

Nelson Buddhist Centre
87 Nile Street
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand

Understanding the Universal Nature of Buddhist Refuge

A Public Class with Lama Mark Webber

7 pm Saturday March 9th, 2013

What really is your Refuge? Taking Refuge in the Buddhist tradition can be mystifying; often seen as religious dogma and confusing for many Westerners. Yet all traditions of Buddhadharma consider taking and developing Refuge to be essential along the path of Freedom and Compassion. Why? Lama Mark Webber will explain classically and in modern terms the many levels of meaning of Refuge. Understanding Refuge involves appreciating the heart of Dharma, the purpose of meditation and training in compassion. He welcomes your questions.
Cost: Lama Mark does not want money to be a barrier to receiving teachings so there is no set fee. To support him and the Buddhist Centre, be as generous as you can. (Guideline : $10+ at the door.).

Venue: Nelson Buddhist Centre
87 Nile Street
Nelson

Contact:
laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz
or
tiffanyvenz@gmail.com

February 16th to May 18th, 2013

Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, South Island, New Zealand

Vajra Yogini Retreat:

ONE MONTH OPTION: February 16th to March 16th (subject to accommodation), or

THREE MONTH OPTION: February 16th to May 18th.

Lama Mark is extending an invitation to interested practitioner’s to:
1) attend the first month of the three-month retreat, and being guided by the Lama through a retreat program or
2) attend for three-months. The one-month option is subject to availability. Priority will be given three-month retreatants who are participating in the Vajra Yogini Empowerments, teachings and retreat practices.

The Crown Wong-kur (Full Initiation into the Mandala) of Vajra Yogini (Dorje Phagmo), followed by a three-month deep retreat with teachings and meditations on compassion, Yidam Yoga, inner yogas, Tumo and Mahamudra.

The first week to ten days before the Wong-kur will be devoted to blessing and preparing the retreat environment; including painting the mandala, setting up the shrine, individual and public spaces. In addition, during this period, Lama Mark will give some classes and lead micro/macro-scopic studies on the inter-dependance, diversity and symbiotic-parasitic nature of all life.
Contact: Sunil

January 21st- February 4th, 2013

Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

DHARMA AND DIVING IN CAYOS COCHINOS

The weather and water have been especially delicious this year in Cayos Cochinos. Laurel has been out snorkeling and diving every day for 2 weeks seeing many new and interesting things. The list is long but a few highlights are: a large moray eel, 3 sea turtles, nurse shark, a magnificent spotted eagle ray, stingrays, monster lobsters, queen and french angle fish and a circus of colorful reef fish. Clarity, spaciousness, awareness, warm water and fish.
The retreat in Cayos is going to happen and will be January 21st to February 4th. The weather last year, was beautiful at that time. Accommodations will be at the small dive resort Plantation Beach Resort (www.plantationbeachresort.com) within easy walking, swimming and kayaking distance of Laurel’s house. Lama Mark will be giving daily dharma classes (topic to be announced) at Laurel’s house and there will be a boat to transport everyone back and forth for classes. The entire resort accomadates up to 12 retreaters. There will be two different prices, a non-diver (snorkeler) price and a scuba diver price. This includes double occupancy for 14 nights, 3 meals a day, transfers between La Ceiba and the island, snorkeling and kayaks. The non-diver package will be $1150. The scuba diver rate with one tank dive a day will be $1450 (additional dives available). Dana for Lama Mark is separate from this price. In addition to resort fees and Dana there will be a $200 course fee to cover expenses for the Teacher.
We wanted to give you the heads-up even though we don’t have all the details yet so you can plan for this exciting Dharma retreat. Several people from Canada and Guatemala have already committed to attend and space is limited.
One overnight in La Ceiba will be necessary on your way to the retreat. We will arrange a double room at the Paris Hotel on the central Park of La Ceiba. La Ceiba has a good airport with connections through San Pedro Sula, Honduras. There is a luxury bus from Guatemala City which is really very comfortable, Laurel has taken it many times. More info will be sent out as it becomes available, please let us know if you will be joining us on this inner and outer exploration.

Full payment is required to reserve your spot at this time.
To register please contact Nancy McPhee at nancy.mcphee@shaw.ca

January 8th, 2013

Vancouver, Canada.

You are invited to…
Three Stages of Ever Deepening Mindfulness:

-Essential Pointers for unifying meditation practice and daily living-

An Evening with Lama Mark Webber starting at 7pm.
This will be the last opportunity to be with Lama Mark in Vancouver until his return June 2013.
Location: 1444 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver

January 4-7, 2013

UBC, Vancouver.

Foundations of Mindfulness

We are fortunate to have Lama Mark Webber lead us in meditations and give teachings on the many facets of classic Buddhist mindfulness training and as they relate to some discoveries in neuropsychology. He will explain the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and give some profound instructions from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen tradition.
Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Our organisms are highly attentive, moment by moment to inner and outer things, even if “we” are not. Why not allow the natural attentiveness to open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward-one must train-but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. However, to discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. And this art must be taught. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

For more information & to register for this retreat Contact Terry: terryfrewer@shaw.ca 604 926 6288 and Saskia: saskias@telus.net 604 926 7398
Class times: Friday Jan 4th from 7 pm to 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday Jan 5th & 6th from 9.30 am to 9 pm
Monday Jan 7th – 9.30 am to 5 pm
Location: Vancouver School Of Theology UBC,room 527. 6000 Iona drive, Vanc., B.C. V6T.1L4
Parking: The Carey Center, located behind VST & UBC Rose Garden parking lot. Costs:$5/day.
Dana: Generosity/support for the Teacher is given separately from the Retreat Costs, please give as generously as you can.
Retreat Costs: $325 or an Early bird rate of $275 if paid by November the 30th, 2013. (We collect fees to cover course expenses and for the Teacher’s travel, food and accommodation expenses.)

Saturdays: October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st

Teachings in Port Hope

Meditation and Everyday Life

Saturday, October 6th
Lama Mark will speak about the conditions that allow the meditative mind of clarity, love, compassion and joy to emerge and stay naturally steady and present.

Insight or Not Insight

Saturday, November 3rd
Ever wonder what Insight or Wisdom means? What does genuine Insight change in us and those around us? Lama Mark will cover the topics of how Insight unfolds, the foundations, the essential qualities, real and imagined signs of progress, and that full Insight is in essence — full compassion.

Mindfulness and Loving-kindness:
The Foundations of True Insight

Saturday, December 1st
Mindfulness infused with loving-kindness―in all its simplicity and all its glory―are essential foundations of the Path to Freedom. During this one day workshop, Lama Mark will explain and give practical guidance on how to discover and nurture these two qualities. He will show us that both qualities are natural to our being. We need not be ‘heavy handed’ or ‘muscle through’ to find mindfulness and loving-kindness.
Please bring a blanket or yoga mat to be warm and comfortable on the floor. And please bring a meditation cushion if you sit with one. Lama Mark will be having us do some mindfulness explorations on the floor.

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Our organisms are highly attentive, moment by moment to inner and outer things, even if “we” are not. Why not allow the natural attentiveness to open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward-one must train-but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. However, to discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. And this art must be taught. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

All three days will be held at Cameco Arts Centre Sculthorpe Room, Capitol Theatre 20 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario.
Classes will run from 9-11 am and 2-4pm.
Contact: Susan McDonald by phone at 905-753-2731 or by emailing Susan.

September 22nd to December 15th, 2012

VajraYogini

Dharma Centre of Canada, Ontario

Fully Awake Compassionate Mind:

Crown Initiation of Vajra Yogini and 3 Month Retreat.
Teachings on Compassion, Yidam Yoga, Inner Yogas, and Mahamudra in a deep retreat setting.

Retreat is full with a waiting list. For more information, or to place your name on the waiting list, or to enquire about the server meditator roles, please visit dharmacentre.org or by phoning the Dharma Centre on (705) 488 2704.

September 14-17, 2012

River and Bridge: Winnipeg Study and Meditation Group, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Buddha’s Mangala Sutta: the union of loving-kindness and awareness.

By request, Lama Yongdu will be giving teachings and meditations from the Buddha’s Mangala Sutta or the ‘Discourse on Blessings’. Lama Yongdu will weave ancient wisdom with modern insights to bring forth beautiful meditations that can really help in the intelligent gathering and development of life’s countless blessings.

Lama Mark writes:
“So many people ask, ‘How do we mindfully, lovingly and wisely be with others and ourselves?’ We need lots and lots of blessings! And to gather a wealth of strength and merit. The most important factors in unfolding a blessed life have not changed radically since the time of the Buddha. This pithy and elegant text clarifies what we truly need and what harms us in our efforts to become Awake and compassionate. We are all surrounded by blessings. However, many can not discern what they are or they actively shun them. And we will arrive at the essential contemplation: ‘What is the highest blessing?’.”

Residences for retreatants and public talks at:
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Public talks will be in the Heritage Lounge (North Building)

Contact: Stephanie (204 837-5717) or Brian

September 12th and 13th, 2012

Vancouver

Public Class and Wongkur of Orgyen Kalden Drendze

Class: Understanding the Two Accumulations: Merit and Insight and comments on the nature of ritual and Tantric practice.
7:30 pm, September 12th 1444 Argyle Ave. West Vancouver [1 1/2 blocks south of Marine Drive between 14th and 15th] (15 minutes from downtown Vancouver). All are welcome. Please RSVP to Terry Frewer by email or by phoning 604-926-6288. Dana (generous donation) to the Lama is traditional and welcomed. Separately, to cover expenses (not for profit), we ask for $30 or what you can afford.
The entire spiritual path may be understood in terms of the two accumulations. It takes tremendous merit to awaken- this doesn’t just appear by itself, but is built: moment by wholesome moment. The merit collected by the practices of generosity, ethical behaviour, patience, energy and concentration provide a basis for Insight to be developed, not just in flashes, but with stability like the steady flow of a river. Tantra, which can be translated as ‘weaving’, offers a supreme way to thread together the many meritorious and insightful moments- like beads onto a rosary- into a continuity of accumulation.

Wongkur: Orgyen Kalden Drendze, Followed by a short class on this Tantric practice.
7:15 pm, September 13th at 1842 East 2nd Street (between Victoria and Commercial Drive). Please RSVP to Terry Frewer by email or by phoning 604-926-6288. Dana (generous donation) to the Lama is traditional and welcomed. Separately, to cover expenses (not for profit), we ask for $35 or what you can afford.
The Wongkur of Orgyen Kalden Drendze is a revealed Terma of Guru Rinpoche displaying the full range of Buddha Activities and especially powerful for the decrease of war in this age of weapons.

August 27th to September 10th, 2012

Galiano Island, British Columbia

Lama Mark is in private retreat.
July 7th to August 25th, 2012

Crystal Mountain Society, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

13th Annual Summer Retreat on Galiano Island

JEWEL ORNAMENT OF LIBERATION (Dam chos yid bzin gyi nor bu thar pa rin po che’i rgyan)

written by Je Gampopa; a complete exposition of the Mahayana teachings of ground, path and fruition of Buddhadharma.

Lama Mark will give a full exposition of this text throughout the 7 weeks.

For the first three weeks there are one, two or three week options available. Space is limited and preference will be given to those staying for the full 7 weeks. No one will be permitted to start the retreat late or to leave earlier based on their option chosen. Contact: Crystal Mountain Society

June 30th- July 1st, 2012

Vancouver School of Theology, UBC, Room 527

Deep Sensing & Seeing with the Heart

A two day mini-retreat and Empowerment of Green Tara of the Acacia Forest

Saturday 9:30 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

On Saturday morning we will begin promptly at 9:30 with the Empowerment. It is appreciated that participants arrive 15 minutes early!.

DANA: (Donation) Support for the Teacher is given separately from the Retreat Costs, please give generously!
RETREAT COSTS: $100. (We collect fees to cover course expenses and the Teacher”s travel, food and accommodation.)

Registration & Inquiries: Saskia

May 20th- June 20th, 2012

Germany and Switzerland

One month of Public classes, Teachings & Retreats in Germany & Switzerland

Germany schedule

(poster in English or German #2 and German #3):

  1. Public Talk, May 31st at 7.30 pm, CityKirche Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Kirchplatz 2 (5,- € ) What is the Essence of Buddhist Meditation?
  2. Weekend Workshop at the WPZ, June 2nd -3rd (from 10am-6pm) – 60 € plus Dana*, Waldpädagogisches Zentrum Burgholz, Friedensstraße 69, 42349 Wuppertal The Four Noble Truths and the Essence of Mind
  3. Meditation Retreat in the Oberbergisches Land, June 6th (6pm) to 12th (2pm), 65,-to 80,- € per day (depending on room) for room, meals and dharma courses, plus Dana*. Seminarhaus Ingrid Hufen, Auf dem Kuppen 8, 51570 Windeck–Halscheid. Mahamudra Teachings based on Examples of Illusion. In addition, Lama Mark will bestow the Empowerment and practice for Padmasambhava in the form of Urgyen Kalden Drendze (a Terma especially powerful for the decrease of war in this age of weapons) Ask for separate days to book.
  4. Public Talk, June 14th at 7.30pm, Färberei, Wuppertal-Opberbarmen, Stennert 8, (5,- € ) Why we Need to Cultivate Awake Compassion.
  5. Weekend Workshop at the WPZ, June 16th/17th (10am-6pm) – 80 € plus Dana*,Waldpädagogisches Zentrum Burgholz, Friedensstraße 69, 42349 Wuppertal The Six Pāramitās: what we must cultivate to embody freedom in Awareness and Compassion

For further information please see: www.namgyal-rinpoche-gruppe-deutschland.de/ or contact Karin Ricono karin.ricono@t-online.de or 0202/305930 or 0049/17652579518 or Monika Ellies monikaellies@yahoo.de or 0049/173392145

Switzerland schedule

Cutting through to the Root: Meditations & teachings on the Illusions that Cause Suffering States.

Lama Mark will guide us to understand the nature of Suffering, Emptiness & Compassion through explanatory teachings & introducing us to profound meditations. He will draw on instructions from classic Buddhist Insight traditions & the 12 Examples of Illusion from ancient Indian Mahayana sources. Through the days Lama Mark will weave explanations from these ancient teachings with modern discoveries from the fields of neuroscience, physics, biology & cognitive psychology. Experiencing & understanding Illusion & Emptiness is the most loving & compassionate thing one can do! This is a great opportunity to ask questions & be guided practically into tasting razor sharp awareness with kindness & humour.

May 25 6pm Potluck, 730 pm Class
May 26 10 am class, 3 pm class
May 27 10 am class, afternoon excursion on Science, Culture, Nature and Coffee in Zurich
Contact: Namgyal Group Switzerland

April 8th – May 11th 2012

Queenstown andAuckland Sphere Group , New Zealand

Teachings & Retreats in Queenstown and Auckland, NZ

Lama Mark’s teachings Queenstown
April 8th-3oth: Teachings based on Blazing Awakeness, will include empowerments to be advised and Movie Yoga.

Please contact Alan for more information: qtndharmahouse@yahoo.com, or visit the website: http://www.dharmahouse.org.nz/

Lama Mark’s teachings in Auckland (poster)
May 1st to 4th: Cutting through to the Root: Meditations & teachings on the Illusions that Cause Suffering States.
May 5th to 11th: Wongkur of Guru Rinpoche & Teachings for Unifying Compassion & Pristine Awareness.

Please contact Mira for more information: info@aucklandsphere.org, or visit the website http://aucklandsphere.org/

Sunday March 18th, 2012

Nelson Buddhist Centre, South Island, New Zealand

The Twelve Examples of Illusion

Lama Mark Webber will be guiding us to understand the nature of Suffering, Emptiness and Compassion through explanatory teachings and introducing us to profound meditations. He will draw on instructions from classic Buddhist Insight traditions and the Twelve Examples of Illusion from ancient Indian Mahayana sources. Throughout the day Lama Mark will weave explanations from these ancient teachings with modern discoveries from the fields of neuroscience, physics, biology and cognitive psychology. Experiencing and understanding illusion and Emptiness is the most loving and compassionate thing one can do! This is a great opportunity to ask questions and be guided practically into tasting razor sharp awareness with kindness and humour

February 18-March 24th, 2012

Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, South Island, New Zealand

BLAZING AWAKENESS

A one month retreat and teachings at the Wangapeka Retreat Centre. Contact: Alan

February 12th, 2012

1606 Bonita Ave. (between Cedar and Virginia), Fireside Room, 2nd Floor. Education Building,Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

The Art & Science of Meditation

the practice of awareness & compassion

“Ever wonder why we really want to meditate? What is it’s purpose? Where does meditation lead us? What is it we have to do to meditate? Why all the different techniques and themes of meditation?”

Lama Mark will kindly and directly illuminate for us the most essential points of the art and science of meditation within the Buddhist tradition. And he frequently uses results from neuroscience research to show how meditation works and what we need to do to make it effective. Questions are most welcome.

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for more information contact Elizabeth McClelland

January 15 to February 11, 2012

Guatemala

Contemplating the Nature of Illusion
Teachings on the 12 signs of Illusion from the Indian Tantric Tradition
The Crystal Mountain Annual Winter Retreat

THE UNION OF COMPASSION AND PRIMORDIAL AWARENESS
Sunday January 15- Saturday February 11 2012 (2 week (January 15-28) or 4 week retreat options available)
Location: Villas B’alam Ya, Lake Atilan, Carretera a Santa Catarina, Guatemala, (www.balamya.com).
For registration and details please contact:
Nicolina Sebok at shareseeds@yahoo.ca
Or Download the 2012 Winter Retreat Registration Forms and General Information Package
Costs and deposits: yet to be determined. Empowerments to be announced. More details to follow.
Photo from Villas B’alam Ya Lake Atilan

Presently, Lama Mark is in a private meditation retreat here on Galiano Island. Earlier today we received a message from Lama Mark that he would like to expand the title for the The Crystal Mountain Annual Winter Retreat in Guatemala. Lama Mark would like to include Contemplating the Nature of Illusion; Teachings on the 12 signs of Illusion from the Indian Tantric Tradition to the previously advertised title “The Union of Compassion & Primordial Awareness”.

Teachings and meditations will be given based on the text, “Contemplating Illusion through Loving All Life”, as well as Empowerments (Wongkurs) from the Highest Yoga Tantra’s to be announced during the retreat.

November 28th, 2011 to January 2012

Tso Pema (Rewalsar), India

One month of explorations in Tso Pema (Rewalsar) India

Interested students of Lama Mark who would like to explore and travel in northern India please contact: Jamie

At this point we are still working on the itinerary. Once it is fully settled we will inform all on the Email-list.

Considerations: You will need to get a Visitor’s visa for India, please check the following link for information: http://in.vfsglobal.ca/It can take 5 to 7 business days.

August 15th to November 28th, 2011

Galiano Island, British Columbia

Lama Mark will be in a silent meditation retreat.
November 27th, 2011

Vancouver, British Columbia

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be in Vancouver on Sunday November 27th 2011. There will be a potluck supper followed by a Dharma talk.
Lama Mark will give teachings to clarify, step by step, The Path of Liberation-Meditation. Questions welcomed!
All welcome. Please RSVP for potluck and/or just the Dharma talk terryfrewer@shaw.ca
saskias@telus.net 604.926.7398
Potluck Supper: 5:45pm. Class at 7pm
Cost: by Donation
For further information please contact Terry Frewer: 604-926-6288.
Address: 1444 Argyle Ave. West Vancouver [1 1/2 blocks south of Marine Drive between 14th and 15th] (15 minutes from downtown Vancouver).
July 9 – 30, 2011

Vipassana UBC 2011

Crystal Mountain, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

The Sixty Qualities of Buddha’s Speech
THE ANNUAL CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SUMMER RETREAT with Lama Mark Webber

Lama Mark has been requested to give teaching and a retreat on the Sixty Qualities of Buddha’s Speech.

“Through Compassion and Wisdom an extraordinary range of communication is possible. The sixty qualities of Buddha’s speech, as described in texts is astounding in its range and depth. Yet, we can all strive to garner and develop these qualities for the benefit of ourselves and all beings. In this meditation retreat we will explore many types of communication, both inner and outer, to craft ever deeper, richer, wiser moments of speech and communication. We will ask some fundamental questions: Why speech? Why communicate? Inner and outer sounds; what is the range and what do these tones do? How did communication and speech evolve and to what degree can we elevate it? In asking these questions we will keep returning to the descriptions of the 60 qualities or ‘tones’ of Awakened Speech and see if we can bring forth, even a little, each one. There will be four Empowerments bestowed in this retreat: Guru Padma Sambhava, The Immutable Sarasvati, Nang of Vajra Yogini and Ahm Gtsug Vajrapani. To refine our speech, like refining gold from its ore, we purify both inner and outer narrative stories or dialogues—the ‘tones’ of mind. This process of awareness and purification leads to profound changes in our physiology and experience.” LM

Also, throughout the retreat Lama Mark will give an oral transmission as well as teachings on The Root Text of: The Three Words that Strike the Vital Point (Thsig gsum gnad brdeg) by Paltrul Rinpoche

FOR MORE INFORMATION PHONE SUSAN VAN ASSELT
(250) 362-5161
vanasselt.susan@gmail.com

For more information about Crystal Mountain visit the website at www.crystalmountain.org

June 28 and 29, 2011

Inner Microscope

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Four Noble Truths and Essence of Mind
Two Evening Buddha Dharma Talks
with Lama Mark Webber
Tuesday, June 28th and Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
7:30 p.m.

All of the various Insight meditations help uncover three great mysteries: liberation from suffering, mind and compassion. In these two evenings, Lama Mark Webber will open the vast door on how we discover liberation from suffering and why the meditations on mind and compassion are so essential. To understand the essence of the Buddha’s Teaching, we must bring about a unity of experience, ‘seeing’ why we suffer, what is it that suffers and unfolding the great compassion is the natural, yet exalted expression of liberated mind.

Contact: River and Bridge: Winnipeg Study and Meditation Group
tel: (204) 489-6994
email: mlchown@shaw.ca

Location:Heritage Lounge
Canadian Mennonite University,
500 Shaftsbury Blvd.
North Campus,
(north side of Grant Avenue)

June 11-25, 2011

Inner Microscope

Dharma Centre of Canada, Ontario

Ever Deepening Mindfulness:
Tuning up the Inner Microscope and Telescope

Over the course of a two week meditation retreat, Lama Mark will continue to explore the Dharmas in the Namgyal Sadhana by refining and ever deepening the practice and experience of Mindfulness and Insight.

Evenings of June 7, 8, 9
2011.

Prajnaparamita

Landsdowne and Bloor, Toronto

The Prajnaparamita Empowerment and Teachings on the Heart Sutra

Lama Mark Webber will bestow the Prajnaparamita Empowerment and give teachings on the Heart Sutra. These events will be held in a private home, so please RSVP for directions and details. By donation.

To enquire or RSVP, please email: lisamichellecowen@rogers.com

June 3rd- 5th, 2011

Sarasvati

Ottawa, Canada.

The Union of Sound and Awareness

“I estimate that many people have at least 10 thousand outer and inner stories, conversations, songs, dialogues and chatter per day; about 3.5 million per year. Please consider that each dialogue, secretes neuro-hormones shaping and vibrating our body, speech and mental-emotional patterns—forming our brain maps. It is all sound. We will discover that we can learn to replace the habitual sounds and “vibrate” and sing liberative maps through meditative awareness. This is a very powerful form of mind, speech and body yoga.” (Lama Mark)

Details of class times and location to be announced. Please contact Trudy Gold for more details: tgold@magma.ca

May 13 to 26, 2011

Sarasvati

Germany

Teachings and Retreats in Germany
Click to download the German language poster
Click to download the German language postcard
Click to download the English language poster

Public Talk in Salon Stephan Lipphaus Naturfriseur, Karlstraße 50, 42105 Wuppertal; 5 € plus Dana * – Meditation and the Path of Liberation – May 13th (7:30pm)

Weekend Workshop at WPZ (Waldpädagogisches Zentrum Burgholz, Friedensstraße 69, 42349 Wuppertal; 40 € plus Dana*, without meals) – Mindfulness, Breath and Vipassana – May 14-15th: (10am-6pm, 10am-4pm)

Retreat in the Oberbergisches Land from 18th to 26th of May 2011at Seminarhaus Ingrid Hufen, Auf dem Kuppen 8, 51570 Windeck–Halscheid, 65,-to 80,- € per day (depending on room) for room, meals and dharma courses, plus Dana*; ask for seperate days to book. – The Namgyal Yoga and Teachings – May 18-26th.

Lama Mark Webber’s (Lama Yongdu’a) style of teaching is non-sectarian and universalist in nature, displaying for beings the wondrous unity, uniqueness and intrinsic freedom of all life. His teaching is classically founded, but well integrated with science, art and nature. His work with people demonstrates a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states, whether through meditation, study, art, travel or science. He has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma (the Teachings of Liberation) and meditation for thirty-five years. His root Lama was the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche. He is a Visiting and Resident Teacher for a number of retreat and Dharma Centres worldwide and is the author of a number of books and publications, including,”Why Meditate? A Heart Song of Vast Release”, “Union of Loving-kindness and Emptiness”, “All Life Breathing (CD set)” and editor and author of the booklet, “A Basket of Gems.”

For further information please see: www.namgyal-rinpoche-gruppe-deutschland.de/
or contact Karin Ricono karin.ricono@t-online.de or 0202/305930 or 0049/17652579518

*Dānā – Lama Mark does not want money to be a barrier to receiving teachings so there is no set fee. To support him be as generous as you can.

April 29 to May 7, 2011

Namgyal

in 8265 Mammern TG, Switzerland

Establishing Mental/Emotional Freedom:

The Art and Science of Meditationdownload poster here

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be leading a retreat with Dharma talks and practice sessions on meditation in Switzerland. Lama Mark will point out the very heart of meditation, integrating the ancient arts of meditation with our modern understandings of cognition and brain science. He will emphasize through practice sessions the importance of developing an ever deepening awareness and discernment of the qualities of freedom. Teachings from the Anapana-sati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breath) taught by the Buddha will be emphasized. There will be many opportunities for questions and personal guidance. The Empowerment of Namgyal will be bestowed at the end of the retreat.

The retreat will take place in a private cottage near Mammern at Lake Konstanz (Untersee). For more information on the location, the teachings and accommodation please contact Michael Gohl at: michael.gohl@bluewin.ch

At Wednesday, 27 at 2pm the Namgyal Group Switzerland will organize a group tour with Lama Mark Webber in CERN- Geneva. Applications must be made until February 10 at Michael Gohl at: michael.gohl@bluewin.ch

Schedule:
Open Meditation Weekend April 29 until May 1
Friday, April 29 15.00 -18.00 Arrival and registration
18.30 Supper together
20.00 Opening Class

Saturday, April 30
Sunday, May 1 06.00 Early Morning Group Meditation
09.00 Teaching
15.00 Teaching
20.00 Evening Group Meditation

Silent Retreat:
Monday, May 2 until Friday, May 6 Schedule to be announced

Namgyal Initiation:
Saturday, May 7 09.00 Wongkur

Private Interviews with Lama Mark Webber
Times to be announced

Information:
Karma Yoga: Cooking, kitchen cleaning and some other house work will be shared among the participants.

Costs Course fee Weekend: CHF 150.00
Weekend and retreat: CHF 300.00
Single days: special arrangements

Accommodation: CHF 20.00 per night in the cottage

Meals: We will share the costs among those eating at the cottage. Count about CHF 10.00 per main meal

Teaching: Dana for the teacher according to the Dharma tradition

Accommodation: In the cottage there are three small double rooms with bunkbeds. The shower is under the open sky ☺. Pillows and duvets are available. Please bring sleeping bag or your own sheets, pillow cases and duvet cover.
Other options are the guesthouses in Mammern (30 Min. walking or 5 Min. drive), i.e. Gasthaus zum Hecht: www.hecht-mammern.ch/ Gasthaus und Hotel zum Schiff: www.schiff-mammern.ch Travel Nearest train station is Mammern:www.mammern.ch .
We will pick you up.
For car driving directions check with Michael.

Registration Eva & Michael Gohl Tel. +41 44 422 29 87
eva.gohl@bluewin.ch or michael.gohl@bluewin.ch

05 April at 08:00 – 12 April at 12:00

Auckland2011

Bella Rakha Retreat Cente, Oratia, Auckland

Lama Mark Webber Meditation Teaching in New Zealand 2011

“THE UNION OF SOUND & AWARENESS”
7 day meditation retreat

”Just pause for a moment and try to estimate how many outer and inner stories, and internal moments of chatter we have in a day, in a year, in our whole life. Then please consider that each dialogue, each habitual pattern secretes neuro-homones and shapes our body, speech and mental-emotional patterns. These patterns become brain maps, built of countless sounds and vibrations. Who we are, who we become is how we sound and vibrate, manifesting what we say and do. We pay close attention to all the internal sounds and vibrations, hour after hour, day after day; and we learn to transform each statement, sound, image and posture into an expression of freedom and compassion. New maps are formed about us and how we experience the world.

This one-week retreat focuses on exploring the unity of awareness and sound. Not only can sound soften the “heart” and brighten awareness, but it leads to profound changes in all levels of inner and outer communication. We will deeply explore many levels of sound; song, sounding of syllables, breath, movement with mindfulness and mantra yoga. These practices produce real physiological change, and confidence in expanding to a continuum of tranquil vitality resulting in greater natural vividness and a compassionate flow of awareness. We not only deeply relax through sound, but we can then cut through the illusion of sound and all vibration as being substantial, leading to uncovering essential spaciousness and luminosity of mind. Meditation is far from being a frozen state. Meditation or mind in its naked state is vividly alive, awake, loving and without constraint. With a great openness of heart and awareness, emptiness of all experience shines through.” Lama Mark

Please book as places are limited.

For more information please contact Mira at georginamira@yahoo.co.nz or 021 548 781. Costings are still being confirmed, Mira should have the info by next week.

March 30, 2011

Sayadaw U Thila Wunta

Wangapeka Retreat Centre, South Island, NZ

Commemoration of Sayadaw U. ThilawuntaAs many have heard, the Venerable Sayadaw U. Thilawunta passed away on March 17th. In commemoration of the passing of Sayadaw, this full moon evening, Saturday March 19th, Lama Mark Webber will lead a ceremony in the Whare at the Wangapeka Retreat Centre. This puja is necessarily limited to those in retreat, due to the current silent Vipassana retreat on Death and Impermanence.

However, on March 30th, at 3:30 pm Lama Mark will lead a public ceremony in remembrance of this precious Dharma Teacher at the Pagoda at Wangapeka. The Pagoda is currently being sanded of peeling paint and a fresh white coat and gold trim will be ready for the March 30th commemoration. Flowers, food, candles, incense and other offerings are welcome, in memory of a tireless Noble Teacher and Meditation Master who mentored the unfolding of many beings, including the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and many members of our Dharma community.

Rafael Hoekstra,
for Lama Mark,
Wangapeka Retreat Centre

March 27, 2011

Auckland2011

Nelson, South Island, NZ

The Path of Mindfulness & InsightFor more information please contact Keith

For more details and to download the poster click here

March 5 to April 1, 2011

feather

Wangapeka Educational Trust & Retreat Center, New Zealand

Death, Birth, and Great Bliss: A meditation & biology retreat on the
transience of all

A four week retreat at the Wangapeka Educational Trust & Retreat Center, New Zealand, organized by the Queenstown Dharma House.

A one-week introductory option*

Lama Mark will be teaching a three-week Vipassana retreat that starts with one-week of nature studies and body awareness.

“Week One-Opening up the Enquiring Mind: To prime the mind of enquiry, joy and investigation, at a global scale, we will start with an introduction to the natural history of birth, life and death, combined with sessions of body awareness and energy yoga to settle the mind. We will spend the majority of each day exploring life forms with microscopes and keen field observation, mixed with informal seminars on the biology of reproduction, death, life and ecology. Learning the retreat skills of the gentle mode of enquiry, interest, study and observation will be especially emphasized through the field, body awareness and lab sessions and how these are applied in the following retreat. Please see the quote below from Thomas Eisner’s book, For the Love of Insects.

Weeks Two to Four – Meditation on Transience: With the support of energy yoga and loving-kindness, I will direct participants minds to the insight meditations on the transient nature of all things: birth, continuity and cessation. This involves repeatedly observing with a still, clear mind the nature of sensation, feelings, mental states, self and the experience of all phenomena. Vipassana meditations, including the meditation on death will be given from the Theravadin and Vajrayana traditions as well as from some modern biological themes. By deeply contemplating the transient nature of all, we come to experience of the cessation of clinging–bliss-emptiness–a great freedom. The profundity of this type of meditation and its bliss-emptiness nature are summed up by this ancient Pali verse:

Anicca vata sankhara – uppada-vaya-dhammino
Uppajjitva nirujjhanti – tesam vupasamo sukho

Transient are all component things, their nature is to arise and cease,
life comes into being, then dissolves, their cessation is bliss.”
(Lama Mark)

Priority for accomodation will be given to those who wish to attend the entire four-week retreat.

A quote from Thomas Eisner’s book, For the Love of Insects:

“How is it, I am often asked, that I make discoveries? I always feel a bit awkward about answering the question, because I do not have a particular method. The truth is that I spend a fair amount of time looking around. I already knew as a boy that if I wanted to see things happen- if I wanted to win the revelatory lottery of nature- I had to buy a lot of tickets. So it was in my youth that I formed the habit of taking exploratory walks, whenever possible and as often as possible, for the sole purpose of “eaves-dropping” on nature. Naturalists thrive of such walks, driven by curiosity and the hope of witnessing chance events. Taken at face value, such events may not amount to much. But they may “connect” to what you already know, to previous observations stored away in your memory, and thus take on added meaning. There has to be a constant readiness to make such connections. Every tidbit of new information, no matter how trivial, has the potential of amounting to more than a speck of colour. Properly assigned to the pointillist canvas that constitutes your inner view of the natural world, the new speck adds dimension to the vision.

… I have been extremely lucky in having nature reveal itself on occasion through chance events in my presence. I can remember as if it were yesterday witnessing for the first time Utetheisa being cut from a spider web, or Chrysopa dressing itself as an aphid, or Ammophila carrying a “flower,” and I yearn for future occasions when I may again be granted unexpected glimpses into the workings of nature. One of the great joys of returning to your natural haunts time and again, is that you have the opportunity of grasping the broader image. Observations tend then to become cumulative, to be evocative and revelatory in ways that are not possible until you begin to feel at home in the area. For the naturalist, in fact, feeling at home means having achieved a biological appreciation of a region.” (p. 395)

For information about the retreat, please contact: qtndharmahouse@yahoo.com

February 10 – February 28, 2011

Prajnaparamita

Queenstown, New Zealand

www.dharmahouse.org.nz

Queenstown Dharma Teachings

Wednesday 9th – Arrival in Queenstown

Thursday 10th – Informal class – 6.00 pm – Ask Lama Mark questions.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm.
The Union of Sound and Awareness. “I estimate that many people have at least 10 thousand outer and inner stories, conversations, songs, dialogues and chatter per day; about 3.5 million per year. Please consider that each dialogue, secretes neuro-hormones shaping and vibrating our body, speech and mental-emotional patterns—forming our brain maps. It is all sound. We will discover that we can learn to replace the habitual sounds and “vibrate” and sing liberative maps through meditative awareness. This is a very powerful form of mind, speech and body yoga.” (Lama Mark)

Tuesday 15th – Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th. – 7.00 pm.
The Cognitive Process in Meditation and Liberation. 7.00 pm. Teachings from the Abhidhamma and modern neuroscience . It has been said by some great teachers that Liberation from emotional suffering is the experiential knowledge of the cognitive process.

Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th – (times to be advised)
Movie Yoga & Insight Meditation: Going to the Movies to Realize Emptiness and Illusion. Movies examined with sharp awareness provide a swift method to understand and glimpse the nature of illusion, mental creation and Emptiness; a practice of Penetrative Insight meditation. Lama Mark will give an introduction and orientation into this unusual Yoga, and then we will go to the cinema to practice and make discoveries. There will be two very different movies (at a cinema) and four classes exploring the nature of Emptiness. Lama Mark will then give commentary on a most profound pithy text by the great yogi-scholar Ju Mipham Rimpoche (1846-1912).

Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd – 7.00 pm.
Teachings on the Paramī (Perfections). The Six Paramī (or Pāramitā) of the Mahayana tradition: generosity, ethics, energy, patience, concentration and wisdom, are the ‘bedrock’ strengths that need to be developed to a high degree to become liberated from suffering and assist others. This is one of those basic but deeply profound teachings—rich like an ocean of jewels—required for all meditative practitioners and those studying any facet of Buddha Dharma.

Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th – 10 am to 5.00 pm.
Mindfulness of Breathing (Ānāpāna-sati) Retreat. Followed by a Pot-Luck Supper. Lama Mark will give step by step teaching, with practice sessions, on the classic meditation of Ānāpāna-sati (Mindfulness of Breathing) by Sakyamuni Buddha. Both the Tranquility and Insight aspects of this remarkable meditation will be presented and explained.

Note: Empowerments yet to be announced. Contact: qtndharmahouse@yahoo.com

Tuesday 1 March 2010 – Lama Mark leaves Queenstown.

February 4th and 5th

Radiolarian

Wellpark Wellness Retreat Centre at Kawai Purapura
14 Mills Lane, Albany, North Shore City

Lama Mark Webber Meditation Teaching in New Zealand 2011

 

 

The Path of Liberation-Meditation:
Explained Step by Step in an Evening

4 February · 7:30 – 9:30pm in the Prema Room
Lama Mark Webber will give an evening talk on Meditation.
Questions welcomed.

Cost: $5 room hire fee.
Plus Dana (Donation) to the Teacher. Lama Mark lives only on donations please give generously.

For more information please contact Mira by email or phone 021 548 781

The Importance of Mindfulness

5 February · 09:00 – 12:00

The Importance of Mindfulness and Investigation in Freeing up Hindering Emotional States.
In this morning class we will explore body based mindfulness meditations in the Lotus Sanctuary Room, at the bottom of Wellpark Retreat.
Please bring loose clothing suitable for movement, meditation cushion to sit on and a blanket for lying on.

Cost: $15 room hire fee
Plus Dana: Dana is Lama Mark’s only source of income- please be generous.

For more information please contact Mira by email or phone 021 548 781

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oakland, California.

Establishing Mental/Emotional Freedom:
The Art and Science of Meditation

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be giving a talk and some brief practice sessions on the art and science of emotional freedom. Lama Mark will point out the very heart of meditation, from the Buddhist tradition, integrating the ancient arts of meditation with our modern understandings of cognition and brain science. He will underscore the essentiality of developing ever deepening calm-lucidity, mindfulness and discernment of physical and mental phenomena. There will be many opportunities for questions.

For more information on the location, the teachings and accommodation please contact Eve Dion at:evedion@gmail.com or (831) 234-8057

September 18, 2010-January 15, 2011Sakyamuni

Crystal Mountain Retreat and Study CentreGaliano Island, BC, Canada

ANNOUNCING A: “Four Month Abhidhamma/Insight Retreat”

In response to our requests for another long retreat and a deep study of Abhidhamma, Lama Mark has proposed a four month retreat on Galiano Island, September 18, 2010-January 15, 2011. Sponsored by Crystal Mountain Society.

The Abhidhamma(Pali for “Higher Laws” or “Higher Phenomena”) is one of the three-baskets (collections) of the Buddha’s teachings. In the Theravadin tradition it is considered to be the pinnacle of the Buddha’s teachings. It is a deep study via meditative analysis of mind and form, states, meditative concentration, realms of being, mental processes, cognition and stages of liberation; all from the perspective of the Buddha’s meditative insight. Abhidhamma studies combined with meditation are essential for better understanding the whole of Buddhist Teachings, especially the progressive unfoldment through meditative concentration and insight knowledge.

The Course/Retreat Plan is to have approximately three-months of Abhidhamma teachings, study and short meditation retreats, followed by 3-4 weeks of deep retreat on these profound teachings of Insight. Lama Mark stated that he will give the entire transmission of the text, the Abhidhammathasangaha, with some teachings from the Abhidhammakosa interspersed with modern cognitive, neuroscience, life sciences, ecology, physics/chemistry and space science perspectives. Be prepared to translate, study, investigate together, do lab explorations and meditate! The emphasis of this program will be on combining intellectual rigour with insight meditation in the tradition of Abhidhamma as Lama Mark received it from the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche.

The empowerment of Sarasvati will be given on October 16th.

January 3rd to January 22nd, 2011
(Please note the dates have changed.)

SarasvatiBodega Resort, North Galiano Island, BC

Crystal Mountain Society Presents…

THE UNION OF SOUND & AWARENESS

The Annual 3 Week Winter Retreat With Lama Mark Webber”Just pause for a moment and try to estimate how many outer and inner stories, and internal moments of chatter we have in a day, in a year, in our whole life. Then please consider that each dialogue, each habitual pattern secretes neuro-homones and shapes our body, speech and mental-emotional patterns. These patterns become brain maps, built of countless sounds and vibrations. Who we are, who we become is how we sound and vibrate, manifesting what we say and do. We pay close attention to all the internal sounds and vibrations, hour after hour, day after day; and we learn to transform each statement, sound, image and posture into an expression of freedom and compassion. New maps are formed about us and how we experience the world.

This three-week retreat focuses on exploring the unity of awareness and sound. Not only can sound soften the “heart” and brighten awareness, but it leads to profound changes in all levels of inner and outer communication. We will deeply explore many levels of sound; song, sounding of syllables, breath, movement with mindfulness and mantra yoga. These practices produce real physiological change, and confidence in expanding to a continuum of tranquil vitality resulting in greater natural vividness and a compassionate flow of awareness. We not only deeply relax through sound, but we can then cut through the illusion of sound and all vibration as being substantial, leading to uncovering essential spaciousness and luminosity of mind. Meditation is far from being a frozen state. Meditation or mind in its naked state is vividly alive, awake, loving and without constraint. With a great openness of heart and awareness, emptiness of all experience shines through.” Lama Mark

If you wish to study with Lama Mark privately, he is available for personal guidance and classes.

Registrar is Jane at 604-266-6866 or 604-837-4744 or email janemortifee@telus.net
Retreat Manager is Johanna

November 28 to December 4th, 2010

Guatamala PosterGuatamala

Establishing Mental/Emotional Freedom:
The Art and Science of Meditation

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be giving a series of Dharma Talks, teachings and practice sessions on meditation in Guatemala. Lama Mark will point out the very heart of meditation, integrating the ancient arts of meditation with our modern understandings of cognition and brain science. He will emphasize through practice sessions the importance of developing an ever deepening awareness and discernment of the qualities of freedom. There will be many opportunities for questions and personal guidance. Also join Lama Mark in his various explorations, likely some visits to coffee plantations and roasters, Guatemalan jade, textiles and various microscopic algae researches.

For more information on the location at Lake Atitlan, the teachings and accomodation please contact Laurel Jacobson at:laurel.jacobson@gmail.com

Click HERE to see the poster.

If you are interested in traveling to Guatemala from Canada, feel free to contact Melba Lapham for air ticket options: Mi Tierra Holidays Vancouver. ph: 604-689-5571 toll free: 1 877-689-5571, melba.mitierra@shaw.ca

July 10-31, 2010

21 Taras

Galiano Island, BC, Canada

The Annual Three-week Crystal Mountain Retreat:

The Nature of Community: going into the heart of communing with all.

Lama Mark will guide participants on an in-depth exploration–through meditations, group discoveries, classes and discussions–around the themes of community, communing, meditation, liberation and learning. We will start the retreat with four to five days of intensive explorations of body-mind awareness and physical integration through Feldenkrais guided by Jamie van Dam.

“We are enmeshed in a vast interconnected web of life and form and we are all part of a immense and intelligent community. But what do we really know of it? How do we participate in and explore this web without confusion, projection and turmoil? The word community literally comes from the roots “together” and “gift”, meaning to “exchange together”, or “give amongst each other”. Which kind of gifts are we giving and receiving: anxiety, harm, confusion or clarity, intelligence and compassion? Are we really aware of what we are exchanging internally and to others? Before we can commune well on a big scale–together with humans, groups and all kinds of creatures–we need to learn about giving and exchanging on the micro level. We require a clarity and depth exploration of what it is like to ‘commune’ with our own organism, to feel deeply comfortable and loving in our own ‘skin’. And the practice of generosity is the basis. Generosity builds great strength of mind. We will learn how to give deeply to our being, by drenching ourselves in mindfulness and loving-kindness, moment by moment and thereby expand this openness to all creatures and forms about us. To commune well is to be clear, alive, discovering, sensing and compassionate. To be clear and compassionate requires a deep physiological dissolving of our mental confusion and turmoil. The 21 Taras Empowerment will be bestowed on Sunday, July 18th.The Empowerments of Namgyal and White Mahakala will also be bestowed.” (Lama Mark)

For further information please call Jane at 604-266-6866 or 604-837-4744 or email janemortifee@telus.net

Here is the poster for the public classes
To see the poster for the retreat, please click here.

June 26th and 27th, 2010.

Prajnaparamita

Vancouver School of Theology UBC

Deep Sensing and Seeing with the Heart:
An exploration of the Heart Sutra and Empowerment of Prajnaparamita

A mini retreat-With Lama Mark Webber

The Heart Sutra is one of the great Buddhist classics pointing directly to the nature of emptiness, the essence of all experience and wisdom mind. It is a pithy and poetic meditation text, compassionate and deeply moving. With mindful attention to the experiences of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, perceptions, feelings and mind we begin to experience an open and wondrous freedom. The Tantric Empowerment of Prajnaparamita, who embodies the teaching of the Heart Sutra will be bestowed at the beginning of this retreat.
In addition to Lama Mark’s teaching there will be afternoon sessions of body-mind awareness and physical integration through Feldenkrais guided by Jamie van Dam. Please bring along your meditation cushion and a blanket for your comfort. DATE: June 26th and 27th, 2010.
LOCATION: Vancouver School of Theology UBC, room 527, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC
PARKING: The Carey Center, located behind VST & UBC Rose Garden parking lot. Costs:$5/day.
REGISTRATION and inquiries: call Saskia at 604 926-7398 or Debi at 604 529 1877.
DANA: (Donation) Support for the Teacher is given separately from the Retreat Costs, please give generously!
RETREAT COSTS: $100 (We collect fees to cover course expenses and the Teacher”s travel, food and accommodation.)
PROPOSED SCHEDULE: Saturday 9:30 am to 9 pm, Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

On Saturday morning we will begin promptly at 9:30 with the Empowerment of Prajnaparamita. It is appreciated that participants arrive 15 minutes early!

FOOD:For the lunch & supper breaks, there are several restaurants close by, as well as the workshop space has a small kitchen,surrounding quiet gardens & a deck with with a million dollar view.You are welcome to enjoy these facilities.

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May 18-June 1, 2010.

Sakyamuni

Dharma Centre of Canada, Kinmount, Ontario

Contemplating Illusion, Contemplating the Essence: Continuing explorations of the Namgyal Guru Yoga

To register or enquire about this retreat, please email The Dharma Centre of CanadaLama Mark writes: “This retreat will be a blend of traditional teachings and modern neuroscience (with emphasis on neuroplasticity). It is essential to understand why the practice of Buddhist Tantra, which is all Guru Yoga, is so vitally important for modern humans. In order to establish the proper order of practice, the foundation teachings and blessing of Refuge, Precepts and Bodhisattva commitments will be given first. In addition, anyone is welcome to attend for a renewal of these essential commitments and practices. After the empowerment of the Namgyal Guru Yoga, there will be teachings, group meditations and sessions of energy-awareness meditation. I will be emphasizing penetrative insight meditations on the illusory nature of all things, nature of mind and compassion for all life. If we wish to experience freedom, a great bliss of non-clinging awareness, then we need to find out what experience really is, from deep inside.”

“Let me see if I can clear away any doubts on confusion regarding taking Refuge. I am offering the classic Mahayana blessing of: Taking Refuge, Precepts, Dharma Name, and Bodhisattva commitments (vows) and the explanations and teachings that precede the ceremony. Traditionally and by common sense, it is very important that before entering into Tantric practices that the above be established in the mind-stream. In fact it is not possible to unfold the Yidam practices, which are all Guru Yogas without this commitment, being established first (sometimes beings have this quality in their mind-stream quite naturally, however, even then it is very good to bring it to conscious knowledge and practice). That is why at the beginning of each Empowerment and Sadhana the Refuge and Bodhisattva vow is repeated three times, sometimes a number of times in different ways. To practice Tantra and become the Yidam, practice as a Buddha, and emanate and receive blessings, requires this foundation. However, it is often the case that the Lama allows people to attend and receive Empowerment, even practice Tantra, if they have not formally taken Refuge etc., as the refuge and bodhisattva commitment is said at the beginning of each Empowerment and Sadhana practice; and one hopes at some future time when all is auspicious that the being will formally take Refuge with a Vajrayana teacher. It is very important to one’s ripening. One can take refuge with a teacher(s) many times in a life, and it is good to re-establish one’s commitments and precepts, like a refreshing drink of elixir for strength and vigour, to re-join and remember; especially since it is normal that there have been transgressions or ‘slip ups’ in ethics and bodhicitta commitments. Sometimes beings get lost for a time or go astray in believing that people, places or things are the real Refuge and the means of unfolding wisdom-compassion.

When I am the Lama who bestows the blessing, I don’t feel that those attending have an obligation to “be my student”. However, of course, a strong connection is made; it may be the case that the person feels I am their principle teacher, but there are many who study or come to teachings and retreats that have another teacher who they have taken refuge with and who they consider to be ‘their principle Lama’, even ‘root teacher.’ I am offering this blessing more often these days because so many people are attending courses or retreats, especially with Tantric yoga, where I assumed they had taken Mahayana refuge from another teacher and it turns out they have not, even after many years of Tantric practice. And secondly, not all people who practice Tantra are always clear and well founded on the vital importance of Refuge, precepts and Bodhicitta commitments flowing and being fresh in our mind-streams. I have confidence that by taking Refuge etc., and receiving detailed teachings on these foundations of the Path, many impediments to beings unfolding get cleared up. So, from time to time I offer this blessing, especially the explanations and commentaries. How is it possible to have refuge in Guru Mind without refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha: Buddha-nature (Buddha), transmission of Dharma (Dharma) and those who have experienced the transcendental (Sangha)? How is it possible to have refuge in Guru mind without refuge in Vajra Body-Speech-Mind? Not! So we need to take very good care of our minds as mind is the ultimate Refuge, as it is for all other sentient beings. So, let’s start with a deep and well built foundation.” LMW

The empowerment of White Tara will also be bestowed.

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2010: March 20 to May 3rd.

Mahamaya

Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre, (near Nelson) in New Zealand.

Neuroplasticty and the Illusory Nature of all Phenomena

There are 2, 4, and 6 week options (or longer as an individually guided retreat).

To register or enquire, please email Qtndharmahouse@yahoo.com

Summary of Retreat Program:
First Term
20 March – arrive and settle in.

21 March to 3 April –
Neuroplasticty and Meditation: breathing through the clouds obscuring Innate Awareness. Topics: Crafting a retreat: the art of enquiry and interest. Mental-body maps and the science of meditation. Energy Yoga through movement-awareness. Settling the body-mind. Empowerment, teaching and practice – to be advised.

3 April – Those due to depart should clean and vacate their rooms as early as practicable to make them available for those arriving.

Second Term
3 April to 1 May –
Mahamaya Empowerment and practice, combined with teachings on the illusory nature of all phenomena.
Topics: The practice and instructions of the Mahamaya Yoga;
Energy Yoga instructions and group practice through movement-awareness sessions, guided meditations;
Teachings on the illusory nature of all phenomena, neural maps and cognition, emptiness and compassion;
Exploring the nature of experience through penetrative insight;
The bliss-awareness of simply being.
Personal retreat guidance. Deepening the retreat.
Topics: Personal retreat guidance;
The retreat concludes with an Empowerment (to be announced), teachings and end of retreat

A period of personal retreat guidance will be included in the last week, deepening the retreat.
The retreat will conclude with an Empowerment (to be announced), teachings and end of retreat feast offering.

You are now invited to make application for a period of retreat commencing on either the 20th of March or the 3rd of April. Please also state the date on which you would propose to leave. All applicants will be advised and from successful applicants a deposit will be requested.

“Applications are invited for any of the following:
1. Full 42 day retreat commencing 20 March.
2.. Part retreat of two weeks commencing 20 March.
3. Part retreat of four weeks commencing 3 April. (Applications for less than four weeks may be considered if places are available and at Lama Mark’s discretion)

Important Note: Indicated interest is high for all three options. As accommodation is limited places will be allocated as follows:
1. First, to those registering for the full 42 days, and
2. Secondly, to those wishing to register for less than 42 days. Note: for applicants proposing to retreat from 3 April the longer the retreat the better the chance of securing a place.

Click here to link to the Wangapeka Website

2010: February 12- March 9

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Queenstown, New Zealand

www.dharmahouse.org.nz

The Queenstown Sessions: a veritable feast!

The Weekend Sessions, “Understanding Buddha Dharma” comprise a complete courseon Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana (Mahmudra/Dozchen). The progressive path of Buddhism involves moving from one ‘yana’ (vehicle) to the next. This is a detailed explanation of the scope of Buddha Dharma. It is rare indeed to find such an encompassing teaching.  It is important to try and follow the course all the way through, session by session. The Lama will explain this in more detail in the course of the Friday night (12 February) session.

The Weekday Sessions, comprise a “Detailed Examination of the Chenrezig Sadhana”.  This too, is a complete course.  While of great interest to anyone wishing to understand Vajrayana practice it is especially meaningful for those who have been working with the Chenrezig practice through the Centre. This is an opportunity to get to grips with what exactly yidam practice is and why it is so powerful.  It is important to try and follow the course all the way through, session by session.  This will be a revelation. The Lama will explain this in more detail in the course of the Friday night (12 February) session.

12 February (Friday)- 7.30pm – What is Dharma? And an overview of the teachings thru to the 9th of March.

Weekday Sessions: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th Feb, 2nd, 3rd March.

Weekend Sessions: Saturdays and Sundays, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th Feb, 6th, 7th March.

4th March (Thursday): Group Chenrezig meditation with Lama Mark.

9th March: Dinner together. (Venue to be advised).

For a pdf with full details of the programme, please click here.

For enquiries please contact Alan Macalister.

2010: January- February

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Auckland, New Zealand

Meditation, the Experience of Freedom, and the Neuroplasticity of the Brain.

Two evening talks, and two weekend retreats with Lama Mark Webber, January / February 2010, Wellpark North Shore Campus, Auckland.

Weekend Retreat:Being Present in Community
January 30-31 (Saturday 9am- 9pm, Sunday 9am- 5pm)

Evening talk: Compassion
Tuesday, February 2, 7.30pm

Evening talk:Meditation and the Art of Learning
Thursday, February 4, 7.30pm

Weekend Retreat: Meditation, the Experience of Freedom and the Neuroplasticity of the Brain
Feb 6-7 (Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-5pm)

Please see the poster.

VENUE, REGISTRATION AND ENQUIRIES:
Wellpark North Shore Campus Retreat Centre, (09) 415 9468, 14 Mills Lane, Albany,
North Shore, Auckland, wnsmanager@wellpark.co.nz

January 7-18th

Sakyamuni

Wuppertal, Germany

The art and science of meditation

Emphasizing the yogas of loving-kindness, compassion, energy balancing and the natural wakefulness of the mind. The Empowerment of Sakyamuni will be given during a retreat at the Halscheid Retreat Centre.

2009: November 13 -December 12Chenresig

Bodega Ridge, Galiano Island, BC.

Announcing a month long deep retreat with Lama Mark Webber….

When: November 13 -December 12, 2009

Where: Galiano Island, BC, Canada, at Bodega Resort.

Meditations on Bodhicitta and Compassion

Lama Mark will be giving a month of teachings focused on awakening Bodhicitta (mind of awakening) and unfolding compassion. Waking up these two “pillars” of Dharma is fundamental for all of us who are growing, searching and unfolding as human beings. The great Yogi Shabkar once said, “although one’s realization of Mind may be great, without compassion the Dharma is rotten.” As well, Lama Mark will teach on Yidam Yoga (Deity Yoga), clearing away misunderstandings, and highlighting how profound a path it is for strengthening Bodhicitta and compassion, and transforming unproductive life patterns. The Empowerments of Four Armed Chenresig and Fierce Guru with Phurba will be bestowed in the retreat. Emphasis will be on individual guidance, group practice sessions and movement-awareness explorations.

We need commitment for this retreat to happen. Initial deposits are due by June 30th. Click here for financial details. If you are committed to this retreat and unable to meet the deadlines or require further information please call Jane ASAP at 604-266-6866 or 604-837-4744 or email Jane Mortifee. Here is the application form and Crystal Mountain membership form.

We are looking for a Retreat Manager. The course fees for this individual will be waived (excluding food and Dana). It is preferable that this person have their own vehicle or access to one, the cost of gas will be covered.

2009: October 16- 31Namgyal

The Dharma Centre of Canada, Ontario, Canada

The Merging of Space, Compassion, Intelligence and Wakefulness. The Guru Yogas of Manjusri and Namgyal.

Further details to follow. Registration is by contact with the Dharma Centre of Canada.AdminOffice@dharmacentre.orgwww.dharmacentre.org

2009: October 8 and 13 at 7PMRed Chenrezeig

Toronto, Ontario

Dharma, Meditation and Psychotherapy

… clarifications, links and differences

Especially emphasizing links to recent understandings in Neuroplasticity

Two intimate studio lectures with renowned contemporary Dharma Teacher Lama Mark Webber

Thursday October 8th & Tuesday October 13th at 7PM

512 Lansdowne Ave, Unit 9, Toronto, Ontario

By Donation

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For More Information: please email Lisa or phone (416) 534 6830

2009: October 1 – 4Red Chenrezeig

Ottawa, Ontario

Unifying Yidam Yoga with Pristine Awareness

These teachings are about how to practice Deity (Yidam) Yoga. The most important aspect will be imparting a clear view of what it is that one is meditating on! He will emphasize such crucial topics as Bodhicitta, emptiness, and compassion, especially from the perspective of Dzogchen-Mahamudra. Lama Mark will clear away misunderstandings, and highlight how profound a path this is for strengthening Bodhicitta and compassion, as well transmuting unproductive life patterns. Understanding some key principles of this important yoga is essential to both deriving profound benefits for all, and enjoying these practices. Empowerment to be announced.

“For those engaged in the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism, Deity (Yidam) Yoga practice is essential. These meditations bring about mental and physiological strength, ripen talents and richness, clear away difficult obstacles and help bring about profound compassion and wisdom. There will be discourse, practice and commentary to help practitioners gain a vast view of the importance and joy of Yidam meditation and mantra yoga and how to deeply integrate it with the mind’s inner potential. So many unnecessary misunderstandings and frustrations are present around these Yogas, especially the practice and view of mantra yoga, visualization, different modes of practice and the essential dissolution stage. The structure, purpose and inner nature of these meditations will be clarified. In addition, the training and explorations that must be accomplished, the signs of discovery, and how insight meditations such as Mahamudra and Dzogchen are seamlessly integrated into these Yogas will be shown. Without integrating these yogas with the View of Emptiness, one may as well plant seeds in barren ground or watch images in a mirror without ever investigating the nature of the mirror.” Lama Mark

For More Information: please email Trudy or phone 613 226 6371

2009: July 10-Aug 2Red Chenrezeig

Crystal Mountain Study & Retreat Centre, Galiano Island, BC.

The Bliss of Manifestation and Open Mind

~ a retreat on the seamless integration of ancient meditations, creativity and natural inquiry ~

Natural surroundings offer a very direct path to experiencing the natural openness of mind and the bliss of experience. This retreat will focus on observations and participation with nature; inner and outer. Come and explore with Lama Mark as he weaves together ancient meditations with direct contemplations of perception, sensing, mind, creativity and natural forms to unfold mindfulness, calm, clarity and the natural state of complete relaxation. Lama Mark will lead practitioners to wider and deeper views of interconnectivity, uniqueness, wonder and unity that are natural expressions of being. At the beginning of the third week of the retreat, he will bestow the empowerment of Red Chenresig (Gyalwa Gyatso).

“Ever wonder why we really meditate? Essentially, penetrating beyond the calm mind lies the wondrous natural universe, as it is. This transcendent state is non-other than what is naturally present – suchness – and that is extraordinary! As the universe is fundamentally open, immediate, spontaneous, infinitely creative and alive; so too are you! How could it be otherwise? This natural state needs no gold leaf or fancy lights to make it any better than it is. Yet, to experience this directness and openness, which is always present in each one of us, requires a combination of deep relaxation, love and crisp awareness that is not normally apparent due to a very busy, story making consciousness. When the story making ceases, the mind relaxes and through investigation it discovers an amazing universe, inner and outer. And one’s being undergoes profound physiological and psychological changes. Eventually the interest to question, to discover and to be generous and compassionate is effortless and utterly spontaneous. Only one’s fear and anxiety of being in total love and wonder stands in the way. This natural mind of openness, is non-other than meditation!” Lama Mark

Details: One may attend the first week, the first and second weeks or the full three-weeks. Every attempt is made to locate a volunteer cook for each course. Please let us know if you would like to apply. Course fees will be reduced. TO REGISTER: please email crystalmountainsociety or see www.crystalmountain.org

2009:July 3-5St. Francis

Crystal Mountain Study & Retreat Centre, Galiano Island, BC.

WEEKEND RETREAT WITH LAMA MARK WEBBER

OPEN PUBLIC TALK ON FRIDAY EVENING JULY 3, at 7 P.M.

RETREAT – SATURDAY JULY 4 and SUNDAY JULY 5

Meditation-Naturally: How is Continuity of Meditative Concentration Sustained ?

With the support of Lama Mark, this weekend retreat is a time for discovery and learning the essentials of meditation. Meditation is the profound lucidity of the natural unobstructed mind. It needs no dogma, continuity of awareness is ever present and its nature is free of emotional turmoil. How to unfold this elegant and wonderful simplicity? That requires a road map, an over-view and training or mental culture, mixed with lots of experimentation. In this retreat Lama Mark will emphasize two foundations: kindness and mindfulness of breath. Through talks, short duration meditations and gentle and slow movements we learn to sustain meditative awareness throughout the day. The retreat is for those at all stages of meditative skill. Questions during the retreat are welcome.

Camping by option ~ Food by collective effort.Bring warm clothes, blanket and or yoga mats and sitting cushion if you have them – a few are available.

Friday Public Talk by Donation

Retreat Course Fee of $40 /members or $60 – covers the Teachers expenses and basic sundries

Dana for the Teacher – In keeping with traditional practice, the Teacher does not charge a fee. It is left up to the participants to assess their own circumstances and to give accordingly, as generously as possible. Fees charged by Crystal Mountain cover expenses to provide the Teaching and are not payment for the Teaching itself.

Please contact Libby at 250 539 3783 or bilbot51@hotmail.com to register or for information Libby or Janice at 250 539 3389 Please call to join the car pool

2009: Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28, 9am – 5pmHomunculus

UBC, Vancouver, Canada

Meditation, Therapy and Mindfulness: engaging neuroplasticity by direct experience

The human nervous system is capable of an enormous range of plasticity. In this second workshop, Lama Mark Webber will further explore the interconnections between meditation, mindfulness and therapy: the emphasis will be on meditative experiments and theory showing the importance of allowing openness in the sensory motor system–especially the eyes, mouth and hands. Please click here for a full description.

For more information please contact: Saskia Soeterik on 604 926 7398 or email Saskia Soeterik or Debbi Hartwell by phoning 604 529 1877.

2009: May 15th-23rdGreat White Umbrella Mother

Auckland, NZ

Why Meditate? The essence practice of unifying awareness and compassion.

May 15: An Introductory Talk on: The Essence of Meditation and Practice. May 16 and 17: A Weekend Retreat: Breathe Again! May 20: Dharma Class: Tantra: What is it? May 22: Dharma Class: Dream Yoga. May 23: Empowerment and Teachings on The White Umbrella Mother

Please click here for a full description of the programme.

For further information please contact Duncan Gray

2009: May 7th-13thRadiolarian

Wellington, NZ

The Essence of Meditation: The practice of awareness and compassion

-Thurs 7th May and Fri 8th May – (7.15 pm) teachings and meditations -Sat 9th May and Sun 10th May (9 am – 8.30 pm) – 2 days urban retreat -Tuesday 12th May – (7.15 pm) – Vajrasattva Wongkur and pith teachings -Wednesday Morning May 13th (9:30 am – 10:30 am) – Vajrasattva meditation instructions -Wednesday Evening May 13th – (7.15 pm), Question & Answer Session with Lama Mark

For a full description of the programme, please click here.

For further information please contact Sunil Nathvani by email or by telephoning 04 470 7545.

2009: Tuesday, May 5th, 9:30amGreat White Umbrella Mother

Queenstown, NZ

Empowerment and Teaching on The White Umbrella Mother (or “The Great Subduing Mother” – Dog-pa-Chen-Mo)

Empowerment and teachings of the White Umbrella Mother. Open to all. Followed by a feast offering and a pot luck lunch.

For further information please contact Alan

2009: April 11 – May 2Sky Blue Circle

Makarora, South Island, New Zealand

A Retreat on Mindfulness of Breath and Hua-Yen

This retreat lead by Lama Mark Webber will start with step by step teachings and individual guidance on the Buddha’s classic method of Mindfulness of Breath (Anapanasati). Both the Tranquility and Insight aspects of this remarkable meditation will be presented and explained.

After approximately 10 days, Lama Mark will give teachings and meditations from the Hua-yen school of Buddhism. These are profound and vast meditations on relativity, interdependence and impermanence, the Four Realms of reality, the Ten Mysterious Gates and so forth–inconceivably deep, challenging and stretching.

The Empowerment of the Demchog Five Tantras will also be bestowed, by request.

The two texts for this retreat are: The Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing) – copies available online, however an excellent translation may be found on p. 941, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, a new translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, translated by Bikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 1995. And, Entry into the Inconceivable, An Introduction to Hua-yen Buddhism, translations and introduction by Thomas Cleary, University of Hawaii Press, 1983.

2009: Sunday, 9:30am, April 5thHevajra

Queenstown, NZ

Empowerment and Teachings of Hevajra

Lama Mark will bestow the authorization Empowerment of Hevajra and afterwards give pith instructions on this deep and ancient meditative transmission. Requires previous practice and permission). Further teachings to be announced.

For further information please contact Alan

2009: Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 10:00am, March 21st and March 22ndDorje Phagmo

Queenstown, NZ

Empowerment and Teachings of Vajra Yogini

Vajra Yogini Empowerment and teachings. A Saturday evening Empowerment followed by a Sunday morning of teachings on this profound transmission and yoga.

For further information please contact Alan

2009: Saturday March 14th & Sunday March 15th. Queenstown, NZ

Introduction to Meditation – A two day mini retreat.

Classes & a non-residential retreat: Saturday 9am to 9pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm.

A unique, calm and supportive approach to being in a meditation retreat. During this retreat there will be an emphasis on getting to know the nature and interrelationships of breath; mindfulness-awareness, lucidity, kindness, and energy cycles in your mind-body. Lama Mark will show how direct and straightforward is meditation and that the kind and aware mind is always there; although just a ‘bit’ hidden away for a time!

For further information please contact Alan

2009: Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th Queenstown, NZ

Movie Yoga & Insight Meditation: Going to the Movies to Realize Emptiness and Illusion

Movies unified with awareness provide a swift method to understand and glimpse the nature of illusion, mental creation and Emptiness; a practice of Penetrative Insight meditation. Lama Mark will give an introduction and orientation into this unusual Yoga, and then we will go to the cinema to practice and make discoveries. Two very different movies (at a cinema) and four classes introducing the nature of Emptiness and Insight!

Times to be announced; dependant on movies showing and times playing- 2 movies & 4 classes.

For further information please contact Alan

2009: February 28, March 1,3,4,5. Queenstown, NZ

Classical Buddhist teachings on Healing, Death, Dying and Rebirth

Lama Mark will start with two classes on the basis and development of Buddhist Tantra, the nature of Empowerment and its unique methods of meditative practice. After the Empowerment of Medicine Buddha Lama Mark will teach two classes on mental and physical healing followed by two classes on classical Tantric instructions on dying, death and rebirth.

Classes/non-residential retreat: 7 classes total Dates: 9:30am & 7:30pm: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1st & 7:30pm March 3, 4, 5.

For further information please contact Alan

2009: Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th February, 7:30pm Queenstown, NZ

What is Meditation? What is not Meditation? Why Meditate? How to Meditate? Where to Meditate?

Classes/meditations

Lama Mark will give teachings to point out the “View”, “Meditation” and “Conduct”, the natural meditative state, relaxing the mind and getting to the essential question. What is meditation and what is not meditation? Find out how not to go astray in meditation and Dharma practice, how to go right to the “heart of the matter.” Why practicing mindfulness alone does not liberate, and what other mental and physical factors are required for experiencing and developing confidence in this naturally compassionate and awake mode.

For further information please contact Alan

2009: January 23- February 1st Wuppertal, Germany

Wuppertal, Germany – Teachings by Lama Mark Webber

Weekend 1- (Forest Retreat Centre- Waldpädagogisches Zentrum Burgholz) Jan. 23-25th – Open to all 1) Teachings on Tantra: What it means, why it developed and how it developed. How Tantra works and why it is so important to Western practitioners of Dharma; Tantra and Compassion; the meaning and importance of transmission and Wongkur (Empowerment); Tantra and the removal of life obstacles. 2) An introduction and overview to the Mandala Offering in the Extraordinary Foundation Practices: What is a Mandala?; What is offered and why; the many levels of meaning and understanding of this profound meditation; building strength/merit and power to awaken. 3) A Vajrasattva Wongkur and some pith teachings.

In Wuppertal City- Authorization Wongkur of Yamantaka- An Evening during the week of January 26th (contact Karin Ricono for details) Requirements to attend: 1)Everyone attending is to be of healthy mind and body. Only for those who have completed at least 100,000 mantras of Chenresig, Sakyamuni or Manjusri or other Deity Yoga meditations, combined with visualization practice of the deity yoga. Attendance by approval of Karin Ricono. Pithy teachings on the meditation practice of Yamantaka will also be given.

Weekend 2- (Forest Retreat Centre- Waldpädagogisches Zentrum Burgholz): January 30 to Febuary 1st. Open to all. Teachings and direct instructions on the Natural Mode of Freedom. “The Essential Point in Three Statements” by Khepa Sri Gyalpo (Patrul Rinpoche). Lama Mark will teach from this wonderful and pithy Dzogchen text. And he will give teachings to point out the “View”, Meditation” and “Conduct”, the natural meditative state, relaxing the mind and getting to the essential question. What is meditation and what is not meditation? Find out how not to go astray in meditation and Dharma practice, how to go right to the “heart of the matter.” Why practicing mindfulness alone does not liberate, and what other mental and physical factors are required for experiencing and developing confidence in this naturally compassionate and awake mode.

For further informationplease contact Karin Ricono at 0202/305930 or 0049/17652579518 or Monika Ellies by email or by calling 0049/173392145.

2008: Saturday Jan. 10th and Sunday Jan. 11th Galiano Island, BC

GALIANO ISLAND WEEK-END RETREAT

A unique, calm and supportive approach to being in a meditation retreat. During this retreat there will be an emphasis on getting to know the nature and interrelationships of breath; mindfulness-awareness, lucidity, kindness, and energy cycles in your mind-body. Lama Mark will show how direct and straightforward is meditation and that the kind and aware mind is always there; although just a ‘bit’ hidden away for a time!

To be held in a lovely setting overlooking Active Pass on Galiano Island. To register or for more information call Libby at 250 539 3783 or Janice at 250 539 3389 or email:crystalmountainsociety

2008: December 21st 1253 Chestnut St, Vancouer, Canada

Sarasvati Wongkur

We are pleased to announce that the empowerment of Sarasvati will be given by Lama Mark Webber in Vancouver. This Wongkur is open for all to attend. It is a profound empowerment for the development of Wisdom, Memory and Eloquence.

Time: 9:15am

Date: Sunday, 21st December Location: 1253 Chestnut Street, Vancouver Please bring Tibetan musical instruments. Enquiries may be directed to Rafael

2008: November 8-December 7 Bodega Resort, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

Announcing a deep month long retreat with Lama Mark Webber….

This retreat will take place from November 8 -December 7 2008 on Galiano Island, BC, Canada, at Bodega Resort.

Topic: Two weeks of Anapanasati (Meditation on Breath) and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, followed by two weeks of Dzogchen teachings. The empowerment of Fierce Guru With Phurba will also be given.

2008: September 13-14 Vancouver, BC, Canada

Exploring the Interface of Spiritual Practice and Therapy

This retreat-workshop will be given by Lama Mark Webber at UBC-Vancouver School of Theology. It is intended for practicing therapists.

Any other interested people besides therapists or for any further inquires regarding workshop details, please contact Cutting Edge Innovative Workshops: Saskia Soeterikor Debi Hartwell

A description of the workshop can be seen on the poster.

2008: September 3rd and 4th. Toronto, Canada

A Path of Generosity and the Craft of Meditation

In two nights of classes, Lama Mark will set forth a path of Freedom through the practice of generosity and meditation.

“Generosity is a high practice, with profound scope and consequences for all of us. Classically the meditation on generosity was to dissolve fear in oneself and others. Without embracing generosity at many levels, our spiritual unfolding comes and goes and often it sputters and withers, like a candle flame without air. Poverty mind sets in and meditation becomes a rote technique, a lifeless practice. Generosity is at the heart of our human development and everything we do, especially meditation. Wisdom dawns when meditation becomes fused with a continuum of aware generosity. This fusion leads to the eradication of mental poverty through discovering the immense wealth of the naturally awake mind brimming with an ocean of compassion: the Wish-granting Jewel and the Buddha’s Wish-fulfilling Tree.” Lama Mark

Date:September 3rd and 4th, 7:30pm
Location: Unit 9, 512 Lansdowne Ave, (near Lansdowne and Bloor, right by the subway station),Toronto
Enquiries may be directed to Lisa Cowen

2008: Thursday August 28 through to Sunday August 31 Ottawa, Canada

Generosity and the Craft of Awakening

Liberation and awakening is really a grand craft. And meditation is a craft, not a rote technique. Re-orientate to crafting a Path of Awakening through the joy of building, discovering, unlearning, making mistakes, studying, asking questions-questing-a mandala of projects all with awareness. This is an essential view. We must learn how to patiently chip away, like a good sculptor in stone, at a theme or spiritual project until revelation and deep meaning emerges. This is something to learn and imbibe from the Guru and fellow spiritual friends. These teachings will also touch on: how to practice the art of generosity which is such a swift path to freedom; what is a rich spiritual person? How do we become rich and strong? Teachings on the Wish Granting Gem and the Buddha’s Wish Granting Tree; and the vanquishing of the poverty mind.

Lama Mark will also offer on Saturday morning a Zambala Yab-Yum empowerment from the Nyingma Tradition, a Guru Yoga practice.

Schedule:

Aug. 28 Thursday

5:30 pm pot luck supper and hello

7:30 pm class

Aug. 29 Friday

9:00 am -11:00 am Interviews

7:30 pm class

Aug. 30 Saturday

9:30 am Zambala Yab-Yum Wongkur

2:30 pm class on Zambala Yab-Yum, Generosity and Guru Yoga

Aug. 31 Sunday

10:00 am class Zambala Yab-Yum inner yoga and Wisdom

Coffee-tea gathering with an informal talk on the art of coffee making, ecology, diatoms and many beautiful recent pictures of marine plankton.

All classes, interviews, meetings, social occasions around this visit will take place at 36 Vanson Ave. All are welcome.

Any questions, please contact Trudy by email or by calling 613 226 6371

2008: August 16,17, Vancouver

The Wongkur of Karmapaksi

The Wongkur of Karma Paksi will be bestowed on August 16th.
This is a profound Guru Yoga for the cultivation of mental strength, protection of the Dharma, and the realization of Wisdom. The prerequisite for attendance is the completion of 100,000 mantras of Chenresig or another Yidam.

Date: Saturday August 16th, 7:30pm followed by teachings on this practice on Sunday 17th at 9:30am.
Location: 1253 Chestnut Street, Vancouver.

Please bring Tibetan musical instruments! (bells, horns, drums, Damarus…)

For registration/queries please contact Gisele Sabourin by phoning 604-877-1469 or email by clicking here.

2008: August 12, 13 & 14, Vancouver The Crystal Mountain Society is pleased to host:

Meditation, Awareness and Movement

At 3630 West Broadway, Vancouver, (a few doors west of Banyen Books) 7:00 to 9:00 pm

These three evening classes will cover these topics and more:

  • An introduction to the craft of meditation, awareness and breath
  • How to cultivate a continuum of lucid mindfulness and loving-kindness
  • How slow movement with mindfulness deepens well-being
  • Meditation without all that struggle and frustration-Practice sessions together
  • Learn how to use movement-mindfulness & breath to greatly deepen meditation
  • Learn how to meditate all day
  • Learn how to bring breath-energy-sensation to every part of your body

For registration please contact Gisele Sabourin at: 604-877-1469 or email crystalmountainsociety@yahoo.ca

2008: July 8,15,22Page Drive

Galiano Island, BC, Canada

Open Public Talks on Galiano Island

“Questions About Living Life Well”

We are pleased to announce: Open Public Talks on Galiano Island with Lama Mark Webber Bring your: “Questions About Living Life Well” July 8th, 15th, 22nd at 7:30pm Please Join us in the Page Drive meeting room.

Any questions may be directed to Elizabeth Latta by email or by calling 250-539-3525.

2008: July 7- 26Crystal Mountain Retreat and Study Centre

Galiano Island, BC, Canada

The Tantric Meditation on the Unity of Generosity and Wisdom: Golden Zambala Yab-Yum

Dates: July 7-26th (three-weeks), with one, two and three week options.*

“Generosity- both the act of giving and receiving- is a vital root nourishing all meditative and spiritual growth. Without generosity conjoined with penetrative insight, the fruits of one’s practice, especially meditative concentration are always weak. Zambala is a principle Tantric meditative deity (Yidam) for unfolding the unity of generosity and wisdom and the skill to help others develop this strength. It is a corrective to mental and material impoverishment, so we have abundant energy to fulfill the Path of Liberation and give this gift to others. Generosity is the rapid antidote to attachment, hoarding, stinginess and clinging. We need to unfold a generous mind filled with concentration, exploration, joy, love and awareness; this is a supreme gift to ourselves and all living beings. The more we overcome resistance to giving and receiving beyond what we thought possible, fear and anxiety evaporate and the non-clinging, free and luminous aspect of the mind naturally manifests. Insight or wisdom is gaining a clear and continuous experience of this naturally inherent aspect of mind. In this retreat, through a combination of Empowerments, teachings, daily meditations, body, breath and energy awareness we will begin to discover and unfold the power of generosity which is within all of us.” (Lama Mark)

To Register for this retreat please email: crystalmountainsociety@yahoo.ca

or Phone 250.383.3032

* One may attend the first week; the first and second weeks or the full three-weeks.

2008: May 22-27, New Zealand: Auckland

Loving-kindness and Emptiness

A week’s teaching on lovingkindness and Emptiness. The empowerment of Six-armed White Mahakala will also be bestowed.

Please contact Janet Eades for more information or registration.

2008: April 19th – May 10, New Zealand: MakaroraQueenstown Dharma Centre

Buddhist Meditations on Realizing the Naturally Awake State

ANNUAL THREE-WEEK MAKARORA RETREAT

Lama Mark will be bestowing the empowerment of Karma Paksi and giving teachings from texts by the great 8th century teacher and yogi, Padmasambhava. There will be individual meditation guidance and group practice sessions. This retreat will be a great opportunity to learn the essence of meditation, mind yoga and some physical movements to bring about peacefulness and bright awakeness. Throughout the course, Lama Mark will point to and instruct on the essence of true meditation; the natural continuum of mindfulness and lucid awareness inherent in every moment, in every one of us. We come to discover, through sustained concentration merged with loving-kindness, a compassionate, vividly aware mind free of mental obstacles and delusions.

The empowerment of White Six-Armed Mahakala will also be given. This is a practice for the discovery of Pristine Awareness, support for meditative practice through richness and power, the dissolution of material and psychological poverty for all beings, and the alchemical transmutation of the life energies.

Location: Makarora Homestead, New Zealand

Please contact Alan for more information or registration.

2008: 26 March – 15 April, New Zealand: Christchurch & Akaroa Harbour

Fieldwork / Labwork in Christchurch

Continuing research into the autoecology of the diatom Ditylum brightwellii. An in-depth investigation into the behaviour of this marine organism. Specifically addressing its “patchy” distribution and apparent stress in the natural environment. Boat trips will be underataken in Akaroa Harbour to collect biological and nutrient samples. Microscopic studies will be carried out in the laboratories of the University of Canterbury.

Please contact Rafael Hoekstra for more information.

2008: 5 – 9 March, New Zealand: QueenstownQueenstown Dharma Centre

The Western Mystical Path: teachings from St. John of the Cross

A BOLD ILLUMINATION OF THE MEDITATIVE PATH

Lama Mark Webber will be teaching on the topic of the Western Mystical path, a subject he is currently teaching and exploring during the three-month San Ginesio retreat. Readings and commentary from St. John of the Cross’s manual of meditation called the Ascent of Mt. Carmel will form the core of this weekend of teaching and meditation. St. John of the Cross is a famous 16th century mystic and one of Spain’s greatest poets. He was also a brilliant systematizer of the entire spiritual path, especially his division of the path into three Dark Nights; of the senses, of faith and of God, corresponding to the lights of evening, midnight and dawn. The equivalences, to be revealed in these classes between St. John of the Cross’s teachings and the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions are unmistakable, illuminating and beautiful to behold. Lama Mark will also discuss some differences in cultural attitudes and history between Buddhism and its meditation systems and the path of the Western Mystic; including how we integrate our rich Western tradition of enquiry and scientific method. By exploring the teachings of a great Christian Mystic, meditative practitioners no matter what path they follow may see how universal and essential is the nature of liberation.;

Location: Queenstown Dharma House

Please contact Alan for more information or registration.

2008: 24 – 27 February, New Zealand: QueenstownQueenstown Dharma Centre

How to Merge Deity (Yidam) Yoga Practice with Wisdom: Teachings from the Nyingma Tradition

“For those engaged in the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism, Deity (Yidam) Yoga practice is essential. These meditations bring about mental and physiological strength, ripen talents and richness, clear away difficult obstacles and help bring about profound compassion and wisdom. There will be discourse, practice and commentary to help practitioners gain a vast view of the importance and joy of Yidam meditation and mantra yoga and how to deeply integrate it with the mind’s inner potential. So many unnecessary misunderstandings and frustrations are present around these Yogas, especially the practice and view of mantra yoga, visualization, different modes of practice and the essential dissolution stage. The structure, purpose and inner nature of these meditations will be clarified. In addition, the training and explorations that must be accomplished, the signs of discovery, and how insight meditations such as Mahamudra and Dzogchen are seamlessly integrated into these Yogas will be shown. Without integrating these yogas with the View of Emptiness, one may as well plant seeds in barren ground or watch images in a mirror without ever investigating the nature of the mirror.” -Lama Mark

The empowerments of Green Tara of the Acacia Forest and Sakya Pandita Manjusri will be bestowed.

Location: Queenstown Dharma House

Please contact Alan for more information or registration.

2008: 20-22 February, New Zealand: QueenstownQueenstown Dharma Centre

The Foundation of Buddhist Meditation: The Practice of Loving-kindness

“At the heart of all Buddhist meditation is the practice of Loving-kindness. Without a good foundation in loving-kindness many obstacles will occur to unfolding the union of wisdom and compassion. There is so much frustration, anger, rage and jealousy in us; these states of mind and body must be quenched, tamed and dissolved into a loving, open heart of clear mind. To love, we feel we must hold on, deeply grasp to ideas, objects, people and places- this is not necessary- and it causes suffering. We discover, the more we empty out all grasping and delusions, the more love for all life pours into us. …” -Lama Mark

Location: Queenstown Dharma House

Please contact Alan for more information or registration.

2008: February 15-17, New Zealand: Wellington

Deep Sensing and Seeing with the Heart

AN EXPLORATION OF THE HEART SUTRA.

Lama Mark will be teaching from the Heart Sutra during this non-residential retreat. The Heart Sutra is one of the great Buddhist classics pointing directly to the nature of emptiness, the essence of all experience and wisdom mind. It is a pithy and poetic meditation text, compassionate and deeply moving. With mindful attention to the experiences of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, perceptions, feelings and mind we begin to experience an open and wondrous freedom. The Tantric empowerment and meditation of Prajnaparamita, who embodies the teaching of the Heart Sutra will be bestowed during this course.

Location: Home of Compassion Community Centre, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Please contact Ruth Pink for more information or registration.

2008: February 8 – 10, New Zealand: Auckland

Meditations on Overcoming Fears: The Mandala of the Twenty-0ne Taras

“The meditations of the Twenty-one Taras (female embodiments of wisdom and compassion) are a powerful entry gate into liberation from fears and anxieties and the building of great emotional and mental strength. By becoming each figure in the mandala, different types of obstacles are dissolved and strengths and talents open. This is a mandala of compassionate awake activity. Each figure is an aspect of the central green figure of Tara (Tara-“to cross over”). Around her are four different Taras representing the Four Buddha Activities of: peacefulness, unfoldment/increase, power, and fierce cutting through all obstacles. Then there are the remaining sixteen Taras that help remove deep seated fears and anxieties and bring about immense strength. In addition to explaining the rich and ancient tradition of Tara, this is an ideal time to share some modern psychological and physiological views about anxiety and fear, trauma and the remarkable plasticity and openness of our nervous system.” -Lama Mark

Location: This residential retreat will be held on a retreat property in the Waitakere hills, West Auckland.

Please contact Janet Eades for more information or registration.

2008: January 25 – 27The Crystal Group

Hereford, UK

The Western Mystical Path: teachings from St. John of the Cross

A BOLD ILLUMINATION OF THE MEDITATIVE PATH

Lama Mark Webber will be teaching on the topic of the Western Mystical path, a subject he is currently teaching and exploring during the three-month San Ginesio retreat. Readings and commentary from St. John of the Cross’s manual of meditation called the Ascent of Mt. Carmel will form the core of this weekend of teaching and meditation. St. John of the Cross is a famous 16th century mystic and one of Spain’s greatest poets. He was also a brilliant systematizer of the entire spiritual path, especially his division of the path into three Dark Nights; of the senses, of faith and of God, corresponding to the lights of evening, midnight and dawn. The equivalences, to be revealed in these classes between St. John of the Cross’s teachings and the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions are unmistakable, illuminating and beautiful to behold. Lama Mark will also discuss some differences in cultural attitudes and history between Buddhism and its meditation systems and the path of the Western Mystic; including how we integrate our rich Western tradition of enquiry and scientific method. By exploring the teachings of a great Christian Mystic, meditative practitioners no matter what path they follow may see how universal and essential is the nature of liberation.

Location: Maitreya House in Lower Maescoed, Hereford, UK

please contact Simon for more information or registration.

2008: January 18-20, Germany- Wuppertal

Buddhist Meditations on Overcoming Fears and anxieties: The Empowerment and Teachings of Green Tara

“6The meditations of the Twenty-one Taras (female embodiments of wisdom and compassion) are a powerful entry gate into liberation from fears and anxieties and the building of great emotional and mental strength. By becoming each figure in the mandala, different types of obstacles are dissolved and strengths and talents open. This is a mandala of compassionate awake activity. Each figure is an aspect of the central green figure of Tara (Tara-“to cross over”). Around her are four different Taras representing the Four Buddha Activities of: peacefulness, unfoldment/increase, power, and fierce cutting through all obstacles. Then there are the remaining sixteen Taras that help remove deep seated fears and anxieties and bring about immense strength. In addition to explaining the rich and ancient tradition of Tara, this is an ideal time to share some modern psychological and physiological views about anxiety and fear, trauma and the remarkable plasticity and openness of our nervous system.” -Lama Mark

Location: Waldpadagogisches Zentrum Burgholz , Wuppertal.

Contact: Karin Ricono telefon 0202/ 305930 or email for more information or registration.

2008: January, Israel

Travels in Israel

Visit friends, the country. Exchanges-sharing on Kabbalah and Buddhist meditations. No classes announced.

2007 – October 5th to January 5th, Italy

The Vajra Mind Retreat in Italy

Individually guided meditation programs with weekly interviews. Teachings on the topic of the Western Mystical path. Readings and commentary from St. John of the Cross’s manual of meditation called the Ascent of Mt. Carmel forms the core of this retreat’s teaching and meditations. Also teachings on the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions of meditation, faults and pit-falls in meditation and teachings clarifying the nature of true meditative realization. Wongkur of Chenresig.

We have found an excellent retreat house in a beautiful, peaceful location in IL CASTELLANO http://www.ilcastellano.info 7 bedroom farmhouse, with 2 additional rooms, 3 bathrooms, teaching area, large kitchen.There is a small wood at the back of the house, which is filled with a wide variety of Mediterranean trees. It is part of the property, and so would be for your exclusive use. There is also an ancient footpath which takes you the 8 km to San Ginesio (click this link and then type San Ginesio, a beautiful walk which leads to an equally beautiful medieval town, with breathtaking views of the Sibillini Mountain range. We have options for this retreat.#1 short term retreat, anytime between October 5th and Jan.5th. The cost is unknown for a short term retreat, but most likely $40 CAN/day for Accommodation, $15/day for food, a donation towards Lama Mark’s expenses, your personal travel expenses and Dana for Lama Mark.Please feel free to contact me about a 1 week, 2 week or however long you can come to Italy for a retreat. We have another farmhouse which is separate from the one described above, which will create an environment for short term retreats away from the deep retreat itself.#2 93 days in length from October 5th to January 5th. TOTAL COST: Roughly the total cost per person for the length of the retreat including accommodation, food and expenses for Lama Mark would be approximately $6500 CAN ($70/day)not including your personal flight cost and Dana for Lama Mark * The total cost is based on 7 people and will shift if we have more people in retreat. If there are 9 people in the retreat, which the farmhouse has the capacity for, then all the above costs will change slightly (lower), and they would also change if the exchange rate from Euros to CANadian dollars changes. We need to know who is serious about this retreat so that we can reserve this house, another house for Lama Mark and plan for this retreat.please email for more information or registration.

2007 – August 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, Vancouver

Twelve Manjushris & Wisdom Mind Teachings and Meditations

Lama Mark will confer the Wongkurs of the Twelve Manjushris: August 7th, 8th and 9th

Followed with teachings and meditations of the Wisdom Mind: August 10th and 11th

Manjushri, as a meditation deity is an embodiment of the Wisdom Mind fully integrated with the compassion to teach and lead beings to Liberation. The Tantric meditations of the Twelve forms of Manjurshri were brought from ancient India to Tibet in the 11th century by the great translator, teacher and yogi, Bari Lotsawa. And the initiations bestowed by Lama Mark will give authorization to practice, develop and reveal profound facets of the intelligence of the Wisdom Mind.These practices are especially good for increasing clarity, logic, brightness, intelligence, speech, explanation of Dharma, all with a gentle heart of compassion. In addition to the empowerments and teachings of Manjushri, Lama Mark will connect these practices to the great meditative traditions of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (penetrative insight).

please email for more information or registration. Click here for a poster of the retreat.

2007 – July 6th to 28thCrystal Mountain Retreat and Study Centre, Galiano Island, British Columbia

Community Gathering and Summer Retreat on Galiano Island

July 6th, 7th and 8th Community Gathering – everyone welcome

July 8th – 28th The Songs of Liberation

please For information and a registration form:

Please email Denise Truax to Register : dtruax (at) ontera.net

or phone Helen Foster for information at (604) 947 0987

2007 – March, April and MayQueenstown Dharma Centre, New Zealand

Ancient Arts for Modern Minds

Three months of Public teachings, guided meditations, weekend meditation retreats and Wongkurs in Queenstown New Zealand.

please email: qtndharmahouse (at) yahoo.com for more information or registration.

2007 – March, April and MayQueenstown Dharma Centre, New Zealand

Teachings of Guru Padmasambhava:

April 21st to May 13th in Makarora. Meditations and teachings introducing the natural state of awareness. With the empowerments of Guru Rinpoche and Fierce Guru with Phurba.

please contact Sunil for more information or registration.

2007 – February

Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show

we are presently looking into a trip in early February, if you are interested please email me.

2007 – January 19th to 31stCrystal Mountain Retreat & Study Centre ,Galiano Island, B.C.

A Vipassana and Chenresig Retreat:

Unfolding the Nature of Loving-kindness and Emptiness. A 12 day retreat on Galiano Island.

please contact Johanna for more information or registration

2006/07 – August 11th to January 12thDharma Centre of Canada, Kinmount, Ontario

The Lucid Mind Retreat: A Three to Five Month Retreat

The Dharma Centre of Canada is pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity to do a deep meditation retreat with Lama Mark Webber.

No specific program has been set up; this retreat will be primarily tailored to each participant’s requirements and experience. Though each participant will have an individual program of retreat work, many participants will be encouraged to participate in occasional structured group programs and teaching. Initially, for a number of weeks, Continuum of Awareness (energy balancing and movement) sessions will be held. Meditation interviews will be available throughout the retreat.

Mark has indicated that he will give some wongkurs during the retreat, and at some point, the Crown Initiation of Dorje Phagmo. Additionally, there will be two weeks of instruction and guidance on the classic Vipassana practice on the Elements (dhatus) and he will conclude the five-month retreat with a 3-4 week teaching on the Progressive Stages of Emptiness.

To inquire about this retreat and or any retreats at the Dharma Centre of Canada, please contact the administration.

2006 – August 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vancouver

Public classes in Vancouver

Location to be announced. If you are interested in assisting and organizing these public talks please contact Jamie

2006 – July 30th, Vancouver, B.C.Crystal Mountain

21 Taras Wongkur/Empowerment

Wongkur will begin at 845am, please arrive on time. Location: Just the other side of False Creek, 2 blocks west of Cambie (3261 Heather Street, between 16th and 17th).

2006 – July 8th to 29th,Crystal Mountain Retreat & Study Centre ,Galiano Island, B.C.

Summer Retreat on Galiano Island July 8th to 29th

July 8th to 11th Family Retreat: Continuum of Awareness, traditional incense making, meditations and evening teachings. With a focus on community building and Dharma practice in daily life. The family retreat is not a prerequisite for the Diamond Dakini retreat but will be a very supportive way to move into the longer retreat, attendance is recommended by Mark. Silence will not be maintained. Everyone welcome .Course fee $37 per day includes camping, meals and course expense, flexible family rates. Dana: donation to the teacher for the teachings, suggested $20 -30 per day.

July 11th to 29th, The Diamond Dakini/Milarepa Retreat

The process of Tantric purification and meditation.; With wongkurs (Tibetan style initiation);given on Vajra Yogini and Milarepa with teachings from the Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

Course Fee: $37 per day includes camping, meals and course expenses. Dana: donation;to the teacher for the teachings, suggested $20 – $30 per day.

2006 – June 23rd through till the 26th, Island of Hvar, Croatia

4 day Retreat: Awakening from the Day & Night Dreams.

Click here for the poster and for travel info

Public Class: Imaging Your Reality, paths to awareness in daily life…

please contact Jamie for more information or registration

2006 – June 15th through till the 18th, Wuppertal, Germany

4 day Retreat: Science & the Art of Meditation

please contact Jamie for more info and registration. Click here for the poster

2006 – March, April & May, South Island, New Zealand February 27th to April 2nd: Open public talks and meditation courses in Queenstown, please contact Sunil for registration and information.Retreat: April 7th to 16th: Karma, Biology and Glimpses of Abhidhamma, Part of The Wangapeka Buddhadharma Study and Meditation program, please contact the administration at the Wangapeka for information and registration.

Retreat: April 22nd to May 13th Meditations on Space, Light and Mind in Makarora, please contact Sunil Nathvani for registration and information.

May 10th and into June: Open public talks and meditation courses in Queenstown, please contact Sunil Nathvani for registration and information.

2006 – February 19th, Port Hope, Ontario

The Hollow Body of Breath

Join us in a class that will explore the breath in a myriad of ways leading us to meditation.

230pm to 530pm at Indigo Spirit Yoga, to register or for information contact jamie

2006 – February 1st to 19thDharma Centre of Canada, Kinmount, Ontario

The Tantra of Demchog, Six Yogas of Naropa & Mahamudra Retreat

There will be teachings on the inner fire yoga, some practices of the 6 Yogas of Naropa, all integrated with the Mahamudra.

Demchog Tib. (Cakrasamvara. Skt.) is one of the major meditations of the highest yoga class of Tantra. It focuses on assisting in the realization of the Clear Light mind; the union of bliss and emptiness. The practice of Demchog involves both the control and unfoldment of the prana (breath)-mind with the realization of Mahamudra (penetrative insight). This high yoga is the great marriage of compassionate involvement with all life through the realization of emptiness.

Lama Mark is available to give personal retreat instructions as well. Please contact the administration at the Dharma Centre of Canada for more information.

2006 – January 8th – 26thCrystal Mountain, Galiano Island, B.C.

Dream Yoga & Meditations on Space, Light and Mind.

This Retreat will be held at “Bodega Resort”. Accommodation will be in shared cabins with private bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens. The site is very quiet and spacious. The cabins are bright and well appointed. Please visit www.bodegaridge.com to view photos.

Retreatants should bring their own groceries for at least the first week (after that, shopping trips will be arranged).

Course Fees are $360.00/retreat

Accommodation -$325.00/retreat

Dana Suggested -$30.00/ day

For more information and registration contact Janice , Emily, OR Jamie.

2006 – January 4th, 5th & 6th, Vancouver, B.C.

Love, Relationships & Dharma

Open public talks at Burrard View, 660 North Penticton street on the corner of Wall street. For information please contact TomoyoIhaya OR Jamie

2005 – November 16th – 28th, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dream Yoga – The Mind Yogas of Night and Day Dreams

With teachings on the Extraordinary Foundation Practices as taught in the Tantric Buddhist tradition. This retreat is just outside of Winnipeg, at a St. Benedict Nunnery.

Open Public talks at the Dharma Centre of Winnipeg at 7pm, please contact Gerry Kopelow for directions to the centre and for information and registration for the retreats.

2005 – October to December, Rossland, B.C.

Death, Rebirth and Mind

At some point in time we all ask questions about death, rebirth, mind and body. We ask “so what is going to happen to me” ? “And how does it work anyway’s” ? From a classic Buddhist perspective integrated with modern views, Lama Mark will elucidate and clarify on these challenging life and meditation subjects.

Class times are: Friday November 4th at 7:30pm

Saturday November 5th at 9:30am and 7:30pm

Sunday November 6th at 9:30am and 7:30pm

Lama Mark is available for personal retreat and meditation instructions in Rossland. For information regarding accommodation please contact Jamie

2005 – September, Sri Lanka

Travel explorations of Sri Lanka

We mostly spent our time in a southwest coast town called Unawatuna, and furthered our explorations from there north into Nuwara Eliya District learning about teas, visiting tea plantations and tasting many many varieties. We visited many holy sites, ate wonderfully cooked local foods, went to the top of Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) thoroughly enjoying our time in Sri Lanka.

2005 – August, Ladakh, India

Mahamudra retreat at Kaspang Gompa & trek through the Zanskar and Ladakh Ranges within the Great Himalayan Range.

2005 – July 1st to 21st, Crystal Mountain, Galiano Island, B.C.

The Vital Breath

Summer Retreat at Crystal Mountain retreat & study centre. Please contact Helen Foster

2005 – June 1st to 13th Israel

Retreat and Evening teachings on Generosity and Loving Kindness in the Galilee & Tel Aviv, Israel.

Please contact Tzippy Kalish for information.

2005 – May 26th ,27th and 28th, Cardiff, Wales

Mahamudra and The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Please contact Simon Michaels

2005 – May 13th to 19thQueenstown, N. Z.

How to Meditate On and Understand Dreams:

Dream work from the ancient Buddhist Yoga tradition, psychology and science. Lama Mark will teach various meditations by which night dreams and daydreams are liberated and transformed. Please contact Sunil Nathvani

2005 – May 7th to 10th, South Island, N. Z.

Fossil and Mineral Collecting Trip

and further marine plankton studies on the west coast.

2005 – April 30th to May 6th, Punakiki, N. Z.

Dharma teachings, nature explorations & microscopic adventures of the Ocean.

2005 – April 26th to 29th, New Zealand Travel and explorations along the west coast of the south island of New Zealand, if you are interested in traveling and studying with Lama Mark please contact Jamie
2005 – April 11th to 24th New Zealand

The Meditation on Breath and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Course and Silent Retreat. Makarora Homestead and Holiday House, N. Z. One and a half hours drive away from Queenstown.

2005 – April 4th to 10th New Zealand

Travel and explorations throughout the south island of New Zealand

If you are interested in traveling and studying with Lama Mark please contact Jamie

2005 – March 26th to April 3rd Queenstown, N. Z.

Meditations through Art

Lama Mark will focus on the major issues facing young women and men growing up in today’s world. He will talk about cultural, family and environmental pressures that support anxiety, and the needs for affection, power, withdrawal and submission. Going beyond the thinking mind, through art, physical exercises and other meditations, we will explore these issues and get practical advise on release from negative states. This is not a psychotherapy course but unfolding through study and meditation. (May give a Wongkur or two during this course)

2005 – March 19th to 24thQueenstown, N. Z. Evenings: Relationships, Sexuality, Meditation and Liberation. Mornings: 3-4 hour microscopic explorations of Lake Wakitipu. Fun mini-course on freshwater plankton and the diversity of life.
2005 – March 4th to 13thWangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, South Island, N. Z.

Wondrous Embodiment

An Exploration of Micro and Macro. During this course Mark will lead us in explorations with microscopes, movement and meditation that will highlight the vast interconnectedness of myriad dimensions of life. Part of The Wangapeka Buddhadharma Study and Meditation program.

2005 – February 21st to February 25th, Vancouver, BC. Mark is studying at the University of British Columbia
2005 – February 20th, Toronto, Ont. The Nature of Freedom and the ego. Open public talks at the Toronto Dharma Centre.
2005 – February 9th – 20thDharma Centre of Canada, Kinmount, Ont.

Vajra Yogini Retreat

The Vajra Yogini practice is only open to people who have completed 100,000 mantras of a peaceful Tantric meditation Deity. Individually guided retreats with Mark are also available. Please contact the administration at the Dharma Centre of Canada for more information.

2005 – February 5th and 6th, Vancouver, BC.

The Nature of Freedom and the Ego

Open public talks in Vancouver.

2005 – January 14th to February 5thCrystal Mountain, Galiano Island, BC.

The Vital Breath

This retreat emphasizes the awareness of the unity of breath and energy, leading to more vitality and reveals the natural vividness and openness of mind. This practice of developing breath will support a final week of insight practice in the tradition of Mahamudra.

2004 – September 14th to December 5th, Rossland, British Columbia

The Rossland Retreats

Three months of courses in meditation, movement,art, crafts & science. Contact: Jamie

2004 – August 21 – September 9th,Dharma Centre of Canada, Kinmount, Ontario

Karma Pakshi Retreat: August 21 – 27

The meditative practice of Karma Pakshi, the second Karmapa is a powerful guru yoga with many profound pith instructions on Mahamudra.

Mahamudra (Vipassana) Retreat: August 28 – September 9th

The fruit of Mahamudra is the realization of the nature of mind, the natural state.

2004 – August 10-19,Crystal Staff, Ottawa, Ontario

Awareness and Movement Part 2

Awareness and Movement Part 2 is a practical course integrating the qualities of movement and stillness, breath, and awareness. It is a course on elasticity – emptiness and compassion are major themes – learning to stretch mind and body into new dimensions. Teachings from Tantric practices will highlight the talks and exercises.For further information please contact Trudy Gold

2004 – July 3rd -30thCrystal Mountain, Galiano Island, B.C. July 3 -16th, 2004 The Mandala of the 12 Manjushris and an introduction to Abhidhamma.

July 18-30th, 2004 Crystal Mountain Retreat & Study Centre. A Mahamudra (Vipassana) retreat.

For further information until April 1st please contact Helen Foster, for after April 1st please contact Denise Truax

2004 – May 28th – June 6th, The Orchard, England

Spring 2004 Retreat

Clarifying the natural state: Mahamudra, the Great Movement Insight retreat with Mark Webber and Mala Sikka, for information contact Mala Sikka

2004 – April 18th – May 13thQueenstown, New Zealand The Practice of the Mandala of Twenty-one Taras, Love & Emptiness teachings and Microscopic Explorations. For further information please call Queenstown Dharma House at (03) 441 8008
2004 – March 23rd – April 7th, Seychelles Islands Mark will be joining approximately twenty of Namgyal Rinpoche’s students on a natural history sailing cruise of the Seychelles Islands.
2004 – February 20th – March 20th, Mozambique, Africa Mark will be acting in the capacity as a heritage consultant to a cultural and natural history project of the Inhambane region, Mozambique. The project is funded by the German government and is directed by Chris Stephens, a Canadian archeologist. Mark has also been asked to create a photographic record of microscopic life of the reef environment for a forthcoming nature guide of the region.
2004 – Jan. 31st – Feb. 13thCrystal Mountain, Galiano Island, B.C. The Practice of the Mandala of Twenty-one Taras Retreat and Teaching with Mark Webber and Mala Sikka for information contact: Jamie
2004 – January 4th – 26th, Rossland, B.C. Twenty-one Taras Retreat for information contact: Jamie
2003 – Tuesday, December 2nd, 7:30pmCrystal Staff, Ottawa, Ontario A workshop called Dharma in a Drop of Water – microscopic explorations. Bring along an unusual/unique Cheese, fruit, or a bit of dessert.
2003 – November 21st – 30th, Ottawa, Ontario Awareness and Movement classes and workshop that bring together classic dharma with movement hosted by Crystal Staff
2003 – November 30th, 9:00am – 12:00 and 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Ottawa, Ontario Workshop, Awareness & Movement, themes from the practice of Vajra Yogini at Rockcliffe Community Centre. There is a $10 per person fee to cover the cost of room rental.
2003 – November 29th, Ottawa, Ontario 8:00 am at Samten Choling, Demchog of the Five Devas Empowerment. 2:30 pmMuseum of Nature, Gem visit and talk (Mark Webber is an adept gem cutter and mineral enthusiast) Meet at the front door. Please note there is an entry fee to the Museum.
2003 – November 15th – 17th, 10:00 am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Port Hope, Ontario

Awareness and Movement

Continuation of September’s 27-29 course. Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information contact: Susan McDonald at 905 885 3745 or Jorge Periera in Port Hope, Ontario.

2003 – October 14th – 30th, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Rossland, BC Introduction to Loving Kindness Meditation in Rossland BC.
2003 – September 27-29, 10:00 am to noon & 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Port Hope, Ontario Mark is teaching basic principles of meditation, and body movements to release tension and stagnant energy. You can come for one day or all three! For further information contact Jorge in Port Hope, Ont.
2003 – September, Kinmount, Ontario Mark is attending a course that Namgyal Rimpoche is teaching in Kinmount, Ontario.