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Conquering Anxiety and Confusion Through Splendour

July 1, 2017 - July 30, 2017


17th Annual Summer Retreat at Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain is very pleased to announce that for the 17th year Lama Mark Webber will be teaching, leading meditation and guiding practitioners at the Crystal Mountain Summer Retreat.

Schedule and Topics:

Week 1:

Buddhist meditations and teachings on loving-kindness and compassion.

Week 2:

a) Empowerment for the long life and deathlessness practice called:
Subduing the Lord of Death Through Splendour in the Drikung Yangzab lineage.

b) Teachings and meditations on Bodhicitta, the vast view of emptiness and ultimate compassion.

c) Lojong training and Tonglen meditation.

Week 3:

a) Instruction in Dzogchen practice: Step by step instructions on trekchö, or “thoroughly cutting through”, using the Three-Statements of Garab Dorje. Lama Mark will be teaching from the text called the Three Words that Strike the Vital Point — also called The Three Statements of Garab Dorje — as well as Patrül Rinpoche’s auto-commentary of his text and Lho Ontül Rinpoche’s recent teachings and meditation instruction on this profound Dzogchen approach to full awakeness and liberation. Also some commentary on this famous text from one of Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche’s last teachings.

b) Reading transmission and instructions for the Yangzab Sun Moon Amulet longevity and deathlessness meditation. This includes morning group practice of the Sun-Moon Amulet.

c) Reading transmission of the Drikung Yangzab Preliminary Liberating Instructions.

Week 3-4:

a) Continuation of Trekchö Dzogchen instruction and individual guidance.

Week 1-4:

a) Regular movement classes by Laurel Jacobson will assist in flexibility and energy to be clear and balanced.

b) Yangzab Full Three Roots and Tsog will be practiced on auspicious days in July.

c) There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.


Lama Mark has been studying, practicing and teaching Buddhadharma for forty years. For several decades he studied and practiced Vipassana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen under the guidance of the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, his main root teacher. More recently, under the guidance and request of H.E. Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been practicing and teaching the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.

His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism, while being completely integrated with contemporary life and the richness of modern Western culture. Through many avenues—including Buddha Dharma and meditation, art and craftwork, science and natural history, plus world travel—Lama Mark displays the wondrous unity, uniqueness and intrinsic freedom of all life.

His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and to share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

Contact Leslie at: brunswick007 (at) gmail (dot) com

Contact Susan at: vanasselt.susan (at) gmail (dot) com


July 1, 2017
July 30, 2017


Leslie Cain
Susan van Asselt


Crystal Mountain
20300 Porlier Pass Rd
Galiano Island, British Columbia V0N 1P0 Canada
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