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2023 Meditation Retreat and Teachings at the Dharma Centre of Canada, ON

September 29 October 18 UTC-8

Bodhicitta, the Awakening Mind Mindfulness in the three Cycles of the Buddhist Teachings; Chapter 5, Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva;  The Inner Yoga of Anapanasati – recollection of breath – a 14-day silent retreat

With Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen (Lama Mark Webber)

Friday September 29 to Wednesday October 18, 2023

Friday September 29 (7-9 pm):
Orientation to the retreat and retreat conduct. Bodhicitta, the Awakening Mind: Bodhicitta is the heart of all Mahayana and Vajrayana practices. Bodhicitta is the Mahamudra and Dzogchen. The unity of compassion and emptiness, is the body, speech and mind of awakened ones. Lama Webber will give a practical orientation to this profound topic based on Khunu Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s “The Jewel Lamp; A Praise of Bodhicitta.”

Saturday September 30 to Tuesday October 3:
Chapter 5, Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Understanding mindfulness unified with Bodhicitta and practice in Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana views. Conduct and activity as resultant of mindfulness.

Thursday October 5-October 18:
The Inner Yoga practice of Anapanasati -The Recollection of Breath.
Lama Gyaltsen shares in detail an ancient way of practicing Anapanasati, taught to him by the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. It is a rare and deep practice of purification and tranquility that lays the basis for the unity of samatha/vipassana. It is also superb for generation stage practices and unfolding the Mahamudra or Dzogchen without support. Commitment must be made for the full 14 days in this 2nd part of the retreat. Started by group instruction then with individual guidance. Silent retreat. No cell phones or computers.

Empowerment, Ganachakra and practice instructions of Vajra Vijaya, Guru Namgyal on October 11th at 930am:

Please join Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) and members of the Dharma Centre Community in celebrating the memory of the Ven. Dorje Namgyal Rinpoche through the bestowal of the Vajra Vijaya, Guru Namgyal Wongkur and instructions on its glorious practice.

“Rinpoche was great — he constantly challenged everything — everything you were holding on to. He always taught and demonstrated the essence — non – clinging awareness — one moment with fierce determination, the next moment with love and humility, the next with pride and mystery, then with abandon and humor. He could display all the Emotions of the Dance with blazing, awake splendor. Above all he kept raising the Banner of Victory for all that had the eyes to see.” excerpt from In Honour of the Great Lama Namgyal.

Note: The empowerment is open for people on and off property. Due to limited space, accommodation is not available for off-property participants. There will be a retreat in progress led by Lama Mark during the same period (Sept 29th – Oct 18th).

Please register with the Dharma Centre of Canada to be part of this auspicious day at info@dharmacentre.org or phone toll-free at 1.866.266.0966.

Empowerment, Ganachakra and practice instructions of White Sarasvatī October 17th at 930am:

We are pleased to announce that the empowerment of YANG-CEN-MA KAR-MO White Sarasvatī will be given by Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) at the Dharma Centre of Canada. The Wongkur is open for long term students and serious practitioners. It is a profound empowerment for depth healing and for the development of Wisdom, Memory and Eloquence.

The empowerment is being bestowed at the end of a deep retreat. Please be mindful and observe silence when you arrive on the DCC property.

Reading Transmission, October 18th at 9am:

Upon receiving a heartfelt student request, Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) will bestow in the Main House at the Dharma Centre of Canada , a reading transmission and commentary of “ The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones: The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action – A Discourse Virtuous in the Beginning, Middle, and End” composed by the great Orgyen Patrul Rinpoche.

Written from the direct and heartfelt experience of a true yogi, Patrul Rinpoche succinctly outlines and inspires you on what is to be adopted and to be abandoned without mincing words;

“ Expecting a lot from people, you do a lot of smiling; Needing many things for yourself, you have many needs to meet; Making plans to do first this, then that, your mind’s full of hopes and fears – From now on, come what may, don’t be like that.”

Please notify / register with the Dharma Centre of Canada to be part of this auspicious day at info@dharmacentre.org or phone toll-free at 1.866.266.0966.

Instructions and advice for both beginners and experienced practitioners, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying andteaching Buddha Dharma through the traditions of Buddhism for almost fifty years. His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism and a number of meditative traditions while integrating with contemporary life, science and the richness of modern Western culture.

Lama Mark studied and practiced Abhidhamma and the Vipassana method of Mahasi Sayadaw U Sobhana under the guidance of the Insight master Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and his first teacher Ven. Chorpel Dolma (Mrs. Raff). In 1976, while in a three month Abhidhamma/Insight retreat, Namgyal Rinpoche directed Lama Mark to begin teaching this profound tradition to Rinpoche’s students. Soon after he was directed to give guidance on Vajrayana meditations. From the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and other masters such as the late Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has studied, received, practiced and continues to teach Vajrayana transmissions of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

Through clarity, joy and humour, Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

Lama Mark resides on Galiano Island, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, but teaches around the world for much of the year.

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