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Illusion & Great Love: A Dzogchen Retreat with Lama Mark Webber

Apr 6 @ 6:00 pmMay 6 @ 2:00 pm

Retreat Overview:

This year’s one month Dzogchen retreat with Lama Mark will be an in depth exploration of the unity of Great Love and the illusory nature of self and all experience.

Lama Mark will lead us into the retreat with a week of study, reflection and meditation on Bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment or Great Love.

During weeks 2-4, we will continue to build off this foundation in compassion while shifting focus to the practice of Penetrative Insight, or vipassana. Lama Mark will teach and give meditations on the illusory nature of self and all phenomena. These Completion Stage Meditations with Support, are the method for cutting the root of delusion and liberating from all suffering states.

Lama Mark will bestow a number of empowerments and reading transmissions over the course of the retreat, as described in the detailed programme below. During the final week, Lama Mark will bestow the Three Roots empowerment in the Yangzab tradition to support the orderly unfolding of the unity of emptiness and luminosity (infinite expanse of compassion).


Course Costs:

We are still finalising costs for this retreat as Lama Mark’s overall 2018 teaching schedule takes shape, but approximate costs are now expected to be:

For Wangapeka members: NZ$2,450

For non-members: NZ$2,650

This fee includes all accommodation, prepared meals, cooks fee, materials as well as a contribution towards Lama Mark’s anticipated travel costs.

These course fees do not include any payment for the teacher / teaching. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Lama Mark offers the teaching of Dharma out of generosity. There will be opportunity to offer dana / donation for Lama Mark in return, in appreciation of the teachings and to help support the continued flow of Dharma. Please give as generously as you can (within your own means, of course…). As a rough guide, we suggest allowing for about NZ$30 per day, but this should be considered in light of your individual means.

A deposit of $500 is required to secure your place on the course. This is fully refundable if you withdraw before 1 March 2018. Beyond this date it is 50% refundable.

Financial assistance may be available for those who would be unable to attend the retreat without support. Conditions apply. Please contact the retreat organiser if you are interested in submitting an application.

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.


Enquiries and Registration:

For all enquiries, please contact Jonathan

021 1860 476


To officially register for this retreat, please use Wangapeka’s on-line form:

To register please fill out our online registration form

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About Lama Mark:

Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been principally teaching the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.

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 share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

For more information about Lama Mark, see:






Detailed Retreat Programme:

Week one:

Lama Mark will teach on relative and transcendent Bodhicitta, drawing from a number of texts; especially giving a transmission and explanation on The Jewel Lamp by Lama Khunu Gyaltsen. This text is available as: Vast as The Heavens and Deep as the Sea, Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta, Khunu Rinpoche, Wisdom. Boston.

Throughout the retreat each class will open with a reading and some commentary of Lama Khunu’s 356 verses on Bodhicitta. Teachings on Bodhicitta will mostly be from Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation, Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher and a study guide by Lama Mark.

At the end of week one, there will be an empowerment, transmission of and explanation of practice of the Gonpo Yangzab Dzogchen Longevity and Deathlessness practice of Amitayus-Padmasambhava. Through weeks 1 to 3, we will have a daily group practice, with the group method of the Amitayus-Padmasambhava sadhana.

For reflection and contemplation, everyday throughout the retreat, Lama Mark will read out and explain sections of Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Sublime Path (which contains amazing advice for retreat, daily conduct and Mahamudra pith instructions), thereby giving a complete reading transmission and explanations. The translation used is currently not in print: a copy of the translation will be provided.


Week two to four:

In weeks two to four—a penetrative insight retreat—Lama Mark will teach and give meditations on the illusory nature of self and all phenomena: penetrative insight or completion stage meditations with support.

In order to teach an orderly unfolding of instructions for gaining genuine experience of the illusory nature of all phenomena and it’s unity with compassion, he begins classes and meditation instruction on the Buddha’s first and second teachings, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion) and the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta (The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic). Then we proceed

to the Hdaya Sūtra (The Heart Sutra) and various readings from texts of the Cittamatrins, the Prajñāpāramitā and transmissions from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

The main meditations will be on mirror like wisdom (the mirror of the mind practices), impure and pure illusory body meditations, some classic examples of illusion, the Dharma of dreams (dream yoga) from the tradition of Naropa, and the infinite vast compassion for all beings. He will give a number of transmissions to support practitioners. Lama Mark will give out meditation and contemplation themes and personal meditation interviews.


Week four:

At the end of week three, to support the orderly unfolding of emptiness and luminosity (infinite expanse of compassion), Lama Mark will give the Three Roots Empowerment of the Yangzab tradition, transmission of the practice text and explanations. In addition, for those who have not received it, he will give a transmission of the Yangzab Preliminary Liberating Instructions composed by the 19th century Lama Lho Nuden Dorje.


Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
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355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
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