28 February – 30 March, 2017
Please note the accommodation units and huts at Wangapeka are now fully booked for this retreat. Alternative accommodation in tents or off-site may still be possible. If interested in these options, please inquire using the contact details below.
A meditation retreat on the Tantric Vajrasattva meditation from the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen lineage. This is a profound method of purification and meditation to free frozen and hidden habit patterns and reveal one’s stainless innate nature. Dzogchen (dzogs pa chen po)—Great Completion—refers to both the path of recognizing mind’s innate pristine wisdom and the full realization of Buddha-nature.
The retreat will start with teachings on the Drikung Yangzab outer and inner Preliminary practices, including Vajrasattva. In addition, Lama Mark will give teachings on both śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyanā (penetrative Insight) meditations and their unity, and guide Vajrasattva meditations with emphasis on the view, meditation and conduct of the tradition of Dzogchen. There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.
Teachings and practices in this retreat are in the lineage Padmasambhava revealed by the great Tertön Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog (1509–1557) of the Drikung Kagyu and passed down unbroken through to Lama Mark’s teacher Ven. Lho Ontul Rinpoche.
The texts of the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen outer and inner Preliminary practices, including Vajrasattva will be provided to retreatants. Lama Mark will be bestowing Empowerments.
We are still finalising costs for this retreat as Lama Mark’s overall 2017 teaching schedule takes shape, but approximate costs are now expected to be:
For Wangapeka Members: NZ$2,500
For non-members: NZ$2,700
This fee includes all accommodation, meals, cooks fee, materials as well as a contribution towards Lama Mark’s anticipated travel costs. As we get closer to the retreat and things start to firm up, we hope to be able to revise these costs downwards, but please budget for these amounts at this stage.
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.
To officially register for this retreat, please use Wangapeka’s on-line form:
*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.
Dates / Times
Approximate dates for this retreat are Tuesday February 28 – Saturday April 1, 2017. These may be adjusted slightly to fit in with Lama Mark’s overall 2017 NZ teaching programme.
Please direct all inquiries and expressions of interest to Jonathan Chambers – email@example.com, 021 1860 476
About Lama Mark
Lama Mark (Lama Karma Tenpa Lekshe Yongdu) 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. More recently under the guidance and request of H.E. Lho Ontul Rinpoche, a gifted teacher and yogi, Lama Mark has been practicing and 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: www.markwebber.org/about/