3-Year Retreat – Schedule, Empowerments and Fees

Tentative Schedule with an Outline of the Main Practices

If we have sufficient registrations to offer the retreat our current plan is to begin the first phase of the retreat in the fall of 2024, followed by the 2nd and 3rd phases with a year’s gap between. Specific start and end dates will be announced once the retreat is finalized. The rough schedule and main practices within each phase are outlined below:

1st phase: 10 months start date September 2024, ends July 2025

Orientation Training, Gampopa, Milarepa and Marpa Guru yogas, Könchok Chidü and Mahamudra

2nd phase: 11 months, start date September 2026, ends July/August 2027

Inner and secret Vajrayogini. Outer, inner, secret and very secret Chakrasamvara.

3rd phase: 12 months, start date September 2028, ends August/September 2029

Six Dharmas of Naropa, Jinasagara, Krisnachola drupchen

For a more detailed description of all the practices done in this retreat click here

Prerequisites

The very first step is to have experience practicing shamatha/vipashyana and to attend at least one month-long retreat (dathun)

Next request and receive the pointing-out transmission from the teacher/lama followed by permission to practice Kagyu Ngondro.

After completing ngondro, receive the Vajrayogini empowerment and complete the mantras. Attending a fire offering also is helpful.

Empowerments

Thrangu Rinpoche has given the empowerment for this retreat since it was first established. However, due to his advanced age, he is limiting his travel and let us know that he will not be able to give the empowerment for the next cycle of the retreat. We have been working with Thrangu Rinpoche to arrange with another senior monastic in his community to give the empowerment. He has identified Dungse Lama Pema, the head lama of Thrangu Monastery in Richmond BC to offer the empowerment.  We are delighted to announce that Dungse Lama Pema Thrangu Rinpoche’s senior representative in North America has agreed to do so.  At this point based upon our current plans to start the first phase of the retreat in the fall of 2024 we are planning for the empowerment to be offered by Lama Pema in the spring of 2024 at Sopa Choling.

Expenses

Fees for this retreat are CAD$1,200 per month.  You should plan for a minimum cost of CAD$12,000 for the first phase, CAD$13,200 for the second phase and CAD$14,400 for the 3rd phase of the retreat or a total of $39,600 for the entire retreat. 

We are asking for a deposit of 50% of the total retreat fees, CAD$19,800, before the beginning of the 1st phase of the retreat. The balance is payable before the beginning of the 2nd phase.

A CAD$500 deposit is due upon acceptance of your application. This deposit is fully refundable if the retreat is not offered due to insufficient registrations.

If you have completed the necessary prerequisites to participate in the retreat but have some financial limitations in paying the fees in two payments, we will consider some form of deposit and instalment payment agreement. There are also some scholarship opportunities available which can be discussed with the Druppon upon approval of your application and review of your financial circumstances.

The cost of practice texts are not included in the retreat fees and these should be estimated to be about $2,000 for the entire retreat. 

There will also be some travel and teacher’s gift-related expenses associated with attending the empowerments for the retreat tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2024 at Sopa Choling.

To apply, request the application form from: [email protected]