Vajrakilaya Retreat at Sopa Choling, Summer 2022

 Vajrakilaya Thangka

Vajrakilaya Returns to Sopa Choling

June 27 to July 30, 2022

After a long absence, we will again offer a 33-day Vajrakilaya retreat lead by Larry Mermelstein. This retreat will provide complete instructions for the practice and the opportunity to accomplish the entire practice by time.

Vajrakilaya is a special practice intimately linked both to the Nyingma and Shambhala lineages. In The Golden Sun of the Great East, the Vidyadhara attributed a few lines to the Vajrakilaya Tantra:


The eternally blazing great blade

Dawned as a dot in space. . . .


The dot arisen in space

Descends as the armour of life:

One should cherish it in the centre of one’s heart.


The text equates the great primordial razor knife with the primordial Ashe and the self-existing black Ashe.

From The Tiger Lion Garuda Dragon Glory (pp. 28-29) commentary on the ground of Absolute Ashe:

The Vajrakilaya Tantra and Shambhala vision correlate with each other. The Vajrakilaya Tantra says, “Vajra anger cuts aggression, therefore, it should be regarded as the protection of life. It dawns in your heart, therefore, you should meditate upon it in the centre of your heart.” This Buddhist reference…is a tantric reference that embodies the vision of King Dawa Sangpo, who actually requested the Buddha to teach the Kalachakra Tantra in his kingdom.

Practice requirements:

Completion of the Chakrasamvara retreat, or by special permission.

Participants must have received the Vajrakilaya abhisheka (specifically, from the Netik Phurba terma tradition of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, conferred by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987, and by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche in Halifax 2005 and elsewhere).

If space allows, Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini practices will be supported within this retreat.



Arrival day-June 27, 2022

Departure day-July 31, 2022


Tuition: $2,600 (all inclusive: program, meals, single accommodations)

Nonrefundable deposit: $300 due upon acceptance of application, 2nd payment of $1,000 due by March 31*, 2022, final payment of $1,300 due by May 30, 2022.

*The second payment is 50% refundable before April 30, 2022. No refunds after that date.

Deposits, except for $50 admin fee, fully refunded if retreat is cancelled.


Please complete attached application and send to: [email protected]