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Upcoming Programs

    • 21 May 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Our  Ask the Lama program is intended to provide an intimate 
    space for practitioners to ask questions in a small group environment.


    The Four Faces of Buddha’s Love

    • Equanimity
    • Loving Kindness
    • Compassion
    • Vicarious Joy

    The heart of Mahayana Buddhism is wisdom and compassion,
    the two wings of the Bodhisattva. Cultivating these Four Boundless
    and the Six Panacean Virtues (“paramitas”) is the heart and soul
    of the sacred Bodhisattva Code and altruistic, service-oriented way of life.

    Saturday, May 21, 2022
    11:00 AM  to 12:30 PM EST 

    Member cost: $24.99
    Non-Member cost: $29.99


    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Applied Dharma for Disruptive Times: 
    Hope, Opportunity, Incandescent Awareness
    .


    Day-Long Live Virtual Meditation Retreat
    with Lama Surya Das


    Saturday, June 11, 2022
    9 AM to 4 PM US East Coast Time
    Cultivating Incandescent Awareness - Sustaining Hope
    - Discovering Opportunities

    This day-long retreat will focus on how to enhance our spiritual practice 
    while coping with
     these challenging and uncertain times.

    By intently cultivating incandescent awareness and tolerance, sustaining
    hope, and discovering opportunities to help and to be of service — together,
    we align with our best good-hearted Selves, stay on the Path and cleave to
    the high ground
    . In these daylong workshops, we will explore various tips 
    and pointers for applying transformative Dharma in our daily lives.

    Our live retreats are open to new and seasoned
    practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    For more information, including schedule, please visit our website here.

    • 30 Jun 2022
    • Zoom
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    Tuning In To BuddhaVision: One with OurSelves”

    Join one of the most highly respected meditation masters in the West for his second Master Class course and experience a deeper exploration of your contemplative practice. This 8 session live virtual journey is focused on strengthening your meditation practice and furthering self-knowledge and wise discernment.

    The master classes are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    Format: This second Master Class course consists of 8 individual, 2-hour classes. Each class has an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks

     *All session recording links will be sent in your confirmation email.

    • Session #1 - Five Precious Endowments: Embodying the Innate Great Perfection 
    • Session #2 - Three Vital Points:  Striking to the Heart of the Matter
    • Session #3 - Soaring and Swooping:  The Two Truths of the Great Middle Way
    • Session #4 - Paramitas: Six, Ten and Beyond 
    • Session #5 - LamaTales: My Dzogchen Masters and Meditation Teachers
    • Session #6 - More’ Pith Instructions:  Words of Wisdom for Daily Recollections
    • Session #7 - Tibetan Dream Yoga: Awakefulness Beyond the Daydream
    • Session #8  - Spiritual Alignment, Centering:  Finding Your Balance in an Off-kilter World


    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Zoom
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    "Five Precious Endowments: Embodying the Innate Great Perfection"

    The  Five Endowments shine the light for us – helping us to recognize five assets
    right here, right now in the hologram of natural completeness.
     
    We are all Buddhas by nature, we only need to awaken and recognize that fact. 
    This is the right time, this is the right place, with the perfect teachings now,
    pointed out by the right teacher. And guess what?! We are the right students! 
    How can this be?
    Let’s look together into this often-overlooked Vajrayana teaching, and See.

    This class took place Saturday, September 18, 2021
    The downloadable recording will be sent in the confirmation email

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:01 AM
    • Zoom
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    "Three Vital Points:  Striking to the Heart of the Matter"


    The Essence, the precious, essential pith-instruction – passed down from Buddha’s time to the laughing diamond master, Garab Dorje, and commented on by Patrul Rinpoche, the enlightened vagabond. The Essence of our Dzogchen practice – the Three Vital Points  -- recognizing the View, stabilizing Awareness, and applying it through Action.  Abide in the true heartland; no need to look anywhere else.

    This class took place on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
    The downloadable recording will be sent in the confirmation email.

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:02 AM
    • Zoom
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    "Soaring and Swooping: The Two Truths of the Great Middle Way"

    Guru Rinpoche said, 'Though my View is as vast as the sky, my conduct regarding karmic cause-and-effect is as fine as barley flour.’  Wisdom and compassion are the two wings that allow our spirits to soar.  Perceiving our profound interconnectedness inspires wise compassionate activity for the boundless benefit of one and all.  In exploring the reciprocity of wisdom and compassion, together we develop character and insightful understanding, deepening our integrated practice and aspiring sacred selves.

    This class took place on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
    The downloadable recording will be sent in the confirmation email.

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:03 AM
    • Zoom
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    "Paramitas: Six, Ten and Beyond"

    Transcendental, transformative virtues of the Bodhisattva, written by PeaceMaster Shantideva long ago elucidated the practices of the awakened spiritual warrior.  Each applied practice of generosity, self-discipline, patience, perseverance, mindful awareness and wisdom is and can be a way ‘in’ to the authentic awakened mind, including the outer, inner and secret levels of behavior, intention-attitude, and mind-states.  How do we discover these transformative practices, these transcendental virtues? Practice is perfect. True spirituality doesn’t take us away from the world. It connects us even more deeply.

    This class took place on December 11, 2021
    The downloadable recording will be sent in the confirmation email.

    For a more detailed description of each class, go to MASTER CLASSES

    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:05 AM
    • Zoom
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    "LamaTales: My Dzogchen Masters and Meditation Teachers"

    Wisdom and devotion are foundational aspects of our non-sectarian Practice Lineage.  This class unfolds tales of how my teachers helped me on the Path, in teaching, transmission and transformation. Storytelling for your edification, recalling meeting my meditation Teachers and Lamas in India and the Himalayas, who since the early Seventies, have pointed the Way through their boundless lovingkindness, generosity, sacred knowledge and blessings. 

    Don't chase around your LamaTale. If I can do it, you can do it. ~ Lama Surya Das

    This class took place on Saturday, January 22, 2022. The downloadable recording will be sent in your confirmation email. 

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:06 AM
    • Zoom
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    "‘More’ Pith Instructions: Words of Wisdom for Daily Recollections"

    Boiled down tips and pointers or Vajra shortcuts, from which a whole Dzogchen teaching and practice can be unfolded. Oral pith-instructions are personal, designed to fit well,  not just generic, one-size-fits-all scriptural teachings—thus informing our deepest knowing. As we recognize and resonate with a pith instruction, we carry it as a koan to ponder, explore, study, seeing how it works in the world and enriching our practice.

    Travel light and you shall soon arrive. ~ Lama Surya Das

    This class took place on Saturday, February 19, 2022. The downloadable recording will be sent in your confirmation email. 

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:07 AM
    • Zoom
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    "Tibetan Dream Yoga: Awakefulness Beyond the Daydream"

    Where does ‘the dream’ begin and end?  Can we work with the dream while we’re dreaming?  Can we awaken within the dream?  How to see through, transcend the dream, engage the practice of lucid dreaming, and expand our worldView, our weltenschaung?  Like a dream, a fantasy, a sitcom!  Let’s explore dream yoga together, recognizing the Bardo (transition, passageway) with trekchod practices for ‘being through’ and ‘seeing through’ while living the dream.

    This class took place on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The downloadable recording will be sent in your confirmation email. 

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 11:08 AM
    • Zoom
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    "Spiritual Alignment, Centering: Finding Your Balance in an Off-kilter World"

    • How to keep our balance, flexibility, openness, and resilience in an off-kilter world?  Balance is not about being ‘locked in’ to position, or finding a comfort zone and staying in it, like a new and cozy rut. Our flow is dynamic responsiveness and loving-awareness,  like the great Tao, like Kuntuzangpo (All-Good), … ever in the zone, assuming our Buddha-seat, making our stand in the groundless ground. Cultivating harmony and alignment, inner silence and serenity even midst the world’s cacophony. Life is too important to take too seriously. Together, let’s lighten and enlighten up!

    This class took place Saturday, April 9, 2022
    The downloadable recording will be sent in the confirmation email

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES


Private Teaching Sessions with Lama Surya Das


Lama Surya Das
 offers private teaching sessions throughout the week conducted via Zoom.
All sessions are offered at a professional hourly rate in one hour segments, allowing students
the opportunity to discuss personally how to progress on their spiritual path through mindfulness
instruction, self-inquiry, the development of altruism, and by bringing Liberating Dharma wisdom
into their daily lives. Students receive guidance with their meditation practice, spiritual direction,
advice on resources, and are free to discuss challenges they are facing.

If you are interested in booking a private session with Lama,
please email Kathleen Albanese for rates and availability at kathleen@surya.org




Meditation Town Hall

Our treasured Dzogchen wisdom tradition teaches that we are profoundly, inseparably
interconnected–with all the challenges and joys that entails. This is more apparent than
ever in the current global pandemic. During this time we are deeply aware of our need for
community, and for connecting to that which is larger and longer-lasting than our current crisis.

Please join Lama Surya Das and our community for this FREE weekly offering.

EVERY SUNDAY from 11:00am - 12:00pm (U.S. Eastern Time) 
Click Here for ZOOM REGISTRATION

Lama Surya will lead us in meditation and prayers and offer a short teaching.
This event is open to all and free of charge; donations to support Dzogchen Center
are gratefully accepted. We invite you to send any questions you would like
answered during the hour session to foundation@dzogchen.org.
Lama Surya will try to respond to as many as possible.


Payment Policies

The following terms apply to retreats and events:

Residential Retreat Payments

  • A deposit of $500 is required in order to register for a residential retreat.
  • Alternatively, the registration fee may be paid in full upon registration.
  • Payment of the required deposit must be made by credit card at the time of registration. Failure to make a deposit payment will result in the cancellation of registration.
  • Registrations not paid in full at least three weeks prior to retreat are subject to cancellation.

Cancellations for all Retreats and Events

  • In the event of cancellation more than six weeks prior to the start of the relevant residential retreat, all deposits will be refunded in full, less an administrative and processing fee of $100. Any amount paid in excess of the deposit will be refunded. 
  • All Virtual retreats and events are recorded and therefore, non-refundable, unless cancelled by the Dzogchen Center. Those registered are sent the recording after the event ends.
  • In the event of cancellation less than six weeks prior to the start of a residential retreat, the full deposit amount will be forfeited. Any amount paid in excess of the deposit will be refunded. 
  • If neither payment in full nor notice of cancellation is received by Dzogchen Center at least three weeks prior to the start of a residential retreat, any amount paid will be forfeited.
  • Credit balances cannot be applied toward future retreats but will be applied to the Dzogchen Center & Foundation Scholarship Fund for in-need students. This donation is tax-deductible

Thank you for acknowledging these terms. and assisting in keeping these precious Dzogchen Retreats financially sustainable.


Any Questions?

You can reach us at foundation@dzogchen.org


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