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Upcoming Programs

    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 22 Apr 2023
    • Zoom
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    “Dharma Dances"

    Join one of the most highly respected meditation masters in the West for his third 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: The course consists of 8 individual, 2 hour classes - one Saturday a month.
    Each class has an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks.

    Dates: September 2022 thru April 2023 from 11 AM to 1 PM ET (US East Coast Time).

    Cost: Full course: Member fee- $274.99 / Non-Member fee $349.99

    Zoom links will be sent in your confirmation email. On-demand recordings will be available after each session.

    • Session #1 - Sept 10, 2022
      Nothing’s Wrong – The Radical Joy Cry of the Natural Great Perfection 

    • Session #2 -  October 15, 2022

      What Is BuddhaNature?

    • Session #3 - November 5, 2022
      Remaining Balanced in a Topsy-Turvey World: Equanimity (upeksha) and Empathic Joy (mudita) 
    • Session #4 - December 3, 2022 
      Opening the Third Ear - Five Obscurations and Transcendental Wisdom 

    • Session #5 January 21, 2023
      Devotion and Wisdom – Bhakti and Jnana: Two Paths To and Through the Light  

    • Session #6 - February 18, 2023
      Buddhist Mysticism – Visions, Epiphanies, Siddhis, Insights and Realization 

    • Session #7 March 25, 2023
      Stepping Up and Stepping Out – Bokden - Integration and Enhancement  

    • Session #8  - April 22, 2023 
      Living up to Death 

    To apply for financial assistance, please email foundation@dzogchen.org

    • 21 Jan 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Session #5
    Devotion and Wisdom – Bhakti and Jnana: 
    Two Paths To and Through the Light


    Saturday, January 21, 2023
    11 AM to 1 PM ET (US East Coast Time)


    How do devotional practice and wisdom cultivation work together? The Bhakti (devotion)
    Path and Jnana (wisdom) Path work in tandem, bringing heart and mind to our practice in
    body and soul and community. What does devotion ‘look like’, on and off the cushion, in the
    heart as well as in selfless service? How do devotion and wisdom ‘dance’ together in this
    precious human life? Let’s explore the dynamic nature of bhakti and jnana,
    discovering their reciprocity and essence in our avid practice of the Natural Great Perfection.


    Master Classes are open to new and seasoned
    practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

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

    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Session #6
    Buddhist Mysticism – Visions, Epiphanies,
    Siddhis, Insights and Realization


    Saturday, February 18, 2023
    11 AM to 1 PM ET (US East Coast Time)


    Buddha said there are eight kinds of siddhis or superpowers that come with
    spiritual realization.Our tradition emphasizes that these are special effects
    and not the main story line. Psychic powers and abilities, clairvoyance and
    healing do arise and take place today, not just in ancient times. In this session
    we will explore this rarely understood subject in the context of our lineage and
    traditions, rich with entertaining and edifying Tibetan teaching tales,
    moral lessons, Himalayan lore and Buddhist Law.

    Master Classes are open to new and seasoned

    practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    For a more detailed description of all class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 05 Mar 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • 10 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Garrison Institute, 14 Mary's Way, Garrison, NY 10524
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    with LAMA SURYA DAS

    We are so deeply grateful to be returning to our in-person retreat platform
    at the place where it all began! 

    We invite you to join Lama Surya Das for 6 days of spiritual exploration and awakening to the joy of naturally-arising timeless awareness, at the Garrison Institute in Upstate New York, along the majestic Hudson River.
    Please review Garrison's COVID-19 policy page for the specific requirements to attend this retreat.

    Our daily program includes Tibetan Energy Yoga, Guided Meditation and Refuge sessions, with Dharma Talks, Teachings and Q & A sessions with Lama Surya. Let's rebuild the precious in-person experience.

    Registration fees (double room accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals) is $1340 for members and $1488 for non-members for this six-day retreat. If you prefer a private room you may choose to upgrade during the registration process. Traditional dana (voluntary donation to the teacher) in honor of the teachings, can be offered.

    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Session #7
    Stepping Up and Stepping Out – Bokden - Integration and Enhancement

    Saturday, March 25 2023
    11 AM to 1 PM ET (US East Coast Time)

    After the ecstasy, comes the laundry, as Buddhist pioneer Jack Kornfield says.
    Let’s unfurl the victory banner of advanced practice, beyond practice and
    even meditation, exploring and applying non-meditation, un-meditation,
    interbeing, and step out as SkyDancers and LightBeings. At that horizon
    dawns the red sun of crazy wisdom and a higher form of sanity. 


    Master Classes are open to new and seasoned
    practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    For a more detailed description of all class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Session #8
    Living up to Death

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    Saturday, April 22, 2023
    11 AM to 1 PM ET (US East Coast Time)

    We are all going to die, but who is going to truly live? Who dies? What, if anything,
    is reborn or reincarnated? Here we will get deeper into, not just who dies,
    but who’s alive? Who are we right now; who do we think we are?
    What are our own mind-forged manacles, ruts, and self-limitations?
    Innate BuddhaNature, original goodness, is the secret hidden  in plain sight,
    the Diamond Beyond Price. In the clear light of Reality, nothing happens,
    everything Is. Dig it, grok it, live it, and be free and well-favored.
    Emaho!


    Master Classes are open to new and seasoned
    practitioners in any spiritual tradition
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    For a more detailed description of all class go to MASTER CLASSES

    • 01 Dec 2023
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    “Deepening Your Meditation: Personal Tips, Pointers, and Pith Instructions
    from the Dzogchen Great Perfection Tradition of Tibet”


    Join one of the most highly respected meditation masters in the West for his first 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: The 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 -The Essence of Awakening: Dzogchen View, Meditation, and Action
    Session #2 - Deepening Your Meditation
    Session #3 - Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness
    Session #4 - In Dialogue with Dr. Roger Walsh
    Session #5 - Transforming Hindrances and Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones
    Session #6 - Healing Mantras, Chanting, and Shakti Power (Inner Divinity)
    Session #7 - Gurus & Disciples, Teachers & Students: Co-creating Your Authentic Path
    Session #8 - Dancing with Life: The Joy of Meditation and Contemplative Sweetness

    • 02 Dec 2023
    • 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


    • 03 Dec 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Session #1 Recording (2 hrs.)
    Nothing’s Wrong –
    The Radical Joy Cry of the Natural Great Perfection


    This class took place Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Emaho!
    Nothing’s wrong!  
    There is no real problem. If you think there is, think again.
    Together, let’s take up the joy cry of the Natural Great Perfection - finding ourselves,
    awakening and being more transparent to our true Selves, to pre- and spontaneous  process.
    Coming home at last, seekers become finders. Just being, nothing doing, at ease and in harmony.  
    Seeing through and being through.  Observing the ‘whole great catastrophe’, as Zorba said,
    while participating in the divine dance. This is the great Way, the truth, and the life.

    • 03 Dec 2023
    • 11:01 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Session #2 RECORDING (2 Hrs.)
    What Is BuddhaNature?


    This class took place on Saturday, October 15, 2022

    What does it mean to be more transparent to and live out our innate BuddhaNature, our original goodness, our best Self? Neither the absolute reality, emptiness, sunyata, nor the relative reality of compassionate manifestations and karma - neither is complete without the other. These are the two facets of bodhicitta, the heart of the bodhisattva, the heart of the Buddha, the engine of the great vehicle, Mahayana. BuddhaNature as potential and BuddhaNature as innate or immanent, ever present and accessible: the oak tree within the acorn.

    • 03 Dec 2023
    • 11:02 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Session #3 RECORDNG
    Remaining Balanced in a Topsy-Turvy World: 
    Equanimity (upeksha) and Empathic Joy (mudita)


    This class took place on Saturday, November 5, 2022


    The Four Faces of Buddha’s Love – the divine heartitudes or brahmaviharas - are recognized as boundless, indispensable, and co-creative. Equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and empathic joy make up the heart engine of BuddhaDharma. As informed by prajna wisdom, each undergirds the others. Equanimity - balance, dynamic presence, rather than sluggishness - informs loving kindness. Equanimity or upeksha, not reactive karmic activity, is stabilized, affirmed through empathic joy or mudita. Empathic joy, mudita, is the oft-overlooked brahmavihara – and yet, powerful and ever-present as we look into the essence. In this session we will explore equanimity and empathic joy, in the context of the four heartitudes, Buddha’s love in action, and find our own ways of enlightened activity.


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

  • 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 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. 
  • 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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