Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Practice Retreat


with Tempa Dukte Lama
Fri. Nov. 17, 10am through Sun. Nov. 19, 2pm, Boswell, PA

Join us for this special practice retreat on the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen, guided by Tempa Dukte Lama. This retreat is a special opportunity to spend three days in meditation to work on directly recognizing the mind’s innate purity and stabilizing this recognition. Most of the time participants will be doing practice. Tempa Lama will review the instructions but he will not be giving teachings so that participants can focus deeply on their practice. In the early mornings and evenings Tempa Lama will be available for individual meetings to discuss your practice.

Attendance of at least the Part I A Khrid Dzogchen Retreat is required to attend this retreat. If you have received the A Khrid teachings from other Bon lamas, you may also attend.

The Bon Dzogchen teachings are the highest teachings of Bon as they offer a means to directly recognize the true nature of the mind and further attain stabilization of this recognition. Bon has three distinct Dzogchen lineages: the lineage of A Khrid, the lineage of Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud, and the lineage of Dzogchen. The present A Khrid lineage is also called the experiential Dzogchen transmission. It has been transmitted without interruption from master to student over many centuries, dating back from His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin (who gave this teaching to Tempa Lama) to the Great Master rMe’u dGongs-mdzod (1038-1096), and before him to Tonpa Shenrab, the founding teacher of Bon.



To support our practice, the retreat will be held in the peaceful and tranquil settings of Sequanota Center on 395 acres of forested land with many streams and creeks. Sequanota Lutheran Camp & Conference Center – ‘Land of Many Waters’ – is located in a very secluded location in the Laurel Highlands in Boswell, PA about 90 minutes east/southeast of Pittsburgh on 395 wooded acres (please scroll down for directions). The Retreat is held in the “Enrichment Center” where we will also be staying and enjoying our meals. We will be the sole occupants of the Enrichment Center, allowing us to immerse ourselves deeply into the Retreat experience. The Enrichment Center is directly next to extensive forests with ample wildlife, silence, creeks, and bird-song.

Registration

Attendance of at least the Part I A Khrid Dzogchen Retreat is required to attend this retreat. If you have received the A Khrid teachings from other Bon lamas, you may also attend.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday November 7, 6pm.

We offer single rooms, double rooms, and two spacious rooms with shared accommodation for 4 people (one shared room is women-only, the other is men-only). We have a limited number of single rooms. Please consider taking advantage of the lower fee for a double room. You can sign up for double rooms as a single participant – we will find a same sex room mate for you.

The fee includes two nights of accommodations (Friday night and Saturday night) and all meals beginning with lunch on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals will be offered. Accommodation on Thursday night and breakfast on Friday are available upon request for a small additional charge.


Retreat fee:
  • Single room: $330 (Olmo Ling members), $355 (non-members)
  • Double room: $265 (Olmo Ling members), $285 (non-members)
  • Shared 4 bed/room: $230 (Olmo Ling members), $250 (non-members), one shared room will be women-only, the other men-only.

Payment of half the fee is necessary to reserve your spot. You can register online or by mailing us a check for the appropriate amount.

Registered participants will be emailed further information on the Retreat. If you have any questions or other concerns, please contact the Olmo Ling office at bon@olmoling.org or 412-904-1112.

Directions

From the west (Pittsburgh): Get on the PA Turnpike/I-76 and travel east to Exit 110/Somerset. Follow directions from Somerset below.

From the east (Harrisburg): Get on the PA Turnpike/I-76 and travel west to Exit 110/Somerset. Follow directions from Somerset below.

From the south (Baltimore/DC): Get on I-70 and travel west to Breezewood. Get on PA Turnpike/I-76 and travel west to Exit 110/Somerset. Follow directions from Somerset below.

From the north (Johnstown/Altoona/State College): Get to Rt. 219 and travel south to the Jennerstown/Stoystown/Rt. 30 Exit. Take a right hand turn at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 30 West. Travel about 3 miles until you reach the Dollar General at the end of Jennerstown. As you go down the hill outside of town, you will see a Sequanota sign; turn right onto Willison Road. At the stop sign, take a left and travel for about 1 mile. Sequanota’s entrance is on the left hand side – look for the green and white signs.

From Somerset/Turnpike exit: After you go through the toll booths, travel to the second stop light. There will be a Turkey Hill gas station on your right. Make a left at the light onto Rt. 601 North. Take this through town. At a BP outside of town, Rt. 601 veers right – stay straight and travel on Rt. 985 North. At the light in Jennerstown, turn left on Rt. 30 West. Travel about 1/2 mile until you reach the Dollar General. Continue, and as you go down the hill outside of town, you will see a Sequanota sign; turn right onto Willison Road. At the stop sign, take a left and travel for about 1 mile. Sequanota’s entrance is on the left hand side – look for the green and white signs.

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