MRC Online Open Retreat

Sun., October 11, 2020 - Mon., October 12, 2020
8:00 am PDT - 4:30 pm PDT
Mahasiddha Retreat Centre

Awakening From the Ground Up: The Journey of the Four Dharmas of Gampopa



A two-day ONLINE retreat with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Lama Rabten Tshering, and Mitra Tyler Dewar.


Sunday, October 4, 2020
Join us for MRC’s first-ever public event with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Lama Rabten Tshering, and Mitra Tyler Dewar, entitled: “Awakening From the Ground Up: The Journey of the Four Dharmas of Gampopa.”

During this two-day program, we will embark on an in-depth exploration of the Four Dharmas of Gampopa, which provide a blueprint for the journey from confusion and desolation to awakening and loving, beneficial activity. We are honored and excited that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will give the first talk of the retreat, pointing out the essence of the “four dharmas” (mind becoming one with dharma, dharma progressing on the path, the path dispelling confusion, and confusion dawning as wisdom). Following this, Nalandabodhi Canada’s Spiritual Director, Lama Rabten Tshering, and Mitra Tyler Dewar will offer guided meditations and talks to further unpack the meaning and practical tools contained within this classical teaching topic that is still of vibrant significance for the present day. All are welcome!

RETREAT SCHEDULE—Pacific Time (the US and Canada)

Sunday, October 11
8:00 am  Meditation with Lama Rabten
9:00 am  Break
9:30 am  Talk by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
11:00 am  Lunch Break
1:00 pm  Session with Mitra Tyler
2:30 pm  Break
3:00 pm  Session with Lama Rabten
4:30 pm  End of day 1

Monday, October 12
8:00 am  Meditation with Lama Rabten
9:00 am  Break
9:30 am  Session with Mitra Tyler
11:00 am  Lunch Break
1:00 pm  Session with Lama Rabten
2:30 pm  Break
3:00 pm  Session with Mitra Tyler and Lama Rabten
4:30 pm   End of day 2


$125 suggested offering for the whole weekend program, $70 per day (or whatever you can afford).


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Ponlop Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style. He is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional RescueRebel Buddha, and other books. A lover of music, art, and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher, and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is the founder, president, and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers.

Lama Rabten Tshering

Lama Rabten’s dharma education started at a very young age and he spent his early years training at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India. In 2000, he completed a three-year retreat at Pullahari Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the guidance of Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal, Bokar Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

To serve the Nalandabodhi community, Lama Rabten came to Canada in 2002 under the invitation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Lama Rabten is now the resident teacher and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi Canada. He is fluent in several languages, including Tibetan, Mandarin, and English.  He teaches and supports Nalandabodhi students throughout Canada.

Mitra Tyler Dewar

Mitra Tyler has been engaged in the study and practice of Buddhism since 1996, becoming a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche two years later. He began studying the Tibetan language in 1997 and became an oral interpreter and textual translator for Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi in 2000.Tyler joined the faculty of Nitartha Institute in 2003 and was appointed as a senior teacher in Nalandabodhi in 2005. He has served as an oral interpreter for lineage-holding masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. Tyler enjoys teaching on such topics as the four immeasurables and exploring how the great Buddhist forebears inspire and inform life in the 21st century.

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Date/Time Date(s) - Sun., October 11, 2020 - Mon., October 12, 2020
8:00 am PDT - 4:30 pm PDT

Location Mahasiddha Retreat Centre

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