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This is a strict residential retreat for a limited number of experienced students; registration is by application only. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2024. 


June 1 – 11 (The Retreat will end on the morning of June 11)
MDT510  The Great Seal: Mahamudra Retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche (1 credit; residential)
Supported by Ven. Lozang Yönten and Dr. Namdrol Adams

PLEASE NOTE: The selection process for attendees will be based on a number of factors, most relevant among them:
     1. Your experience level and familiarity with Buddhist practice
Your experience level and familiarity with Yangsi Rinpoche and/or the Maitripa Community
The overall composition of the group

We are endeavoring to make this process as transparent and timely as possible for all. Please reach out if there are any concerns. All arrival/departure/logistics/meal/housing/scheduling details will be made available to Retreatants once the group is finalized, by mid-March. Thank you for your patience.

Retreat Description

Mahamudra techniques have historically been transmitted through all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In this retreat, we will be focusing on the tradition of Mahamudra as taught by the First Panchen Lama, as well as the instruction of the Mahasiddha Maitripa. This retreat will present a full set of teachings for Mahamudra meditation, including the basis of meditation on single-pointed concentration, focused meditation on the mind, and insight meditation into the ultimate nature of the mind. The retreat will also highlight the preliminary practices which act as a foundation for Mahamudra practice.

Karma yoga is a daily part of the retreat environment, and all participants will be expected to participate.

Housing, Meals, Retreat Facility

This is a strict retreat for a limited number of students, suitable for intermediate or advanced students, and registration is by application only.  

The retreat will take place at a beautiful retreat center near the Clackamas River, about 30 minutes by car from Portland. 

There are simple residential spaces in double or triple-occupancy rooms with like genders for approximately 30 full-board residential retreatants, and space for meals and practice for 20 day-only retreatants. Residential retreatants must commit to the entire retreat. A vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner will be prepared and served at the retreat facility for all participants, and vegan options will be available at every meal.

Other Notes

This retreat will not be available for online access.
Camping at the Retreat Facility is not permitted.
The Retreat Facility is not ADA accessible and there is uneven ground, basic physical mobility is needed to attend.

Retreat Costs

Costs for the entire 10-day retreat are as follows.

Lodgers, including 3 meals and room – $128/day = $1,280 for 10 days
Day only attendees, including 3 meals = $90/day = $900 for 10 days
Monastics = Up to 10 monastic scholarships available to cover full room and board at no cost

These costs reflect only the retreat facility fee (which is also at cost), costs for food and lodging, costs for Maitripa College teachers, staff, and retreat support, and costs to cover a limited number of monastic participants. No financial gain has been built into the retreat costs for Maitripa College or for the retreat facility.

Retreat Registration Deadlines

March 4     Applications to attend due               
March 15    Notification date for Retreatants
April 1         50% Deposit due        
May 1          Remaining 50% Deposit due

*Absolutely no exceptions to these dates; participants will need to make these deadlines in order to ensure their spot in the retreat*

Daily Schedule for Retreat

*Tentative and subject to change*

Morning Practice Session:  6-7:30a
Breakfast: 7:30-8:30
Karma Yoga:  8:30-9
Mahamudra Teaching/Practice Session 1: 10-11:30
Lunch: 12-1
Rest: 1-2
Discussion Group: 2-3
Mahamudra Teaching/Practice Session 2:  3-4:30
Mahamudra Teaching/Practice Session 3:  5:30-7
Evening Meal:  7-8
Evening Practice Session:  8:30-9:30


June 1
June 11
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