Dzogchen Cycles 2019-2020

Join Dawn Mountain and members of Ad.zom Rinpoche’s worldwide sangha on a transformative path of practice, study, and personal growth.

Why Dzogchen Cycles?

Dzogchen is the crowning jewel of the Nyingma (ancient) Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Its radiance illuminates the entire path from beginning to end. Inspired and guided by Ad.zom Rinpoche, widely praised as perhaps the greatest Dzogchen master in Tibet today, we have created a program that offers students fundamental teachings and practices. We are particularly blessed to provide access to treasure texts (gter ma) recently revealed by Ad.zom Rinpoche. The program has been praised for enhancing personal experiences of wisdom and compassion, and as a portal to direct realization of our true nature.

Dawn Mountain is blessed to hold lineage teachings from Longchen Rabjam, Jigme Lingpa, and their spiritual heirs, including Ad.zom Paylo Rinpoche and the late Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, our teacher for several decades. Especially destined for our era and conditions, Dzogchen teachings are a further blossoming of the ancient Dzogchen Nyingthig traditions, which we practice in light of wisdom writings by Longchenpa and Jigme Lingpa.

Dzogchen Cycles Administration

There are two ways in which you can participate in our Dzogchen Cycles program. The Full Cycles program includes three retreats, in-between teachings and a peer mentor. Alternatively, you may participate on an a la carte basis, selecting individual retreats (which may range from $800-$600), with no option for in-between support. Either way, we ask that you submit an application here.

Full Dzogchen Cycles Program 

  1. Once accepted, the full program cost is offered with high, middling, and low fee options.
  2. The annual tuition for the Dzogchen Cycles year 2019-2020 is: $1500/$1200/$900 or $125/$100/$75 per month. Dawn Mountain charges for most retreats and programs on a sliding scale, recognizing the wide variation in individuals’ fiscal capabilities. Those with greater ability are encouraged to contribute at higher levels, helping to support and extend Dawn Mountain’s teachings.
  3. As always, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you are interested in the program but have particular financial circumstances, please file a request for financial assistance with Jerri at 713-630-0354 or by email to [email protected].
  4. The full year program is open to Dawn Mountain members. (Become a member). Full Cycles students are required to become members, which gives you free access to our Teaching Tuesdays program that helps support the Cycles’ learning component. As always, if you need to set up different payment options, please contact Jerri.

Full Dzogchen Cycles Program includes:

Three integrated retreats per year: week-long May 3-10, 2019; Fall weekend retreat September 13-15, 2019; Tibetan New Year’s (Losar) weekend retreat February 28-March 1, 2019.

Three 90 minutes follow-up, interactive webcasts with Lamas

Peer support zoom meeting every two to three months to discuss their practice and support others.

Access to a Mitra (spiritual friend) who can address questions you have about the practices we are teaching.

Anyone interested in joining Dzogchen Cycles must first apply to the program.


A La Carte Participation 

Alternatively, you may participate on an a la carte basis, selecting individual retreats (which may range from $800-$600), with no option for in-between support. Please submit an application here. If you are interested in prior retreats, please reach out to us, and we will provide you with a link to register, and after paying the appropriate fee, you can take the class at your discretion (some retreats are limited to those with prior experience). A la carte participation is only open to Dawn Mountain members. (Become a member). Dzogchen Cycles students are required to become members, which gives you free access to our Teaching Tuesdays program.

Green Tara Retreat – Dzogchen Cycles 2018-2019


Dzogchen Cycles 2019-2020 | Teachings of the Dzogchen Nyingthig

All accepted into Dzogchen Cycles program are welcome to attend our retreats. Those who are not participating in Dzogchen Cycles need to apply first to join the program.

Spring Retreat May 3-10, 2019 Yeshe Tsogyal Foundational and Accomplishment Retreat

We are excited to begin Dzogchen Cycle’s third year with an in-depth exploration of Yeshe Tsogya on the campus of Rice University in Houston, TX. This will be the very first time we practice the accomplishment phase of the Yeshe Tsogyal teaching. 

Ad.zom Rinpoche, one of the most renowned Dzogchen masters in Tibet today, received a direct vision of Yeshe Tsogyal while visiting her sacred soul-lake north of Yaru Drak. This unique practice is the fruition of that encounter, first privately revealed at Tārā Mandala in 2007 and after that held closely until 2018. 

The Yeshe Tsogyal practice is part of Rinpoche’s own Treasure cycle, the Luminous Heart Essence (‘Od gsal snying thig). With Rinpoche’s blessings, this rich yet simple practice is the focus of Dzogchen Cycles’ annual weeklong retreat this year.

Fall September 13-15, 2019 Jigme Lingpa’s Severance (Chӧ): Deep Wisdom 

The word Chӧ means to cut or sever. In this vital and uniquely Tibetan practice, we seek direct encounters with wisdom. In particular, we cut through our worst fears and obstructions and dissolve them into wisdom. We sing, we drum, we raise wisdom energy in ourselves and each other. Ad.zom Rinpoche has given us his framework for further empowering Jigme Lingpa’s words, and he emphasized the power of Chӧ to deepen our realization at this time in Dzogchen Cycles.


Spring Losar Retreat- Guru Yoga February 28th, 2020- March 1, 2020

Guru Yoga is the royal road to coming into attunement with one’s natural realization. Jigme Lingpa, who had his transformative visionary encounter with Guru Rinpoche, is the root source of Guru Yoga teachings for the Heart Essence, Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingthig).

This Guru Yoga, the focus of our retreat, is Jigme Lingpa’s own text, which crowns the Foundational Practice Ngondro, revealed by him. In this teaching, he takes the opportunity to refresh our appreciation of lineage, details the steps of initiation relevant to the entire path, and augurs the sacred and unique Dzogchen paths for which these practices provide the foundation.

This retreat is open to everyone. At the same time, whatever other practices you might already have in connection with Guru Rinpoche, Jigme Lingpa’s work can enrich them, including those of you already familiar with Ad.zom Rinpoche’s Becoming Guru Rinpoche practice taught last year.


If you like to join our full cycles or a la carte program, apply below.



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