Dzogchen Cycles II
Heart Essence Transmissions
The Heart Essence Transmissions is Dawn Mountain’s second three-year Dzogchen Cycles program. It is inspired by Ad.Zom Rinpoche’s revelation of several different Heart Essence lineage treasures. Over the past ten years, he has gradually shared these with our teachers, Lama Rigzin Drolma and Lama Namgyal Dorje. Deeply inspired by this, and in close consultation with Rinpoche, Anne and Harvey have created a program that draws comprehensively from Ad.Zom Rinpoche’s Heart Essence transmissions.
This program offers a complete path from the early stages of practice to an ever-deepening appreciation of the vast view of Dzogchen teachings. Each student receives individual support, which is both optimal and traditional, and progresses at a pace appropriate for them.
Please see a 3 minute description of Dzogchen Teaching
This unique program is for everyone wishing to commit to ongoing daily practice and regular cycles of personal and group retreats. Students will gain or renew familiarity with core Heart Essence and related teachings, some freshly revealed and taught for the first time, others that, while holding widespread fame, are rarely taught in the West.
How the Path Opens
Our real nature is like a sky lit by love. Our experience of this opens through teacher, deity, and dakini. These symbolize and enhance for us wisdom’s blessings, realizations, and awakened activities. Therefore, the Dzogchen Cycles’ Heart Essence Transmissions offer practices that connect us to them and to the wisdom-love intrinsic to us.
Paths and Blessings
There are many doors to reality. Ad.Zom Rinpoche has famously observed that everyone is different. He wants to open doors for everyone. Most of us need to open more than one door. Familiarity with different practices and different figures of awakening assures that every part of us gets addressed. It helps us that these practices open different doors in different ways and in their own mysterious manner. Lamas Rigzin Drolma and Namgyal Dorje have been part of this process for many years and have felt its power. It gives them unparalleled joy to share it with you in tandem with Rinpoche’s close counsel.
Heart Essence Transmissions: 2020-2023 Dzogchen Cycles
Based upon the lamas’ extensive discussion with Rinpoche, they will offer the following major retreats and practices:
Two Wisdom Dakinis from Ad.zom Rinpoche’s Treasure, Osel Nyingthig (Luminous Heart Essence)
May 1-6 – Yeshe Tsogyal Ngondro Practice Retreat (previous YT Ngondro teaching retreat required or 2018 YT retreat online between now and May)
May 8-15 – Troma Severance (Chö) from Ad.Zom Rinpoche’s Luminous Heart Essence, an AR Treasure
Fall 2020 – Weekend Retreat – Further Troma Practice (TBA)
Spring – Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) and AR’s Prayer to Manjushri, a taste of his Manjushri Dzogchen Cycle
Further information on the 2020 retreats can be found here
May 2021 – Avalokiteshvara’s Dzogchen from the Lotus Heart Essence (Pema Nying Thig) (AR Treasure, received on Kuan-Yin’s sacred Putuo Island in 2014.)
Fall – Weekend Retreat (TBA)
Spring 2022 – Weekend Retreat (TBA)
May 2022 – Great Bliss Queen Practice (bDe chen rgyal mo) – arranged by Ad.Zom Rinpoche from the Longchen Nyingthig at Rigzin Drolma’s request.
Fall 2022 – Weekend Retreat (TBA)
Spring 2023 – Weekend Retreat TBA
Heart Essence Transmissions Participation
Full participation typically includes one annual 7-day teaching retreat and two weekend retreats with three interactive webinars to support practice of these teachings. Some years may also include a practice retreat, as in the May 2020 of the Heart Essence Transmissions. We strongly advise students to attend in person at least one retreat annually to strengthen both transmissions and community.
A La Carte participation allows students to take select retreats.
For both Full and A La Carte participation, prerequisites may apply to specific retreats. Please click here for retreat descriptions and any prerequisites.
A Final Note on Dzogchen Teachings
Dzogchen is the crowning jewel of the Nyingma (ancient) Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Its radiance illuminates the entire path from beginning to end. Dzogchen teachings are famous for their simple power and ultimate ease. These teachings were brought to Tibet from India in the eighth century by the great teacher Padmasambhava and have been preserved and developed in a number of profound lineages of transmissions.
For more information on Dzogchen teaching, please see the following videos:
Watch a 30 minute introduction to the program:
Follow a comprehensive 2-hour Dzogchen Cycles presentation
To join our full cycles or a la carte program, apply below.