Dzogchen Cycles 2020-2023

Dzogchen Cycles: Heart Essence Transmission

A 2nd three-year program of practice, study, and personal growth

Dawn Mountain’s second Dzogchen Cycles program (beginning May 2020) offers a three-year curriculum designed to introduce the modern, Western student of Buddhism to the wonders of one of Tibet’s most celebrated wisdom lineages: The Heart Essence Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingthig) cycle of teachings, as well as related Cycles, taught by Lama Rigzin Drolma and Lama Namgyal Dorje. This program includes recent Treasury Revelations (Ter) on which they have received personal instruction from the revealer, Ad.zom Rinpoche.

The program offers a complete path from the early stages of practice to an ever-deepening appreciation of the vast view of the Dzogchen teachings.  And that’s what you’re invited to join: A contemporary group practicing ancient teachings, with each student supported by a trained mentor.

Watch the condensed 30-minute version of Anne and Harvey’s description of this program or follow the full two-hour presentation to hear more about our teachers’ connection to the lineage, Q&A, and more.

Dawn Mountain’s 2020-2023 Dzogchen Cycles Program

Based on extensive discussion with Ad.zom Rinpoche, our 2nd three-year program includes the following retreats:


  • May 1-6 – Yeshe Tsogyal Ngondro Formal Retreat (previous YT Ngondro teaching retreat required)
  • May 8-15 – Ad.zom Rinpoche’s Troma Severance (Chod), an AR revealed Treasure
  • Fall 2020 – Weekend Retreat – Further Troma Practice (TBA)
  • Spring 2021 – Prajnaparamita and AR’s Prayer to Manjushri, a taste of his Manjushri Dzogchen Cycle (TBA)


  • May 2021 – Avalokiteshvara Dzogchen (AR Treasure, received on Kuan-Yin’s sacred Putuo island in 2014)
  • Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 – Weekend Retreats (TBA)     


  • May 2022 – Great Bliss Queen Practice (bDe chen royal mo) – arranged by Ad.zom Rinpoche
  • Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 – Weekend Retreats (TBA)     

For retreat details 2020-2021, click here. 

The full Dzogchen Cycles curriculum 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 May 2020. We highly recommend that, if at all possible, students attend at least one retreat annually in person as it strengthens both transmission and community. A La Carte allows you to take select retreats; after you apply, our Lamas may suggest ideal starting points for particular situation. For full details about the program, including information on 2020 offerings, click here.  No prior experience is required to join the program. Participation in all Formal Practice retreats such as our Yeshe Tsogyal 2020 Formal Practice requires having previously received the teachings.  If accepted you may take our 2018 and 2019 Yeshe Tsogyal retreats online before May 2020 to be able to participate in this Formal Practice.

The Crowning Jewel – Dzogchen

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 transmission.

This  is – to our knowledge – the only program drawing comprehensively from Adzom Drukpa and Ad.zom Paylo Rinpoche’s Heart Essence Dzogchen transmissions. Our program offers in a flowing and coherent manner the pith of the traditional stages of learning in the Ancient (Nyingma) Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For more on Dzogchen Cycles’ lineage, click here.

Most simply, this unique program is for people wishing to commit to ongoing, daily practice, and regular cycles of personal and group retreats. You will gain or renew familiarity with core Heart Essence teachings that, despite their widespread fame, are rarely taught in the West. You will become well versed in the significant practices that Ad.zom Rinpoche has selected for his students’ attention worldwide.

If you are new to the teachings and depending on your background, we may suggest you begin with specific pieces of past teachings that would give you needed support for engaging in our second three-year program. It is our goal to tailor each student’s practice to fit their specific needs.

This page will be updated with more information and details as they become available.  Register for our newsletter so you will get updates on the program and videos related to it.

We are accepting new and advanced students. And everyone interested in joining our Dzogchen Cycles program, can apply here.

Curious?  Learn more at the links below:

Watch a 30 minute introduction to the program – Follow a comprehensive 2-hour Dzogchen Cycles presentation 

Meet the guiding teachers – Learn about Dawn Mountain’s lineage – Learn about the mentoring program

Read full program details Apply for the program – Dzogchen Cycles 2020-2021 Overview

To join our full cycles or a la carte program, apply below.

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