Dzogchen Cycles 2020 to 2023 | Educational Components and Enrollment Information

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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 treasure 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, interactive webinar teachings between retreats, and a peer mentor trained by Lamas Rigzin Drolma and Namgyal Dorje. Alternatively, you may participate on an a la carte basis, selecting individual retreats with no option for in-between support. Either way, we ask that you submit an application 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.

Full Dzogchen Cycles Program 

  1. Once accepted, the full program cost is offered with basic, supporting, and sustaining fee options.
  2. The annual tuition inclusive all retreats for Dzogchen Cycles year 2020-2021 is: $1000/$1300/$1600/ or $83.33/$108.33/$133.33 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. (Please note, we are offering an additional 5-day Yeshe Tsogyal Ngondro Cycles retreat May 1-6 prior to our 7-day retreat May 8-15 Ad.zom Paylo Rinpoche: Troma. Dzogchen Cycles pricing inclusive of this retreat 2020-2021 is $1500/$1875/$2250 or $125/$156.25/$187.50 per month). 
  3. As always, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you are interested in the program and 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 teaching retreats (and in 2020, one additional practice retreat) per year: May 1-6, 2020 Yeshe Tsogyal Practice, May 8-15, 2020 Troma Severance; Fall weekend retreat Deeper with Troma TBD; Tibetan New Year’s (Losar) Spring weekend retreat Prajnaparamita and  Manjushri Dzogchen Introduction.

Three 90 minutes follow-up, interactive webcasts with Lama Rigzin & Lama Namgyal.

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

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

Interested in joining Dzogchen Cycles? Apply to the program here. 

A La Carte Participation in Cycles 

Alternatively, you may participate on an a la carte basis, selecting individual retreats (see rates here Dzogchen Cycles 2020-2021 Fees), 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 and receiving guidance if needed, you can take the class at your discretion (some retreats are limited to those with prior experience).


Dzogchen Cycles 2020-2021 | Teachings of the Dzogchen Nyingthig

All accepted into Dzogchen Cycles program are welcome to attend our retreats (some few practice/follow-up retreats have prerequisites, and in rare cases students may be advised to postpone certain retreats). When needed, our lamas will offer guidance regarding your choices. Those who are not participating in Dzogchen Cycles need to apply first to join the program.

Yeshe Tsogyal Ngondro Formal Retreat May 1-6, 2020

For all who have taken any of the 2018 or 2019 Yeshe Tsogyal Teaching retreats. Interested students accepted into Cycles who now take the 2018 course online prior to May can attend the formal retreat. (Must study the 2018 retreat before taking 2019, which includes the Accomplishment practice of Yeshe Tsogyal).
Both retreats include important teachings from AR. Once your application to Cycles has been accepted, you will get instructions how to order this retreat for online viewing.


Ad.zom Paylo Rinpoche Troma Severance May 8-15, 2020

A direct severing of all self-centered sensibilities that bind us to the wheel of habit patterns, limitations, and obstructions.

This practice is part of  Rinpoche’s Osel Nyingthig (Luminous Heart Essence) Cycle. Like his other treasures, it is replete with Dzogchen nuance while also following the classic form of the widely revered Severance (Cho) practice. Our teaching draws directly from AR’s own oral instructions.

In our retreats, we also provide a bridge to these very profound instructions through wisdom teachings and practice exercises that are a portal to them.


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

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