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Dzogchen Cycles of the Vast Expanse

A comprehensive practice and transmission cycle

First Three-Five Year Segment Opens May, 2017

(Prequels begin Winter –Spring 2017)


The white conch, symbol of our lineage masters Adzom Drukpa and Gyurme Thupten Gyatso, is a powerful expression of the Dzogchen path. The conch holds a spiral of increasingly subtle spaces. Likewise, practitioners cycle through sequenced areas of training, all of them back-lit by Dzogchen, just as all the nautilus’ spaces are already part of the conch in which they arise.

This is a program of natural awakening, a journey from seeing to being. “Natural” means that we begin with gestures we already know—using our senses, curiosity and imagination to move from ordinary seeing to recognition of our innermost being. This is a gradual immersion, easy to assimilate, in the wonders of Tibet’s most widespread Dzogchen Heart Essence lineages. A.dzom Rinpoche’s transmissions ground and bless our program, bringing to us with palpable freshness wisdom cultivated by generations of Heart Essence yogis.

Most simply, this unique program is for persons wishing to commit to ongoing, daily practice and to 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 major practices that A.dzom Rinpoche has selected for his students’ attention worldwide. 

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Unique features of Dawn Mountain’s Dzogchen Cycles Training and the Journey from Seeing 

LINEAGE: Core texts and practices of the Heart Essence, Vast Expanse and related Heart Essence lineages. Your path through these is expressly designed for Western lay practitioners seeking a training that distinctively threads together the Heart Essence Lineages of Longchen Rabjam, Jigme Lingpa, Adzom Drukpa and A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche, in sutra, tantra, and Dzogchen.

INTEGRATION: Your training is anchored in tradition as well as in the realities of contemporary lay life. We do not expect you to drink buttered tea and get a yak, but we do wish to help you figure out how your practice relates to your Starbucks and iPads. Harvey and Anne teach with keen awareness of issues that arise in bringing the spiritual riches of Tibet into our modern lives in order to foster our genuine growth. This is supported by their long immersion in Tibetan language and culture, and their deep consideration of how to make traditional material useful and effective for our times.

RELEVANCE: Beginners find a gentle introduction to the occasionally overwhelming riches of the Tibetan path. Experienced students gain well-choreographed training in Heart Essence pathways. Everyone accepted into the program receives personal support and guidance as appropriate through the sutra, tantric, and Dzogchen trainings of this lineage.

ADVANCED TRAINING: Teachings by Lama Tenzin Samphel are offered annually, by invitation only, on Longchenpa’s key Dzogchen text, ChoYing Dzo, and other important teachings from the Longchen Nyingthig, especially Jigme Lingpa and Longchen Rabjam. In addition, this program will invovle occasional invitational retreats, for example, on a particular treasure of A.dzom Rinpoche.

TEACHERS: Anne and Harvey each have over four decades of participation and leadership roles in Western Buddhist communities, including serving as personal translators. Since 1970 alongside their Buddhist training and practice with Nyingma, Geluk, Bon and Theravada teachers, they have also followed developments in mind science, religious studies, and psychotherapy. The result is this program.

They founded Dawn Mountain in 1996 and have been teaching since then with the blessing of their teachers, integrating their lifelong learning into a teaching style that is direct, personal, traditional and fresh. In 2010 they each formally received from their heart teacher the title of Dorje Lopon (Lama).

Certificates that mark your progress on the path are important acknowledgments of your dedication. However, the path is not a degree program in which you graduate and leave study behind; it is essentially a lifelong commitment. Click here for the program of teachings through spring of 2018, including a “prequel” beginning with our Tuesday Teachings in 2017. We will be announcing further three-year sequences in the future, always with our teacher’s significant input.

The application period closes March 31, 2017. Our initiating retreat is May 5-12, 2017.  Apply now.

All ongoing participants must be Dawn Mountain members, and commit to following the basic guidelines of comportment in our community. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the program.

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