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Vipashyana: Exploring the Nature of Mind (7-day)
April 12 - April 19
Teacher: Lama Eric Triebelhorn and Lama Sonam Dargye
In the Kagyu tradition, we practice in the Mahamudra tradition where the main practices are shamatha and vipashyana. On this 7-day retreat we will explore the vipashyana techniques where we systematically investigate the nature of mind and its contents. Through these meditations, we confront our assumptions about mind, thoughts, and perceptions, and in time, with committed practice, we can experience insight about their nature.
In general, before beginning vipashyana practice, a good foundation of shamatha or resting meditation is important. Through shamatha meditation, we gain some space from the onslaught of thoughts and other mental phenomena that continually stir up our minds, and we begin to experience some settling of mental busyness and an enhancement of meditative awareness. This practice is wonderful and critical, but shamatha will never lead to liberation. For that we must practice vipashyana where we look into the nature of mind and its contents. A skillful way to approach vipashyana practice is to alternate between shamatha and the investigations of vipashyana, and this is the approach that we will take in this retreat.
Who Should Attend
Vipashyana can be challenging and is probably not the right retreat for those who have not been consistently practicing shamatha for some years. If you are not sure if it is right for you, contact Lama Eric or Lama Sonam.
We are anticipating that we will be able to offer this as a hybrid retreat—both in-person at Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL) and over Zoom. Registration is now available for both venues.
The three-day and the seven-day retreats are separate events. If you are interested in the in-person retreat, please register for only one of the two retreats to allow as many retreatants as possible to participate at the retreat land.
The teachings will loosely follow the book Clarifying the Natural State by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal. There is a commentary on this work by Thrangu Rinpoche published as Crystal Clear. These will be available in the KCC bookstore prior to the retreat. Contact Nicole Seals, bookstore manager, at if you would like to purchase them. Both of these books are available in PDF format for $1.25 each at Namo Buddha Publications.
Tuesday, April 12 (evening only)
5:30 – 7:00 pm dinner
7:00 – 7:45 pm – orientation and evening session
Wednesday-Monday, April 13-18
6:30 – 7:30 am
9:00 – 10:30 am
11:00 – 12:00 pm
2:30 – 4:00 pm
4:30 – 5:30 pm
7:00 – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, April 19
6:30 – 7:30 am
7:30 – 8:30 am breakfast (optional)
Cost: Sliding scale from $140 to $600
Cost: $735 – includes room and board for seven nights in your own cabin at Ser Chö Ösel Ling.
COVID-19: Vaccination required. Mask-wearing will be optional with the caveat of adjusting to circumstances at the time of the retreat.
Discounts: A limited number of discounts (up to 50% of the retreat cost) are available for individuals with financial constraints. Preference is given to KCC members of at least three months. To apply for a discount, please contact .
Registration for the 7-day residential retreat closed at midnight April 4.
Registration for the 7-day Zoom retreat closes at midnight April 11.