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2018 Events
with Keith Dowman

Dzogchen Seminars and Retreats 2018

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updated August 27, 2018
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USA, Florida

Dzogchen Weekend Seminar/Retreat

Dzogchen Pointing Out and Carrying On Instruction:
The Deep Heart’s Core

Sept. 8th - 9th
Saturday and Sunday

Wild Ginger Apothecary
6557 Superior Ave
Sarasota, Fl 34231

A radical Dzogchen introduction to view, meditation and conduct. This stripped down Dzogchen, strictly according to the lineal transmission, bypasses Tibetan culture. We'll devour Rigzin Garab Dorje's Three Precepts in that light. A profound inclination towards Dzogchen is the only requirement for participants.

$200 for the seminar,
$150 for early bird registration before Aug 15.
Please send your deposit via paypal to Kathy Sun using this link.
Click Here to Register!
Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave, Sarasota, Fl 34231, 941-312-5630
Sat Sept 8: 1pm to 6pm
Sun Sept 9: 1pm to 6pm

Contact: Kathy Sun 917-565-5251

USA, Boulder, CO

Dzogchen Seminar/Retreat

The Key to Radical Dzogchen
Pointing Out the Nature of Mind

Sept. 29th - 30th
Saturday, Sunday

Nalanda Bodhi
100 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO

The essence of buddha's realization was human existential reality, 'the nature of mind', the mind which is always with us, the essence of which needs only to be indicated and recognized. 'Vision' is catching sight of it in the here and now. 'Meditation' is dwelling in it. Longchenpa’s Choyingdzo (Spaciousness) is the pointing-out manual, simply sitting is the way.

Tom Finneran: 303-818-4933
Brian Kaschenoff: 303-719-7445
Julia Gibbs: 303-442-0611

USA, Sacramento, CA

Weekend retreat

Hurry Up and Wait:
The Dzogchen view made plain
Dzogchen Pointing Out and Carrying on Instruction

Sat. 13th and Sun 14th

Diamond Light
Sacramento, CA

The radical Dzogchen perspective is for allcomers. The Trekcho view never ages or matures and is always accessible to whosoever has applied aspiration and is ready and willing. This stripped-down Dzogchen, strictly according to the lineal transmission, bypasses Tibet. "Boundless Light” of the Northern Treasure tradition is our textbook for Trekcho meditation and we rehearse Rigzin Garab Dorje's Three Precepts in that light. A profound inclination towards Dzogchen is the only requirement for participants.

Contact: David Fishman

USA, Oregon

Dzogchen weekend seminar

Oct. 27th and 28th
Sat - Sunday

Nritya Mandala Mahavihara
Dance Mandal
1405 SE 40th Ave
Portland, OR

Dzogchen Technique: The Semdzins
Dzogchen has no graduated technique to be learnt, but these Semdzins like raisins in the cake, are like automatic switches that turn on the non-dual view.

The Semdzins are the priming-meditations that induce Dzogchen experience. We use Longchenpa's blueprint of the 21 semdzins as our lubricant or starter kit.

Cost is 150.00 for the weekend. Times are 10 am to 5pm each day.

Contact: Jogen

USA, Oregon

The Key to Radical Dzogchen

Pointing Out the Nature of Mind, Vision and Meditation
with Longchenpa’s Spaciousness (Choyingdzo)
A four-day residential retreat

0ct. 31 - Nov. 3
Wed - Sat

Great Vow Monestary
Clatskanie, OR

Dzogchen and Zen are cousins, and although Dzogchen may be a little more exotic, voluble and poetic we are in the same place. Enjoy the Dzogchen approach to the heart of meditation / nonmeditation!

We sit for four sessions daily: dawn, am, pm, and sunset Dzogchen view exposition : Wednesday evening and part am and pm sessions

This invitation from the Great Vow Zen Monastery provides the opportunity to begin or continue with Dzogchen Trekcho/Togal meditation in an optimally supportive place.

Contacts: Jogen
Visit http:\ for directions to Clatskanie

Mexico, Amecameca

Busuku Retreat

Under the Volcanos
International Residential Retreat

November 17th - 30th
days of week

Aquaviva, Amecameca

The BUSUKU retreat is the final Dzogchen retreat. Radical Dzogchen takes us there.The Trekcho and Togal instruction provides the basis for intensive two weeks of five sessions of simply sitting throughout the 24 hours of the day. You need previous Dzogchen practice for this optimal Dzogchen opportunity.

In the BuSuKu, silence and detachment from life outside is imperative. But there is no imposed discipline - Dzogchen is connection with the ground of being and its spontaneity. Nonaction and nonmeditation are the keywords and simplicity itself is the mode of being. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! This is the time and place to bathe in the reality that you have always known is imminent.

Technically speaking, we practice the 'breaking through' (trekcho) and 'leapover' (togal) phases of Dzogchen in series and then together.

“Dzogchen is the apex of Buddhism; Atiyoga is the supreme mode of Dzogchen; Trekcho/Togel is unitary atiyoga; Sky-gazing is the way of nonmeditation. If you can simply sit and watch, Dzogchen sky-gazing will bring ultimate or relative siddhi.”

Anyone with previous attendance of a BuSuKu retreat is especially welcome and I urge you very personally to extend and deepen that experience. Anyone who has done an outer rushen retreat is also welcome and anyone who has not but who feels they can handle the BuSuKu schedule please.

'BuSuKu' is the indolence in which visionary experience arises in the common light of day and creative, compassionate, responsiveness is the ground of both ordinary and extreme situations: Dzogchen trekcho and togal in one schedule. This is little buddha sitting under the bodhi tree, rather than a way of worshipping the big buddha in the sky.

Susana Basáñez Guerrero
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2019 Tibet Pilgrimage

China/Tibet Pilgrimage 2019

2019, late June and July


Tibet: Amdo/Kham Dzogchen Pilgrimage June 27 thru July 16
For 3-day participation in the Rebkong Shidro Drupchen and a 10-day pilgrimage through Nangchan and Kham.

The previous pilgrimages to Amdo and Kham were extraordinary events and we want to repeat it with some variations.

If you have a strong inclination to join us please write to The number of pilgrims will be kept small so please put your name on the list immediately.

Sarva Mangalam!
May all beings be happy!