We are pleased to announce our 2017 calendar of Spring and Summer events at Orgyan Dzong featuring instruction and classes for all levels from beginners to more experienced and advanced practitioners. The majority of our events are free, but donations are always appreciated since we are a non-profit organization that depends on the goodwill of others.
Unless there is an event or retreat, our regular Orgyan Dzong weekend schedule is below. Visitors are welcome to come and meditate, although there may not be any formal instructions or classes. Please contact us if you planning to visit.
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Sitting Meditation and/or Sadhana Practice (All Levels)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Periods of Sitting Meditation, Sadhana Practice (All Levels)
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Periods of Sitting Meditation, Sadhana Practice (All Levels)
Note: The above schedule is subject to change.
Accommodation and Food: We do not have a resident cook and visitors should arrange to bring their own food. Overnight accommodation in the retreat house is available on a limited basis at $30 (+HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There’s also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.
Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7 – 3 Day Silent Meditation Retreat with Lama Samten Chodron
Sat. Aug. 3, 11:00 am to Mon Aug. 5, 5:00 pm
These three days will give you a marvelous opportunity to explore the scope of the Buddha’s teachings, not through theory, but rather through your own practice of Shamatha and Vipashana. On the third day, those without previous Dzogchen instruction will continue to deepen their practice of Shamatha/Vipashana, while others may practice Dzogchen.
We will offer ourselves and others the gift of silence during these three days so that we may profoundly experience what the Buddha taught.
Just as a grammarian
Initially teaches the alphabet,
The Buddha teaches the dharma
Just as those to be guided can absorb it.
To some, he teaches the dharma
In order to turn them away from evil;
To some, so that they accomplish merit;
To some, what is based on duality
To some, what is based on nonduality;
To some, what is profound and frightening to the fearful;
And to some, he means for enlightenment
That is emptiness with a heart of compassion.
– from Nagarjuna’s Ratnavali
Fee: $50 plus GST per day – includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner and teachings. Limited Accommodation is available at $30 plus GST per night. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.
Saturday, August 19 – Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation
11:00 am – Noon – Introduction to Buddhism for Beginners
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Introduction to Buddhist Meditation for Beginners
Ngakpa Kunga Nyingpo will offer an introductory talk on Buddhism and teach on Buddhist meditation, focusing on its theory and practice. The first talk will be on core Buddhist teachings with questions and answers which will be followed by an introduction to Buddhist practice in the form of meditation, making the theory a living experience.
Mindfulness and Western Psychology
3:00 pm – A talk by Dr. Tony Toneatto, Professor and founder of the University of Toronto’s Buddhism and Psychology Program. Rooted in Buddhism, mindfulness meditation is considered to be one of the primary means we can achieve authentic wisdom. Mindfulness meditation is also being increasingly practiced in western culture as a means of enhancing mental and physical health as well. In this talk, a psychological understanding of the many ways that meditation can improve your mental health will be described.
Sunday, August 20 – Vajrakila Sadhana Practice Day
11:00 am – 5:00 pm The wrathful heruka Vajrakilaya is the Yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. The practice is famous for being the most powerful for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevalent in this age. This will include a ganachakra (tsog).
6:00 pm Dharmapala Day Practices
* Please note that a Vajrakilaya empowerment is required to attend this day.