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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Vajradhatu Seminary
A series of month-long residential retreats, offering deep intellectual and experiential understanding of the three-yana path, as it was presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This photograph of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, probably preparing to give a talk at a Vajradhatu Seminary, is from his personal collection. The photographer is unknown. Trungpa Rinpoche's original slides are in the collections of the Shambhala Archives.

Join us at Drala Mountain Center
July 19 - August 18, 2024

Entering the Vajra World: A Three-Yana Retreat

This month-long vajrayana intensive is designed for practitioners with a solid foundation in Buddhism and a desire and commitment to practice vajrayana. The program will include alternating weeks focused first on intensive practice and then study & practice.


Adrienne Chang, Andy Karr, Ani Pema Chödrön, Larry Mermelstein, Gaylon Ferguson, June Crow

The Three-Yana Retreats are for Buddhist practitioners with some prior experience in study and meditation, who wish to establish a solid foundation for a life-long journey. The complete training will unfold as a series of month-long retreats. 


Our first program will take place in the summer of 2024. At this retreat we will be offering the vajrayana teachings—for practitioners who are already well prepared. We plan to follow that with the foundational and mahayana teachings in subsequent years.


The three retreats will take practitioners on a journey through the progressive stages of the view, the practice, and the conduct of the foundational path of individual liberation; the bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion; and the tantric path of indestructible wakefulness. 

“Proper training consists of practice and study put together. When you practice properly, you also begin to develop a state of mind that allows you to study properly. This twofold system of study and practice is very, very old. We used this system in Tibet, and it was also used quite a lot in India. Traditional monastic discipline consisted of alternating periods of practice and study. Nalanda University and Vikramashila University, among others, used this twofold system to train people’s minds and at the same time develop their intellects. In turn, those ancient centers of learning produced great teachers and scholars like Padmasambhava, Atisha, and Naropa.


Maybe you could be one of those people!”


           —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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