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A Three-day New Year's Retreat in Carmel, CA

posted Oct 20, 2014, 6:45 PM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 1:38 PM by Pema Choephel ]
It's time to register for our upcoming retreat with Rinpoche, scheduled for January 2-4, 2015. This will be a most precious opportunity to share an in-depth teaching about Dzogchen with our teacher and Sangha friends. What a great way to begin the new year in a mindful way! 

We hope to make this event as successful as our first retreat last January, which we held in the same wonderful place with a similar schedule. Please check the info listed below for details about  the retreat, including schedule and cost information.

All About the Retreat!

Rinpoche will offer the Dzogchen teaching in several sessions throughout the three-day retreat. He will begin each morning with Amitābha practice. We will gather at the idyllic Villa Angelica retreat center on Monastery Beach, Carmel, where we will enjoy comfortable accommodations, shared healthy meals, guided meditation and teachings by Rinpoche and expert interpretation by our Tibetan specialist David Molk. All teaching sessions take place in the spacious, comfortable "living room" of the retreat center, with plenty of space for all of us and stunning ocean views from all windows! Seating for the sessions will be on cushions on the floor (please bring your own, if possible) or comfortable chairs.

All meals at the retreat will be prepared by our group in the well-equipped kitchen at the Villa. The menu will include simple, healthy and vegetarian dishes. If you have special food needs, please bring what you need. We will all be asked to volunteer for one kitchen task during the weekend (before and after meals, but not during teaching time), in a fun and mindful way that also helps to reduce our retreat costs!

Retreat Schedule

Jan. 2

Beginning at 3 pm: Arrive and check in
6-7 pm: Dinner
7-9 pm: Session 1 - Welcome, Setting Intention, Introduction to Teaching
Saturday, Jan. 3
7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast 
8:30-10 am: Session 2 - Amitābha Prayers and Meditation 
Tea Break 
10:30 am -Noon: Session 3 - DzogchenTeaching 
12-1:30 pm: Lunch Break 
1:30-3:30 pm: Session 4 - DzogchenTeaching  
3:30-6 pm: Free time
6-7 pm: Dinner Break 
7-9 pm: Session 5 - Dzogchen Teaching  

Sunday, Jan. 4
7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast 
8:30-10 am: Session 6 - Amitābha Prayers and Meditation 
Tea Break 
10:30 am - Noon: Session 7 - Dzogchen Teaching; Wrap-Up and Dedication 
12-2 pm: Lunch and Manjushri Dharma Center Membership Annual Meeting

Location of Retreat

The retreat will be held at Villa Angelica, located on Highway 1 just south of Carmel, across from scenic Monastery Beach. Nearby trails provide easy access to Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. 

Along with several rooms in the adjacent House of Prayer, bedrooms accommodate 25 overnight guests, mostly doubles with a few singles and one triple. Local Sangha members may also choose to commute to the retreat from home.

Retreat Fees

Retreat attendance, sleeping in single room $430
Retreat attendance, sleeping in shared room $330
Retreat attendance, day use only $150
Single day retreat attendance $100
Fee includes meals and printed teaching materials. Payment is due in full at registration. Partial refund if cancelled two weeks before retreat. 

Registration & Payment

Please register online, or by mail sent to the address below. It is very important for our planning to receive your registration before December 1stPlease pay by check or money order in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. or Canadian bank. We cannot accept foreign cash or bank drafts. Checks and money orders may be mailed to:

Manjushri Dharma Center
3127 Bayer St., Marina, CA 93933, USA

Payment may also be made via Paypal.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone with financial concerns is asked to call Heidi Feldman at (831) 372-7873. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche wishes that no person be turned away because of financial need. To keep costs low, all retreatants will share in retreat tasks, such as food prep, serving, kitchen clean-up, etc.

What is Dzogchen?

Dzogchen is in essence a teaching about the primordial state that is each individual’s own intrinsic nature from the very beginning. The name Dzogchen, which means ‘Great Perfection’, refers to the self-perfectedness of this state, fundamentally pure from the beginning, with nothing to reject or accept.

Dzogchen teachings suggest that individuals observe themselves and discover for themselves what their actual condition is. The individual is regarded as functioning at three independent levels: body, voice or energy, and mind. The Dzogchen teachings present practices that work with each of these three levels, practices that can be integrated with the individual’s daily life and which can thus change our whole life experience from one of tension and confusion to one of wisdom and true freedom. The teachings are not merely theoretical, they are extremely practical. Dzogchen teachings are part of ancient Buddhist and Bon traditions, but because the nature of the body, voice, and mind of the individual has not changed, they remain extremely relevant to our human condition today.

Through these valuable Dzogchen teachings Rinpoche will offer at the retreat, we w
ill learn to "open our inner eye" and observe ourselves. The essence of the practice is to develop a living knowledge for all our daily activities. We will learn that there is nothing in particular to be done--only to observe oneself and to gain the awareness needed to apply the teachings in everyday life.(Excerpted from the book "Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State," by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu)