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The Essence of Mahamudra

Event Description



October 22 – 26, 2018



Silence Level


What is it?

In this extraordinary eight-day teaching by Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche, Rinpoche will continue the teaching from 2017 on the Mahayana Buddhist instructions on the topic known as the Mahāmudrā or Great Seal. This system of practice, which is based on the canonical sources of the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras and the Anuttarayoga Tantras, was taught by such great Indian masters as Saraha, Nāgārjuna, Mahāsukha Nātha, Tilopa, Maitripa, and Naropa. Similarly, great Tibetan lamas such as Milarepa, Sakya Pandit, and Lama Tsongkhapa were renowned as masters of Mahāmudrā, and Lama Tsongkhapa transmitted a unique lineage of Mahāmudrā meditation.

The main instructions focus on techniques for meditating upon the mind in order to achieve one-pointed concentration and attain a realization of the mind’s ultimate nature. The direct, unmistaken antidote to ignorance, to suffering, and to the unenlightened state of existence is Mahāmudrā meditation.

Rinpoche will teach on the approach to Mahāmudrā based on both the sutra teachings the tantric or Vajrayana teachings. Rinpoche has indicated that these teachings will only be open to those who have previously received a Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation (such as the full initiation of Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Kalachakra)

Who is it for?

These teachings will include an explanation of a unique method for gaining calm abiding based on the skillful means of tantra. For those who attended the Six Yogas of Naropa retreat at Vajrapani Institute in December 2016, the Mahāmudrā retreat will be an excellent follow-up to that. These teachings will only be open to those who have previously received a Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation (such as the full initiation of Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Kalachakra).

This retreat is not open to those who are doing the practice of Shugden (which has been strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018

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Teacher Bio

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa and Lorne Ladner

 Khensur Rinpoche

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

Khensur Rinpoche is one of the last generation of Tibetan Buddhist scholars to begin their educational careers in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion. He has played an instrumental role in the reestablishment and preservation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions in exile, and in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Highly regarded for his scholarship and depth of religious practice, Rinpoche teaches frequently in New York, Washington D.C., and at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL), a Tibetan Buddhist center in Connecticut, where he hosted a visit from the Dalai Lama in 2012. He is abbot emeritus of Gyumed Tantric College, head of Mey College’s Thewo regional house at Sera Monastery—one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in exile—and Spiritual Director of DNKL where he resides.
 Lorne Ladner

Lorne Ladner, PhD

Joining the retreat to lead meditations and question-and-answer sessions is Dr. Lorne Ladner. Dr. Ladner is a clinical psychologist in private practice Centreville, VA who has served as director of The Guhyasamaja Center for over 12 years. He provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and assessments. Dr. Ladner also provides workshops and trainings on the psychology of positive emotions, the integration of meditation and psychotherapy, and on Buddhist psychology. He is the author of a number of books and articles including The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering The Practice Of Happiness In The Meeting Of Buddhism And Psychology (HarperCollins, 2004) and most recently edited a book authored by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa entitled The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama's Secret Instructions (Wisdom Publications, 2013). Dr. Ladner began studying Buddhist meditation over 25 years ago. Over the years, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism closely with some of the greatest living Tibetan masters and with numerous leading Western scholars. He has been a student of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche for many years, and was also a close student of the late Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. In recent years, he's been studying closely with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible.  Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result.  The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Dorm $500 $640
Semi-private room $540 $680
Private room $752 $884
Private room – extra person $464 $596
Cabin $900 $1,032
Cabin – extra person $484 $660
Camping $388 $472
Commuting $252 $372


To attend this retreat one must have previously received a full Initiation of Highest Yoga (such as Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, or Kalachakra).  One must also have a sincere faith in the Buddha’s teachings in general and in Buddhist tantric practices in particular.

This retreat is not open to those who are doing the practice of Shugden (which has been strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

We want to make retreat available to everyone. With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at