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A Mahamudra Retreat with Ven. René Feusi

Event Description



October 27th – November 3rd, 2018



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What is it?

Mahāmudrā, or the Great Seal, refers to the nature of all phenomena that is figuratively stamped upon everything as a guarantee that nothing exists the fantasized, impossible way that it appears.  It includes the sophisticated systems of meditation to on the conventional and ultimate natures of the mind.

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.

Ven. René Feusi, one of the most senior monastics in the FPMT, will lead this retreat focusing on putting into practice the Mahamudra instructions given by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche in his commentary (Oct. 22-26).  It is an excellent way to experientially gain an understanding of Mahamudra, resting in the clear light mind.

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.

  • 27 October 2018 to 3 November 2018

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Teacher Bio

Venerable Rene Feusi

VenRene Venerable René Feusi has been trained in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the experiential lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He has been sharing this experiential approach for over 25 years. He helps students get an intuition of their own inner potential and inspires them to become mediators themselves. For the past 6 years Ven. René has been searching out optimal conditions to engage in a long term retreat, while spending the majority of his time in partial retreat. Venerable René's fascination for how the mind works and how it can be positively transformed is infectious, "Life is exciting. The spiritual journey is about becoming a better human being and giving our lives far reaching meaning. The whole spiritual work is challenging, it's creative and it's fun."

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 $875 $1,120
Semi-private room $945 $1,190
Private room $1,316 $1,547
Private room – extra person $812 $1,043
Cabin $1,575 $1,806
Cabin – extra person $847 $1,155
Camping $679 $826
Commuting $441 $651

This retreat is open to those who have received a prior highest yoga tantra initiation and have a good understanding of the Stages of the Path (lam.rim).

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