“Mahamudra Ocean of Certainty” Retreat, Date Pending

Originally scheduled for June 19-21, 2020. This teaching is now pending and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The weekend will be an opportunity, in a small group setting, to explore and experience this Mahamudra text with Tana Dungsey Rinpoche.

This text was written by Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa. Wangchuk Dorje, when a baby, after sitting cross-legged for three days, famously announced that he was the Karmapa! As an adult he was a highly regarded teacher drawing large crowds to his tent as he moved from one area of Tibet to another teaching the dharma and performing pujas. This became known as the nomadic encampment teaching style.

The 9th Karmapa is now most highly remembered for his writings. It is one of his most famous texts that Tana Dungsey Rinpoche. The 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche describes this text – “Mahamudra of the Ocean of Certainty” – as “The most complete, most sacred, and most implemented” of Mahamudra teachings. Tana Dungsey Rinpoche received this text from Tai Situ Rinpoche.


Tana Dungsey Rinpoche has agreed to present this Mahamudra level teaching to students in the west. (Adam Kane will provide translation support.)

About Tana Dungsey Rinpoche

Rinpoche is the head of both the Yelpa Kagyu and Hungkara lineages. He is the Abbot of the Tana Monastery in India. After many years of teaching in India, Malaysia and Indonesia, and with strong support and encouragement from Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Tana Dungsey Rinpoche has recently begun teaching in Colorado and New York. Tana Dungsey Rinpoche is the present lineage holder of an unbroken line of masters that traces directly back to Sangye Yelpa in the 12th century.

Click here to learn more about Tana Dungsey Rinpoche. Rinpoche is fluent in English, but likes to teach dharma with the help of a translator.

About this Retreat 
The goal of this retreat is to gain the blessings and insights of this text as a means of enhancing your daily practice.The retreat will offer a bird’s eye overview of the Mahamudra path, along with an opportunity, in an intimate setting, to delve deeply into Mahamudra practice. Because this retreat includes a transmission, it will be rescheduled when we are once again able to meet together in person.

“Looking again and again at the mind which cannot be looked at,
Seeing vividly, just as it is, the meaning which cannot be seen,
May the ‘yes’ and “no” of doubt be cut
And the genuine self-nature understood.”

–– Excerpt from Wangchuk Dorje’s “Mahamudra of Certainty”


Date to be announced.

Friday 6:30p – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm

(Tea, coffee, pastries at 8:15am)

Note regarding the Friday evening teaching: We have heard from a few people that it is a hardship to attend Friday evening teachings. Although we want to strongly encourage everyone to attend Rinpoche’s Friday talk, we also want to accommodate those for whom this is a significant hardship. If you are one of those who wishes to attend the full Saturday and Sunday retreat, but can’t make Friday evening, please contact us. We will work to find a way to make it possible for you.


Location to be announced: in Boulder Colorado area


To cover Tana Yelpa Foundation costs there will be $100 fee for the weekend.  Also, at the closing there will be an opportunity for  dana (“heart”) offerings to Rinpoche and to our translator: Adam Kane.

Click here to register and pay for this retreat.

(We are offering scholarships to those for whom the fee is a significant hardship. For more information about scholarships  contact us at [email protected].)


These teachings and instructions will be geared toward students who have had pointing out from qualified masters such as Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and who would like to further their wisdom and understanding of practice.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche has encouraged his students to receive teachings from Tana Dungsey Rinpoche. You can access a short clip of  Tsoknyi Rinpoche describing Tana Dungsey Rinpoche here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vDebYFcsvuA.

We will preserve the small group setting by limiting the number of participants to 40 students on a first come, first served basis.

To learn more about this retreat and Tana Dungsey Rinpoche go to TanaYelpa.org.  To register 
Click here  and fill in the payment form for the “Ocean of Certainty” Retreat.
Sponsored by The Tana Yelpa Foundation

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