October 2019 Sangye Yelpa Mahamudra Retreat

The Sangye Yelpa Mahamudra

An opportunity with Tana Dungsey Rinpoche, in a small group setting, to explore and experience this Mahamudra text that was written in the 12th Century by the founder of the Yelpa Kagyu lineage, Sangye Yelpa.


“Sangye Yelpa’s ‘MAHAMUDRA OF THE NATURAL STATE: THE INSTRUCTION THAT ILLUMINATES INNATE NATURE’  is a short teaching that embodies the complete path of Mahamudra. Starting with the common and uncommon preliminary practices, it then guides us through shamatha to the ultimate forms of vipashyana meditation. It exemplifies the Mahamudra teachings of the Yelpa Kagyu tradition.”     –– Tana Dungsey Rinpoche

Tana Dungsey Rinpoche has agreed to present this Mahamudra level teaching to students in the west for the first time. (Adam Kane will provide translation support.) The goal of this retreat is to gain the blessings and insights of this text as a means of enhancing your daily practice. It is also is an opportunity to learn more about the unique wisdom that characterizes the Yelpa Kagyu and Hungkara lineages.

Sangye Yelpa


“Negative karma causes us to see samsara as happiness.
Our confusion arises from clinging to various illusory phenomena as if they are real.
Even though our (natural) mind always accompanies us, we fail to recognize it.

Our body and speech remain hijacked by samsaric activities.”   –– Excerpt Sangye Yelpa’s Mahamudra Text.


Sangye Yelpa (1134 – 1194 CE) was considered an enlightened being. He established four major Monasteries in Tibet and was the father of the Yelpa Kagyu lineage. The 14th Karmapa referred to him as a “Supreme Lama, embodiment of all of the Buddhas”

Tana Dungsey Rinpoche is the present lineage holder of an unbroken line of masters that traces directly back to Sangye Yelpa.


October 25 – 27th

Friday 6:30p – 9pm,  Saturday 8am – 5pm, Sunday 8:15am – 5pm

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.

The retreat will be held in a retreat center a few minutes north of Boulder, Colorado

To cover Tana Yelpa Foundation costs there will be $75 fee for the weekend.  Also, at the closing there will be an opportunity for dana (“heart”) offerings to Rinpoche and the 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]

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

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 their wisdom and understanding of practice

The venue has a retreat building that includes inside and outside areas where people might relax and have lunch. Since we will be 5 miles from restaurants, and in order to maintain the retreat atmosphere, we are offering a lunch option ($25 for both lunches) at the location. We will have vegetarian and meat options.
Please plan on bringing a box lunch if you don’t choose the lunch option.
On both mornings there will be tea, coffee, pastries and fruit available at 8am. During the afternoon breaks coffee, tea and light snacks will be available

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