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Sangye Yelpa Mahamudra Retreat – Part 2, Nov 11-13, 2022


Tana Rinpoche has offered to complete the Sangye Yelpa text/transmission during Nov 11-13, 2022.

This is an opportunity to explore and experience this Mahamudra text with Tana Dungsey Rinpoche in a small group setting. The text was written by the founder of the Yelpa Kagyu lineage, Sangye Yelpa (1134 -1194 CE). Rinpoche led a retreat in October 2019 that began the text. However, due to COVID, he never completed it.

This retreat is not an open retreat. Please get in touch with us if you attended the October 2019 retreat and did not receive an email from us with the registration link.


Tana Dungsey Rinpoche has agreed to present this Mahamudra level teaching, including transmission, to students who were at the Oct 2019 weekend and a few other dedicated students. The retreat will be held on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday November 11, 12 and 13th. On Friday, Rinpoche will offer a review of the early parts of the text that he taught in 2019 , and two teachings on the complete text on Saturday and Sunday (November 12 and 13). (Clayton Ingerson will translate.)

The Text

“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 practice. Starting with the common and uncommon preliminary practices, it guides us through shamatha to the ultimate forms of vipashyana meditation. It exemplifies the Mahamudra teachings of the Yelpa Kagyu tradition.” –– Tana Dungsey Rinpoche

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 an opportunity to learn more about the unique wisdom that characterizes the Yelpa Kagyu and Hungkara lineages.
We will be emailing a copy of the text to everyone who registers.

Sangye Yelpa

Sangye Yelpa was considered an enlightened being. He wrote this text in the 12th century CE. During his lifetime, he established four major monasteries in Tibet and was the founder 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.

“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 from Sangye Yelpa’s Mahamudra Text

  • November 11, 12 and 13 2022
  • Friday 6:00p – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 5pm
  • (Tea, coffee, pastries at 8:15am)
  • You will want to bring a sack lunch to enjoy! There will be water, lemonade and iced tea for drinks.

The retreat will be held in Jamestown, Colorado, about 20 minutes from Boulder in the foothills.


Cost for the retreat will be $135 for the weekend. Also, at the closing there will be an opportunity for  dana (“heart”) offerings to Rinpoche and to our translator: Clayton Ingerson.

Important Note about Attendance

These teachings will include a transmission, so they must be attended in person. We are asking that all attendees be vaccinated, and/or have tested negative for COVID shortly before attending.

If you have any questions or comments contact us at [email protected]

Sponsored by The Tana Yelpa Foundation

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