dmrc events chronicle

OCTOBER 2018

October 26 – November 4, 2018
eSangha Retreat at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center with Dr. Tucker Peck & Upasaka Upali

Tucker Peck periodically teaches meditation retreats, which are the best way to deepen your practice.  Retreats involve an extended period of Noble Silence, meaning that there’s very little talking, activity, or distraction.  During these retreats, you will be able to maximize the amount of time each day that you spend meditating.

October 14-17, 2017
Relax & Renew: a Personal Retreat Experience

Immediately following the Arya Nagarjuna Wisdom Retreat, Diamond Mountain offers an exclusive opportunity to experience 3 full days of supported solo retreat and enjoy the sweet and magical blessings of self-guided retreat.

October 4-13, 2017 DMRC hosted ACI’s 10-day Retreat
The Wisdom of Arya Nagarjuna, part one: The Eight INVISIBLES

In this program, we will dive deeply into new practices as well as offer new ways of learning and engaging with this wisdom in our daily lives. As far as our original sources for this program, we will, of course, be using the most famous of all works by Arya Nagarjuna (c. 200AD)—which he named simply, Wisdom.

This is considered the mother of all explanations of the crucial idea of emptiness. We will be depending heavily upon A Ship for Crossing the Ocean of Emptiness, a detailed commentary to the work by Choney Lama Drakpa Shedrup (1675-1748). At times we will also check into his Commentary on the Difficult Points in “Wisdom,” and on occasion, we will venture into the deep forest of Je Tsongkapa’s extensive explanation, The Ocean of Emptiness—which as we can tell from the title alone forms the foundation for Choney Lama’s work. We will also be referring to the original Sanskrit version of Wisdom, which is fortunately still available.

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 12 – October 4, 2018
Diamond Mountain Serve & Study Program

Immerse yourself in a spiritual lifestyle and Retreat Center life by participating in our Serve and Study Program. Allow the practice of selfless service to open your heart.  Meet life-long friends.  Learn to transform service into a spiritual practice.

APRIL 2018

April 27-30, 2017
Relax & Renew: a Personal Retreat Experience

Immediately following the LAM RIM Retreat, Diamond Mountain offers an exclusive opportunity to experience 3 full days of supported solo retreat and enjoy the sweet and magical blessings of self-guided retreat. Take time to relax, rejoice, meditate and contemplate on what you have learned and how you have grown in 10 short days.  Allow the teachings and realizations you’ve experienced in the past 10 days settle into your subconscious and transform your life in a very deep and powerful way.

April 24-27, 2017 DMRC hosted ACI’s 4-day Retreat
Master Kamalashila meditations on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, part four: The honor of being a Teenager

During the last two years, in silent retreats at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, we’ve learned and meditated upon the great ideas of the Diamond Cutter Sutra. We’ve used the ancient Indian commentary of Master Kamalashila, with secrets that haven’t been explored for over a thousand years.

In the final teaching of this series, the Buddha answers five mysterious questions from his student, Subhuti:

– How do I build a Buddha paradise?
– Is the Diamond Cutter Sutra a book, or an idea?
– How can you write if the pen never touches the paper?
– How did I help make the Buddha get enlightened before I even met him?
– Should I say I know, when I do or say I don’t?

Somewhere in the answers to all these questions is the key to getting everything we want in our life. We’ll explore the inside of our minds during the all-day retreat, following a daily, dawn session, exploring these questions. You’ll also learn new parts of the Lion’s Dance that we’ve never covered before to go deeper.

April 13-22, 2017  DMRC hosted ACI’s 10-day
“Gift of Liberation Retreat”: The Great Escape

In the pristine, high desert of Arizona, we will go into a 10-day retreat to gain freedom from the 6 Problems of Life, forever. We will learn how these problems show up in our lives, how we obviously and subtly perpetuate them, and how we can escape from them with powerful methods to increase our practical wisdom and compassion.

JANUARY 2018

January 12-14, 2018
Vajrayana Vow Renewal

Those who have received Vajrayogini empowerment through the lineage or Khen Rinpoche and Geshe Michael are welcome to join us at Diamond Mountain for a vow renewal ceremony. We’ll be doing a group self-initiation in the Main Temple on the evening of Saturday, January 13.

DECEMBER 2017

December 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018
White Tara New Year’s Weekend Teachings and Retreat

Bring in the New Year with White Tara and Diamond Mountain Retreat Center. Grow your heart of compassion during our New Year’s Eve weekend Jenang (permission to practice) and Teachings on White Tara, the deity who bestows long and healthy life. Stay for the 5-day retreat led by David K. Stumpf, a humble practitioner of White Tara and author of “A compilation of advices on Tara’s practice”. During the retreat, you’ll receive additional commentary on White Tara’s sadhana practices and have time for personal retreat, reflection, and renewal.

NOVEMBER 2017

November 10-12 & 17-18, 2017 – December 10, 2017 
ACI Course 12: Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, part 3 

ACI Course 12 is the third in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432).

November 9, 2017 – December 10, 2017 
ACI Course 11: Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, part 2 with Tahiya Knapp

ACI Course 11 is the second in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432).  Join Tahiya Knapp, for the 2nd installation of the 3-part series on How to find more joy in your life.
Listen to the recording of this course on youtube.

OCTOBER 2017

October 24-28, 2017 DMRC hosted ACI’s 5-day Retreat
Master Kamalashila meditations on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, part four: The Nine Message

In the fourth part of this course series, Master Kamalashila: Meditations on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, Geshe Michael Roach teaches the deepest meanings of ultimate reality and how to reach those states using a series of meditations from Master Kamalashila’s commentary. Each meditation is designed to increase and stabilize our understanding, step-by-step.
This program is designed to inspire deep practice and contemplation. Each day, Geshe Michael will teach one class early in the morning, with healthy juices and food for a clear mind. Then, for the rest of the day, each participant will practice on their own in the solitude and beauty of the high desert of Arizona.

October 12-21, 2017  DMRC hosted ACI’s 10-day
“Gift of Liberation Retreat”: The Four Flowers

During this retreat at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, in the secluded high Arizona desert, Geshe Michael Roach will discuss this very simple, yet profound mantra about karma: Ever since we were kids, we heard about how we plant the seeds of karma: “Don’t step on that bug, child! Something bad will happen to you!”

October 6-10, 2017
Kamalashila, part three

This is the third in a four-part series based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra led by Senior Teachers. This retreat provided a unique opportunity to delve deeply into rarely taught meditations on emptiness. The retreat consisted of morning sessions followed by individual practice in the student’s private retreat cabin.

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 1-3 & 8-10, 2017
ACI Course 18: The Great Ideas of Buddhism – Part 3 with Ven. Gyelse

In part three of this series, we cover the ACI Courses 11-15: Master Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattva Way of Life – Parts 2 & 3The Art of ReasoningLojong: Developing the Good Heart & What the Buddha Really Meant.
Listen to the recording of this course on YouTube.

AUGUST 2017

August 17-25, 2017
Bowie Fire Restoration Volunteer Week

On Wednesday, June 07th at 3 PM a wildfire caused by lightning broke out on a mountain near Diamond Mountain. Our calls to emergency services quickly led to a team of on-site professionals who helped us to manage the safety of our guests and staff who were all evacuated from the Retreat Valley. Wildfire-fighters from all over the Southwest worked quickly to extinguish the fire within 24 hours. Despite the quick response, part of our water system was damaged and a few houses received cosmetic damage.  For more details, visit our Facebook posts from June 9June 10June 11 & June 13.

MAY 2017

May 19-21 & 26-28, 2017
ACI Course 10: Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Part 1 of 3

ACI Course 10 is the first in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432).  Master Shantideva’s work is considered the best book ever written on how to live as a bodhisattva.  Gyaltsab Je’s commentary is the famous guide written on Master Shantideva’s masterpiece.
For more information on this program, see our event page here.

May 1-5, 2017 DMRC hosted ACI’s 5-day Retreat
Master Kamalashila meditations on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, part three: An Arya’s Tears

This is the third in a four-part series based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra led by Geshe Michael Roach. This retreat provided a unique opportunity to delve deeply into rarely taught meditations on emptiness. The retreat consisted of morning sessions led by Geshe Michael Roach followed by individual practice in the student’s private retreat cabin.

APRIL 2017

April 14-19, 2017
Kamalashila, part two

This is the second in a four-part series based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra led by Senior Teachers. This retreat provided a unique opportunity to delve deeply into rarely taught meditations on emptiness. The retreat consisted of morning sessions followed by individual practice in the student’s private retreat cabin.

Included a section from The Jewel of Realization, spoken by Lord Maitreya and written down by Arya Asanga describing the Buddha’s Marks and Signs, as well as a selection from A lamp Which Illuminates the Hidden Meaning composed of notes to a teaching by the great Konchok Tenpay Drunme of Gungtang, which explains the karmic correlations of the Buddha’s Marks and Signs.

April 21-29, 2017  DMRC hosted ACI’s 10-day
“Gift of Liberation Retreat”: Perfect Shelter

In the 25th installment of the series on the Steps to Enlightenment, we’ll be continuing through A Gift of Liberation by Pabongka Rinpoche, one of the greatest books ever written in Tibet. We’ve recently explored the idea of Taking Shelter, that is, where to go for ultimate protection when life gets hard. Now, we’re moving into how that protection roots us on the path to achieving ultimate happiness. By learning how karma works and revealing which actions bring about actual happiness and which actions do not, success and liberation become more readily attainable.

JANUARY 2017

 January 15-29, 2017  

Diamond Mountain offered its 2-week program “Life of Service Immersion” during which volunteers learn to transform service into a spiritual practice.  Over the weekends,

January 20-22 & 27-29, 2017

Michael Dunn taught  ACI Course 17: The Great Ideas of Buddhism – Part 2 of 3.  The first weekend he covered ACI Courses 6-8: The Diamond Cutter Sutra, The Bodhisattva Vows, and Death and the Realms of Existence.  The second weekend, Michael reviewed Death and the Realms of Existence, The Ethical Life and Master Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattva Way of Life – Part 1.

Did you miss this course? No problem, the audio files will be uploaded here for your enjoyment!  Stay tuned for ACI 18: The Great Ideas of Buddhism – Part 3 of 3 with Ven. Gyelse in MARCH 2017!

DECEMBER 2016

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White Tara New Year’s Weekend Teachings and Retreat:  Thank you so much to everyone who attended!  We had such a lovely time studying, meditating, practicing yoga together.  David Stumpf taught several Lam Rim classes over New Years weekend to prepare us for a lovely 21 Tara Ceremony on New Year’s Eve.  After the ceremony, we enjoyed popcorn and sparkling apple cider as we planted a secret garden for 2017 with David and Sarahni Stumpf.  The first week of the New Year was spent in retreat, receiving commentary on White Tara’s practice and studying and practicing her sadhana.

We look forward to welcoming new faces next year!

NOVEMBER 2016

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November 11-13, & 18-20, 2016 

ACI Course 16: The Great Ideas of Buddhism – Part 1 of 3. This course reviewed material from the first five ACI Courses: The Principal Teachings of Buddhism, Buddhist Refuge, Applied Meditation, Proof of Future Lives, and How Karma Works.  Thank you to everyone who attended, it was our pleasure to share these teachings with you!

OCTOBER 2016

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DMRC hosted “Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra” Retreat – Part 2.

Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra part 2, led by Geshe Michael Roach.  The second in a 4 part series based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra led by Geshe Michael Roach.  This retreat provided a unique opportunity to delve deeply into rarely taught meditations on emptiness.  The retreat consisted of morning sessions led by Geshe Michael Roach followed by individual practice in your own retreat cabin practicing.  Geshe Michael included a section from “The Jewel of Realization”, spoken by Lord Maitreya and written down by Arya Asanga describing the Buddha’s Marks and Signs, as well as a selection from “A lamp Which Illuminates the Hidden Meaning” composed of notes to a teaching by the great Konchok Tenpay Drunme of Gungtang, which explains the karmic correlations of the Buddha’s Marks and Signs.

October 14-23, 2016 DMRC hosted ACI’s 10-day “Gift of Liberation Retreat”.

Based on the great Tibetan Classic, A Gift of Liberation: Thrust into the Palm of Our Hand written by Pabonka Rinpoche, this retreat focused on using death meditation to reinvigorate your life and your practice and included the popular 3-day “Retreat within a Retreat”.  This 10-day installment finished the portion of the text describing the animal and hell realms, included a beautiful death meditation and began the section of the Lam Rim which discusses the beautiful practice of going for refuge.

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October 8-12, 2016

DMRC hosted “Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra” Retreat – Part 1.

A review of this incomparable course where we delve into Kamalashila’s rarely taught commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra. Interwoven into this teaching is a review of the conducive conditions for meditation, the top 5 problems in meditation and their 8 antidotes and numerous meditations for stillness. This review course will be led by a group of Geshe Michael’s students who have completed 3 years of meditation retreat: John Brady, Connie O’Brien, Michael Dunn, and Melissa Buschey.

SEPTEMBER 2016

tamara_headshotModern Mystic Yoga Academy Teacher Training Retreat

Led by Tamara Lee Standard E-RYT 200, founder of Modern Mystic Yoga Academy in Tucson, AZ.  Tamara has been teaching yoga since 2001, including leading yoga teacher training and international yoga workshops & retreats.  In 2014, she completed a 3-year meditation retreat in which she was able to develop her own personalized yogic sadhana (spiritual practice) emphasizing meditation in the remote wilderness.  During her retreat, she employed the scientific application of the yogic lifestyle and her various training in Kundalini, Anusara, Sivananda, Vinyasa Yoga & Buddhism, along with a willingness to listen to and apply inner wisdom. This experience gives her a unique perspective, deep intuitive insight and ability to assist others in developing their personal yoga practice.  She is an Evolution Ally, meaning she empowers and supports one way to enlightenment  ~  your own. For more information please visit: www.modernmysticyoga.com

MAY 2016

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Farewell to our first Family Retreat!  Ben and Kendra Kramer completed their 3-year retreat in April 2014 and were eager to return for their yearly retreat with the newest member of the family Ezra Kramer.  For more images, visit us on facebook:

www.facebook.com/diamondmountainretreatcenter/

Is your family interested in retreating together? Contact us to see how we can help you make a retreat into a reality for your family:
Joe Saturday May 28 – Monday May 30, 2016: Community Work Weekend

THANK YOU JOYFUL VOLUNTEERS!! David, we enjoyed working and visiting with you!  John and Joe, thank you for generously offering your time and company!

Venerable Gyelse, our Operations Manager and a small crew of volunteers spent the weekend creating a more robust water supply for 4 of our Retreat Valley cottages.  It was a pleasure to share the work, the dinners and connect.  We rejoice in the memories! David-Michael
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MARCH 2016

BandMarch 18-27, 2016 DMRC hosted ACI’s 10-day “Gift of Liberation Retreat”.

Based on the great Tibetan Classic, A Gift of Liberation: Thrust into the Palm of Our Hand written by Pabonka Rinpoche, this retreat focused on using death meditation to reinvigorate your life and your practice and included the popular 3-day “Retreat within a Retreat”.

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March 28- April 3, 2016, DMRC hosted “Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra” Retreat.

The first in a 4 part series based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary on the Diamond Cutter Sutra led by Geshe Michael Roach.  This retreat provided a unique opportunity to delve deeply into rarely taught meditations on emptiness.  The retreat consisted of morning sessions led by Geshe Michael Roach followed by individual practice in your own retreat cabin practicing.

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October 16-25, 2015 ACI’s “The Art of Appreciation” Retreat

A 10-day international retreat intensive featuring teachings, yoga, dance, three days of silent retreat, and two beautiful weddings! We also celebrated the grand opening of the new Je Tsongkapa Student Center. Hosted by the Asian Classics Institute.

For more information on this program, see our event page here.

SEPTEMBER 2015

September 25-27, 2015 Asian Classics Institute Volunteer Work Weekend

A fun weekend prepping for the upcoming October ACI Retreat — the largest retreat we’ve hosted yet! Pictures from the weekend are on ACI’s Facebook.

September 5, 2015, Je Tsongkapa Student Center Potluck

Construction is complete on our new student center, and some local friends came to celebrate! Check out our Facebook page for some pictures from that afternoon and photographs of the new center.

MARCH 2015March 2015 Retreat

March 20-29, 2015 ACI’s “Learn to Retreat on Retreat”

A 10-day international retreat intensive with teachings, yoga, stargazing, and 3 days of silent, personal retreat. Hosted by the Asian Classics Institute.

For more information on this program, see our event page here.

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October 3-12, 2015 ACI’s “See the Magic” Lam Rim Retreat

A 10-day international retreat intensive hosted by the Asian Classics Institute.

For more information on this program, see the event page here.