dmrc events chronicle
Death and the End of Death Practice Module (with Sarahni)
January 7-28, 2019: Monday & Thursday
Death is feared, avoided, and denied in ways that often causes us to live as if we will never die. At the end of life, people often die with intense regret from not having done the important things they wanted to do in their life. Acknowledging the fact that we will die, and that we have a limited, unknown amount of time left is essential to making our life choices. By meditating on death in the proper way, we can make every moment of life precious and meaningful. A good death meditation results in a happy, clear mind, free of anxiety and fear. One learns to live each day of life as if it were the last, thereby avoiding meaningless activity and spending each moment in the most fulfilling way possible.
Tong Len Practice Module (with Sarahni)
January 8-27, 2019: Tuesday and Friday
This is an excellent meditation practice to develop a caring attitude in our hearts toward everyone in our lives, especially those that we have difficulty with. And it’s a wonderful meditation to do when one has an illness, to cultivate empathy, or to generate happiness. Tong Len practice cultivates love and compassion for ourselves, those we are indifferent toward, and those who harm us. It’s a great way to learn to be kind to yourself and others.
The Six Flavors of Emptiness Practice Module (with Sarahni)
January 9-30, 2019: Sunday and Wednesday
This meditation practice focuses on understanding ultimate reality (emptiness) on a more advanced level. Mahamudra is a meditation on the ultimate nature of one’s own mind. We meditate on our mind, examining it on six different levels, each one leading to a more sophisticated understanding of our mind and it’s nature. Meditating on the ultimate nature of one’s own mind is an important part of a larger practice that leads to the direct perception of ultimate reality. The direct experience of ultimate reality is a key meditative realization that assures very quick enlightenment.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 & 3, The Art of Reasoning, Lojong: Developing the Good Heart & What the Buddha Really Meant.
Listen to the recording of this course on YouTube.
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 9, June 10, June 11 & June 13.
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 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 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!
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!
Modern 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
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”.
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.
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 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 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.
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.