dmrc events chronicle

JANUARY 2016

 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
wtjenangDecember 30, 2016 – January 7, 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 yoga together.  David Stumpf taught several Lam Rim classes over New Years weekend to prepare us for a lovely 21 Tara Ceremony on New Years Eve.  After the ceremony we enjoyed popcorn and sparking 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 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 trainings 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 remote wilderness.  During her retreat she employed the scientific application of the yogic lifestyle and her various trainings 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

Kramer_family 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 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 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.