Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out

with Acharya Richard John

November 15th—November 17th

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  • $225 Program Price
  • $300 Patron Price
  • $150 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online


This program is being co-presented by Sonoma and Santa Rosa Shambhala. 

The key to all mahamudra and dzogchen practice and realization is the transmission of the nature of mind by the guru. Having received that, the vajrayana path is based on the student's understanding, recognizing, and becoming familiar with that which has been pointed out.

This deep practice retreat for committed vajrayana practitioners draws on upadesha, pith instructions, from some of the great masters of mahamudra and dzokchen: Garab Dorje, Lodrö Thaye, Mipham Rinpoche, Padmakara, Yeshe Tsögyal, Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and others.

This is restricted to tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or received transmission from a Kagyu or Nyingma Rinpoche. It is important to begin at the beginning, and commit to the entire retreat if possible.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the coordinator: kirschi3 [at] gmail [dot] com

Acharya Richard JohnAcharya Richard John
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Richard has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Heart Gifts
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount—any amount is appreciated!

$225 Program Price
$300 Patron Price
$150 Reduced
Or pay what you an afford. Write in the amount. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. 

It is important to begin at the beginning, and commit to the entire retreat if possible.

For questions contact Irv, kirschi3 [at] gmail [dot] com

Hybrid Program
This is a hybrid program that will take place with attendees both in-person and on Zoom. There is limited space for socially-distanced, fully vaccinated, and masked attendees in our center. If you wish to attend in-person, please leave us a note in the comments field when you register.