Meditations on the Vast Expanse: the unity of great love and the illusory nature of all experience
Please join Lama Mark for a two-week meditative exploration on great love and illusion. Held at Villa Sumaya in the tropical region of Lake Atitlán, the retreat is surrounded by three volcanoes, open vast sky and magnificent lake views.
Great love and the illusory nature of all appearances is the theme of this year’s 14 day retreat with Lama Mark.
“Not comprehending the illusory nature of self and all experience is at the root of our delusions and suffering. When we do not see that the essential mind and all experience is utterly open, free of difficulties, obstructions or taints and permeated by compassion, this hurts us all. Great love is born from experiencing this insight. It is vast and profound beyond any words. The unity of empty of obstructions and great love is the meditation.”
– Lama Mark
Lama Mark will open the retreat with a few days of study, reflection and meditation on Bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment. There will be a number of reading transmissions from Prajnaparamita and Dzogchen texts, where Lama Mark will give explanations and detailed instructions for the meditations and reflections that go to the essence. He will also combine the teachings with some demonstrations and practice sessions of our illusory body appearance using mirrors and our sense of touch and vision.
For those who are practitioners of Vajrayana, Lama Mark will give an empowerment and instructions from the Drikung Yangzab tradition to support us.
Laurel Jacobson will support practitioners during the retreat with sessions of yoga and Qi Kung.
Lama Mark Webber (LamaYongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma,Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.
Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.
His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.
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Registration & Pricing
Maya Rose 2-6 and Skyline Bungalows 9, 10 & 20:
Single accommodation: $1,450
Double accommodation: $1,100 per person
Lotus House, Maya Rose 7 and Ginger Suites 8 & 18:
Double accommodation: $1,450 per person
Triple accommodation: $1,300 per person
Ginger Suites 17, 19 & 21:
Single accommodation: $1,950
Double accommodation: $1,650 per person
- Accommodation for 13 nights
- 3 vegetarian meals per day
- Unlimited tea, coffee and filtered water
- Use of the temples, hot tub and all taxes
- $250 per person toward travel expenses of Lama Mark. If we receive more participants than we are anticipating, this shared travel expense will be less.
- $100 per person towards the sadhana and Wong Kur supplies
- Dana (Donation to teacher)
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon booking and 50% of the balance due 60 days before the retreat. Final payment due during your stay at our center.
Financial Aid: Inquiries regarding personal requests for partial work-trade scholarships will be considered. Please send us your proposal and vision as to why you’d like to participate and how you’d like to offer your energetic or monetary exchange.
For more information or to register, please email email@example.com.