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Vajra Yoga: Tibetan Adepts and the Dzogchen, Mahamudra & Unexcelled Yoga Connection

March 21 - March 28, 2022

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Robert A.F. Thurman

Michele Loew

Our winter Vajrayoga practice retreat this March 21-28 is inspired by Dr. Nida, as he has emerged from his recent retreat with revelations that are far-reaching in overcoming seeming divisions in teachings and practices that are central to the Vajrayoga movement.For part of this retreat (Fri-Mon), Dr. Nida will share Yuthok Yonten Gonpo’s concise teaching of Mahāmudrā in resonance with the historic Tsong Khapa - Namkha Gyaltsen dialogue in 14th century Tibet, as revealed in the Elixir Essence. In this text (already translated in the Life and Teachings of Tsong Khapa) the great adept Tsong Khapa asks the Bodhisattva Vajrapani’s advice for the Great Perfection Connection meditations and for deepening the Centrist transcendent wisdom insight into emptiness.Dr. Nida will bestow its blessing and explain the quintessential practice commentary he wrote in Tibetan during his retreat, the “Light Energy of Sun and Moon: Commentary on the Yuthok Mahamudra,” which we will translate live as Dr. Nida shares direct personal instruction for the Mahamudra practice in his Yutok Gunanatha lineage, powerful at any level but specially adapted for advanced practitioners.In addition to teaching sessions by Dr. Nida, Bob Thurman will teach from Tsong Khapa's body of work as well as join Dr. Nida in dialogue. Each day you will also be able to hone your Vajrayoga practices (Hathayoga and Tibetan Trulkor traditions specifically) with master yogini Michele Loew.We will also study Pradeep Gokhale's new book, The Yogasutra of Patanjali: A New Introduction to the Buddhist Roots of the Yoga System, which aligns perfectly with our ongoing exploration of Vajrayoga. We highly recommend you purchase a digital or printed copy of this book before the retreat.This intensive counts for 60 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits!Please note that while Tenzin Bob and Michele will teach on-site at Menla for this retreat, Dr. Nida will join us via live video feed.Click Register Now above if you wish to register to attend in person at Menla. If you can only attend part of the retreat, you may arrange a partial/prorated registration via our Front Desk at [email protected].If you are unable to attend in person and wish to attend online only, CLICK HERE to register for our online option.Partial scholarship applications for the online version can be found by emailing [email protected]. To apply for partial scholarship to attend in person at Menla, please email [email protected].

DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday, March 21
  • 3 - 7 pm  Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm  Welcome Discussion (Bob and Michele)
Tuesday, March 22
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, Self Study, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm  Afternoon Philosophy Class (Bob)
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm  Introduction to Vajra Yoga and Mahamudra Reading Transmission (Bob & Dr. Nida)
Wednesday, March 23
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, Self Study, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm  Afternoon Philosophy Class (Bob)
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm  The Philosopher and the Physician on Dzogchen (Bob & Dr. Nida)
Thursday, March 24
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, Self Study, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm  Afternoon Philosophy Class (Bob)
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm The Philosopher and the Physician on Mahamudra (Bob & Dr. Nida)
Friday, March 25
  • 7 - 9 am  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 9 - 10am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  Morning Teaching (Dr. Nida and Bob)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, Self Study, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm  Afternoon Philosophy Class (Bob)
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm  Yoga Nidra (Michele)
Saturday, March 26
  • 7 - 9 am  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 9 - 10am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  Morning Teaching (Dr. Nida)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, Self Study, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm  Afternoon Philosophy Class (Bob)
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm  Yoga Nidra (Michele)
Sunday, March 27
  • 7 - 9 am  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 9 - 10am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  Morning Class (Dr. Nida)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, Self Study, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm  Afternoon Philosophy Class (Bob)
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm  Yoga Nidra (Michele)
Monday, March 28
  • 7 - 9 am  Vajra Yoga Practice (Michele)
  • 9 - 10 am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Closing Teaching (Dr. Nida and Bob)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time. 

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is a traditional Tibetan physician and lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique Vajrayana Buddhist spiritual healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine. Born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicin...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

Michele Loew

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr. & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (anatomy & ph...

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