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    • 12 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 17 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join bestselling author, meditation master, and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das for a deeper exploration of your contemplative practice. This 8 session live virtual journey is focused on deepening your meditation practice and furthering self-knowledge and wise discernment.

    Lama Surya Das is one of the most highly regarded meditation masters in the West, and an authorized and empowered teacher in the ancient Dzogchen Tibetan Meditation Tradition and the NonSectarian Practicing Lineage. Lama has spent over twenty years in retreat, studying with many of the most profound and honored Tibetan masters of his time. He is the author of 16 books-- including the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within-- and has an extensive corpus of teaching and practices, experience and realization from which he draws. The material covered in each master class comes directly from decades of teaching experience leading retreats and workshops. He is known for his innovative adaptations of these invaluable wisdom teachings and making them accessible and applicable to daily life. The master classes are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    Format and Schedule: The Master Class course consists of 8 individual live classes held one Saturday each month September 2020 through April 2021, from 11 AM to 1 PM Eastern. Each class will have an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks. Participants may purchase all 8 courses or choose the ones they prefer.

    Recordings: All sessions will be recorded and available for partcipants to view  until May 17, 2021. The link to recordings will be sent in your confirmation email. 

    Connect: The Zoom link will be sent in your confirmation email - please use the same link for all sessions. 

    For a more detailed description of each class go to
    MASTER CLASSES.

    • September 12, 2020
      The Essence of Awakening: Dzogchen View, Meditation, and Action

    • October 17, 2020
      Deepening Your Meditation 

    • November 14, 2020
      Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness

    • December 19, 2020
      In Dialogue with Dr. Roger Walsh

    • January 23, 2021 
      Transforming Hindrances and Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones

    • February 20, 2021 
      Healing Mantras, Chanting, and Shakti Power (Inner Divinity)

    • March 20, 2021 
      Gurus & Disciples, Teachers & Students: Co-creating Your Authentic Path

    • April 17, 2021
      Dancing with Life: The Joy of Meditation and Contemplative Sweetness


    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • 17 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join bestselling author, meditation master, and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das for a deeper exploration of your contemplative practice. This 8 session live virtual journey is focused on deepening your meditation practice and furthering self-knowledge and wise discernment.

    Lama Surya Das is one of the most highly regarded meditation masters in the West, and an authorized and empowered teacher in the ancient Dzogchen Tibetan Meditation Tradition and the NonSectarian Practicing Lineage. Lama has spent over twenty years in retreat, studying with many of the most profound and honored Tibetan masters of his time. He is the author of 16 books-- including the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within-- and has an extensive corpus of teaching and practices, experience and realization from which he draws. The material covered in each master class comes directly from decades of teaching experience leading retreats and workshops. He is known for his innovative adaptations of these invaluable wisdom teachings and making them accessible and applicable to daily life. The master classes are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
    Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time
    Title: Transforming Hindrances and Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones
    Description: 
    The fifth class explores how we turn difficulties and obstacles into the path of awakening. From a spiritual perspective, hardships, obstacles and challenges in life are food for growth. It is said that you cannot make progress on the spiritual path without them. In this class, Lama Surya Das will introduce philosophies and practical methods to transform hardship into liberating wakefulness.

    (The Master Class course consists of 8 individual live classes held one Saturday each month September 2020 through April 2021. Each class will have an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks. Participants may purchase all 8 courses or choose the ones they prefer. All sessions purchased will be recorded and available for partcipants to view again.)

    The Zoom link will be sent the week before each class.

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
    • 7
    Register


    Spiritual dialogue is a cornerstone of meditative practice.
    Our new Ask the Lama program is intended to provide an
    intimate space for practitioners to ask their most pressing
    practice questions in a small group environment.

    Join Lama Surya Das for his first live Q & A session
    scheduled in honor of Tibetan New Year

    February 13, 2021
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST  

    This event will be limited to 20 practitioners.
    Additional sessions will be scheduled throughout 2021.

    Member cost: $19.99
    Non-Member cost: $24.99

    Please note: Questions will be submitted live, and limited to those which
    benefit the entire group. Lama Surya will try to answer
    as many questions as he is able in the 90 minute time period. 

    • 20 Feb 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • 17 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join bestselling author, meditation master, and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das for a deeper exploration of your contemplative practice. This 8 session live virtual journey is focused on deepening your meditation practice and furthering self-knowledge and wise discernment.

    Lama Surya Das is one of the most highly regarded meditation masters in the West, and an authorized and empowered teacher in the ancient Dzogchen Tibetan Meditation Tradition and the NonSectarian Practicing Lineage. Lama has spent over twenty years in retreat, studying with many of the most profound and honored Tibetan masters of his time. He is the author of 16 books-- including the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within-- and has an extensive corpus of teaching and practices, experience and realization from which he draws. The material covered in each master class comes directly from decades of teaching experience leading retreats and workshops. He is known for his innovative adaptations of these invaluable wisdom teachings and making them accessible and applicable to daily life. The master classes are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time
    Title:  “Healing Mantras, Chanting, and Shakti Power (Inner Divinity) 
    Description: 
    In the sixth class, we will explore how to use and meditate with mantras, chanting and shakti (inner divinity). In chant, the power of sound connects us with ourselves, one another, and the divine. It is an ancient, tried and true form of meditation and prayer. One of the most transformative and nonsectarian spiritual practices, chanting almost immediately takes us out of our heads and beyond the mind, into realms of pure spirit and bliss. It helps us discover the spiritual breath and cosmic energy inside the physical breath. Monks and nuns, shamans, yogis, dervishes, chant masters, pilgrims, cantors, singers, and musicians have long known this universal secret.  In this class, Lama Surya Das will lead us into the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of chanting, using Sanskrit mantras, as well as some of his favorite American mantras and chants too, while providing direct access to meditative states and higher realms of subtle spiritual

    (The Master Class course consists of 8 individual live classes held one Saturday each month September 2020 through April 2021. Each class will have an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks. Participants may purchase all 8 courses or choose the ones they prefer. All sessions purchased will be recorded and available for partcipants to view again.)

    The Zoom link will be sent the week before each class. 

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 05 Mar 2021
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom link will be sent upon registration confirmation
    Register

    Awakening Ourselves, Awakening the World

        

    Join Lama Surya Das for a rare and precious spiritual exploration and discovery of the timeless teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition of Dzogchen, which have been passed down in an unbroken lineage for over 14 centuries. These experiential instructions nakedly reveal the innate freedom of being, allowing us to bask in the radiant, spacious expanse of Awareness, fully present in every moment, through every circumstance.  

    We invite you to join Dzogchen lineage holder, best-selling author and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das, for a virtual weekend of awakening. This is a joyful opportunity to open your heart and mind to these precious Dzogchen pith instructions.

    All levels of meditators are welcome!

    Lama Surya is a pioneer of Buddhism in the West and has dedicated his life to the transmission of Dzogchen. For over 40 years Lama has offered meditation retreats in a unique and directly attainable way.  His light and lively approach has been deemed "fully accessible" by millions of meditators, of all levels

    The daily retreat schedule mirrors our residential retreat, allowing plenty of time for rest and renewal between sessions. Lama Surya will offer dharma teachings and allow ample time for Q & A.  The program includes guided and silent meditation sessions, sky-gazing meditation, dharma talks, heart-opening chanting and uplifting Tibetan Energy Yoga each day. 

    Lama Surya gently requests that Noble Silence  be observed from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Honoring this sacred and ancient practice allows us a tranquil container and inner sanctum to explore the mind and deepen our experience to its fullest. 

    Registration does not include compensation for the teacher, which will be accepted in the traditional form of dana (voluntary donation) in honor of the teachings.

    If you require financial assistance, please contact:
    Kathleen Albanese - kathleen@surya.org

    • 20 Mar 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • 17 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join bestselling author, meditation master, and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das for a deeper exploration of your contemplative practice. This 8 session live virtual journey is focused on deepening your meditation practice and furthering self-knowledge and wise discernment.

    Lama Surya Das is one of the most highly regarded meditation masters in the West, and an authorized and empowered teacher in the ancient Dzogchen Tibetan Meditation Tradition and the NonSectarian Practicing Lineage. Lama has spent over twenty years in retreat, studying with many of the most profound and honored Tibetan masters of his time. He is the author of 16 books-- including the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within-- and has an extensive corpus of teaching and practices, experience and realization from which he draws. The material covered in each master class comes directly from decades of teaching experience leading retreats and workshops. He is known for his innovative adaptations of these invaluable wisdom teachings and making them accessible and applicable to daily life. The master classes are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
    Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time
    Title: “Gurus & Disciples, Teachers & Students: Co-creating Your Authentic Path
    Description: The student-teacher relationship is a remarkable and meaningful aspect of awakening. In a traditional sense, the student-teacher relationship as expressed as the guru-disciple is recognized as the root of all good qualities on the spiritual path. In contemporary times, this relationship is fraught with challenges.  In this class, Lama Surya Das will explore the true nature of the relationship and how finding a suitable and qualified teacher can aid in your authentic journey.

    (The Master Class course consists of 8 individual live classes held one Saturday each month September 2020 through April 2021. Each class will have an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks. Partiicipants may purchase all 8 courses or choose the ones they prefer. All sessions purchased will be recorded and available for partcipants to view again.)

    The Zoom link will be sent the week before each class.

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES
    • 17 Apr 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • 17 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join bestselling author, meditation master, and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das for a deeper exploration of your contemplative practice. This 8 session live virtual journey is focused on deepening your meditation practice and furthering self-knowledge and wise discernment.

    Lama Surya Das is one of the most highly regarded meditation masters in the West, and an authorized and empowered teacher in the ancient Dzogchen Tibetan Meditation Tradition and the NonSectarian Practicing Lineage. Lama has spent over twenty years in retreat, studying with many of the most profound and honored Tibetan masters of his time. He is the author of 16 books-- including the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within-- and has an extensive corpus of teaching and practices, experience and realization from which he draws. The material covered in each master class comes directly from decades of teaching experience leading retreats and workshops. He is known for his innovative adaptations of these invaluable wisdom teachings and making them accessible and applicable to daily life. The master classes are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

    Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
    Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time
    Title: “Dancing with Life: The Joy of Meditation and Contemplative Sweetness
    Description: Our home place can be a sacred environment to practice. This last class will explore setting up our own at-home personal retreat, the mindset we take and the setting we establish to wake up to the buoyancy, clarity, wakefulness and delight of meditative awareness in our daily lives amidst our familiar surroundings.

    (The Master Class course consists of 8 individual live classes held one Saturday each month September 2020 through April 2021. Each class will have an introduction, guided meditation, teaching, questions and answers, and concluding remarks. Partiicipants may purchase all 8 courses or choose the ones they prefer. All sessions purchased will be recorded and available for partcipants to view again.)

    The Zoom link will be sent the week before each class. 

    For a more detailed description of each class go to MASTER CLASSES

Past events

23 Oct 2020 Dzogchen Center 2020 Virtual Advanced Meditation Retreat
12 Sep 2020 Master Class Course with Lama Surya Das - Session #1 Recording from September 12, 2020 Class “The Essence of Awakening: Dzogchen View, Meditation, and Action”
24 Jul 2020 Dzogchen Center 2020 Virtual Meditation Retreat
22 Mar 2020 Dzogchen Center 2020 Spring Meditation Retreat- Malibu, CA
14 Jul 2019 Dzogchen Center 2019 Summer Meditation Retreat- Garrison, NY
24 Mar 2019 2019 Spring Meditation Retreat- Malibu, CA
16 Jul 2017 Dzogchen Center Summer Meditation Retreat
19 Mar 2017 ONE-WEEK MEDITATION RETREAT- Malibu, CA
02 Jan 2017 Dzogchen Center Winter Meditation Retreat
25 Sep 2016 Make Me One With Everything- Wilmington, NC
16 Jul 2016 Dzogchen Center Summer Meditation Retreat
30 Jan 2016 One Day Retreat with Lama Surya Das - Laguna Beach, California
02 Jan 2016 Dzogchen Center Winter Meditation Retreat
18 Jul 2015 Dzogchen Center Summer Meditation Retreat
08 Mar 2015 Dzogchen Center Spring Meditation Retreat
30 Jan 2015 ONE STEP ENLIGHTENMENT - COMING HOME - Laguna Beach California
03 Jan 2015 Dzogchen Center Winter Meditation Retreat
24 Oct 2014 Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness - Catching Yourself Before Things Catch You
12 Sep 2014 Natural Meditation and the Practice of Presencing - Wilmington NC
12 Jul 2014 Dzogchen Center Summer Meditation Retreat
22 Mar 2014 Dzogchen Center Spring Advanced Practice Retreat
31 Jan 2014 Natural Meditation and the Practice of Presencing - Costa Mesa California
04 Jan 2014 Dzogchen Center Winter Meditation Retreat
15 Nov 2013 Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness - Catching Yourself Before Things Catch You
19 Oct 2013 Dzogchen Center Autumn Advanced Practice Retreat
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