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Live Virtual Meditation Retreats

The Live Virtual Meditation Retreats

Our live virtual meditation retreats focus on providing an online container for the transmission of insight led by Lama Surya Das.
They offer an ideal opportunity to engage with powerful instructions, teachings, and practices of the Dzogchen tradition
in the comfort and convenience of your own sacred space.

Lama Surya Das is one of the most highly regarded meditation masters in the West, and an authorized and empowered teacher
in the 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 14 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 instructions and practices offered come directly from decades of teaching experience leading retreats and workshops worldwide.
Lama is known for his innovative adaptations of these invaluable wisdom teachings, making them accessible and applicable to daily life.
Our live retreats are open to new and seasoned practitioners in any spiritual tradition.

We have completed our retreat programs for 2021.

We hope you will join us in 2022!

2022 Retreats

 (All retreats take place in US East Coast Time)

Live Virtual Day-Long Meditation Retreats

  • Saturday, January 8th- REGISTER
    Tibetan Mindfulness and Kindfullness :  Awakening the Mind, Opening the Heart, Compassion in Action

  • Saturday, April 30th
    (10% discount if bundled with June 4th retreat)

  • Saturday, June 4th
    (10% discount if bundled with April 30th retreat)

  • Saturday, October 1st

Live Weekend / Week-Long Meditation Retreats     
         Due to the current pandemic our Spring and Advanced Retreat
                          locations will depend on global conditions.

  • Virtual Spring Retreat - March 18th - 20th
  • Residential Spring Retreat - March 20th - 27th at Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, CA 

  • Virtual Summer Retreat, July 15th -  July 17th  

  • Virtual  Advanced Retreat, October 2st -23rd
  • Residential Advanced Retreat - October 23rd - 28th location TBD

Cost and Financial Policy

  • Day-Long live virtual retreats are $99 for members / $125 for non-members
  • Weekend live virtual retreats are $199 for members / $245 for non-members (Advanced Retreat is $249 and restricted to only members)

    If you have financial challenges, please contact Kathleen Albanese at  kathleen@surya.org.
    Registration does not include compensation for Lama- 100% of the fee support the Dzogchen Foundation’s staff, free offerings, and scholarship  program.
    All live virtual retreats are recorded and available for viewing by registrants after each class.


       Don’t take our word for it...

  • I like the informality of the retreat combined with Lama’s extensive experience and knowledge.
  • They are well-run and offer us the opportunity to meditate and study with Lama
  • Valuable and authentic teachings
  • I thank the foundation and the Lama on the ability to migrate to virtual retreats in Covid. It has opened up and made accessible access to a teacher that otherwise would have been limited by physical location. Thank you and great work.
  • One-day retreats are a great idea! I hope they will continue post-pandemic.
  • This was a wonderful way to begin 2021. I am grateful to all of you who made it happen. Thank you!
  • The Lama’s teachings are incredible and a source great optimism for me during difficult times.
  • I do wish the virtual retreats were longer.
  • Thanks to everyone who made this retreat happen. Very much appreciated in these intense times. So much care and attention in making it a meaningful retreat.
  • Gratitude to everyone for making this possible.
  • The retreat allows for movement to higher level of understanding of light and joining/union that cause a shift in your vibration level.

Preparing Your Home

In order to prepare for a home retreat, try to set up a solitary space. Having a dedicated distraction-free space is important to support focus during
the guided sitting periods and teachings. It is also advised that you set up a shrine, with a couple of meaningful objects, candles, and incense.

Sitting for intensive meditation practice takes training and getting used to. The most important thing is that your body is comfortable and supported.
Sitting up on your couch is fine but you should be sitting upright with good support for your back. Minimizing discomfort is essential.

Here are some of our students' of home spaces.

Virtual Retreat Formats

We offer virtual day and weekend retreats via Zoom. The formats model our tried and true residential retreats, which over three decades, have been finely tuned.

Each day in the live virtual retreat is composed of two sessions – a morning session and an afternoon session. Each session includes live teaching, group meditation,
and appropriate breaks to get up and stretch, which reduces computer screen fatigue.

Sample Day-Long Live Virtual Retreat Schedule:

Morning Session
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Welcome followed by Guided Group Meditation (45 min)
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break (15 min)
10:00 AM  – 10:45 Refuge Session (45 min)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break (15 min)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Lama Surya teaching with Q & A (90 min)
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Break (1.25 hr)

Afternoon Session
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Group Meditation  (30 min)
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break  (15 min)
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Lama Surya teaching with Q & A (90 min)

Sample Weekend Live Virtual Retreat Schedule:
(Friday evening through Sunday afternoon):

Friday Evening Session 
7:15 to 8:00 PM Meditation and chanting with Lama Surya Das (45 min)

Saturday/Sunday Morning Session  
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM Tibetan energy yoga (45 min)
9:45 AM to 10:00 AM Break (15 min)
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM Refuge led by a  senior teacher
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM Break (15 min)
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Lama Surya Das live teaching with Q & A (75 min)
12:15 PM to 1:45 PM Break (1.5 hr)

Saturday/Sunday Afternoon Session 
1:45 PM  to 3:00 PM Dharma Talk led by a senior teacher (75 min)
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM Break (15 min)
3:15 PM to 4:00 PM Meditation led by a senior teacher (45 min)
4:00 Pm to 4:15 PM Break (15 min)
4:15 PM to 5:15 PM Break-out rooms each led by senior students (60 min)

Any Questions?

You can reach us at retreat@dzogchen.org

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