When Marion, the DCC Administrator, invited me to write something about Sayadaw U Vivekananda's vipassana retreat in May, I thought it would be most informative to show how insight knowledge meditation was a modern practice born in Burma. I expanded this idea to showcase some of the discoveries from recent Buddhist scholarship in archaeology, philology and related fields. Too many practitioners in the West are not conversant with this rich lore of research and its implications for their own progress along the Buddha's Path. We ended the essay with Sayadaw's profound teaching on the insight knowledge that arises from mastering the ability to witness the ending of objects (phenomena) as they present themselves in the mind. Accomplishing this undertaking, he taught, will hasten our passage to Nibbana. Of course, this teaching is about death and dying, a subject too often avoided in our society. Should the ideas in the essay find an interested readership, I would be happy to offer more insightful contributions from modern Buddhist studies.
The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to take to solitary places,
Avoiding the unwholesome, so that destructive emotions gradually fade away,
And, in the absence of distraction, virtuous practice naturally gains strength;
Whilst, with awareness clearly focused, we gain conviction in the teachings.
Gyalse Tokme Zangpo
From June 10 to 23, I had the pleasure of attending a retreat with Lama Mark Webber (Chokyi Gyaltsen) at the Dharma Centre of Canada. It consisted of study, meditation, and reflection on various Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings. The rural woodsy setting provided a fantastic locale for developing one’s Buddhist practice. Its isolation from the outside world helped focus, its ability to bring together a great short-term sangha created a great support, and its many mosquitos’ provided an excellent opportunity to develop patience and compassion.
The retreat began with a transmission of Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s “The Thirty Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas”, a short Mahayana text on the activities of bodhisattvas that we as practitioners can emulate. Lama Mark instructed us to memorize a verse and slowly walk the centre’s paths with it, so I walked back and forth to Beaver Pond contemplating:
The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to arouse bodhicitta,
So as to bring freedom to all sentient beings, infinite in number,
For how can true happiness ever be found while our mothers,
Who have cared for us throughout the ages, endure such pain?
Several classes were given on this text which grounded the tantra we practiced alongside it. Whenever the retreat became difficult and I questioned why I was here instead of at home working on the thousand things I need to do for grad school I returned to this text which so succinctly put the reason for a retreat like this:
The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to take to solitary places,
Avoiding the unwholeshome, so that destructive emotions gradually fade away,
And, in the absence of distraction, virtuous practice naturally gains strength;
Whilst, with awareness clearly focused, we gain conviction in the teachings.
Thus, it both served as a reason for being here and a motivation for continuing to strive and be committed to the retreat environment.
Prior to the retreat I had just purchased my first vehicle, a blue 1986 GMC Safari that my partner named ‘Old Blue’ and that I gave the Buddhist name ‘Yeshe’. We renovated the inside to make it a camper and it was in the van that I stayed for the duration of the retreat. It was therefore quite auspicious that the main tantric practice of the retreat involved a blue colored Guru Tötrengtsäl (“Old Blue”) and Yeshe Tsogyäl (Yeshe)! Be it rote coincidence or some other force at work, the connection between my home for the retreat and the practice inspired me to dive into the practice without reservation. Group practices with fellow retreatants in both the temple and the cozy living room of Hill House gave a great base for the solo practices throughout the day and the clear dedication of others gave me lots of inspiration.
For me, the real heart of the retreat’s teachings was their emphasis on Mahāmudra and Dzogchen. Lama Mark would point out the description of mind’s nature in the preliminary instructions, the mahayana texts he transmitted, and the sadhanas we practiced daily. For several days I spent my free time trying to penetrate a particularly lucid description Lama Mark said in one of his teachings: “pristine, loving, non-clinging awareness.” I came to realize that this is precisely the place where all these texts are seeking to get you to, and I began reading the texts in a brand new light. The Mahamudra teachings culminated in the final transmission of the retreat, The Single Sufficient Path by Gampopa, which to me summed up the whole retreat. All of this conventional practice may seem unnecessary from the viewpoint of the ultimate nature of mind, but we still do it. As it states, “Mahamudra has no cause, yet faith and devotion is the cause… Practice the guru yoga three times during the day and three times at night with faith, devotion, and respectfulness.” This text helped resolve my doubts about the necessity of all this sadhana practice (which my Zen bones want to skip over into the completion stages) and solidified the belief that this retreat was indeed a worthwhile time.
The following week I was slated to give a lecture on Buddhist Mysticism at the University of Ottawa. I went over the standard academic definitions and examples of mysticism in Buddhism, but thanks to the retreat was able to go further. I was able to speak of my own meditative experience and gave a full reading of The Single Sufficient Path. While at the beginning of the retreat my main purpose there was to “let destructive emotions settle and virtuous practice take its place”, I came to realize that the real value of retreat work is how it is able to positively impact those outside of retreat. Whether those students had an experience of ‘liberation upon hearing’ with Gampopa’s text or it simply satiated their academic interest, my experience at the Dharma Centre of Canada allowed me to engage with the material and share it like I hadn’t before. I have no doubt it will continue to inform my practice and teaching and continue to positively manifest in myriad ways in the future.
Forty-four fortunate daughters and sons received precious dzogchen teachings from the text “Self-Liberation through Naked Awareness” written by Guru Rinpoche. Lama Lena Yeshe Kaytup bestowed the teachings over five days at the Dharma Centre of Canada.
We arrived at the land of many spirits: land spirits, birds, deer་, bear (although we did not see any) as well as scampering chipmunks. We rejoiced in greeting old friends- those we only see at these retreats and yet who feel like our closest companions. New friends appeared as well and touched our hearts. The land welcomed us and supported us in many ways- deep peace, silence, shelter and amazing food.
We arose before dawn to begin our days, synergizing our energy and assisting one another in practice. We walked down from the Hermitage half awake, in the quiet dark of the woods to sit in the temple. Before we knew it the birds began their first calls and the high circular window let in the first sign of light and we arose from our cushions, amazed.
Breakfast followed and then a time of karma yoga. I worked on the weeding patrol and was surrounded by mosquitoes but protected by my screen jacket. By the time the sun cleared the tall trees, it was time for another session of meditation and then a teaching with Lama Lena.
Lama Lena was so generous with us, working tirelessly to point out our true essence to us over and over again, answering our many questions and addressing our varying needs. Lama Lena made time for each person and met us exactly where we were. Many of us took refuge with Lama Lena in a ceremony requested by her students.
Our afternoons were for rest and then in the late afternoon we met in the temple for another teaching session. After sunset, our final practice session occurred and then off to sleep. Often throughout our retreat, we heard each other practicing outdoors in various places in the woods, under the canopy of the Buddha statue or close to the main house. Thus we got to know each other in spite of practical silence that we observed during the retreat. The last night we made a tsok offering and then listened to a poem, some songs and watched the dance of dharmadatu unfold in front of us.
It was a glorious retreat! And we will all look forward to being back at the Centre again and as soon as possible. As one retreatant said, “What more could a girl want than to stay longer?”
Heart-felt thanks to all those who made this retreat possible and to Lama Lena for her clear vision and open-heartedness.
See you next year!!
This past summer my reflection took me to a perfect place. A few weeks in a very special site, lush green with pine forests, mirrored lakes, paths with many hidden surprises for those with awareness to take note. If you listen the buildings speak and tell you their stories, where sky and ground meet; The Dharma Centre of Canada.
Gathered on our cushions and chairs wrapped in the pouring sunshine, Terry Hagan (co-resident teacher at the DCC) takes little time in getting curious meditators moving, after all this retreat is called Life Moves… and, so it does. Recognising that every movement is a place for self-awareness, we notice and explore the quality of what is present, rediscovering with the eyes and senses of a child. Here we do not produce art but become art, a place of play that opens the mind. It is the discovery that in each moment of watching, we are moved and in that moment, there is an understanding of connection; you and me and him and her and they. This subtle dialogue, this watching, this following, makes my body want to curl like a question mark around everything! Like the excitement of finding the hidden riddle and unwrapping it in a dance where the walls and everything else comes to meet you.
To the passerby it might not be evident that the body is finding freedom by moving just as the mind does, coming and going. Terry’s subtle suggestions and prompts help us discover the language of movement, while offering support for rest. We tune into the space of the room to see the story it holds. It has words and phrases, exclamations and questions. A whole vocabulary of becoming, being and passing away. It feels like a fine vibration and we look very closely to see it and to feel it express itself, some dramas, some adventures and yes, even some comedies! It becomes an entire platform for seeing. A surge of gratitude bursts for this fine old body as we are taught to linger in the stop position where clarity and insight surfaces and momentarily we see the truth.
While there is no music playing, we learn to tune our bodies, every motion at first a clumsy note and then more tuning and following until a kind of riding out with naming and recognising arises and then - bliss. Through many glimpses we can see evidence of spaces between the notes. Do they have something to say? We have expanded our awareness to see new again.
In the last hours we each courageously play one-at-a-time, moving together with Terry’s indefatigable support equally giving fortification and brace when needed. It is remarkable to witness the vulnerabilities wash away. How has this unfolding happened so effortlessly? A sense of deep gratitude for the continuous and extraordinary energy, generosity and kindness.
“Reflection needs supportive circumstances. When it finds it, it says loosen your belt, sit back and stay a while. It settles deep in the places you have forgotten. It watches the tea steep, small billows that curl, reminders that it is okay do it all… sl-ow-ly”
'Working with Amerta movement in Life Moves invites exploration of such a living, dynamic state of awareness. A simultaneous practice of deep intuition and inquisitive engagement, I found it opened a path for echoes of patterns, blockages, karma to show themselves in emerging relationship with movement and surroundings. Absolutely the most fun I've ever had in a meditative practice, while thoroughly challenging my edges and creating opportunities for growth through vulnerability. Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn this way! Lovers of movement, don’t hesitate for a moment.’ Jesse Mclellan
'The retreat provided me with a wonderful experience to getting in touch with my inner child through meditation and movement. I gained a lot of insights on how to move my body in an efficient manner by letting go of the previous conditioning and allowing the body to speak through it's own language. I never realized how stiff and inefficient my walk was until this retreat. Now, I have a greater appreciation for my body and it’s ways of communicating with the world. ‘ Prakhar Bhardwaj
In this retreat, Tryg and Trudy skillfully wove a beautiful tapestry on the nature of impermanence and the preciousness of our human lives. Trudy offered deep guided meditations including experiencing the dissolution of the body at death.
Trudy presented “The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully” by Frank Ostaseski. Each day we explored one invitation which included: Don’t Wait; Welcome everything and Push away Nothing; Bring your whole Self to the Experience; Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things; and Cultivate Don’t Know Mind.
Sitting in circle, we had many opportunities to share our personal life experiences. Some of us have had near-death experiences and all have also lost loved ones.
We learned Buddhist prayers on loving kindness, gratitude for our precious human lives and sharing the merit of our practices with all sentient beings. Living and embodying these practices gives greater meaning to our lives.
Tryg’s exposition on the major Arcana cards of the Tarot were enhanced by beautiful hand-made felt tapestries. It was the first time I could appreciate the interconnectedness of these archetypal energies. I found that deeply revealing into our own natures and our potential for growth. It was awesome.
'I had the good fortune to participate in two retreats at the Dharma Center during August 2019. Both “The Life Moves” and “Kindness, Death / Dying Tarot” retreats left me feeling not only happier and more at peace but also energized. The teachers, the staff and those participating in the retreat made the experience very rewarding. The teachers who were Terry, Tryg and Trudy, were not only exceptionally knowledgeable but also provided a loving, kindness space to learn and share in. The students, even though they were from different backgrounds, experiences and a wide range of ages (19 to 80) came together and were supportive throughout the entire time I was there. The staff was wonderful. Marion, who answered all my questions on the phone and by email, lent me a flashlight and clock which I had forgotten to bring. The food was deliciously satisfying and nutritious. It was prepared with love and delightful to the eye. I highly recommend the Dharma Centre. The teachers and staff care about those who seek refuge there and welcome everyone from the beginner to the advanced. A big thank you to all of you.' Gail from the Niagara Region
'How wonderful the seeds planted in the sharings of the circle!! For this being, there was first some questions about what it means to live with kindfull-ness. These seemed to naturally lead to wondering about living skillfully in general, with an awareness of the impermanence embedded in life.. The many questions and meditations weaving their way into the depth, dreams responded with symbols from the Western mystery tradition!?! Wow! What a wonderful mystery of interconnections that rekindles the preciousness of practice. So much gratefulness for these profound teachings.' Marie-Andree
I was recently asked to become part of the Spiritual Director ‘s group of the Dharma Centre. The idea behind the spiritual directors is to have a group of senior students that can act as a guiding voice to help support the DC remaining true to the vision of its guiding teacher Namgyal Rinpoche. I have thought a lot recently about lineage and tradition and what place they have in my own life as well as in the life of the D.C. and the spreading of the Buddha Dharma in the west.
The Dharma at its essence is spontaneous open and free yet it is traditions that have allowed beings to study and practice in meaningful ways that lead to this essence. Without being anchored in tradition or without the guidance of a qualified teacher it is very easy to lose one's way. One of the big questions for us as a community is how do we carry these traditions forward and remain relevant to the changing times. No easy answers, but one we can and are working together on. The vast array of teachings and practices that Namgyal Rinpoche offered us have an incredible transformative power to those who choose to sincerely apply them. I feel we have an obligation to carry this forward to the best of our abilities and make sure we make these teachings accessible and relevant to the changing times. Whenever I step foot on DC property I feel the powerful presence of Rinpoche and the many teachings and Dharma truths that he so skillfully manifested. What will we manifest ? What will we bring forward ? What a joy to be part of this ! The D.C board are a hard working group that are committed to the continuing unfoldment of Namgyal Rinpoche’s vision and I am honoured that they want me to be part of this. May all beings awaken quickly !
Jack Connelly, Spiritual Director
Some of you may remember me from my involvement in the Dharma Centre many years ago, as a member of the first Academy, co-ordinator of a Summer School in the 1990s, and frequent retreater when Namgyal Rinpoche was alive. Since I have been living in BC for over a decade, my participation in the DC has been minimal. But after a fortuitous meeting with Lama Mark on the ferry to Galiano Island, I agreed to return to the Dharma Centre for the first time in five years to participate in a Strategic Planning session last October.
Shelane Donoghue explained the purpose of the Strategic Planning process: “Over a year ago, the staff articulated to me the difficulty in marketing DCC courses because the vision of the DCC was not a clear and unified vision shared by the Spiritual Directors, Resident Teachers and the Board. I brought these concerns forward to the Spiritual Directors who decided we needed a process to articulate the unique aspects of the DCC…”
Joining in the visioning process were Spiritual Directors (Lama Mark Webber and Terry Hagan) Board members (Shelane Donoghue, Chris Von Baeyer, Monique Truax, Steven Gellman), Resident Teacher (Mala Sikka) and staff (Marion Herlet and Marta Castiglioni), with Tracy Sheridan as our Human Resources consultant. In developing the Strategic Plan, we started with the DC Mission statement, which the Board had previously crafted and approved. From there, we articulated the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats that we saw as impacting the DC’s ability to embody its Mission. From that analysis, we generated a vision for the DC:
“By 2025, the Dharma Centre of Canada will manifest a Centre of Excellence for the study, contemplation and practice of Buddha Dharma. The Dharma Centre will have strong foundation of committed Spiritual Directors, Resident and Visiting Teachers, Practitioners in Residence, Board of Directors and Staff members, imbued with a love of Dharma, to support the operation of a multi-purpose Dharma - retreat and study facility, including community outreach.”
We then articulated ten Strategic Goals that we would work to achieve over the next few years. Finally, each participant in the session agreed to take a leadership role in creating plans and engaging support from DC members to make progress towards particular goals.
At the AGM, DC members voted to approve the Strategic Plan, which gave the new Board a clear mandate to proceed with making our shared vision a reality. Since then, work has commenced on several goals, including establishment of a Practitioner Support Fund, and improved Financial Management/Administration processes. A follow-up meeting with Spiritual Directors is slated to discuss how the DC can create a curriculum structured around the “Namgyal Banner” teachers, focused on attracting new, younger members and reducing our reliance on rentals to outside groups. After that meeting, we expect to involve a Marketing consultant to guide us in showcasing the DC’s magnificent heritage to an expanded membership.
I felt it was particularly auspicious that our Strategic Plan was articulated on the fifteenth anniversary of Namgyal Rinpoche’s passing. I hope that the love of Dharma and the desire for liberation that he imbued in all of us will give us the determination and sustained focus needed to bring our shared vision to fruition. I sincerely wish that the DC will continue to offer many beings the precious opportunity for Dharma study and practice that it offered me over thirty-five years ago.
Christine Wihak, Program & Strategic Planning Chair
Death and Impermanence, one of the Common Preliminary Vajrayana Foundation Practices, is such a fundamental aspect to our meditations no matter what tradition or path we follow. It cuts deep, extends beyond and touches all.
This past Fall I experienced a truly life altering experience. A friend of mine and Dharma practitioner was dying of cancer. We weren’t sure how long she had to live. We all hoped it would be months. Since she had been receiving teachings from Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Gyaltsen), a very close mutual friend asked if Lama Mark would bestow the Phowa Transmission in Toronto to our dear friend. Our friend made her way from the hospital in pain with determination to 33 Marion St. Surrounded by cushions and friends we shared bittersweet tears as this blessing and transmission was bestowed.
Unfortunately, our friend was not well enough to attend the Phowa retreat the following week at the DCC with Lama Mark. A few of us did, however, have the great fortune to then travel to the DCC to continue to receive Orgyen Nuden Dorje’s “Indispensable Practice of Consciousness Transference (Phowa) Associated with the Means of Attainment of Amitabha”, entitled “The Ruby Garland”; transmitted through Lama Mark Webber as he had received and was given permission to teach from one of his beloved teachers, Drikung Master Lho Ontul Rinpoche. In the DCC Temple, we received the empowerment, received instructions and practiced Phowa daily as a group with our friend in our heart and prayers.
Only a few weeks later, we then found ourselves with our friend on her death bed. Feverishly we would practice the text with her in Princess Margaret Hospital with the loving support and respect of her dear and devoted parents, her brother and sister-in-law. Between sessions we did rounds and rounds of Vajrasattva practice. We watched our friend mouth the Vajrasattva mantra hours before her death. After she passed, in the wee morning hours, we practiced the Phowa Sadhana one last time for her. Some of us beside her bed, others in their home and Lama Mark in Europe. We watched death’s moments of confusion and wandering become a deepening calm and peaceful state of rest and surrender.
Two weeks later Lama Mark returned to Toronto. At 33 Marion we asked questions about our experience and practice with our friend as she was dying. Only a few weeks had passed from the moment Lama Mark had first arrived in Toronto.
I feel so humble and fortunate to have practiced these teachings in such a profound and meaningful way. What a great community of Dharma Practitioners we have going to the DDC week after week, year after year. These Gurus and Teachings change our life and our death.
I look forward to further explore, contemplate, train and deepen these teachings and other Amitabha Practices when Lho Ontul Rinpoche returns with Lama Mark Webber, and hopefully Ratna Rinpoche, in June (2019) at the DCC. Perhaps we’ll see you there…?
When my time comes to transfer over, my only wish, is that I too will be surrounded in prayers, love and wisdom, by teachers, practitioners and friends.
Blessings to All!
Shelane Donoghue, President
Dear Sangha,The following is a brief update on the Garuda Project at the Dharma Centre in Kinmount, ON. We have almost reached our financial goal of our revised amount needed ($5500.00) for repairs on the Pavilion and for the installation of the Garuda’s. We have approximately $1000.00 left to raise.All donations to date we are truly grateful for, including a healthy donation from the Dharma Centre!
David Baillie is raring to get started on the work required to bring this project to completion. It is currently a waiting game until the ground has thawed and dried up to allow a secure scaffolding system to be built. The steel sheets were delivered last autumn to provide much needed support to the front of the building. This project has required to date many highly skilled minds to determine the safest way to proceed in order to secure the building and the Garuda’s to last a very long time.
As mentioned previously these people include Roy Brown, Architect, the consultation of an Engineer, along with Sculptors Ted Bieler an Brian Bamford, not to mention our highly innovative Installer/Sustainability expert David Baillie.
A formidable amount of research has been underway in 2018 to resolve various issues such as wood rot, correction of destabilizing beams with steel panels and the design of appropriate hardware to hang the Garuda’s at the appropriate angle, etc. And then of course there were issues with the weather and, scheduling, that interfered with the work going ahead in October, as was originally announced.We will notify everyone (with pictures) as soon as this long awaited Garuda Project has reached a conclusion!
Heather Rigby M.F.A.
For donations to support the Garuda Project please send funds by cheque or through e-transfer to the Geruda Project Fund. Cheques should be made payable to the Dharma Centre of Canada, 1267 Galway Road, Kinmount, Ontario, K0M 2A0, Canada and electronic funds can be sent to email@example.com. We also accept donations via paypal and credit card. For this please visit our website at:www.dharmacentre.org/donate and follow the link on the page. Tax receipts for donations will be issued by the Dharma Centre of Canada.
It is cold, still, frozen and brilliantly clear outside. I sit alone in the quiet of the Main House, the warmth of the wood stove rising up to the second floor. It is Christmas Eve.
Deep in the woods I know my colleagues sit in their cabins-- in retreat for the winter months. I feel the reassuring presence of the long history of our lineage in the halls and walls of this building, and the hills and trees of the land, providing refuge for us as we each practice in our spaces across the property.
In my current role as Chair of the Board it has been a wonderful opportunity this winter to spend time at the Dharma Centre. Along with a rotating cadre of my colleagues, we have chosen to experiment with an administrative model for these three months in which board members and other volunteers take the reins of the administration, in the slow months, so our administrators can be in retreat.
The advantage is two-fold. Administrators are provided with the chance to participate fully in the primary mission of our organization—to use the resources of the property to practice for the sake of all beings. As they return to their administrative roles in the Spring, a deepened connection with the DCC mission is provided, and their ability to serve the needs of all retreatants is enhanced.
For board members and other volunteers, the opportunity to spend time in the Main House and the office (as well as experiencing a short, working retreat on the property for several days or weeks) gives us direct and first-hand experience into the workings of the centre. Clearly this can only serve our ability to have clear insight in our decision-making process.
Working together, practicing together and serving together in these winter months has brought the board and the administrators closer in perspective and alignment. May our discoveries and experiences deepen our awareness about the operations and mission of our beloved Centre, and may all beings be served by our explorations.
Chris von Baeyer, Chairman of Board
My time at the Dharma Centre is nearing 2 years. A large part of this I have been working in service of those who come here to seek, explore and practice the Dharma. I have had the great fortune to receive many precious teachings and meet extraordinary practitioners. Through the kind and generous support of my teachers, fellow students and colleagues I was also able to undertake long solitary retreats over the past two winters delving deeply into my own practice. All of these experiences have contributed to the shaping of a unique training:
Working and doing service at the Dharma Centre can be challenging. At times it can feel like being in a large pot and being stirred. It brings the bottom to the surface. It amplifies experience. It demands to overcome the fear of suffering, to have the courage to put others first, to embrace all that presents itself and learn to remain impartial and compassionate.
Retreating at the Dharma Centre is like sinking into the embrace of the forest. Feeling supported and inspired, sensing the energy and blessings that have soaked the land over decades. Giving space to all that is coming and going, surrendering to infinite discoveries, falling in love with learning. A time where every moment is a small awakening.
Being at the Dharma Centre to me is about bridging those experiences. It is like serving a great master. It teaches one that everything is a teaching. When serving and when receiving, when being professional and when being contemplative, when being with others and when being alone. It is challenging at times and deeply humbling. It holds great gifts for anyone who is a seeker.
I truly pray that many more will continue to come to this special place to practice, to serve and to discover the infinite profound beauty of the Dharma.
Marion Herlet, Practitioner in Residence
The Dharma Centre of Canada is a place of infinite possibilities. It can be a place of refuge, samsara, nirvana, a place to serve, a place to learn, a place of love or deep suffering, a place to find the key to liberation. To me the Dharma Centre of Canada represents the golden rosary of lineage, taking refuge, and fearless devotion to awakening. I find that the intention shapes the experience.
As a Practitioner in Residence my experience is of devotion to service. There is lots of hard work and many challenges in this unusual place where people gather to find something… Service is the practice. Building merit is the aspiration.
As a retreatant, deep in the forest in Beaver Dam, the experience is of openess and grounding. Finally feeling as part of the land in all its form, deeply moved by extraordinary beauty, having the time and space to let the teaching speak strong and clear from deep inside the being. The profound silence allows to unfold treasured teachings.
Out there, free from worldly toils, the exploration is fresh and clear.
This winter's three months retreat was a unique and important time to renew one’s aspiration, reflect, study, and dive fearlessly into practice.
Still building merit.
This year, as the Dharma Centre Staff, Spiritual Advisors and the Board of Directors begin to offer another season of extraordinary blessings, my wish is that more and more people may find their way out here.
May all beings have the opportunity to attend teachings and explore at the Dharma Centre of Canada.
Marta Castiglioni, Practitioner in Residence