Guest Teacher's Retreats & Classes

Crystal Mountain Society is pleased to sponsor guest teacher H.E. Lho Ontul Rinpoche and guest teachers of the Namgyal lineage

We are pleased to announce that during the CoVid-19 pandemic Lho Ontül Rinpoche and Lama Mark Webber are continuing their teachings online.  For more information and up to date class times please go to the following webpages.

Lho Ontül Rinpoche:

Lama Mark Webber:



Please join us in a wonderful meditation and prayer: collectively reciting 100 million Guru Rinpoche Mantras.

In the May 16th class and meditation with Drikung Ontul Rinpoche, Lho Ratna Rinpoche invited us all to join them and the community of Tso Pema*, India in reciting Vajra Guru mantras:  


Let’s all celebrate Saga Dawa**, the 4th lunar month, May 23 up until June 22, 2020 with at least 100 million blessings of liberation, health, peace and prosperity.

Please send in your weekly tallies to:

Totals will be posted every week on:

May we fill the ten directions and all sentient beings with great compassion and wisdom!

Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen (Mark Webber) on behalf of Lho Ontul Rinpoche and Lho Karma Rinpoche

Lho Ontul Rinpoche says:

“An important announcement to all the Dharma friends whose faith and samaya are in union. As you all know the Covid-19 pandemic has spread to every part of every continent, causing harm and suffering for many. In view of these unfortunate times, respective governments and medical experts have issued guidelines and have explained the essential measures and practices to best respond to this fearful pandemic. The precautionary measures of what needs to be accepted and rejected. With that established, I don’t need to say how important it is to be diligent. As said in a Tibetan proverb: When the path is joyous it’s “ala thala”, when the path is dangerous it’s “Guru Pema Jungney”. If one makes single pointed supplication to the sole sufficient King, embodiment of all object of refuge, the Buddha of three times Guru Padmasambhava, the temporal benefits are, in his own words, “depletion of obstacles to a long life will definitely be removed”. Pacifying swiftly illnesses, famine, armed conflict and elemental harms, and at the time of death, the terrors and fears of death will pacify in their self-nature. There is no doubt of the instant transference to pure realm of personal experience. A Tibetan proverb goes: “Supplicate to one deity and be persistent in one path”. At the extraordinary place of Tso Pema, and during the extraordinary month of Saga Dawa, with the spontaneous gathering of all the interdependent originations, we will be engaging in the accumulation of 100 million Vajra Guru Mantras. This is an appeal for all to exert themselves to accumulate the vast root of virtue in this practice.”

* Tso Pema, Lotus Lake, in the town of Rewalsar is a holy place full of Guru Rinpoche blessings and centuries of Dharma practice. In the 8th century the great Guru came to the Land of Zahor, found princess Mandarava meditating in a cave and both got arrested by the King. Though the King tried to burn Padmasambhava alive, he was found sitting on a lotus, cool and refreshed. He transformed the burning pyre into a lake; an extraordinary miracle. Overcome with deep remorse, the King gave Guru Rinpoche his garments, his five royal robes, the kingdom, his people and the Princess. Today we can visit the caves and meditate where the Guru and Princess Mandarava practiced together. We can be interconnected with the many sincere, accomplished practitioners and teachers in monasteries, caves, apartments and doing Kora around the lake, all striving for awakening and benefiting countless living beings. It is here that Drikung Ontul Rinpoche made a three-year retreat and later in 1971 founded the Drikung Kagyu Monastery:

** Saga Dawa is the 4th month of the Tibetan lunar year and  commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Crystal Mountain Society is pleased to sponsor


Drikung Lho Ontül Rinpoche and Lho Karma Ratna Rinpoche

Born in Tibet in 1950 and recognized at a young age as the rebirth of an accomplished 19th century yogi and one of Padmasambhava’s twenty-five main disciples, Lho Ontül Rinpoche is an extraordinary Lama of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche received Mahamudra and Dzogchen lineage teachings from many of Tibet's greatest masters. As a master of Dharma, he brings us transmissions and teachings of pure lineage and vital experience. He has traveled extensively to teach students throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. Ontul Rinpoche will be accompanied by his compassionate and wise son, Lho Karma Ratna Rinpoche, who acts as translator. Ratna Rinpoche was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama and H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as the Quality Emanation of the great Drikung Treasure revealer Lho Nuden Dorje. Both Rinpoches and families reside at the Drikung Monastery in Tso Pema, India, which Ontul Rinpoche founded in 1971.  

Dates and Location:

June 29th - 30th & July 1st: Burnaby, BC with Lho Ontul Rinpoche at Pema Tamdrin Ling Center, 1555 MacDonald Avenue.  Topic of teachings: Two Truths, Lojong (Mind Training), and Bardo. Registration costs: $100 No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana: support for the Teachers is given separately from registration costs. Please give generously.

July 3rd: Bowen Island, BC, with Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Rivendell Retreat Centre 

July 6th - 15th: Galiano Island, BC, Crystal Mountain Society Summer Retreat with Lho Ontul Rinpoche. Empowerment, transmission, and instruction for meditation from the Yangzab Dzogchen cycle: Practice of Demon Taming King, The Sadhana of the Guru that Gathers All

July 17th - Aug. 4th Galiano Island, BC, Crystal Mountain Society Summer Retreat with Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen)


Burnaby registration and information: Saskia Soeterik at

Bowen Island registration and information: Saskia Tait at

Galiano registration and information: Susan van Asselt at 


More empowerments, transmissions and teachings will be announced at a later date.


For more information on Venerable Lho Ontül Rinpoche please see:


For more information on Lama Mark Webber






Crystal Mountain provides a resplendent natural setting which facilitates personal unfoldment.  Lama Mark is a outstanding, skillful, compassionate teacher who has the remarkable ability to translate the essence of Buddhist teachings into wisdom that is relevant and applicable in today's world.  His teachings have helped me foster more generosity, abundance and ability to be of service. Cynthia Burski.

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