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Lama Mark's Retreats & Classes

We are very fortunate to host Lama Mark Webber as Resident Teacher and Retreat Master, for the Retreats and Classes as listed here. For information about Lama Mark’s teaching in other parts of Canada and around the world please visit his website at : www.markwebber.org


Conquering Anxiety and Confusion Through Splendour


Crystal Mountain Lama Webber


Dates: July 1st to July 30th, 2017


Location: Crystal Mountain Retreat, Galiano Island, B.C. Canada


Contact: For more information and registration, Leslie Cain at brunswick007@gmail.com & Susan van Asselt at vanasselt.susan@gmail.com

Crystal Mountain is very pleased to announce that for the 17th year Lama Mark Webber will be teaching, leading meditation and guiding practitioners at the Crystal Mountain Summer Retreat.


Schedule and Topics:


Week 1:

Buddhist meditations and teachings on loving-kindness and compassion.


July 1 & 2: Classic Meditations to Generate Loving-kindness and Compassion

**** Open to the Public **** 

Location: Tent on Crystal Mountain Society Retreat, Galiano Island, B.C. Canada 

Class Times:

Saturday 1st: 7:00 pm.

Sunday 2nd: 9:30 am & 7:00 pm.

 

Contact: For more information and registration:

Susan van Asselt at vanasselt.susan@gmail.com

 

*** All classes are open to the public during week one.



Week 2:

a) Empowerment for the long life and deathlessness practice called:

Subduing the Lord of Death Through Splendour in the Drikung Yangzab lineage.

b) Teachings and meditations on Bodhicitta, the vast view of emptiness and ultimate compassion.

c) Lojong training and Tonglen meditation.


Week 3:

a) Instruction in Dzogchen practice: Step by step instructions on trekchö, or “thoroughly cutting through”, using the Three-Statements of Garab Dorje. Lama Mark will be teaching from the text called the Three Words that Strike the Vital Point — also called The Three Statements of Garab Dorje — as well as Patrül Rinpoche’s auto-commentary of his text and Lho Ontül Rinpoche’s recent teachings and meditation instruction on this profound Dzogchen approach to full awakeness and liberation. Also some commentary on this famous text from one of Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche’s last teachings.

b) Reading transmission and instructions for the Yangzab Sun Moon Amulet longevity and deathlessness meditation. This includes morning group practice of the Sun-Moon Amulet.

c) Reading transmission of the Drikung Yangzab Preliminary Liberating Instructions.


Week 3-4:

a) Continuation of Trekchö Dzogchen instruction and individual guidance.


Week 1-4:

a) Regular movement classes by Laurel Jacobson will assist in flexibility and energy to be clear and balanced.

b) Yangzab Full Three Roots and Tsog will be practiced on auspicious days in July.

c) There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.


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Lama Mark has been studying, practicing and teaching Buddhadharma for forty years. For several decades he studied and practiced Vipassana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen under the guidance of the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, his main root teacher. More recently, under the guidance and request of H.E. Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been practicing and teaching the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.

His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism, while being completely integrated with contemporary life and the richness of modern Western culture. Through many avenues—including Buddha Dharma and meditation, art and craftwork, science and natural history, plus world travel—Lama Mark displays the wondrous unity, uniqueness and intrinsic freedom of all life.

His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and to share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.


Lama Mark Webber

Lama Mark Webber will be in residence and retreat on Galiano Island at Namgyal Choling Gompa from December 6, 2016 to January 10, 2017. Due to the background of most of the participants he will be giving teachings and leading group meditations in the tradition of the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen. 

There is no specified retreat length, please participate for one month or less.

In addition, he has offered to individually guide people in all types of Buddhist meditation, depending on their interests and backgrounds. 

Accommodation: Lodging to be located and food obtained on an individual basis. 

Contact: 
For registration please contact
Susan van Asselt vanasselt.susan@gmail.com

For coordinating class times, group sessions, empowerments and individual interviews please contact
Cole Ramsey: coleramsay1@gmail.com & 778-883-2025

 

 

For information about Lama Mark, please see:

www.markwebber.org

https://www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/


The 16th Annual Crystal Mountain Summer Retreat: Karma, Causality and Finding our Lucid Awareness

Taught by Lama Mark Webber.

July 2nd to 30th, 2016, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

 

* Week 1: Introduction. Transforming our habit patterns, one step at a time. Understanding and meditating on karma—a key that unlocks the door to Liberation.

* Week 2 to 4 (3 weeks): Further meditations, contemplations and teachings on the nature of karma (causation). A three-week Samatha-Vipassana retreat. 

* Week 4: optional, The Common and Preliminary Meditations of the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen Lineage

 

Crystal Mountain is very pleased to announce that for the 16th year Lama Mark Webber will be teaching the Crystal Mountain Summer Retreat. One of the cornerstones of Buddhist meditation is karma, the process of causality. Lama Mark will use a number classic texts, such as the Abhidharma, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and modern science, to explain this important Buddhist teaching. Lama Mark often recalls the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche saying, “the main thing hindering beings progress in meditation is not more meditation, but their karma. Free up karma and meditation is unhindered.”  The Buddha taught that understanding causality is essential to the meditation that leads one on the great path of lucid awareness, joy and compassion.

The Vipassana tradition of the great Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw will serve as the main meditation. There will be practice time in groups and individual sessions and opportunities for meditation interviews. Classes on the stages of Insight and Dharma will provide guidance for practitioners to gain lasting insight and compassion. Regular movement classes by Laurel Jacobson will assist in flexibility and energy to be clear and balanced.

The one week teaching on the Preliminary Meditations of the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen Lineage will be taught alongside the main retreat during the last week of the retreat. It will also be excellent preparation for the three-month Dzogchen retreat starting in September 2016.

For more info, please contact

Gisele: gis.sabourin@gmail.com

or Ted: ted.weir@gmail.com 


Mini-retreats and meditations with Lama Mark Webber

An introductory weekend on the Buddhist path of Liberation, called ‘Dharma’. This is a path of step by step instructions for the body and mind which is understandable, logical, direct and practical. The Dharma has been practiced successfully by hundreds of thousands of people in all walks of life and education for over 2,500 years.

 

Lama Mark Webber will begin by explaining the meaning of Dharma. Then we will be shown how to change our lives by unbinding and re-shaping our habit patterns; our motivations and intentions being the major shapers. Finally to understand why and where we are headed. With meditation and wholesome conduct in our lives, we can find the clear, unobstructed mind. This luminous clarity of mind is always present, it has just been hidden for a while. Lama Mark will suggest meditation practices, guide us through short meditation sessions, provide lots of instructions and give supportive handouts during these talks.

 

In addition, Lama Mark will bestow empowerments during some of these weekends as requested.

 

June 3 - 5, 2016: Bowen Island Yoga, Bowen Island, B.C.

Contact Helen:  helenfay108@gmail.com or info@bowenislandyoga.com  www.bowenislandyoga.com


June 10 - 12, 2016: Camp Rory, Rossland, B.C.

Contact Susan:  vanasselt.susan@gmail.com


June 24 - 26, 2016: Rotary Field House, Nanaimo, B.C.

Contact Laura:  lauraflynnhess@shaw.ca or visit www.islanddharma.com

 

Please note new date of the Galiano teachings

Aug 5-7, 2016: Crystal Mountain Society land, Galiano Island, B.C. 

Contact Sue:  susan.here@hotmail.com

 

 

A non-residential retreat with Lama Mark Webber December 3rd – 6th, 2015 

Crystal Mountain Heart Sutra Nanaimo

Times and locations of teachings:
Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th 7:00pm at the Rotary Field House (850 Third Street, Nanaimo)
Saturday, December 5th 10:00am and 2:30pm in Duncan (directions will be provided and carpools arranged)
Sunday, December 6th 10:00am in Duncan - Tibetan Empowerment Ceremony followed by teachings on Tantric Practice.

 Lama Mark Webber will be teaching from the Heart Sutra during this mini-retreat. The teachings will have great depth for beginners and experienced Dharma practitioners alike, covering the nature of Mahayana Buddhism, the path of the Bodhisattva, Emptiness and Compassion. Lama Mark will give both detailed explanations and meditations based directly on this great text.

The Heart Sutra is a short summary of a great classic teaching called the Prajnaparamita. It has been studied and practiced for almost two thousand years, and by thousands of people, many who have attained great realizations. This teaching points directly to the nature of Emptiness; the essence of all experience, the essence of all Dharma, the essence of all things, the essence of full Awakeness, the essence of Compassion, and the essence of most Buddhist meditations. It is a pithy and poetic meditation text and opens the door to a vast View of freedom and compassion. Lama Mark will clarify the much misunderstood concept and meditations on Emptiness and show why the term is used, its various levels of meaning, and why it is at the heart of all Buddhism.

On Sunday, Lama Mark will bestow a Tibetan Empowerment for those students who are interested.

Registration Fee and Dana for the Teacher: In an effort to cover retreat costs (which includes facility rental, Lama Mark’s accommodation, travel, and food) there is a registration fee of $50.00. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Lama Mark offering the Dharma here on Vancouver Island is a rare and auspicious opportunity to receive teachings and explorations about the Path of Awakening. As is traditional, the teachings of Buddha Dharma are offered freely. Dana (donations for the teacher) will be gratefully accepted (cash/cheque).

Due to limited seating, please register in advance here beginning October 8th, 2015:
www.islanddharma.com/classes--retreats


The Heart Sutra and Tantric Practice: teachings and meditations for uncovering the fully awake, compassionate and unobstructed mind we all have.

Teachings by Lama Mark Webber Vancouver: Dec. 19-20th, 2015.  Four classes at 1842, East 2nd Ave. 

Crystal Mountain Heart Sutra Vancouver

We are excited to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be teaching on the Heart Sutra—one of the most famous and practiced of all Buddhist texts. The classes will have great depth for beginners and experienced Dharma practitioners alike, covering the nature of Mahayana Buddhism, the path of the Bodhisattva, Emptiness and Compassion. Lama Mark will give both detailed explanations and in-class meditations based directly on this great text. The Heart Sutra is a short summary of a great classic teaching called the Prajnaparamita. It has been studied and practiced for almost two thousand years, by thousands of people, many who have attained great realizations. This teaching/meditation points directly to the nature of Emptiness; the essence of all experience, the essence of all Dharma, the essence of all things, the essence of full Awakeness, the essence of Compassion and the essence of most Buddhist meditations. He will also be linking this Sutra to the practice and understanding of sadhana and empowerment in the Vajrayana tradition. Lama Mark will clarify the much misunderstood term ‘Emptiness’, through in-class meditations and instruction, its various levels of meaning and why it is at the heart of all Buddhism.

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Karma Tenpa Lekshe Yongdu) has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma (the teachings of Liberation through the traditions of Buddhism) for forty years. His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism and a number of meditative traditions, while completely integrated with contemporary life and the richness of modern Western culture. Through many vehicles—including Buddha Dharma and meditation, science, art, craft work, and natural history, plus world travel—Lama Mark displays and teaches the wondrous unity, uniqueness and intrinsic freedom of all life.

His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

For more information about Lama Mark Webber, see: www.markwebber.org/about/.
Pre-Registration required Mobile: 778 834 8205 or Email: terryfrewer@shaw.ca

 

Testimonial

As a meditator living in the heart of Vancouver, I can’t express how fortunate I feel to join others in this beautiful environment to regain my sense of equilibrium and refresh my commitment to a compassionate life.  Renata Healy


Crystal Mountain Bell and Dorje

Crystal Mountain Society for Eastern and Western Studies