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 :

July 4 – August 1, 2020


Topics will be announced at a later date


To register for this retreat, and to receive more information as it becomes available, please contact the Registrar, Barbara Shields at

An Abhidhamma Transmission, Study & Retreat

September 21 – February 3

with Lama Mark Webber

Crystal Mountain Retreat Centre, & Namgyal Choling Gompa, BC, Canada

September 21, 2019 – February 8, 2020

— transmission and step by step teachings & meditation for 3 months, plus 1 month intensive Vipassana retreat —

In response to requests for another deep study of Abhidhamma with Lama Mark, there will be a four month retreat on Galiano Island.

The Abhidhamma (Pali for “Higher Laws” or “Higher Phenomena”, Sanskrit: Abhidharma) is one of the three-baskets (collections) of the Buddha’s teachings. The emphasis of this retreat will be on combining study with an approach and practice of Vipassana via the tradition of Abhidhamma as Lama Mark received it from the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. In this mode of transmission there is less emphasis on the Abhidhamma as Buddhist philosophy, and more on the entire scope of the Buddha’s teachings and how we can practice it to an extraordinary depth. It is a profound study and series of meditative investigations into: mind and form; mental states; meditative concentration; realms of being; mental processes and cognition; stages of liberation; emptiness; interdependent origination; and the causality/emptiness teaching of the interdependence of all phenomena (Patthana). Highly recommended for practitioners who are or may someday teach and guide people in Dharma and meditation.

The Course/Retreat Plan:

Two day orientation, 5 day setting up and settling in;
Three-months of continuous Abhidhamma teachings (as per the tradition of full transmission), with study and short meditation periods. Manjusri empowerments;
One month Vipassana/Abhidhamma retreat;
One week coming out of retreat.
Lama Mark will give the entire transmission of the text, the Abhidhammathasangaha, with occasional teachings from the Abhidhammakosa interspersed with modern cognitive, neuroscience, life sciences, ecology, physics, chemistry and space science perspectives. Be prepared to study, meditate, investigate together and do lab explorations! There are often two x 2 – 2.5 hour classes from Lama Mark and a practitioner’s study and review session most days, except during the meditation periods. There will be the opportunity for interviews and guidance.

Empowerments and other teachings to be announced.

We are currently working on a budget. Details on costs and accommodation will be shared regularly with those who are registered/interested. A non-refundable deposit schedule will be announced. Enquire about scholarships.

If you seriously wish to attend this retreat or have any questions please contact Susan van Asselt, the retreat coordinators.

Note: Only participants who attended the last four month Abhidhamma retreat will be considered for attending part of the program.

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. 

For registration please contact
Susan van Asselt

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



For information about Lama Mark, please see:

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


or Ted: 

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: or

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

Contact Susan:

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

Contact Laura: or visit


Please note new date of the Galiano teachings

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

Contact Sue:


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