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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

An Invitation from Crystal Mountain Society & the Vancouver Namgyal Yangzab Community

 Dharma Teachings:

Bodhicitta & Emptiness

Lama Mark Webber

(Lama Yongdu Gyaltsen)

June 15th, 16th & 17th, 2018


June 15: on the nature of emptiness (skt. śūnyatā). Lama Mark points directly to the heart of dharma. preparation for transmission and classes June 16 & 17th.


June 16 & 17: Bodhicitta and Emptiness. reading transmission and explanations of Khunu Lama Gyaltsen’s 356 verses in praise of Bodhicitta called, The Jewel Lamp.


Location: the Pema Tamdrin Ling Buddhist Centre - 1555 MacDonald Avenue Burnaby


Contact person: Saskia Soeterik e-mail: saskias@telus.net

for more information about the weekend of teachings please see:

http://www.markwebber.org

www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/

http://crystalmountain.org

www.facebook.com/namgyalyangzab/


registration costs: $65 to cover the expenses of hosting the teachings in Burnaby/Vancouver.

dana/donations: support for the teacher is given separately from the registration costs. please give generously!

no one will be turned away for lack of funds



Bodhichitta and the Illusory Nature of Self and Other


Crystal Mountain Lama Webber


Dates: June 30 to July 29th, 2018



LOCATION: CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SOCIETY RETREAT, GALIANO ISLAND, B.C. CANADA


CONTACTS: 

FOR REGISTRATION: SUSAN VAN ASSELT  VANASSELT.SUSAN@GMAIL.COM 


FOR MORE INFORMATION: GISELE SABOURIN AT GIS.SABOURIN@GMAIL.COM


CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SOCIETY IS VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT FOR THE 18TH YEAR LAMA MARK WEBBER WILL BE TEACHING, LEADING MEDITATION AND GUIDING PRACTITIONERS AT THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SUMMER RETREAT.

 

SCHEDULE AND TOPICS:


Week 1:

Teachings and meditations on bodhicitta. Reading transmission and commentary of Lama Khunu Gyaltsen’s Jewel Lamp*, 356 verses praising Bodhicitta. Tonglen: uniting loving-kindness, compassion and emptiness. Amitayus Longevity and Deathlessness Empowerment & practice instructions from the Diking Gongpo Yangzab lineage.

Week 2 & 3:

a) Teachings on the Illusory nature of self, other and all experience: penetrative insight or completion stage meditations with and without support. Lama Mark will bestow the Three Roots empowerment from the Drikung Yangzab lineage. Unifying generation and completion stage practices.

b)  Reading Transmission of Je Gampopa’s text, Precious Garland of the Sublime Path.** It is a collection of the most direct and pithy daily living, view and meditation instructions. There will be detailed commentary given.

Week 4:

Lama Mark will lead group sessions and explain the practice of Phowa (consciousness transference), from the text called The Ruby Garland by 19th century saint Orgyen Nuden Dorje.

 

The retreat will end with a purification smoke offering, empowerment and community feast (Tsog).


* Please purchase if possible for the retreat: Vast as The Heavens and Deep as the Sea, verses in praise of Bodhicitta. Khunu Rinpoche, Wisdom. Boston. 1999.

** Printed copies will be made available.


  


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