Consideration on attending the
2022 Jewel Ornament of Liberation In-Person Teaching and Retreat
With Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen (Lama Mark Webber)
Location: Galiano Island, BC
Dates: In-person retreat begins March 2, 2022 and runs to May 20, 2022
Your Aspiration: Entering into retreat is a positive practice for the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. With correct aspiration or intention, changes and transformation will naturally occur, building confidence in awakening. This happens most easily when you arrive without fixed ideas of what may or may not occur.
During the retreat, we ask all the participants to follow the five precepts and the Bodhisattva vow as their constant practice. These disciplines, which are common to all schools of Buddhism, are standard for meditation retreats and are to help support the development of fluid, easeful presence, coupled with bright interest and awareness. Those who have not received these vows are asked to practice a high level of moral and ethical conduct. This includes a basic understanding of the five precepts, even if you have not been given formal teachings:
1. no inappropriate sexual activity
2. no taking that which is not freely given
3. no careless or harmful speech
4. no imbibing of intoxicating substances
5. no actions that result in any loss of life
If you would like teachings on the five precepts, please request them from Lama Mark.
Accommodation and Crystal Mountain Retreat Centre: The Crystal Mountain retreat center is located in a rugged area with paths on uneven ground, dangerous cliffs and no outdoor lighting. You will be responsible for your own safety if you choose to explore the grounds. For this retreat you will be staying at rented accommodation and attending teachings on private property. You will be expected to follow any requests from the landlord and be responsible for any damage you incur to the rented property. www.crystalmountain.org has more information under “About the Retreat Centre.” You are expected to be respectful of the needs of your housemates in shared spaces if applicable.
Health: The retreat site is located on a remote island serviced by a small clinic and emergency ambulance service only. Please be sure you have adequate medical health insurance if you are from out of province or out of country. Please realize that a retreat is not psychotherapy. All participants need to be in a reasonably balanced emotional state. If you are on any medication, or were on medication immediately prior to the retreat, you are asked to disclose this information as this can help Lama Mark understand your situation. By attending the retreat you are agreeing to follow all public health measures and processes as set by the retreat organizers. You are also agreeing to provide proof of full vaccination preferably with a booster and to complete a Covid screening prior to the teachings.
Kitchen/Cooking/Diet: If you have dietary requirements for health reasons, we will try to accommodate your requests when shopping. However, part of practicing Buddha Dharma involves cultivating equanimity and learning to accept what comes up and that especially includes food. If you do have special needs, please make sure you have put that information on the registration form—including any allergies you may have.
Dana for the Teacher: In keeping with traditional practice, Lama Mark does not charge a fee for teaching but lives by Dana (the generosity of students). Dana is a Buddhist teaching about giving and receiving, about generosity and thankfulness, and the interdependence of all beings. It is not a tip or gratuity but is often the teacher's only source of livelihood. It is left up to the participants to assess their own circumstances and to give accordingly, as generously as possible. A suggested amount is $30 per day; this is only a guideline. Envelopes will be provided if needed, and it is customary to offer Dana the day teachings commence.
Retreat Fees: Are paid to cover expenses incurred to provide the retreat. No payments are made to volunteer staff, board members or to the Teacher.
Refund Policy: Is implemented in accordance with Crystal Mountain Society’s existing “Refund Policy.” A copy of this policy is available upon request or you may download it from www.crystalmountain.org.
Practitioner Support Fund: The Practitioner Support Fund was created to financially support individuals to attend retreats. Information on how to apply to the fund can be found on www.crystalmountain.org under Retreat Fees. Please consider adding a donation to your retreat fees as an act of generosity. Donations can be made on the website or sent in with your retreat fees.
Use of cell phones and laptops will not be permitted during retreats: These must be deposited with the retreat manager at the start of the retreat. Family emergencies can be phoned into the retreat coordinator or the emergency numbers on your information form.
Release of Liability: Upon arriving at the retreat you will be requested to sign a Release of Liability Form. This form will release Crystal Mountain Society, its teachers, agents, volunteers or members from responsibility or liability for any injury or illness which may occur on CMS property and release any claim against any of them which may arise from any such injury or illness. A copy of this form can be forwarded prior to arriving, upon request or downloaded from our website: Retreat Information - Release of Liability
Download the PDF HERE sign and return to our registrar. Contact info below
Should you require any additional assistance with your registration package or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our registrar,
Barb Shields at email@example.com or 250 921-9612