crystal mountain

- A Society for Eastern and Western Studies

CMS was established to promote the development of the wholesome, clear, interested mind through study, meditation and compassionate work. Our home is a modest, forest-based retreat centre located on Galiano Island, British Columbia.​

Upcoming retreats

22nd Annual Summer Retreat

For the past 21 years, Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen (Lama Mark Webber) has been teaching, leading meditation and guiding practitioners at the Crystal Mountain Summer Retreat.

One Week of Public Zoom Classes

Join us for one week of public Zoom classes with Lama Mark Webber (Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen) on “Unfolding Oceans of Compassion Awareness”. Teachings are given in the frame of the annual 3-week in-person Crystal Mountain Summer Retreat.

Any change to the scheduled class times will be posted here.

retreat information

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.

Our resident teacher

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been practicing, studying and teaching Buddha Dharma and meditation for almost fifty years. His primary life’s work is to support and guide beings in the art of deep meditation retreat and study to bring forth a stable realization of our naturally unobstructed and compassionate awareness. By this ever-deepening understanding emerges the unity of great love and a penetrating wisdom into all facets of life and its myriad interdependencies.

rezoning

CMS is proposing land use for the establishment of an all-season Forest Retreat Meditation Centre while preserving 75% of the land-base through the transfer of title to the Islands Trust Conservancy. The goal of the Centre is to provide public access to appropriately scaled retreat facilities that will allow retreatants to abide in a forest environment, meeting their most basic needs in simple, low-cost structures with minimal infrastructure. 

contribute

Since 1980 Crystal Mountain Society has held a presence on Galiano Island. Generous donations by members and supporters has allowed us to sustain all our activities. All teaching, retreats, and administration is entirely on a volunteer basis. As is traditional, Buddhist teaching is freely given.  There are many ways in which you can participate and contribute.

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"I can’t think of a better place to deepen your dharma practice than a retreat with Lama Mark. He is an outstanding teacher, who guides you in your practice with deep wisdom, compassion and humour. He has a profound ability to tune into each student and their individual needs. As well, the Crystal Mountain grounds allows you to deeply connect with nature, silence and oneself. I leave after every retreat feeling inspired about how to live my life more fully and to be of better service to those around me."
- Tine Rossing