- 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.
Crystal Mountain is pleased to sponsor a 5 day intensive Feldenkrais course with visiting teacher Jamie Van Dam at the North Galiano Community Hall from October 14-18, 2022
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. This year Crystal Mountain hosted its 22nd Annual Summer Retreat on its forest retreat property on Galiano Island.
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.
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.
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.