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Shakgya Retreat

Since 2010, Dza Kilung Rinpoche has offered a retreat program called Shakgya, the 100 Days and Nights Retreat.

This traditional Tibetan form of retreat was a response to his students’ requests for a program that would support serious retreat and development and accommodate their householder obligations and schedules.

The intention of the program is to increase and strengthen an individual’s commitment to practice daily and to incorporate the fundamentals of practice in their daily lives.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please click HERE.

The Shakgya Retreat Program
In the program, students commit to doing the equivalent of 100 full days of retreat during the year, and at least one hour of practice daily.

As there are many ways to accomplish the 100 Days and Nights, Rinpoche is supportive of each person’s individual needs and encourages everyone to find their own way to accomplish their retreat goals. The fundamental point is to increase and strengthen the commitment to practice daily and to create a lifestyle that accommodates that intention.

Every year, participants meet with Rinpoche for two weekend retreats (November and April). During the Shakgya year, November to November, students work with a text chosen by Rinpoche and with their individual practices. As well, all students can schedule an interview to discuss practice questions and experiences.

In addition to the two weekend retreats, students meet together online monthly for a 2-hour discussion and practice group focused on the text that we are studying. We have found these groups to be very helpful – increasing understanding and providing support.

Shakgya Text
Every year Rinpoche selects a topic and text as our focus. For the 2023 – 2024 Shakgya year, we will be continuing with our study of the Chöying Dzod: The Basic Space of Phenomena, by Longchen Rabjam, taught by Rinpoche at recent Dzogchen retreats.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please click HERE.