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Retreat with Lama Alan Wallace 5th-13th June 2015

June 5, 2015 - June 13, 2015


A Dzogchen retreat based on the text by Dujom Lingpa


“The Dharma of an Idiot who Wears Mud and Feathers for Clothing”



Lama Alan Wallace has studied and practised Tibetan Buddhism for over 40 years. He is a direct student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his principal Dzogchen (Great Perfection) teacher is the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche. He received and translated all the texts of Dujam Lingpa, along with permission to teach and give transmission and empowerment for these teachings. He has studied with many other great Yogis and Lamas.. Lama Alan also has a PhD in Religious Studies, and a degree in Physics, and has a profound knowledge of the Christian mystical tradition. Alan is today a world-renowned meditation teacher; he specialises in Shamatha, Vipashyana and the Dzogchen teachings. His approach makes the depth of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings truly accessible for people of the 21 st  Century world.



Dzogchen, or the “Great Perfection,” is regarded by many as the pinnacle of the Buddhist teachings, for it presents the most direct path to realizing our true nature and to unveiling the deepest dimensions of consciousness. In the text taught in this retreat, its author, the 19 th -century Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa, presents the view, meditation, and way of life of the Great Perfection from his own experience, inspired by his many visions of the “Lake-born Vajra” manifestation of Padmasambhava, who first introduced the teachings of Dzogchen to Tibet in the 8 th century. With delightful humility, he describes himself as an old vagabond, ludicrously clothed in mud and feathers, who has shaken his beggar’s satchel and presents these lucid teachings as what came out. This retreat is intended for mature Dharma students with a strong basis in the foundational teachings and practices of the Sutrayana and who have faith in the Vajrayana and specifically Dzogchen. So this retreat may be regarded as an “advanced introduction” to the teachings and practices of Dzogchen.



It is recommended that you have attended at least one previous retreat with Lama Alan, at least via Audio (copies of last year’s retreat with Alan on Holy Isle are available here), or listened to the podcasts from 2014 Phuket Retreat which are available for free download on http://media.sbinstitute.com

To have read “Stilling the Mind” by B Alan Wallace would also be very useful.


Gaunts House:   http://www.gauntshouse.com

Gaunts House is a period red-brick mansion, located on the 1,900 acres of Gaunts Estate. It is run as a not for profit educational foundation, by the Richard Glynn Foundation. It is spacious and peaceful. Most rooms have two and three beds, they are spacious and comfortable. There several sitting rooms and practice spaces as well as main hall. Gaunts house has several comfortable sitting areas, one of which will be designated for Meditation and quiet, another for private conversations and there is also an extra hall that can be used for yoga. It also has large grounds and places to walk. The food is vegetarian and wholesome. Teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit are available ad lib.

Trains go regularly from Waterloo Station in London to Bournemouth or Poole. From Poole the taxi fare is at present £20 to Gaunts House if you call   http://www.wimbornetaxis.com/  tel:  01202 884444. There is plenty of parking at Gaunts House, so car sharing would be useful. Mini buses might also be arranged so fill in travel section of booking form.


For matters related to booking or content of the retreat contact : Elizabeth West
email: emwest1944@gmail.com  or call: 020 8440 4454

To reserve your place complete the booking form.

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June 5, 2015
June 13, 2015
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Elizabeth West
+44 (0) 20 8440 4454


Gaunts House
Petersham Lane
Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4JQ United Kingdom