Florida Community of Mindfulness
Taste the Ground of Your True Nature
A four-day non-residential meditation retreat with Lhoppon Rinpoche
April 1 - 5, 2020
It is wonderful that our community can host such an accomplished teacher as Lhoppon Rinpoche at our Center to share the Great Perfection or Dzog-chen tradition with us. Rinpoche, who is fluent in English, is deeply accomplished in all aspects of the Buddhadharma and received meditation training from many modern masters when he was younger. He has been in this country since 2001 and is the founder/teacher of the Mipham Shedra Buddhist Meditation Center in Colorado.
In the meditative tradition of the Great Perfection (Dzog-chen), the path that leads to Awakening is clearly delineated. It involves establishing a strong foundation for one’s spiritual life (Ground); following a road that is clearly marked (Path); and ultimately arriving at the place of one’s deepest aspiration (Fruition). It has produced countless realized human beings for centuries up to modern times.
In this four-day silent retreat, Lhoppon Rinpoche will guide participants along this well traveled road that was transmitted from India to Tibet over a thousand years ago. Rinpoche will be utilizing teachings from the Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche, Garab Dorje's Three Words that Strike the Crucial Point, and The Precious Treasury of The Basic Space of Phenomena by Longchen Rabjam.
Fred’s Dzog-chen teacher was Khyabje Dzongnor Rinpoche, who was the Teacher who Lhoppon Rinpoche first took Refuge Vows with in 1978. Khyabje Dzongnor Rinpoche also gave Lhoppon Rinpoche the name Gyurmed Dorjee (Changeless Vajra), which he uses to this day. When Fred studied with Dzongnor Rinpoche in 1975, Lhoppon Rinpoche was three years old.
Please note that this retreat is NON-RESIDENTIAL, which means that we will be together for most waking hours of the day, but after evening meditation each night everyone will return to their own home (or to the place where you are staying). Out-of-town participants are encouraged to make their own arrangements for accommodations either at the home of sangha friends or hotels. A limited number of accommodations for the retreat may be available at FCM's Lambright House for FCM members; please email email@example.com if you are a member wanting to inquire about the Lambright housing for this retreat.
The retreat registration fee is $200.* The fee covers three vegan meals daily, as well as administrative, facility, and incidental expenses connected to the retreat, but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Participants will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.
The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday, April 1, and ends after lunch on Sunday, April 5. We ask that all participants attend the entire time of the retreat (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday; 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Sunday). If you cannot be fully present for all of these days and times, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone.
The last day to register for the retreat is March 4.
Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat, with preference given to FCM members if the retreat is oversubscribed. Registrants will receive an email stating either acceptance into the retreat or placement on the waiting list within a few days of the closing of registration.
The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins.
Safety Information and Release
We care deeply about your well being and want to ensure you are able to fully participate in this Event and maximize this opportunity to enrich your practice. We want to ensure you are aware and understand that this Event may include activities that may impose a risk to you, which include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
- Outdoor walking or other activities
- Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.
Please understand that by registering for this Event, you are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the potential risks involved from participating in these activities. You also release FCM and its representatives from all actions, claims or demands that you, your assignees, heirs and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damages resulting from your participation in this Event.
Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM.