SUMMER 2016 Mahamudra Vipashyana Practice Intensives

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will continue his teachings on the topic of Mahamudra Vipashyana from the Ninth Karmapa’s text Ocean of Definitive Meaning. Based on Rinpoche’s instructions, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and/or authorized Nitartha Institute faculty will lead Mahamudra meditation sessions throughout the day.

Please Note: Rinpoche’s talks and the Mahamudra meditation sessions will not be open to the public and only students who meet the Mahamudra study and practice requirements will be permitted to attend Rinpoche’s talks and practice sessions. 

It is anticipated that Rinpoche will offer one public talk at some point during the Summer program, likely during the first two weeks. So, students who are not eligible for Mahamudra Vipashyana will still have an opportunity to receive teachings from Rinpoche. Date and time to be determined.


To join this year’s Mahamudra Practice Intensive students must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  1. One has completed the entire set of Mahamudra Shamatha teachings by being physically present for both modules (18 days) in the Summer of 2014.
  2. One has completed the entire set of Mahamudra Shamatha teachings by enrolling in our Mahamudra Shamatha Online courses (MMSO) in winter 2015 or 2016.
  3. One has completed the entire set of Mahamudra Shamatha teachings by the combination of onsite and online courses (1 and 2).

Participants of the above 3 categories must have completed at least 100 hours of Mahamudra Shamatha practice, following the stages outlined in the Mahamudra Shamatha Practice Instructions manual. If one has not completed the practice requirement yet, one must complete it before July 1st, 2016.

Mahamudra Veterans, such as those who followed the Nalandabodhi Mahamudra Path of Meditation or those who have had extensive Mahamudra practice experience under the guidance of a lineage master, please contact Siu Yin Lee to verify your eligibility:


Module 1: Friday, July 15 to Saturday, July 23
Travel day: Sunday, July 24
Module 2: Monday, July 25 to Tuesday, August 2
Travel day: Wednesday, August 3
Module 3: Thursday, August 4 to Friday, August 12
Travel day: Saturday, August 13


Registration deadline for all programs is May 29, 2016 (Sunday). Both the Program Registration Form and Mindful Activity Assignment & Meal Order Form must be submitted by this date. Students who register after May 29th cannot be guaranteed onsite accommodations nor meals at UBC.


For information about the 2016 Summer Institute in general, including this Summer’s venue/setting, practicalities, recommendations, logistics, etc, please visit the Summer Institute Program page.