dorje drolod

SEPTEMBER 2-5, 2016

Dear Sangha,

Please Join Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche and the Vairotsana Lamas September 2-5, 2016, Labor Day weekend, for the annual Dorje Drollo Retreat at the Zuni Mountain Stupa.   

According to Bhakha Rinpoche:  

“Dorje Drollo is a most beneficial practice in these degenerate times, to overcome difficulties and receive Guru Rinpoche’s blessings.  We are very fortunate to have this time to practice together.” 

Registration & Fees:

The Registration Fee for this retreat is $250, including all meals and the use of all community facilities from Friday evening thru Monday morning.  Participants may arrive, register , and set up camp after 1 pm on Friday, September 4, 2016.  Please register with full payment  NO LATER THAN August 24th to insure proper planning of this event.  Should you not be able to attend the entire retreat weekend, you may still attend for $100 per day fee for Saturday or Sunday. You may pay by mailing a check or money order to :

  Vairotsana Foundation NM ℅ Mary LeBus
  PO Box 485  
  Grants, NM 87124

Or register online at  http://zunimountainstupa.org/events-retreats/  

If you are in need of financial assistance or have questions,  contact vairotsana.nm.retreats@gmail.com.

Or call:  (505) 908-1892.   No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Work-Study & Volunteers: There are work-study opportunities for  positions that are available to help offset the cost of the retreat, including kitchen and service duties, pre-retreat and post-retreat work. ADVANCED SCHEDULING FOR WORK-EXCHANGE IS REQUIRED.  Contact: vairotsana.nm.retreats@gmail.com

Meals:  Healthy delicious meals with vegetarian options will be prepared in the sangha kitchen and served in the dining tent. Tea and coffee will also be available at any time throughout the weekend in the dining tent and there are several potable freshwater taps for drinking water. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know. If we can’t accommodate you, or if you have serious health concerns or allergies, you should consider bringing your own food. The kitchen will not be available for any personal cooking needs and participants are prohibited from keeping food in their tents due to concerns about wildlife.

Texts & Meditation Supplies: There will be copies of Vairotsana Foundation’s texts that practitioners may borrow if they do not already have copies, and which should be returned at the end of the retreat. There are cushions available in the Stupa, but you may wish to bring your own.

Karma Yoga: Doing work in service to the Three Jewels is very meritorious, and offers us a rich opportunity to practice outside the shrine room. Everyone at the retreat land who does not already have a work-study job contributes to the retreat’s operations in this way and will be assigned a chore and given instructions according to their physical capacity at registration. The retreat schedule for these chores along with the on-duty participant’s name will be posted outside the kitchen.

Accommodations: The retreat land offers camping only, either in your tent or in your vehicle. Please plan to bring camping gear, including a flashlight and prepare for a range of temperatures and precipitation. There are hot showers, flush toilets, an outdoor sink, and outhouses. If you prefer to stay in a motel, there are many choices in the town of Grants, twenty miles away (a forty-minute drive on a gravel road). Or, you may wish to rent Shirley & Stanley Giser’s cabin near the stupa or the straw bale room  of neighbors Jillian Harriman & Kent Ferguson. There is also a local bed-and-breakfast, the Cimarron Rose: 505-783-4770, located a short distance from the retreat land.

Other information: Health:  The Zuni Mountain Stupa is at a high altitude, just under 8000 ft. Please stay hydrated, and protect yourself from the strong sun with a hat or spf


Children: Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring children along. Children under 13 may attend with only a small fee for food costs. Note that children must be supervised during this retreat inside and outside of the shrine-room.

Phone: There is no Internet or land-line phone access available at this time on the retreat land, and only limited cell phone reception (Verizon does get a signal, and most major cell phone carriers do work in town in Grants, NM).

WE DO NOT ALLOW PETS OR SMOKING.  THERE IS A STRICT FIRE BAN ON THE LAND AND SURROUNDING FOREST.  Please  Do NOT drive your car over areas with dried vegetation or leave glass containers where the sun can hit them and start a fire.

If you have any questions, please contact us at vairotsana.nm.retreats@gmail.com

May all beings benefit!