Unfolding an Infinite Merit Field: Meditations Combining the Six Perfections with Awakening Mind

With Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen)

May 8 - 12, 2024

Retreat Details

Unfolding in wisdom and compassion requires developed qualities called a merit field. Please join us for an expansive retreat of teachings and meditations from Lama Mark Webber on the vital practices of the Six Parami (the six excellences or six perfections) mixed with Bodhicitta (the awakening mind of wisdom-compassion). 

Lama Webber will introduce and expand on:

  • Classic meditations and contemplations on the Six Parami: generosity, ethics, energy, patience, meditative stability and wisdom.
  • Understanding relative and transcendent Bodhicitta and learning to mix it inseparably with the Parami.

These are instructions on building strength and capacity—Merit—specifically for the Path of liberation and awakening. 

*Those in full residential retreat will be able to have check-ins with the Lama.

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Packages – Click Below to Register:

Residential – Lakeview Package includes Program, Accommodations and Meals $1,585 pp (before taxes)*

Residential – Standard Package includes Program, Accommodations and Meals $885 pp (before taxes)*

Commuter Package – includes Program, Lunch and Dinner (No Breakfast) $425 pp (before taxes)

Commuter Package – includes Program only (no Meals) $195 pp (before taxes)

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Registration Details

This will be a mixed residential and non-residential retreat. In an effort to cover retreat costs incurred by Island Dharma (including Lama Mark’s accommodation, travel and food as well as supplies and any printing costs) there is registration fee of $150.00. In addition, there are several options for accommodation & meals or you may attend as a commuter (you will sleep at home) with or without meals (the price for each retreat option includes the $150 Island Dharma fee). 

Please note these costs do not include Dana for the teacher.

Dana for the Teacher

Lama Mark offering the Dharma here on Vancouver Island is a rare and auspicious opportunity to receive teachings and explorations about the Path of Awakening. As is traditional, the teachings of Buddha Dharma are offered freely – Lama Mark receives no fee. However, there is an opportunity for students to show their gratitude for the teachings and to help support the teacher. Dana (generosity & donations for the teacher) will be gratefully accepted (cash/cheque/e-transfer). As a guideline, a minimum of $25 per class is suggested.

Class Schedule 

Wednesday, May 8th – Evening class 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 9th through Saturday May 11th – Classes at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 12 – Morning class at 9:30 pm – retreat ends a noon (breakfast only)

What to Bring/Wear? 

  • Notebook and pen
  • Yoga mat or blanket
  • Kitchen digital countdown timer for tracking meditation periods (cell phone or smart watches are not permitted)
  • Digital alarm clock (to avoid cell phone checking) or using phone as an alarm if you are staying on site
  • Cushion or meditation bench
  • Chairs will be available to those who need them 
  • Wear modest, comfortable clothing
  • Covered water bottle
  • Toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner or items that make you feel nurtured
  • Shoes that slip on easily for comfort in your lodging space
  • Flashlight (especially if you choose to have a digital detox)
  • Ear plugs (if you’re sharing a room or like a little extra quiet)
  • Rain wear (umbrella, jacket, rain boots)

Teacher

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen)
Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying, meditating, and teaching Buddha-dharma for almost fifty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Dorje Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. Under the guidance and transmissions of the late Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche and requests of H.E. Lho Karma Ratna Rinpoche, Lama Webber has been teaching principally the richness of the…
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