Monday 17th August toTuesday 25th August 2020

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Lampeter University 
University of Wales, Trinity St David
College St
Lampeter SA48 7ED
United Kingdom

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Contemplative Consciousness Network 

Exploring the Depths of the Psyche

with Lama Alan Wallace

A Shamatha Retreat in the Great Perfection Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

The Vajra Essence revealed by Düdjom Lingpa is a classic, 19th Century meditation manual in the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Covering all stages of meditative practice up to the achievement of spiritual awakening, it begins with an extraordinary presentation of the shamatha practice of “taking the impure mind as the path.” This entails the cultivation of discerning mindfulness of the space of the mind and all mental phenomena that arise from moment to moment. The essence of this practice is to observe all these mental events without distraction and without grasping. In the process of sustained practice, the obsessive and compulsive activities of the mind gradually subside—like snowflakes settling in a snow-globe—and one’s awareness settles in the substrate consciousness (layavijñna), characterized by bliss, luminosity, and non-conceptuality. This is called the “relative ground state of the mind,” not to be confused with nirvana, Buddha nature, or other transcendent states of awareness. 

In this retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will offer an oral commentary to the shamatha section of The Vajra Essence, which he received from his teacher, the Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, who authorized him to teach this portion of the text to general audiences. The retreat will also consist of meditation sessions and periods of discussion. Co-teacher Eva Natanya will offer explanations of guru yoga and the seven uncommon, inner preliminaries that are mentioned but not explained in the text. These provide an indispensable foundation for all further stages of the path of the Great Perfection. Eva will also offer three optional early morning sessions on the guru yoga practice “Shower of Blessings”. 

Although this practice is presented in the context of Tibetan Buddhism, it is strongly resonant with Zen and Vipassana meditations, so it may be inviting and enriching to Buddhists of all traditions, as well as anyone else who is interested to explore the depths of their own minds and consciousness
Lama Alan @ Budd Soc June 2019


Lama Alan Teaching at The Buddhist Society, London June 2019



Arrival Day- Mon 17thAugust 2020 – Packed Evening Meal on request only

Retreat Teaching: Tues 18th– Mon 24thAugust 2010  

(Full catering – Breakfast, Lunch  & Evening Meal on these days)

Departure Day – Tues 25thAugust 2020 – Breakfast Only 



SILENCE is the default mode during the Retreat & meals are taken in silence.

Tuesday 18th–  Monday 24thAugust 2020

6.30am – 7.30am : Optional Session  “Shower of Blessings’ x3 weekly - Dr. Eva Natanya 

7.30am – 8.30am : BREAKFAST

9.00am – 10.30pm : MORNING TEACHING 1 - Lama Alan Wallace

10.30am – 11.00am : COFFEE

11.00am – 12.30pm : MORNING TEACHING 2 - Lama Alan Wallace

12.30pm – 1.30pm : LUNCH

2.00pm – 3.30pm : AFTERNOON TEACHING 1 - Lama Alan Wallace

3.30pm – 4.00pm : TEA

4.00pm - 5.30pm : AFTERNOON TEACHING 2 - Eva Natanya 

6.00 pm– 7.00pm : EVENING MEAL

7.30pm – 9.00pm: EVENING TEACHING/ Q&As - Lama Alan Wallace & Dr Eva Natanya

About the Retreat:

  • This is an open retreat – no previous experience of meditation or Tibetan Buddhism is required. 
  • All food provided during the retreat is Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian (includes eggs and dairy products but not fish), please notify us if you have additional dietary requirements.
  • A Book Store is available throughout the retreat for purchase of titles by B. Alan Wallace.