Event Dates: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 2pm


“When you are free from the concepts of meditator and meditation object and never lose sight of your innate nature, that is the sign that you have met the mother of luminosity”*

On this retreat we’ll focus on two potent symbols from the Vajrayana tradition: the Cremation Ground– a place where we face our fear, our mortality, our demons, and where courage and confidence arise; and the Dakini– the energies arisen and transformed in the cremation ground, wholly devoted and in full-blooded service to the Dharma.

Are you willing to enter the Cremation Ground and be transformed by (and into) the Dakini?

As our practice becomes more embodied through living out the great Wisdom teachings of the Buddhist tradition, we inevitably change and discover new dynamics within our inner worlds. We will encounter new experiences of emotional energy, meditative consciousness, and insight. Buddhist teaching has different ways of approaching and talking about these experiences. Some of these teachings appear more psychological in nature, whereas others utilize the language of poetry, myth and symbolism. The fascinating and deep symbolism that we discover in the Cremation Ground and the Dakini is a wonderful gateway into the deeper currents in our hearts.

We will explore these themes with a program of meditation, engaging discussion, and meaningful ritual. We will also be ritually installing the large, stone statue of the Dakini that was gifted to Aryaloka. (Participants are expected to cultivate their inner Dakini enough to lift the mighty statue easily into place, but if you’re having an off day there will be many ways to contribute to the placement of the statue that will not involve lifting!)

Lodging and vegetarian meals are included in the cost. Camping is welcome for those who prefer to tent. If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

*Edited excerpt from ‘Dakini Teachings’ – luminosity is a poetic rendering of Dharmata.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Ananta and Dh Suddhayu
Times: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/$230/$155
Level: Open to All Men
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.