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Three-Month Householders’ Personal Retreat

Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Lam Rim, Five Dakini or/and Troma Nakmo Practice


Artwork by Lasha Mutual

“You can be in retreat, but yet your mind wanders around the town. You can wander around the town but yet your mind in retreat.”

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

Intentional, Self-Paced and Supported Retreat for Householders

A Householder's Personal retreat means stepping away from our ordinary daily pattern and “taking the essence” (chu-lenpa in Tibetan) from what our precious human lives offer us. By participating in this retreat, we greatly aspire to follow in the footsteps of our great masters, who devoted their lives to dharma practice, the source of happiness, and we commit to devoting some of our busy lives to retreat. to create virtuous propensities and karma, both individually and collectively, towards awakening.


This Retreat is an opportunity for beginning students and long-term Tantric Practitioners to engage in intentional, planned, and focused practice. During this time, each retreatant will commit to daily (or as often as possible) personal retreat time with study, contemplation and meditation focused on the practices of Lam Rim, 5 Dakini or Troma Nakmo with mantra accumulations (to the best of your ability). In addition to individual commitments, DW will offer a variety of group practices to support your personal retreat.

This Personal Retreat will begin on November 21, 2022 and close on February 20, 2022, with Tsok Feast. Participants in this retreat will focus on one of the following options as the main retreat practice (some may choose to practice other options in addition to the main focus).

Option 1: Topography of the Path - Lam Rim Practice

eLearning - Study, Contemplation and Meditation

Option 2: Five Dakini Retreat Practice

For those who are accumulating the required mantra recitation in order to move forward on the journey for Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage empowerment.

Option 3: Troma Nakmo Retreat

For those who have completed Five Dakini practice and have received Troma Nakmo empowerment.

Each person enters a retreat from their own place and space, intention and motivation. For more information about Personal Retreat, please see Retreat Instructions

If you require some guidance on designing the retreat according to your time constraints, please contact Ellen to schedule an interview with Khandro-la in advance.


You are encouraged to include the following additional practices in your daily retreat practice:

  • Throughout the day or in the morning and evening, whenever possible, recite Eight-Line Praise to Vajrayogini, accumulate the number, and report that to Betty at

  • Palden Lhamo Tea Offering

  • Monthly Tsok Fest - Vajrayogini Cho Tsok

  • Body-oriented practices, especially the Six-session Guru Yoga with movement

  • tGanden Ear-Whispered Lineage of Cho, “Dedicating the Illusory Body as a Tsok”

  • Vajrayogini Sadhana for those with empowerment and commitment


DW Journeys (Cho Mastery, New Dakini Journey, and Kechara ) monthly Retreats will gather at their regularly scheduled days and times. DW regularly scheduled group practices will also be offered as well as additional opportunities for student-hosted group meditation and discussion. There will be no Sunday Public Teaching during Retreat Month. Please see the DW calendar anytime for up-to-date information on offerings.

During this Personal Retreat Month, a group session will be offered and guided (Dates and times - TBD). The zoom link will be -

For more information and questions, please contact Ellen at


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