2019 Residential Retreat

Entering the Stream of Lineage Blessings


Open to Five Year Chö Mastery Program Students

AND All Who Feel Drawn to Attend

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm - Thursday, May 2, 9:00 am

Follökna (near Stockholm), Sweden

Entering the Stream of Lineage Blessings

Working Basis for Chö




 Ear-Whispered Chö 

Five-Dakini Retreat


Guru Yoga



This first annual residential retreat held in conjunction with the Five-Year Program is devoted to the gateway of the Ear-Whispered Chö lineage, a repository of blessings.  The retreat is rich in content and is a well-balanced program supporting personal exploration and full immersion in the traditional lineage practice.


This Five Dakini Retreat entails taking this first step deep into the stunning river of blessings, the essential working basis for Vajrayana and Chö. It includes the Tantric practice of visualization and mantra recitation while embodying the awakening energies of Chö Deities – Prajnaparamita and the Five Dakinis.  This retreat is called “the Preliminary to the Sacred Chö Practice,” a prerequisite to further Chö practices. Retreatants are required to complete a certain number of mantra recitation with visualization, which can be continued as a daily practice after the retreat. Then we will perform fire puja together upon the completion during the 2nd annual retreat in Spring, 2020. (The cost of the practice text bounded in a Pecha format is $45.)


Each annual residential retreat in the Five Year Chö Mastery Training is interwoven with teaching on the Vajrayana techniques based on Vajrayana classics such as A Book of Three Inspirations (A Treatise on the Stages of Training In the Profound Path of Naro’s Six Dharmas),  and A Commentary to the Six Yogas of Naropa by Lama Tsongkhapa.


This retreat features the most misunderstood and most important practice in Vajrayana - “Guru Yoga: Entering the Stream of Blessing through Guru Yoga”. The guru yoga is the source of blessings and is the entryway to the Vajrayana path. A strong foundation with a correct understanding and skill in this method is key to success in all of the subsequent practices.


Chö Empowerment

Common Opening the Door to the Sky


Lineage Transmissions and Practice

Chö Whispered from the Mount of Bliss (“Ganden Chö”)


Lineage Retreat (Transmission/Commentary/Practice)

Five Dakini Retreat


Guru Yoga (Vajrayana Techniques in Chö Part 1)

“Entering the Stream of Blessing through Guru Yoga”

Retreat Includes


  • Common Chö Empowerment – Opening the Door to the Sky (First Day)

  • Oral and Music Transmissions

    • Chö Whispered from the Mount of Bliss

    • The Preliminary Practices and Concluding Prayer

    • The Seven ‘PE’s

    • Supplication to Machik Five Dakinis

    • Five-Dakini Retreat manual

  • Retreat – Self-generation of Prajnaparamita and Front-generation of Machik Five Dakinis

    • Five Dakini Retreat: The Preliminary to Advanced Chö Practices

    • Five Elements and Five-Facets of Timeless Awareness Teaching

    • Tsok Offering

  • Chö Practice

    • Group practice

    • Hands-on, private practice

    • Chö in the Wilderness (outdoor practice)

  • Guru yoga

    • Commentary and practice based on A Book of Three Inspirations

    • Transmission, Commentary, and Practice -  Ganden Lhagyama

    • Transmission, Commentary, and Practice - The Short Six-Session Yoga

  • Discussion and Inquiries

  • Meditation

    • Opening Meditation (morning)

    • Concluding Meditation (evening)

  • Movement

    • Subtle Body Training

    • Trulkor

    • Chö Dance (i.e. Supplication to Machik Five Dakinis)

  • Hands-on Workshops

    • How to play the damaru, bell & kangling

    • Torma Making

  • Interview with Chöying

  • Tsok Feast Offering

Five-Dakini Torma.jpg

Vajrayana Techniques in Chö Combined with Mahamudra


Chö as a Vajrayana Path employs a multitude of techniques aimed at revealing our true nature through the display of pure reality and skillfully transforming our deluded experience into a direct experience of awakened being. The path of these techniques, called “the Path of Methods (Tab Lam),” will be taught and practiced in our retreats. Since the techniques entail the practices of the completion phase as well as those of the creation phase, each technique will be introduced sequentially and sensitively, based on the authentic text of Lama Tsongkhapa’s commentary to the Six Yogas of Naropa.


These Vajrayana techniques become powerful tools to liberation, drawing from material taken from the path of the direct approach ("the Path of Liberation [Dröl Lam]," or Mahamudra). In this way, the Five Year Chö Mastery Training consistently and equally emphasizes the importance of integrating both approaches into the path of awakening.


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