Register for Online — Vajrayana Retreat: Igniting the Flame of Wisdom: Exploring the Terma Teachings of Guru Rinpoche

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Register for Online — Vajrayana Retreat: Igniting the Flame of Wisdom: Exploring the Terma Teachings of Guru Rinpoche

Lama Liz Monson, Ron Thomas, Gina Michaels, Kathe McKenna
June 11, 2022 - June 15, 2022

This is the online component of the hybrid NDF annual Vajrayana retreat. For the residential component, click here.

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There is an ancient saying in Tibetan Buddhism that “When the flames of the dark age rage rampantly, the teachings of the vajra vehicle of Secret Mantra will blaze forth like wildfire.”

While the flames of the dark age seem to be raging, now is indeed the time prophesied by this phrase so many hundreds of years ago. Please join the leaders of the NDF Vajrayana Track as we explore the martri (the personal advice) given by the great Mahasiddha Guru Rinpoche to his closest disciples, including the yogini Yeshe Tsogyal. As the conveyer of the Vajrayana teachings to Tibet, Guru Rinpoche stands out in Tibetan Buddhist history as a second Buddha. The practices, teachings, and yogic instructions he imparted to the people of Tibet have been passed down to us today through an unbroken stream of lineage transmissions and connections.

In this retreat, we will explore Guru Rinpoche’s terma instructions for practicing the Vajrayana through a close reading of Advice from the Lotus Born, a collection of secret teachings revealed by different treasure revealers that details the attitudes, approaches, instructions, and insights originally taught by Guru Rinpoche in the seventh and eighth centuries in Tibet. Entering the magical world of this text, we will discover the “timeless time,” the space of openness, clarity, and compassion that continually issues from the words of these teachings, which transcend our concepts of time and space, speaking to us as directly and accurately as if we were present at their original evocation.

This retreat will include substantial time for group and individual practice, both for onsite and for online participants.

Open to current NDF Vajrayana practitioners only.  Those eligible to attend have received a special link to use for registration. If you need that link, please email

Required Text: Advice from the Lotus Born: A Collection of Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Other Close Disciples, Rangjung Yeshe Publications. This book can be purchased via Amazon and other book sellers. It is also available as an E-book.


SCHEDULE – All times are Eastern Time

June 11
7:00 – 8:30 pm             Opening Session

June 12 – 14
7:00 – 8:00 am             Individual Morning Practice Session (Thun I)
8:00  – 9:30 am            Breakfast and Break
9:30 – 10:30 am           Dharma Talk
10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Group Meditation Practice Sessions (Prostrations, Vajrasattva, Mandala, Guru Yoga, Vajrayogini Sadhana) (Thun II)
12:00 – 2:00 pm           Lunch and Break
2:00 – 3:00 pm             Group Reading Session
3:15 – 3:45 pm             Contemplative Meditation Session
4:00 – 5:15 pm             Group Meditation Practice Sessions (Prostrations, Vajrasattva, Mandala, Guru Yoga, Vajrayogini Sadhana) (Thun III)
5:30 – 7:00 pm             Dinner and Break
7:00 – 8:30 pm             Individual Evening Practice Session (Thun IV)

June 15
7:00 – 8:00 am             Individual Morning Practice Session (Thun I)
10:00 –11:00 am          Group Reading Session
11:15 – 11:45 am         Contemplative Meditation Session
12:00 – 12:30 pm         Closing Session
12:30 pm                      Lunch and Departure

You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.



The Zoom link will be sent several days before the retreat to all those registered by then. If you register after that date, you’ll receive the link with your confirmation email shortly after submitting your registration. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam folder or to Promotions or Updates in Gmail. It may help if you add this address to your Contacts list: This is the sending address our booking program uses for emails to participants.


It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from our teachings and retreats because they are unable to pay the full cost. In order make our courses affordable for all who wish to attend, we are offering a three-level fee structure that takes into account people’s differing financial circumstances:

  • Benefactor – for those who can afford it, this fee level helps provide support for those with limited financial resources and assists with the care and maintenance of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • Course fee – for those who can cover the basic cost of an online retreat or course
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

The pricing options for a particular retreat are based primarily on its length and are intended to give you an idea of what it costs to offer that retreat. The amounts listed are suggestions. You may write in any amount that fits your financial situation. Any amount offered above the Course Fee level will be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged as such.


The user account feature of our website provides a secure place where materials from your retreats can be posted and accessed. If you don’t have an account already, you’ll want to set one up as soon as you register.

  • Paid resourcesretreat recordings and other retreat materials – will only be available in the dashboard of your user account.
  • If you haven’t already created an NDF user account, please visit our website to Create an account as soon as possible.
  • User accounts are manually synced with the retreat 7–10 days after the retreat. Please be aware that this does not happen automatically with registration. It is a separate, manual operation.

Please visit the Technical FAQ page on our website for useful information about user accounts, helpful tutorials, as well as answers to many other questions. You can contact with questions about your user account.


Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

June 11-15, 2022. Please see schedule for daily times. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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We appreciate your registering early!

Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this retreat.

  • Benefactor: $320
  • Program fee: $200
  • Supported: $120

Participants are invited to offer dana ("generous giving") to the teachers and to Wonderwell Mountain Refuge at the close of the retreat.

Full access to all recordings and retreat material through your user account.

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About the Teachers

Lama Liz Monson

Lama, Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Ron Thomas

Supporting Teacher, Vajrayana Coordinator
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Gina Michaels

Meditation Teacher, Vajrayana Practice Coordinator
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Kathe McKenna

Dharma Teacher, NDF Board President
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