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Seven Points of Mind Training

Lama Gursam
December 4, 2020 - December 6, 2020

A Text by Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje in Atisha’s tradition

with oral translation by Lama Willa Miller


Live online — We are delighted to welcome Acharya Lama Gursam back to Wonderwell NDF to share his insight into the teachings of the Seven Points of Mind Training, composed by Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje, based on the root teachings of the Bengali master, Atisha.

Lama Gursam will lead us through an exploration of how these seven points elucidate the essence of the Dharma path. He will show us to draw on the deep well of our own awakened essence of compassion and wisdom through such practices as exchanging self for other, Lojong, and other methods of developing the brilliant mind of awakening that can genuinely offer loving kindness and support for all beings. In addition, we will consider how these important instructions can be applied on the spot to whatever situations of suffering or distress we may encounter.

Please download the text using this link so that it is available during the retreat.


Additional recommended resources:

The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul, Shambala Classics, Boston, 2005.

Enlightened Courage by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Snow Lion, Ithaca, New York, 2006.



Friday, December 4
7:00 – 8:30 pm             Opening session

Saturday December 5
9:00 am – 12:00 pm     Sessions with breaks
2:00 – 5:00 pm             Sessions with breaks

Sunday, December 6
9:00 am – 12:00 pm     Sessions with breaks


IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the retreat begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories. Please check your spam/junk folder and, if you find an email from us, open it and mark it as “Not spam.” Then add the email address you see in the From line to your Contacts to ensure our emails land in your inbox. Contact the registrar at retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org on Thursday if you have not received the Zoom link.


Wonderwell Mountain Refuge strives to offer retreats in a manner that is non-cost prohibitive and inclusive to persons of all means. If the full retreat cost would create an undue financial burden, we encourage persons to apply for scholarship and work-study. Whether one needs to request aid to defer a large or small portion of the cost of a retreat so as not to incur a financial burden, we strive to accommodate you. This link will take you to information about our work-study and scholarship possibilities. 

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Friday evening, Dec. 4 through Sunday morning, Dec. 6. All times are Eastern Standard time. The Zoom link will be sent two days before the retreat begins.

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  • USD 100 - Program Price per person

We appreciate your registering early.

$100 per person

Pricing includes
Full access to all Zoom sessions and audio recordings.


About the Teachers

Lama Gursam

Lama Gursam went to a monastery at a very young age, received teachings as a monastic, and studied and practiced as a monastic. Then Lama Gursam went to study in Tibetan University Sarnath, Varanasi, India to get both bachelors and masters degrees in Buddhist Philosophy, History, and languages. Upon graduation he received a special award for scholastic achievement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After university Lama Gursam was requested to assist His Holiness the Chetsang Rinpoche. Lama volunteered..

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