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Walking the Diamond Path: What Is Vajrayana?

Lama Liz Monson
March 17, 2021 - April 21, 2021

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A six-week course, Wednesdays – March 17 through April 21, 2021

5:00–6:30 pm EST

All times are U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Please use this time-zone converter  to determine the start time at your home.


Over the past year, have you felt overwhelmed by the craziness of this world? Do you wake up wondering what you can do to help yourself and others shift the balance from madness to sanity? From suffering and violence to joy and love? From isolation and fear to connectedness and authentic presence? From entrapment in old emotional and conceptual patterns to the freedom of spacious, loving openness?

Thousands of years ago, the Buddha predicted that the teachings of the Vajrayana would become a key element on the path to restore sanity and clarity to the world and to the minds and hearts of beings.

Join Lama Liz for a six-week course on entering the Vajrayana. During this course, we will take a journey into the sacred world (the view, meditation and conduct) of Vajrayana Buddhism. Along the way, we will explore such topics as the history and development of the Vajrayana in Tibet; the power of pure vision; the liberative potential of emotional energy; and how the transformative technologies of tantric practices work to purify, melt, and dissolve our karmic patterns of reactivity and suffering. We will also explore how these expedient methods remain nestled within and enhanced by the practices of compassion and natural awareness found within all stages of Buddhist practice.

This course is open to all. No previous experience with Vajrayana philosophy or practice is necessary although some experience with Buddhist practice, doctrine and ideas is helpful.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the course 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. Contact the registrar at retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org on Tuesday, March 16 if you have not received the Zoom link.

The same Zoom link will be used each week, so you may want to save it in your calendar so that it is easily accessible. It will also be available in the dashboard of your user account beginning three days before the retreat begins.

PROGRAM COST – 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 a 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.

USER ACCOUNTS – With the launch of our new website, an exciting feature is now available to you: an individual User Account with a personalized dashboard where the resources from all of your retreats are available in one, convenient location. For example, the Zoom link for a retreat will be stored in your user account so you can locate it easily on the day of the retreat. After the retreat, you’ll find the link to recordings (once they are edited), as well as any other resources the teacher might have provided for the retreat.

Please note: Retreat recordings and other retreat materials will only be available through your dashboard. We will no longer be sending out end-of-retreat emails with links to retreat recordings, although we will continue to send the Zoom link directly to you before the retreat.

Creating a user account is easy – If you haven’t already signed up for a user account, we encourage you to do that as soon as possible. Please visit the Create an account page on our website. This page contains all the tools and info needed to set up an account.

Accessing your user account – Access to your user account begins on the homepage of our website. In the upper right corner, you’ll see one of two things that indicate whether you are logged in or not…

• You are logged IN if you see “My Dashboard” and “Log Out” links in the upper right corner.
• You are logged OUT if you see “Create an Account” and “Log In” links in the upper right corner.

From there, you can take the appropriate action for accessing your dashboard, where links to pre-retreat resources (when available) will be posted three days before your retreat begins and recordings and post-retreat resources will be posted within one week of the date recorded. All paid resources will remain there indefinitely.

Please be sure to check your user account before your registered event for any updated information.  You may contact support@naturaldharma.org with questions about your user account.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Six Wednesday evenings from March 17 to April 21, 5:00–6:30 EST

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You may register at any time during the six weeks and will receive access to all recordings, including any you may have missed.

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

  • Benefactor: $228
  • Course fee: $180
  • Supported: $132


About the Teachers

Lama Liz Monson

Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director

Lama, Spiritual Co-Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship Elizabeth Monson, PhD, is the Spiritual Co-Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Managing Teacher at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. Liz was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder in the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and has been studying, practicing and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages for over thirty years. She has studied with Pema Chodron, Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche,..

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