Yogi Lama Gursam

Yogic Transformation Retreat

Mahakala Protector Empowerment

Achi Smoke Offering Teachings/Practice

Protector Practices: Essential Teachings/Transmission

Channels, Winds and Drops Great Bliss Retreat

June 23-26, 2010

Bristol, Vermont

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 Yogi Lama Gursam 
Retreat Schedule

Yogic Transformation Retreat

Thursday, June 23

Four-Armed Mahakala Protector Empowerment

The Mahakala empowerment is extremely rare and precious and not frequently given .Various forms of Four-armed deities are the primary protectors of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The four arms of this manifestation of Mahakala perform the following four positive karmas or actions, which are said to be his specific boon to his practitioners: Pacify sickness, hindrances, and troubles. Increase life, good qualities and wisdom. Attract whatever Dharma practitioners need and bring people to the Dharma. Destroy confusion, doubt, and ignorance.

Time: 7 PM 

Sug. Don. $30
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

Friday, June 24

Smoke Offering Teaching/Practice 

& Achi Pure Vision Transmission

The Smoke Offering is also known as "The Pure Offering". It was developed in the period of Shakyamuni, and was introduced by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) to Tibet. The Smoke Offering helped dispel many types of obstructers to dharma practice during the period when Buddhism was introduced to Tibet, and promoted positive worldly activities. The Smoke Offering helped Buddhism prosper, so the people were able to live happily and healthily.One should practice the "The Smoke Offering" frequently when moving into a new house, or when suffering any form of disaster, disease, lack of harmony in the family, trouble on the job, poor mental condition, or a wish to run away from misfortune, and have the desire to be good or better, or confess sins and pray for fortune, wisdom, etc.  The Smoke Offering will benefit not only ones self, but also others and bring boundless merits.  The smoke offering is said to pacify disturbances through  the benevolent intent to satisfy all beings, which brings harmony in the environment.  Yogi Lama Gursam will also give the transmission for some special smoke offering practices and also the special Achi Pure Vision Practice. 

Time: 10- 12 PM Friday June 24  

Sug. Don. $20

Private Location: Call 802-453-3431 

or email ddcv@gmavt.net for directions.

 Friday, June 24

Essential Protector Teachings: 

How to engage in Protector Practices

There are many misunderstandings about Protector Practices, why they are important to practice and how to engage in these practices. Yogi Lama Gursam has great understanding of these practices  through experiential practice as well as comprehension of their deeper meaning. Yogi Lama Gursam will make the nature and practice of the Protectors extremely clear and will also give transmission for some important Protector Practices that the DDTP translated at his request.

Time: 3-5 PM Friday, June 24

Sug. Don. $20
Location: 2 Elm St., Bristol, VT


Friday, June 24

The Concise Protector Practice embodying all Protectors:

The Lake of the Joyous Play of Enlightened Activity

Yogi Lama Gursam will give transmission and teachings on one of the most important Protector Practices of the Drikung Kagyu; a concise practice which contains all classes of protectors: the male lineage of protectors, female lineage of protectors, wealth deity protectors, treasure teaching protectors and the local deities and protectors. This concise practice can be done easily in a short period of time. It originates with the great Drikung Treasure Revealer Lho NudenDorje  who revealed most of the Drikung Protector empowerments. Yogi Lama Gursam will give the essential instructions which will allow practitioners to engage in this practice with confidence. This is a very rare opportunity to receive a practice which can dispel obstacles to the accomplishment of Dharma practice as well as promote positive worldly activities and endeavors that we engage in.

Time: 7 PM Friday, June 24

Sug. Don. $25

Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26

Tsa Lung Tigle Great Bliss Retreat:

Channels, Winds and Drops -Teachings and Practice

Yogi Lama Gursam will share precious teachings on the channels, winds and drops based on his own practice experience. A focus will be on deepening the visualizations used in these practices and learning how to work with the subtle energies of the body for both healing and realizing our primordial Wisdom Nature. These teachings form the foundation for being able to engage in Tummo and other Yogic practices. Besides receiving pith instructions there will be the opportunity to practice together with Lama Gursam and to ask questions. Yogi Lama Gursam will work with students based upon their needs, whether they are new or more experienced practitioners. There will also be an opportunity for private interviews if needed so as to further deepen and individualize these teachings for each student. Yogi Lama Gursam has been conducting an annual Channels, Winds and Drops retreat for the last four years at the DDCV and practitioners have found it to be of great benefit regardless of their level of practice. This is a very rare opportunity to receive this type of teachings from a qualified teacher who has devoted much time in both the practice and study of these Yogic practices and has received the pith instructions for these practices from great yogis of the Drikung tradition.

Time: 10-12 & 3-5 PM

Sug. Don. $100

Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

 For those attending the complete Retreat
(June 23-26) the suggested donation is $160.

To Register please email  ddcv@gmavt.net
 or call  802-453-3431
Work Study and Scholarships Available
No one turned away for financial reasons.

If you are able to pre-register for these teachings
that is very much appreciated.
Registration checks should be made out
to DDCV and sent to:
PO Box 252
Bristol, VT 05443
You can also pay by Paypal.
Our Paypal account is ddcv@gmavt.net
To pay by credit card click here

Community Housing
Inexpensive community housing is available for 20-$25 per night. For housing ddcv@gmavt.net or 802-453-3431. For other housing options click here

Train/Airport/Bus Pickups
We can also arrange pickup from Burlington to the teachings or your housing.

Teachings will take place at 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443.
Teachings on June 24 will take place at a private location in Lincoln, VT, those coming for this day should email or call for directions.

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 Yogi Lama Gursam Brief Bio 

At the age of six, Lama Gursam entered Drikung Kagyu Monastery in Tso Pema, India, where he completed his basic education and studied Buddhist philosophy, practice, ritual and conduct. In 1981 he began his college education at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (University) in Sarnath, Varnasi, India. He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1988 in the Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan, and English languages and in Buddhist philosophy. Pursuing graduate study at the University, he was President of the student union, and served two years as a Kagyu Committee member. In 1990 he received his Master's degree in advanced Buddhist philosophy. Upon graduation he also received a special award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


After graduation, Lama Gursam was requested by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche to come to the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, India, at a critical time where there was a great lack of teachers and funding for education. There he served as a volunteer for five years, teaching Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and history. He also held the posts of Instructor, Head of Examinations, and Assistant Director while serving as secretary to His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. During this time, he also did a one-year meditation retreat and received Dzogchen teachings and empowerments from Khenchen Thupten Rinpoche and other lamas of the Nyingma lineage. He also studied with Dr. Pema Gyaltsen, a specialist in the Tibetan language.


In 1995, Lama Gursam was sent by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche to the United States, where he taught Buddhist philosophy for five years. Lama Gursam worked as a resident teacher in a Tibetan Meditation Center, also serving as director of North American Drikung Kagyu Center. Then Lama Gursam met His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, whom he considers to be the second Milarepa. Under H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's guidance, together with the Venerable Traga Rinpoche, he became a yogi, and in 2002 he completed a traditional three-year retreat in the United States, practicing Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa. After a nationwide teaching tour, he then traveled to India, Nepal and the border of Tibet, where he completed a six-month retreat in Milarepa's cave at Lapchi. Lama Gursam continues to return every year to India for teachings and retreats, and every year to the United States and Canada to reunite with friends and students for teachings. His current sanghas are located in Vermont, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Arizona, as well as Montreal and Sault Sainte Marie, Canada. Additionally, every 2-3 years, Lama Gursam leads a pilgrimage to Buddhist holy places in India and Nepal. In 2006, Lama Gursam founded The Bodhichitta Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization officially recognized by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The Bodhichitta Foundation benefits the West with teachings, a future center and retreat land, and the East, preserving ancient texts, Tibetan culture, education, women's rights, and health.