EXPERIENCE THE PROFOUND PRACTICES OF  ESSENCE MAHAMUDRA, in a beautiful retreat setting with Dr. Carlos de León.

This 7-Day Residential Retreat, May 25 through May 31, 2019, covers the final year* of a 4-year study program. Essence Mahamudra offers the student practices which cultivate ‘Simultaneous Realization and Liberation’; transmitted through a path more profound and wondrous than Sutra and Tantra Mahamudra. As the aim of this level of practice is the realization of the true nature of mind, which is called thamal gyi shepa, or ordinary mind.

*Each year of this 4-year program offers a complete cycle of practices, empowerments, and teachings. While it is desirable to do the program sequentially, the Fourth Year Retreat can also accommodate first-time students.

The union of great bliss and emptiness, sustained by the clear light of one’s true nature, is considered the goal of the highest Yoga Tantra. This year’s Essence Mahamudra practices are aimed at the attainment of Buddhahood using: Tilopa’s Mahamudra Song.

Tilopa was a great Buddhist sage, living at the beginning of 11th century (988–1069) in India. It is believed he received Mahamudra Teachings from primordial Buddha Vajradhara himself, and, he later transmitted the Mahamudra Song to Naropa near the Ganges river, when he completed his twelve austerities given by his Guru.

The Mahamudra Song of Tilopa contains the ‘Essence’ of all the Mahamudra teachings and is considered to be the highest of all the Mahamudra cycle. It has a close relation to the Pratyabhijna School Kashmir Shaivism, which teaches instant penetration to the liberated state.

Vajrayogini’s Eleven Yogas of Generation Stage Practice as Revealed by Naropa. This ‘Sublime Path to Kechara Paradise’ will be offered as complementary practices to Essence Mahamudra.

Vajrayogini is a female Buddha who embodies one’s innermost essence and is associated with the mother tantras of anuttarayoga tantra.  Her practice guides all living beings to the Pure Land of Kechara, or Pure Dakini Land. This main body of teachings has eleven limbs, which are called the “eleven yogas.” She is the ultimate flowering of the female energy that lies within all of us, a fully enlightened Buddha, the essence of totality- beyond duality and beyond ego.

11 Yogas of Vajrayogini 

  • The Yoga of Sleep
  • The Yoga of Arising
  • The Yoga of Experiencing Nectar
  • The Yoga of Immeasurables
  • The Yoga of the Guru
  • Yoga of Generating Oneself as the Deity
  • The Yoga of Purifying Living Beings
  • The Yoga of Receiving the Blessings of the Heroes and Heroines
  • The Yoga of Verbal & Mental Mantra Recitation
  • The Yoga of Inconceivability
  • The Yoga of Daily Activities



Essence Mahamudra Retreat Details:
Dates: May 25 thru 31, 2019
Starting: Check-in is 8:30 am and the program starts at 10:00 am.
Finishing: Last teaching session ends at approximately 1:00 pm. (Room check-out is by 11:00 am)

Location: Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge, BC. This beautiful location on the shore of a pristine lake is part of the University of British Columbia’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Located 1.5 hours from downtown Vancouver, it is like an enchanted woods, full of walking trails and wildlife.

Program Fee: Includes tuition, accommodation for 6 days and nights; 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners beginning with lunch on May 25, 2019, and concluding with breakfast on May 31, 2019. Options for lodging are on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend that you register early, reserve your choice of accommodation, and provide us with the name of your roommate(s), otherwise we cannot guarantee your selection of lodging.

Accommodation & Tuition Options – A deposit of $450 + GST is required at the time of registration. To receive the Early Bird Rate, the balance is due on or before February 1, 2019.

A – Koerner Lodge Double Room: Regular Fee – $1,950
Early Bird  – $1,800 (full payment by 02/01/19)
B – Koerner Lodge Quad Room: Regular Fee – $1,800
Early Bird  – $1,650 (full payment by 02/01/19)
C – Johnson Yew Double Room: Regular Fee – $1,800
Early Bird – $1,650 (full payment by 02/01/19)

Registration for the Essential Mahamudra Residential Retreat closes on May 2, 2019, or when the capacity of 70 people for lodging onsite has been reached. All fees will be subject to 5% GST. All lodging requests will be confirmed by email.

Non-Residential Option: This includes retreat teachings, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners beginning with lunch on May 25, 2019, and concluding with breakfast on May 31, 2019. There are limited spaces available, therefore we recommend you register early to reserve your space. Early Bird Tuition – $1,100 + GST, after February 1, 2019 the tuition is $1,200 + GST.

Dr. Carlos de León, the founder of Ontogony®, holds Ph.D.’s in both Clinical Psychology and Holistic Medicine. Dr. de León has spent more than 35 years in related research, study, and practitioner experience, particularly in the area of personal transformation.

As the founder of the Mexican Association for Psychotherapy and Transpersonal Development, he teaches and, perhaps more significantly, has developed the model known as Ontogony®: an inquiring discipline for the research, study, and development of liberating tools and paradigms… Read more…

Memories of Mahamudra Retreat 2017 & 2018…

  • Embraced by natural beauty. Inspired by wisdom and meditation. Learning how to die is also learning how to live…present, aware, connected to our transcendental nature.  ~ MP    
  • Fascinating, nourishing, fun…an unanticipated pleasure my renewed relationship with the Divine and more “cordial”  and empowered relationship with Death!  I am still bouncing with energy and gratitude and looking madly forward to Mahamudra Three! ~ PM
  • As I walked from the meditation room and into serene beauty of Loon Lake that surrounds me, I suddenly felt the impact of all that had transpired suddenly lands in my heart. It was/is potent and inspiring teaching…it feels nothing less than divine! ~ CE

Memories of Mahamudra Retreat 2017