Crestone Retreat Information

PLEASE NOTE:  Unfortunately because of Covid-19, Rinpoche’s retreats in Crestone 2021 have been canceled. We will post updates as we have them. Thank you for your understanding and not making travel or housing reservations in advance of a final confirmation for 2022. ~ The Pundarika Staff

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Please remember you are registered for the retreat(s) only after you have filled out and submitted the registration form online. Registration for Crestone retreats will be announced. If you make flight and housing reservations before you are officially registered for your retreat and your retreat is canceled or the dates change unexpectedly, Pundarika cannot take any responsibility for any charges you may incur.

Location

The Crestone retreats are held in the Pundarika Foundation teaching tent located on the Yeshe Rangsal land. The parking lot for the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land is at the Stupa of Enlightenment located in Chalet 1, off Camino Baca Grande to the east, between Rendezvous and Hilltop roads.

For a Crestone retreat map showing the location of the stupa and the tent site, please click here. To locate Crestone via Google maps, please click here.

Check-in

Onsite registration check-in is on the first day of each retreat and details will provided in the future.

The tent will be closed for set up until 3:00 p.m. The only reserved seating spaces are for those with medically related needs that are discussed with the Registrar in advance of the retreat. Please contact: [email protected] with any questions.

Orientation and First Teaching

Orientation and Rinpoche’s first teaching will be announced. The orientation by the Retreat Managers will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. Rinpoche will give the first teaching from 5:15 p.m. to approximately 6:45 p.m. Students should be settled in their seats by 5:05 p.m. Please allow up to 15 minutes to walk from the stupa parking lot to the shrine tent.

Retreat Schedule

Both of the Crestone retreats will be 7 days long. The emphasis will be on meditation practice and applying the teachings. There will be one 2 – 2 ½ hour teaching each day, four group meditation practice sessions, as well as small group sessions with Rinpoche.

The first retreat formally ends after the last teaching by Rinpoche in the afternoon. Departure day for the first retreat is the day following the last teaching.

The second retreat formally ends after the last teaching by Rinpoche in the afternoon. Departure day for the second retreat is the day following the last teaching.

A complete schedule will be e-mailed before each retreat begins.

To gain the greatest benefit from the teachings, Rinpoche has requested that students attend all the teaching sessions throughout the retreat. This also helps all of us to build a strong container as a sangha for this short time together.

Full Retreats and Waiting List Policy

If one of the Crestone retreats is full, Pundarika will put a notice on the program page of the Pundarika web site asking students who wish to be on the waiting list to e-mail the Registrar with their name, e-mail, contact phone number and home address for that particular retreat. As openings occur, individuals, in the order in which they submitted their e-mail request, will be contacted by the Registrar to see if they still want to attend.

If students are enrolled in the Membership Program, they are guaranteed a space in a Pundarika Foundation sponsored U.S. retreat only if they register within one month after registration for that retreat has opened.

Drop-ins and Full Retreats

In general, drop-ins are not allowed in the closed retreat setting.  However, students of Rinpoche who cannot attend a full retreat often request to “pay respect” by hoping to come to one (1) session of a teaching.  If a retreat is full and with unavailable space, then visiting students cannot be allowed to attend if students registered for a retreat are displaced. Always check in advance with the Registrar or Retreat Manager.

Scholarships

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Pundarika sponsored retreats. The scholarship application period for the Crestone retreats will be announced. We cannot accept late applications in fairness to those who meet the deadline. Scholarships apply to tuition only and not to meals or lodging.

Please go to this link to apply for a scholarship: https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/retreats/scholarship-information/

Silence

Rinpoche has requested that these retreats be in silence to create a quiet container for the teachings and as an aid to dropping the ordinary, busy mind and relaxing the “social I.” Silence will begin when Rinpoche announces it, typically the morning or evening of the first full day of the retreat. Staff may periodically need to quietly communicate with each other and will try to do so discretely. Silence does include the monastics, translator and other presenters, as well.   Silence continues through the heart ceremony until Rinpoche leaves the tent.

Shuttle Service

For students with physical limitations (which may make it difficult to walk to the tent from the Stupa parking lot), we will arrange a shuttle for check-in  for both retreats. Dates and times for the shuttle will be announced and the shuttle will run from the Stupa parking lot at to the tent. The shuttle will return to the Stupa parking lot after Rinpoche’s teaching.

Additionally, for students who have difficulty walking, a shuttle from the Stupa parking lot to the tent site will be available for all of the teachings. Details will be provided at orientation.

Lodging and Meals

Students need to find their own local retreat housing and provide for their own meals. Click here to link to local Crestone housing resources.

We now have a Roomshare board on our web site if you have lodging to share or are looking for lodging to share.  Click here for more Roomshare information.

There is no meal plan offered though Pundarika Foundation. There are currently two grocery stores in Crestone and six small cafes. There is a gas station in downtown Crestone.

Camping

There is no camping allowed on the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land. A U.S. forest service campground is located at North Crestone Creek north of the town of Crestone, several miles from the retreat land. It is first come-first served and reservations are not accepted. There are no shower facilities. If you are staying in the campground, it is best to have your own car or have pre-arranged transportation to and from the teaching tent.

Transportation/Ride Sharing

For directions to and from Crestone along with transportation information including airport, bus service availability and a rideshare board, please click here.

Because Crestone is located in a relatively remote area of Colorado, it is very helpful for students to use the Rideshare board as a resource for transportation to Crestone. You can either view available rides or create a posting to “add a journey.”

Please consider offering a ride to other travelers, either from the airports in Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque or from other locations in the Rocky Mountain area. (https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/retreats/crestone/housing-ride-share/)

For those of you taking a bus from Denver to Moffat, the drop off point for Crestone (the bus does not go into the town of Crestone) and who need transportation between Moffat and Crestone, please contact Windhorse Taxi Service at (719) 256-4091; [email protected], Proprietor: Keith Conway

Local rideshare for rides to and from the teaching tent will be arranged at check-in and by the Retreat Managers at orientation.

Please Note:  Crestone Does Not Have Local Public Transportation.

Seating

Pundarika provides zafus, zabutons and chairs for use at the retreat. Pundarika does not provide back jacks. You may bring your own back jack, however we request that you do not bring a personal chair.

The only reserved seating spaces are for those with medically related needs. This does not include those who need hearing assistance, unless there is a need for lip reading.

Audio and Video Recording

Individual recordings of retreat teachings are not allowed. Teachings are copyright protected by Pundarika Foundation. If Rinpoche approves the release of the retreat recording, most of them will be available through the Membership Program. For more information please go to the home page of the Pundarika web site or to: https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/membership/

If you do not wish to be filmed at a retreat, please ask the seating coordinator or Retreat Manager to seat you out of view of the cameras.

Hearing Assistance

We now have hearing devices for those who need hearing assistance. These will be provided at check-in. These devices provide excellent hearing in any area of the tent.

Medical

If you have a medical need that requires special seating, please e-mail [email protected] well in advance of the retreat, so that we may accommodate you. This does not include those who need hearing assistance, unless there is a need for lip reading.

Children

Given the practice intensive nature of these retreats and the requirements for silence, extensive daily sitting meditation practice and required attendance at all teaching sessions, children are not allowed at these retreats. If a young person is 16 or over and can fully commit to the requirements above, they can attend as a registered retreatant.

YouTube Broadcasts and Retreat Qualifications

(Revisions below effective July 1, 2021)

There are three types of retreats that Rinpoche offers: open, advanced, and online. The text below describes the qualifications for each one.

Open Retreats

Open, foundational, six or seven-day retreats are open to everyone with no prerequisites for attendance.

Advanced Retreats

These retreats require students to be a student of a Vajrayana and/or Dzogchen master and having received pointing out instructions. If you did not receive pointing out instructions from Tsoknyi Rinpoche, you are asked to watch an open retreat teaching. This will help you become more familiar with his use of terms and style of teaching before attending the retreat. Once you register, a link will be sent to you by the Registrar.

Online Retreats – Q & A’s

We offer two kinds of online retreats:

Practice Questions and Answers

To attend online retreats, you must be a student of a qualified Vajrayana or Dzogchen master. Pointing out instructions are not necessary for these teachings.

You Tube Broadcasts:

We often broadcast our “in person” retreats from our retreat center in Crestone, CO, (both open and advanced). The qualifications for these are the same as noted above for open and advanced retreats. These teachings will be available after each teaching session with an approximate  four-hour delay.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions regarding the above. ([email protected])

Please Note:  Occasionally Rinpoche will require a certain number of previously attended retreats (including at least one open retreat) to attend a particular advanced teaching.

Registration dates for the YouTube broadcasts will be announced. The broadcast will be available for viewing for approximately one year.

For YouTube broadcast details, please go to https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/livestream/youtube-delayed-broadcast-information/

Crestone Pre-Retreat Practice

One day before the first Crestone retreat formally begins, students can begin to practice and acclimatize to the high altitude in Crestone through an audio and video mix of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s guided meditations and dharma talks at the teaching tent on the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land. This pre-retreat offering is open only to those registered for Rinpoche’s first or second Crestone retreat. There is no tuition cost or registration for this pre-retreat program.

Suggested Background Reading

It may be helpful to read one or all of Rinpoche’s books: Carefree DignityFearless Simplicity; and Open Heart, Open Mind. These books are available either at the online web site store at https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/shop/,  Amazon.com, or through your own local bookstore. There are many video and audio teachings on the web site in the Teachings section that may also be useful.

Membership

The Pundarika Foundation Membership Program offers access to many of Rinpoche’s teachings and other benefits, including discounts on Pundarika sponsored U.S. retreat fees. For membership information, please go to this link: https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/membership/

PLEASE E-MAIL THE REGISTRAR WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT:  [email protected]