This busy, grasping mind, always latching onto things, let it be given a break to recognize itself instead. ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Registration opens on the dates listed on the Programs page. No early registrations are possible. Registration is done by credit card through our website. If you are unable to register online during the specified time period, please find someone to register for you or see if a local library or internet cafe can help you.
Payment for Retreats
To be registered for a retreat, the online application form must be completed and applicable fees paid using our secure online system. We are unable to accept personal checks for retreat payments. For those who choose the two payment plan, (deposit and final payment due 30 days prior to the retreat start date) you will be officially registered when the second payment is received.
If you are an ordained Buddhist monk or nun, it is our policy that there is no tuition fee to attend a retreat. You are responsible for your lodging and meals. You must meet the basic eligibility requirements listed in the retreat description. Please email our registrar with your name and the retreat you wish to attend and your qualifications for the specific retreat you are registering for.
Once you have completed your initial registration, you will receive an email confirmation with a receipt from the Registrar. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 72 hours of completing your registration, remember to check your spam/or promotions folders on your email program for Pundarika communications first. If you do not see your confirmation in those folders, please contact the Registrar (time is needed for payments to clear). We have found that foreign credit cards can take longer to clear, so please allow one full working week for this.
We can accept checks (personal, travelers, or money orders) and credit cards at the retreat sites for donations, katas (blessing scarves), books, photographs, and other articles that may be available.
Full Retreats and Waiting List Policy
If a retreat (either in Crestone or the East/West Coast) is full, Pundarika will put a notice on the program page of the Pundarika website 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 will be contacted by the Registrar in the order in which they submitted their e-mail request 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.
Online Broadcasts of In-Person Retreats
Online broadcasts via Zoom are available for some in-person retreats. More information about these retreats will be posted soon. See more info.
Retreat Cancellation Policy
The purpose of our cancellation policy is to acknowledge that retreatants’ future plans can change unexpectedly and at the same time protect Pundarika Foundation from costs it incurs due to commitments to various vendors and payment for support staff time.
Full payment of all retreat fees is due 30 days before the first day that a retreat begins.
If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the first day that a retreat begins, you will receive a refund less a $65.00 cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 15 and 29 days prior to the program start date, you will receive a refund less a $125.00 cancellation fee.
No refunds will be given two weeks before the retreat begins.
Certain programs have unique cancellation policies that supersede our general policy, and they are described on the program registration page on our website for that particular retreat or program (normally these are non-Crestone retreats where host facilities have their own cancellation policies).
Cancellations must be requested by contacting the Registrar by e-mail ([email protected]).
Refunds through PayPal will be credited to the same credit card with which your retreat fees were paid. Once the cancellation period is over, refunds are not possible and forfeited funds are considered “fee-for-service” payments (according to IRS) and are not considered eligible for tax-exempt status. In other words, they cannot be considered donations.
(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, foundational, six or seven-day retreats are open to everyone with no prerequisites for attendance.
These retreats require an applicant to be a student of a Vajrayana and/or Dzogchen master and have 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 an active student of a qualified Vajrayana or Dzogchen master. Pointing out instructions are not necessary for these teachings.
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.
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.
Retreats can be either 6 or 7 days in length. Seven-day retreats consist of one 2-1/2 hour dharma teaching by Rinpoche and four (4) sitting periods per day. A 6-day retreat consists of two 1-1/2 hour dharma teachings by Rinpoche and three (3) sitting periods per day. During all retreats, small groups meet with Rinpoche to address students’ questions, especially as they apply to practice in our daily lives and retreat. Retreats are held in silence to deepen the contemplative experience.
Audio and Video Recording
Individual recording of retreat teachings is not possible. Master recordings of teachings are made by Pundarika Foundation for possible future sale, archiving and distribution, if Rinpoche releases them. Most of the retreats you attend will be video recorded and available through the Membership Program (located on the home page of the Pundarika website). https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/membership/
Permission to Video Record
We will be video recording Rinpoche’s retreats. If you do not wish to be filmed, please let the Retreat Manager know when you arrive. Please see the “Media Release” below.
Pundarika provides hearing devices for those who require hearing assistance.
The retreat environment does not allow pets.
Camping facilities and RV parking are not available at the Crestone retreat venue. If you want to camp or bring an RV, please go online and research campsites in the Crestone vicinity. Some retreat locations on the East and West coasts do allow camping. Check the program page for specific retreats for information about each location.
Children At Retreats
Given the practice-intensive nature of these retreats (silence for six days, extensive daily sitting meditation practice requirements, and attending all teaching sessions, which can be 3 to 4 hours or more each day), children are not allowed at these retreats. If a young person is 16 or over and can fully commit to the requirements as noted above, they can attend as a registered retreatant.
You can easily find or offer a ride to or from Pundarika Retreats and Programs. We invite you to share resources, get to know other dharma students traveling to our retreats, and help the environment. View the Rideshare board now.
Please visit Getting to and From Crestone, CO for more information on directions and transportation. Participants in Crestone retreats will need to find their own housing. Click here for a list of housing choices.
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.
General Release and Waiver
Please see the General Release and Waiver.
Partial scholarships are available for Pundarika-sponsored retreats. They are administered according to the following three criteria:
- Serious or life-threatening medical problems causing financial hardship;
- Currently enrolled students in a higher education or professional training program without the resources to pay in full;
- Other serious financial needs.
Financial need is defined as the inability to pay the full tuition fee for the retreat, based on an individual’s total financial situation (this should include assets and cash flow). The total number of scholarships and amount of each is determined on a retreat by retreat basis dependent on enrollment, facility costs, and related expenses.
If you have received a retreat scholarship from Pundarika Foundation one or more times in the past, this will also be considered with priority given to new applicants.
Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee consisting of the retreat Registrar and the Director. Please read the Scholarship policy for criteria.
There is a mandatory deposit fee of $50.00 required at the time of scholarship application. If you are not awarded a scholarship and you still choose to attend, the application fee amount will be applied to your full-cost payment.
If you are chosen to receive a scholarship your application fee will be applied to the balance of your tuition. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the retreat begins.
The scholarship application process will close approximately two months prior to the closing of registration. However, for specific scholarship application dates for a particular retreat, please use the dates noted in the program description page in the Programs section of this website. Awards will be announced by e-mail to the applicants who best meet the criteria as outlined above, within the funds available.