Summer Retreat

A Space of Time for Joie de Vivre

Retreat with Déwang Pamo and Traktung Dorje

August 30st to September 5th 2021
BergZendo Hohe Wand
Am Almfrieden 87
2724 Hohe Wand, Austria
Please note: Due to the current situation and regulations around Covid-19 / Corona, the event is hereby announced, but not yet finally confirmed. For questions and for a non-binding registration, please write to the contact address below.


“Everything either occurs or does not. That would appear to be a fact of nature. Happiness, however, is not accidental.”
- Ngak'chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen

Joie de vivre is not a lottery prize - given to some and not to others. The experience of happiness relies on our willingness to open our senses and appreciate what they have to offer. By freeing our perception from the prefabricated corset of our thoughts and concepts, we can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel the world as it is. What it takes are time and space - and this is what we want to give to ourselves during this retreat.

During this week at the Hohe Wand near Vienna, Ngakma Déwang and Naljorpa Traktung will be offering teachings that focus on the Dzogchen view and meditation methods according to the Aro gTér. There will be extensive sitting practice, yogic song, and instruction into the physical exercises of sKu-mNyé, as well as the possibility to engage in craft activities.

In the evenings, emphasis will be put on exploring selected hagiographies and methods of the 84 Mahasiddhas. As we become familiar with these teachings, we discover the methods of those Buddhist practicioners who have searched and found inspiration in their daily life, their personal environment and livelyhood in India many centuries ago. We will find out how their methods are still applicable and highly effective today.

This retreat is open to anyone who is interested in receiving teachings and practicing meditation according to the Aro gTér lineage. No background is required, just openness to find out what it can mean to hear Buddhist teachings and put them to practice.

There will be ample opportunity to clarify individual questions, and for private conversation with the teachers. Families with children are very welcome.

Teachings will be in German and English.

Cost: 480.- EUR for the venue, accommodation and meals.
Children pay 150.- EUR.
Reduced fees are available on request.

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All Aro gTer retreats are non-smoking events. Smokers are welcome to attend, but in accordance with Nyingma teaching, and Vajrayana Buddhism in general, we require participants to desist from the smoking of tobacco for the entire duration of the retreat – both on or off the premises where retreats are held. Tobacco in any form should not be brought to the retreat.