Online Chod Retreat, September 17-19, 2021

This Wilderness Dharma Movement Chod retreat will take place online via Zoom, the weekend of September 17-19, 2021 (Friday evening through Sunday).


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About the Retreat

This online retreat will be led by Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, who will be teaching a Chöd practice based on their translation of the text “The Roar of the Dakini’s Laughter” by Jigme Lingpa. They will offer the lung (transmission) of the practice during the retreat.

This is a restricted retreat. Please do not share this information with others.


To join the retreat, participants must have completed at least one third of a Nyingma or Kagyud ngondro. You will be asked to give details of your ngondro practice upon registration.


Participants are asked to commit themselves to the full retreat. The schedule:

Pacific Time (add 1 hour for Mountain Time, add 3 hours for Eastern Time, etc.)

  • Friday
    • 5-6:30 pm PDT: Welcome Remarks and Practice Transmission
  • Saturday and Sunday
    • 6:00 -7:00 am PDT: Practice Session 1: Heart Sutra and White Feast
    • (15 minute break)
    • 7:15 – 8:00 am PDT: Teaching
    • (1-1/2 hour break)
    • 9:30 – 10:30 am PDT: Practice Session 2: Heart Sutra and Variegated Feast
    • (15 minute break)
    • 10:45 – 11:45 am PDT: Practice Session 3: Heart Sutra and Red Feast
    • (1-3/4 hour break)
    • 1:30 – 2:15 pm PDT: Teaching
    • (15 minute break)
    • 2:30 – 3:30 pm PDT: Practice Session 4: Heart Sutra and Black Feast
  • Sunday Conclusion
    • 3:45 – 4:45 pm PDT: Tsok


Pricing for the retreat (see Registration for details). No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact if you have questions.

  • $180, sponsor
  • $144, suggested
  • $108, supported
  • $54, scholarship


Full refunds less a $18 registration fee will be granted until two weeks before the retreat (on or before September 3); no refunds will be granted after that date.


Participants agree to their image on zoom being recorded and made available to any audience chosen by the teachers. It is up to participants discretion to reveal their name, thumbnail, or video feed on the call.

Availability of recordings will be determined by Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Attendance during the live event is required to obtain any recordings.


Registration will remain open until September 17, 2021, at 4 pm PT (1 hour before the retreat start time). To register, please click the Event Brite below.


Please send any questions to


A Spontaneous Poem

The blue sky is my face.

All these bright stars are my lovely eyes

My pristine teeth.

The moving clouds are the expression of my joy and sadness.

This earth is my body.

These overwhelmingly majestic mountains of Crestone are my pelvis

Where primal forces hide.

I am the universe.

So are you, my dear friend.

I have been travelling a long time on this train.

This world just happens to be another station.

I just got out to get a drink and a snack.

This train station turned out to be so entertaining and complex

I ended up staying longer than I thought.

There are other passengers, who are enchanted by this world.

A voice in my heart said you are here to dance with these passengers

So you will know what unconditional love is.

This thing called unconditional love is the mystery of the universe.

This is all there is.

This alone is all I want to know.

So I make a commitment to stay here as long as I can.

When both of your hands want to join together, don’t resist.

When your body wants to twirl, go with it.

When your two bare feet want to jump wildly on the sand, enjoy the bliss

Of nature’s gentle massage.

All is well.

A La La Ho!

Eh Ma Ho!

Ah Ah Sha Sa Ma Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Composed by Anam Thubten on November 12, 2014

The poem is available in a beautiful illustrated art edition book and in a collection of poems by Anam Thubten Big Sky













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