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Korwa Dongdruk Retreat: Intensive Training in the Ritual for Guiding the Dead

20 - 23 November 2020
Sea to Sky Retreat Centre

AT: Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Whistler, Canada 

What practice should we do when someone dies? As practitioners, we face this question often – for friends, relatives, victims of tragedies – and increasingly, for our close sangha friends. Answering our supplications, Rinpoche has given us the Korwa Dongruk practice and bestowed its empowerment many times around the world. But when the time of need arises, few have the training and confidence to perform it.


Korwa Dongdruk – He Who Churns the Depths of Saṃsāra – is a né lung (Guiding the Dead) practice based on Red Avalokiteshvara.  It is a terma treasure revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa, and the sadhana was composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.  This practice benefits those who have died and are wandering in the bardo state by invoking their consciousness, empowering and guiding it to Sukhāvatī, the pure realm of Amithaba.  


Chris Jay, a meditation instructor under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, will teach this ritual for guiding the dead. He will be assisted by Sydney Jay, also a meditation instructor. This is a rare opportunity and places are limited. Participation is open to all who have received the empowerment wherever they live.


Applicants for this retreat will be asked to make verbal and written commitments as follows:

·     To learn to perform this puja elegantly, even at very short notice.  

·     To practice it with your sangha at least one time per month, both for individuals who have died, and for the large number of beings who are dying constantly. 

·     To teach others in your local sangha how to help perform this puja.


During this retreat you will be asked to become proficient in each of the three roles: vajra master, shrine master (chopon) and chant leader (umdze). There will be no spectators at this retreat – everyone will need to get in and learn all three roles, starting with making the tormas.  Rinpoche gave us this practice so that we ourselves would learn how to do it – rather than watching others do it.  This retreat is for the few of you who actually want to fulfill Rinpoche’s wishes with this practice.


There will be at least a month of daily preparatory practices to do before the retreat which will take at least an hour a day.  If you are in one of the Dharma Gars, you will be able to count these hours as part of your daily practice commitment. Participants from former Korwa Dongdruk trainings are welcome to repeat this retreat to polish their ability at performing this puja.





1.  A minimum of 10 confirmed participants required to proceed with this retreat program. Therefore, please send an email to the Retreat Manager ( if you are potentially interested in attending.  


2.  The program begins with 3-5 PM afternoon arrivals on Friday, November 20 and with after-lunch departures on Monday, November 23.


3.  Sharing accommodations are $255 Canadian ($196 USD) for the entire weekend including tuition, room and board.  Private accommodations are limited and subject to availability for a fee of $390 Canadian ($300 USD). Registration is on a first come first serve basis through email to the Retreat Manager.