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CANCELLED: Dzogchen Easter Retreat

Don’t Push the River

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Dear guests of Kamalashila Institute,

due to the coronavirus we have decided to cancel all courses for the time being until April 20. We will keep you informed about further course cancellations on our website and by newsletter.

An email with further information was sent to all those who have already registered for this course. If someone has not received it, please contact us by email at:

We ask for your understanding.

Best regards,
Your Kamalashila-Team

Don’t dam the flow, direct it or put it to work – the desire for mastery over events is the meditators prison. Self-arising, self-liberating – the empty vanishing object frees the empty vanishing subject. This mutual freeing reveals awareness, clarity and responsivity – the heart of both dzogchen and mahamudra. The focus will be on practice.

James Low’s deep insight into the dzogchen teachings, his winning presence, and his profound understanding of human psychology – seasoned with a strong sense of humor – make him an exceptional teacher.

James Low teaches in a clear, understandable English. It is highly recommend that you take part in the whole retreat.

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Not included in the course fees is the dana for the teacher. On top of the course fees for Kamalashila Institute, the participants can make a donation (dana) to the teacher sometime during the retreat. Dana is given to express one’s gratitude for receiving the dharma. The giving of dana is a personal response, and the setting of a fixed amount would clash with this.

“Our meetings should express generosity, the flow of giving: we all give our time and energy to come, we give our focused attention to the study and practice, we give our warmth and availability to create a harmonious atmosphere… So within that field of giving people can, as they are moved to do so, give some dana which people can put in an envelope to be offered at a certain point.”  James Low

Please bring along an envelope for the dana.

Recommended arrival day: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (please state this when registering)

Eva-Maria Küchler has been a student of James Low since 1993 and provides instruction on breathing and body practices in his spring and fall retreats. She works as a body-based psychotherapist and an MBSR teacher in her own practice in Cologne, Germany. Information about the retreat is available from Eva-Maria Küchler at +49 02245 4689,, or from the Kamalashila Institute.

Partial attendance at the retreat is only possible with the consent of Eva-Maria Küchler!

This course will be held in English only. No interpretation will be provided!

We are very pleased to announce an evening lecture to be given by James Low on the topic No Sweat Compassion in addition to the weekend programme. An interpretation into German will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Place: Dargyäling Dzogchen Gemeinschaft, Spielmannsgasse 14, 50678 Cologne, Germany
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Begin: 7:30 p.m.
Price: € 15 (pay at the door)

Tickets may be reserved (not purchased) by e-mail:

Reading Material
  • James Low: »Simply Being«
  • James Low: »Sparks«
  • James LowC. R. Lama & James Low: »Collected Works of C. R. Lama«
  • James Low: »Being right here«
  • James Low: »Being Guru Rinpoche«
  • James Low: »The Yogins of Ladakh«

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* This donation will be used, among other things, to support low-income participants and to cover organizational costs.

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  • I will transfer the costs of the event to the account of the Kamalashila Institute® at the latest ten days after receiving the confirmation email from the office, stating the course number and the course title on the transfer form.

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    Reference: Course 4.4 on 9. April 2020

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