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The Autumn Retreat finds a new home in Ventura, California!

The Natural Freedom of Mind

Awakening the Wisdom & Compassion of our True Nature

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Full Retreat: November 27 - December 6
Weekend Option: November 27 - November 30

Led by the Tibetan Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche, one of the most revered masters of our time, this retreat is a rare opportunity to step out of the busyness of daily life and enter into an environment dedicated towards getting to know our own mind and awakening the wisdom and compassion of our true nature.

Sogyal Rinpoche will offer teachings on the Buddhist wisdom of understanding the mind and meditation, in the spirit of Dzogchen—the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Alongside the teachings, there will be instructions on meditation, and time for practice and reflection guided by senior students. This will be held in an atmosphere of stillness and silence, which offers a profound space for the wisdom of the teachings to enter our hearts, and for our own insights to blossom. 

Many say that receiving teachings in an environment of retreat can bring about a profound transformation in our being and open the possibility of looking at ourselves, our lives and the world around us with a fresh perspective. 

When we leave our mind in its true nature, we discover a natural inherent freedom of mind that has always been untouched by stress, confusion and turbulent emotions. As our mind and heart open, our inherent wisdom and compassion begin to radiate out in everything we do and touch everyone we encounter. By integrating the wisdom of these teachings fully into our daily life, we become truly alive—confident, open and at ease in any situation.

For more information, and to help you plan for the retreat, please follow the links below.

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The Natural Freedom of Mind 

An Evening with Sogyal Rinpoche 

December 9th, 7:00pm  •  At the Herbst Theater in San Francisco

Sogyal Rinpoche will teach on understanding the mind and the wisdom of meditation according to the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.

With his remarkable gift for presenting the essence of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is both authentic and profoundly relevant to the modern mind, Sogyal Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of our time. 

The atmosphere Rinpoche creates is one of incredible warmth, love, and penetrating insight, as if he were speaking directly to the heart of each and everyone present.  

He is often called an incredible communicator, and people around the world remark on the power his teachings have to reveal a glimpse of the innermost nature of mind and bring lasting transformation and confidence in how to face the challenges of daily life.


All are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to reserve a seat at a different amount than the suggested donation.

For public transit, driving directions, and parking options, visit the Herbst Theater's website.