Longchen Nyingtig Powa Training Intensive

A five day silent residential retreat

with Tulku Sherdor

October 29 - November 3, 2013
Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry 


Powa, or the practice of transference of consciousness, pervades all of the trainings of the inner levels of tantra, according to both the old and new schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is at the heart of the six yogas of Naropa, integral to the trainings in Chod and feast and mandala offering, and at the core of the trainings in Maha, Anu and Ati yogas in Dzogchen. Put most simply, every practitioner of Vajrayana should have in depth training and experiential confidence in Powa. 

Most often, we associate powa with the moment of death. But powa is also a description of the transitional and transitory state of all of our experience, from moment to moment. At a subtle level, 'powa'i bagchag' refers to the tendency of our mind, our energy, to not remain still and clear, but to be agitated or restless. It is what we mean by the degraded or defiled quality of the experience of sentient beings. Purifying these processes is the very heart of training in powa.

Learning the principles and practices of powa from a trusted spiritual advisor may be one of the best gifts we can ever give ourselves in our lives.

Please join us for this invaluable retreat, where Tulku Sherdor will share the benefit of his many years of experience in this practice, and the many strands of precious transmission lineage and blessing for this practice that he has received and cherishes.

This will be a silent retreat with a heavy emphasis on practice. There will be multiple teachings per day and opportunities for individual instruction (interviews).  We will be provided each day with delicious vegetarian meals and many opportunities to enjoy the silence and autumnal beauty of this natural setting -- secluded from the traffic and rush of our day-to-day lives.

The retreat starts with dinner Tuesday evening, October 29 and ends after lunch on Sunday, November 3, 2013.


The registration fee is $450 per person for a shared room, or $625 to upgrade to a private room (if available).  Tent platforms and camping spaces are also available for anyone wishing to take this route.   This fee includes three vegetarian meals per day starting with dinner on Tuesday, October 29 and ending with lunch on Sunday, November 3.  The fee does not include compensation for the teacher; which will be accepted in the traditional form of dana near the end of the retreat. 


Springwater Center is located an hour south of Rochester, NY on 200 acres of country land. This is in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region on New York and there are many trails around the property and surrounding woods. 


On Tuesday October 29, registrants will arrive in the afternoon (2:00 to 5:00 P.M.) to check in and get settled in the environment.  The retreat will start officially with dinner at 6:00 P.M. Silence will begin at 7:00 P.M.; there will be a short orientation, followed by the opening talk by Tulku Sherdor.  There will be only one group meditation scheduled after this talk on Friday night which will end at 9:30 P.M.

Wednesday through Saturday will be a full schedule, starting with a wake-up bell at 5:30 A.M., and the first group meditation at 6:00 A.M.  The day then comprises of meals, group meditation sessions, teaching sessions, and one mandatory work period (usually in the morning).  There are plenty of breaks between sessions that can be used for individual practice, nature walks, reading, etc.  Each day ends after the last group session at 9:30 P.M.

During the retreat, there will be an opportunity for each participant to schedule an interview with the teacher.  These interviews are normally short (10 minutes) and give students the opportunity to ask questions about their practce.  

Sunday's schedule will begin as usual, but end with the morning teaching and lunch at 12:00 P.M.  Silence will lifted at breakfast.  

Springwater Center can accomodate anyone needing to arrive early or leave after the retreat is over.  They charge a very reasonable rate for each extra day.  

What to Bring

Springwater Center asks that you bring your own sheets and towels, if possible. (twin beds)  They have a few sets available, but please do bring your own if you are able.  The temperatures at this time of year normally have highs in the 50s (F) and lows in the mid 30s.   Casual and comfortable attire is the rule.  Bring appropriate outerwear for nature walks.  Here are some other obvious and not so obvious suggestions:

  • Toiletries - we will not be able to shop for forgotten items
  • Medications!
  • Indoor slippers or socks
  • Flashlight
  • Good walking shoes and raingear

Room Types

Most rooms have two beds, except for a few large rooms that contain four beds. A few double rooms can be used as private rooms.  If you wish to register for a private room, you should do so very early, as they are unlikely to be available later on.  

How to Register

Please print out a registration form using the links provided on this website and send via US Mail to the address shown on the form.  A deposit of $300 is required to reserve your spot at the retreat.  Payment can be made by check, money order or credit cards (Visa, MC, American Express, Discover).   The balance is due upon arrival at the retreat.  You may also register by telephone or by fax (please call first to arrange a fax).   

Registration confirmations will generally be sent via email.   Please read the cancellation policy carefully.  

Ride Sharing

The organizers will make every attempt to encourage ride sharing, especially for those arriving by air.  Springwater Center is approximately one hour south of Rochester, New York.  

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