Making the Transition to the Realm of the Sacred | Live | Oct 27-29

Retreat weekend with Jack Petranker

All appearance the form of the Enlightened Ones
All sounds the melody of mantra
All thoughts the wisdom that ever expands

Tangton Gyalpo

Transforming the world of ordinary experiences

We learn in the Nyingma tradition that the world of ordinary appearances is not solid and substantial. Since it has no fixed nature, we can transform it. We have learned to accept our everyday reality, filled with confusion and suffering, but we have the capacity to live in the realm of the sacred.

Exploring how to bring about transformation

This retreat explores how to bring about such a transformation. We start by asking what it truly means to inhabit our own experience. After that, we will work with practices that center on two short texts.

  • On Friday there will be a two session workshop about a core prayer in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism: the Seven Line Prayer of Padmasambhava, which evokes his presence.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, we will focus on a practice text (sadhana) that calls on Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and draws on his presence to transform appearance into the realm of the sacred.

An abundance of methods for transformation

  • practices that center on being fully present
  • close reading of the prayer and the sadhana
  • discussion and lecture about the constructed nature of the reality we inhabit
  • chanting of mantra, and discussion of how to engage mantra
  • visualization, and discussion of how visualization works
  • recitation of the sadhana (saturday and sunday)

Copies of the sadhana will be handed out for the weekend; no other reading is required.


This special in person weekend retreat will be taught by Jack Petranker, long time student and close collaborator of Tarthang Tulku. Jack has been a well loved guest teacher and advisor at the Dutch Center since we bought the house in 1991 and we are very happy that he agreed to lead this special intimate retreat with us in October.

Jack Petranker is Director of Mangalam Research Center, and former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley. A direct student of Tarthang Tulku since 1980, Jack holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and University of California, Berkeley. He is author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? and the editor of many books in the TSK series.

About the retreat Making the Transition to the Realm of the Sacred

For who?
Participation in the retreat is open to everybody who wishes to develop or deepen their connection with the sacred dimensions of experience. Please note that all sessions will be in the English language.

October 27-29

How to attend?
Participation in the entire weekend will be in person only – with the exception of the first two sessions on Friday October 27. These will be also be open as a workshop for live and online attendance.

Costs of the retreat
€ 265,- in person participation for the full weekend inc all meals. For those not living in Amsterdam a limited number of beds is available in the center in simple shared rooms. Please reserve timely.
€ 65,- live or online participation on Friday 16.00- 21.00 hrs CEST(7 am – noon PST)

Make your choice by choosing between the two registration buttons below.

If you register for the friday workshopsessions please note in the field “remarks” whether you will participate live or online.

Retreat schedule

All times in Central European Time. Please consult to convert to your local timezone

Friday October 27

15.30-16.00: check-in live participants
16.00-17.30: Session 1: Inviting Guru Rinpoche – the Seven Line Prayer
18.00-19.30: dinner and clean-up
19.30-21.00: Session 2: Inviting Guru Rinpoche – the Seven Line Prayer

Saturday October 28

07.00-08.00: Early morning practice (optional)
08.30-10.00: Breakfast and clean-up
10.00-11.30: Session 3
11.30-12.00: break
12.00-13.00: Session 4
13.00-14.30: lunch and clean-up
14.30-16.00: Session 5
16.00-16.30: break
16.30-18.00: Session 6
18.00-19.30: dinner and clean-up
19.30-21.00: Session 7

Sunday October 29

07.00-08.00: Early morning practice (optional)
08.30-10.00: Breakfast and clean-up
10.00-11.30: Session 8
11.30-12.00: break
12.00-13.00: Session 9
13.00-14.00: lunch and cean-up
14.30-15.30: Session 10 Closing session