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Retreat on Vajrapani Bhutadamara

  • Sakya Changlochen Ling, Dordogne, France St Cirq 24620 France (map)

Sakya Changlochen Ling
St-Cirq 24260,
Le Bugue

Week 2 - Sunday 21st to Friday 26th August

Lama Jampa will bestow the initiation and tri (guiding instructions) of Vajrapani Bhutadamara, one of the principal deities of the Sakya tradition, followed by the initiation‎ of Mahakala, belonging to the tradition of Bari Lotsava.
Subsequently there will be intensive practice of Vajrapani meditation accompanied each day by the torma offering and the fulfilment practice of Mahakala and other Sakya dharma protectors.

In order to attend the retreat you must have Taken Refuge. This may be possible by prior arrangement before the initiations on the first day. Please make your request by email to or to the organisers at the course.

Two weeks: £210 (Conc*:£170) – Earlybird rate**: £190 (Conc.*:£150)
One week: £160 (Conc*:£130) – Earlybird rate**: £145 (Conc.*:£115)

* Please note concessions are only available on request.
** Earlybird rate applicable until 30th June 2016


If you would like to camp at Changlochen please apply early as spaces are limited.  Cost:
A tent with one adult: £45 per week
A tent with two adults: £90 per week
All extra days are charged on a pro-rata weekly basis
Children are free.
Camping places are limited so please apply early.

You can travel by road and ferry, or by rail to Le Bugue or Le Buisson, near Sakya Changlochen Ling. There are direct flights with Ryan Air ( and Flybe ( to Bergerac from London, Bristol, Southampton, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and many other places. From Bergerac station the train takes about one hour to Le Bugue or Le Buisson, or you could share a taxi from the airport to Sakya Changlochen Ling. Alternatively you could fly to Bordeaux or Limoges, both of which are around 2 hours from Le Bugue or Le Buisson by road or rail. From there it is a short taxi journey to Sakya Changlochen Ling. Alternatively you can hire a car from any airport.

You will need to make your own arrangements for the type of accommodation you require. Here are some suggestions: Brin D’Amour Campsite is adjacent to Sakya Changlochen Ling. They have chalets and mobile homes available, which need to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. They also have camping space for tents, which is bookable in advance but payable on your arrival. Website: If you would prefer to rent a house in the area around Le Bugue, there are various websites giving details, such as:,, or contact the tourist office in Le Bugue for more information:

For enquiries, please email