One Year Dharma Immersion

Yuthok Nyingthig Ati Yoga with Lama Justin Von Bujdoss

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Sundays January 22nd - December 17th 2023

9 - 11am Los Angeles 
12 - 2pm New York | 6 - 8pm Rome

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(No session on April 9th and August 20th)


Ati Yoga (Tibetan: Dzogchen) is the most simple, direct, and profound path to reveal the sky-like nature of our own mind which is clear, vast, and unobstructed by the clouds of afflictive emotions.

In this year long meditation-focused immersion, students will be guided through the steps of Ati Yoga practice as taught by Yuthok Yönten Gönpo, the 12th Century father of Tibetan Medicine and explained in the text Mirror of Light: A Commentary on Yuthok's Ati Yoga by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.

Each week students will be given instruction on the practices, beginning with Guru Yoga, progressing through the Dzogchen special preliminaries (Inner and Outer Rushen) and the actual preliminaries of training body, speech, and mind with Vajra Posture, the Hung Syllable, and mind investigation. The year will finish instructions on Kadak (Primordial Purity) and Trekchöd (Cutting Through Hardness).

Guided practice sessions will be an integral part of this program, providing students with the the time to familiarize themselves with and deepen the connection to the practices in a supported group online setting with regular opportunities for questions and discussion. 

This program is open to practitioners of any lineage, both new and experienced and it is highly recommended for all students who participated in Yuthok's Heart Teachings course.


For specific program outline, please expand the sections of the Course Curriculum below.

Select portions of the final section of this program will be guided by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

All classes will be recorded and available for students to review for eighteen months. Videos are view only and not downloadable.

While it is highly encouraged to attend this program live, if time zone or other circumstances do not permit this, it is possible to follow the recordings of this course as a self-paced program.


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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Overview & Welcome

    • Supplementary Retreat Opportunities

    • Navigating this Online Learning Platform

    • Classroom Etiquette and Technical Requirements

    • Course Texts

    • Mirror of Light Community


  • 2

    PART ONE: INTRODUCTION (January 22 - February 5)


    • Week One/ January 22: Introduction to Ati Yoga

    • Week Two/ January 29: On Devotion in Mahamudra & Ati Yoga

    • Week Three/ February 5: Introduction to Yuthok's Song

  • 3

    PART TWO: OUTER GURU YOGA (February 12 - April 2)


    • Week Four/ February 12: Introduction to Outer Guru Yoga

    • Week Five/ February 19: Outer Guru Yoga Practice Session

    • Week Six/ February 26: Outer Guru Yoga Practice Session

    • March 5: Break/ No Session Today

    • Week Seven/ March 12: Outer Guru Yoga Practice Session

    • Week Eight/ March 19: Inner Mandala Practice

    • Week Nine/ March 26: Inner Mandala

    • Week Ten/ April 2: Inner Mandala

    • Week Eleven/ April 9: Teaching on Torma Offering and Dedication

  • 4



    • Week Twelve/ April 16: Introduction to Preliminaries: Outer Rushen and Inner Rushen Practice

    • Week Thirteen/ April 23: Outer Rushen Practice

    • Week Fourteen/ April 30: Outer Rushen Practice

    • Week Fifteen/ May 7: Outer Rushen Practice

    • Week Sixteen/ May 14: Outer Rushen Practice

    • RUSHEN RETREAT (MAY 20 - 26)

    • Week Seventeen/ May 21: Inner Rushen Practice

    • Week Eighteen/ May 28: Inner Rushen Practice

    • Week Nineteen/ June 4: Inner Rushen Practice

    • Week Twenty/ June 11: Inner Rushen Practice

  • 5

    PART FOUR: ACTUAL PRELIMINARIES (June 18th-August 13th)


    • Week Twenty-one/ June 18: Introduction Instructions: Striking or Alighting Upon the Essential Points & Resting Naturally in One's Own State.

    • Week Twenty-two/ June 25: Striking and Resting: Practice Session

    • Week Twenty-three/ July 2: Striking and Resting: Practice Session

    • Week Twenty-four/ July 9: Vajra Posture with Practice Session

    • Week Twenty-five/ July 16: Speech: Using the Syllable Hung

    • Week Twenty-six/ July 23: Speech: Practice Session

    • Week Twenty-seven/ July 30: Speech: Practice Session

    • Week Twenty-eight/ August 6: Training the Mind: Investigation of the Mind

    • Week Twenty-nine/ August 13: Investigation of the Mind: Practice Session

    • August 20: Break/ No Session Today

  • 6



    • Week Thirty/ August 27: Introductory Instructions and Practice Session: Garab Dorje's Three Points that Strike the Vital Point

    • Week Thirty-one/ September 3: Recognizing: with Practice Session

    • Week Thirty-two/ September 10: Identifying: with Practice Session

    • Week Thirty-three/ September 17: Actual Identifying/Pointing Out: with Practice Session

    • Week Thirty-four/ September 24: Outer, Inner and Secret Wisdoms

    • Week Thirty-five/ October 1: Three aspects of the aggregates

    • Week Thirty-six/ October 8: Five symbols in their three aspects

    • Week Thirty-seven/ October 15: Putting these instructions into practice

    • Week Thirty-eight/ October 22: Practice Session

    • Week Thirty-nine/ October 29: The Great Yogi(ni)

    • Week Forty/ November 5: The Average Yogi(ni)


    • Week Forty-one/ November 12: The Lesser Yogi(ni)

    • Week Forty-two/ November 19: The Fundamental Meaning

    • Week Forty-three/ November 26: Enhancement Practices

    • Week Forty-four/ December 3: Ati Yoga Spontaneous Song by Dr. Nida

    • Week Forty-five/ December 10: Shanglon Practice and Tsok

    • Week Forty-six/ December 17: Practice Session and Closing



MAY 20 - 27 2023


NOBEMBER 5 - 12 2023

Traditionally, practicing meditation in a retreat setting is an important way to deepen and stabilize our meditation experience. These in-person retreats serve as a way of supporting students in having the ability to delve more deeply into the practice of Ati Yoga at two crucial points - the first being the special Ati Yoga preliminary practice of rushen the other in helping to foster a solid ground in the experience of trekchö.

These optional retreats are supplements to this 2023 year-long Mirror of Light intensive  focused on helping to foster a closer relationship to Ati Yoga practice as well as to aid in holding students so that they can carve away useful time for retreat. 

Tuition for these retreats is not included in year long intensive. Retreats will be livestreamed for those who are not able to attend in person.

Lama Justin von Bujdoss

Lama Justin von Bujdoss is an American Vajrayana Buddhist teacher, writer, and the is a co-founder of Bhumisparsha an experimental Buddhist sangha along with Lama Rod Owens. He is the author of "Modern Tantric Buddhism: Authenticity and Embodiment in Dharma Practice" published by North Atlantic Books, and contributor to "Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections published by Lexington Books". From 2016 until December 2021 Justin served as the Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness for NYC Department of Correction where he also served as Staff Chaplain supervising over 30 chaplains and guided wellness programming for staff. Justin also has professional experience in home hospice and hospital settings as a pastoral caregiver. Justin was ordained as a repa, a lay tantric yogin in the tradition of Milarepa, by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, one of the heart sons of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Lama Justin has presented on Buddhist practice at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Columbia University, has been a visiting instructor at Union Theological Seminary, teaches at Pure Land Farms. Justin is passionate about helping to create the conditions for authentic embodied tantric Buddhist spiritual practice in the West.