The sacred land in Buckland known as Khandroling (meaning "the land of Dakinis"), was purchased by the Dzogchen Community in 1989. Through the clarity of his dreams, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu received many teachings there, including the Dance of the Vajra. According to Rinpoche, in six days of practice on this powerful land it is possible to realize what would take six months elsewhere.
The development of Khandroling is ongoing. Comprised of 220 acres of hills, streams, a pond, meadows, fields and forest, Khandroling offers members several personal retreat cabins, a stupa, and a bathhouse for retreatants and campers. The land also hosts the world's first Universal Mandala for Vajra Dance.
A small farmhouse was recently completed on lower Khandroling for Rinpoche and his family and community use. For directions to Khandroling, retreat cabin fees, and other practical information, please contact the Gekö.
The following retreat cabins are available for personal retreat on upper Khandroling from Spring through late fall before the snow falls: Mandarava cabin, Thodgal cabin, Guardian cabin, and Rinpoche's cabin. Khandroling facilities include: Potable water; Bathhouse with two showers and flush toilets; Kitchen with gas powered refrigeration and cooking stove; Portable potties and outdoor showers for campers. In addition, there is a Dark Retreat cabin not far from Khandroling at an address on Shelburne Falls Road. The Dark Retreat cabin has four rooms for dark retreat, and one room downstairs for "light" personal retreat. The Dark Retreat cabin is available year round. With prior arrangement, food can be delivered daily for a minimal fee.
Please visit our Accommodations page for more information on the retreat cabins and camping on the land.