Empty Coming, Mental Bombs
A New Way to Live our Life

A Retreat INtenSive at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
including Lam Rim, ACI 1 with Geshe Michael RoaCH
and Module I: ACI Teacher Training
April 12-21, 2019

In the pristine, high desert of Arizona, we will go into a 10-day retreat exploration of our mental mind fields. In this study that will show us how to Search & Destroy, we’ll continue with the famous Gift of Liberation, an outline of the entire steps to enlightenment by Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941).  We’ll be studying where Rinpoche identifies the 10 major mental bombs that can make our life unhappy, and teaches us how to destroy them. We will investigate the deeper meanings of his writings, and how to apply his understanding of reality to our daily lives.

Additionally, over the next five years, we’ll be devoting an entire retreat at Diamond Mountain to learning and meditating on The Wisdom of Arya Nagarjuna.  This is the great Mother-Book of all emptiness teachings. In each of the retreats between these teachings, we’ll be doing special “Stay-In-Touch Sessions” devoted to the emptiness instructions of this great master.  At this session, we’ll be exploring the idea that empty things still work—and how we can use this to create a beautiful life for ourselves and our loved ones.

All participants will be able to attend Geshe Michael’s teaching of ACI 1: The Principal Teachings of Buddhism. For an additional cost and application, we will also be offering the ACI 1 Teacher Training Module. This application only program will include in-depth training on how to teach ACI, and how to hone and master your skillsets as a teacher.

Daily Schedule

7:00am Light Breakfast

7:30-11:00am Gift of Liberation Teachings with Geshe Michael Roach

11:30-12:30pm Yoga/Exercise

12:45-1:45pm Lunch

2:00-6:00pm Private Retreat Practice in Cottages for Lam Rim Track
Teacher Training Track (Debate, Presentations, Lectures) (Must be Accepted by Application Only to attend)

6:00-7:00pm Dinner

7:00-9:00pm ACI 1 with Teaching Insights with Geshe Michael Roach

First Day Schedule (Friday 4/12/19):
9:00am Bus Departure from Tucson
12:00am: Registration/Cottage Orientation
1:00pm: Lunch
4:00pm: Gates Closed - No late arrivals
5:00pm: Dinner

*Because of the remote nature of Diamond Mountain and the necessities of cottage orientation, you must arrive by 4pm on Friday, 4/12/2019 or you will not be allowed to participate in the retreat. No refunds for late arrivals*

Last Day Schedule (Sunday 4/21/19):
8:30-12:30pm Last Class
12:30pm: Lunch and Departures
2:00pm: Bus Departure for Tucson Airport

*If you would like to leave earlier or have a need outside of the normal departures, there is a $225 fee for a private car to Tucson. It is highly recommended to plan according to the schedule of classes, since we are at least two hours away from Tucson Airport.

Relax & Renew AFTER Lam Rim 
April 21-25, 2019


Immediately following the LAM RIM Retreat, Diamond Mountain offers LAM RIM Retreat guests an exclusive opportunity to experience 3 full days of supported solo retreat and enjoy the sweet and magical blessings of self-guided retreat. Take time to relax, rejoice, meditate and contemplate on what you have learned and how you have grown in 10 short days.  Allow the teachings and realizations you’ve experienced in the past 10 days settle into your subconscious and transform your life in a very deep and powerful way.  

You’ll receive 3 meals each day and have the opportunity to set your own schedule to retreat at your own pace. Senior Retreaters will be available on the last day of LAM RIM Retreat to help you personalize your retreat schedule. During the 3 retreat days, Senior Retreaters will be available for personal meditation and retreat guidance.  


Room Descriptions & Prices

Camping ($600): In the lower valley, near main teaching classroom. You are responsible to bring your own equipment. ACI has tents and pads available for rent for an additional $75USD. Please contact us if you'd like to take the option.

Yurt ($735) (SOLD OUT): There are one yurt available in the retreat valley that has two single beds. Bathroom/Kitchen are in separate buildings and require and outdoor walk. A couple can sign up or two individuals.

4 Person Room ($850): These rooms are throughout the retreat valley and primarily have bunk beds in them. Will have a shared bathroom/kitchen with other rooms.

2-3 Person Room ($925):  Single beds in a room. May have a shared bathroom/kitchen with other rooms.

Semi-Private ($999): Mostly private room, but others may use the bathroom/kitchen in same room by passing through this room.

Private Room ($1,079): Completely private room that has a shared bathroom/kitchen with other rooms.

Private Room - Couple ($1,620): Completely private room that has a shared bathroom/kitchen with other rooms. The bed is a queen sized bed.

Private Cottage ($1,510):  Completely private room, bathroom and kitchen. Can be for single person or a couple sharing a bed.

Private Cottage - Couple ($2,050): Completely private room, bathroom and kitchen. This is sharing a queen-sized bed.

Diamond Club Rooms ($3,500): 
This option provides for more amenities and is a fundraiser for ACI. This will help ACI grow its donor base and management, establish and manage ACI teacher certifications and serve to promote our events.

Additional amenities:

  • Private Room/Cottage depending on availability

  • Included car pickup/drop-off at Tucson Airport

  • Pick-up and Drop-off at cottage door each morning/evening

  • Selection of food delivered to your private room

  • Commemorative Reading