About Us

Chamma Ling (Land of the Loving Mother) Retreat Center has been established and is in the second stage of development in the mountains near Crestone, Colorado, on land that has been granted by the Manitou Foundation. Chamma Ling was founded in 2002 to support personal meditation retreats and small group practice retreats.

Tenzin Rinpoche's vision for the Chamma Ling site is a simple place of solitary retreat, enriched by the awe-inspiring natural surroundings of the Crestone area. The natural environment of the mountains of Crestone is ideal for those working deeply with Dzogchen, the elemental forces, or the spirits of nature. The methods of Dzogchen have traditionally been pursued in the solitude of mountains, for they provide the perfect support for the practices of light, dark, and sky. Working with the elements to bring balance and clarity runs throughout Bön, and the high arid climate and surroundings of the San Luis Valley supports direct perception of the elemental essences. The spirits of mountain, stream, plant, and stone can also be more easily contacted in the isolation of wilderness. Our setting in Crestone is ideal for the deep maturation of the dedicated practitioner.

Our goal is to provide isolated retreat cabins where individuals may spend weeks, months, or years in seclusion and contemplation. Some of the cabins will be set high on the mountainside and will overlook the valley's vast expanse; some will be nestled in shady areas and outfitted for dark retreat. A residence for our Lamas, and a small teaching hall, will rest in the heart of the 35 acres, making possible on-site teachings for small groups of practitioners. We will also offer larger public teachings, in Crestone, on a periodic basis.

We completed our first three cabins in 2006, and are now in the planning stages for our second phase of development.

Chamma Ling is a non-profit Colorado corporation.All donations are fully tax deductible.

If you would like to become a part of this vision, be made aware of our activities, or offer support for the project, please contact John Jackson, Chamma Ling director. email: [email protected] or Tel: 434-823-6419. You may also reach us by mail at:

Chamma Ling
P.O. Box 608
Crestone, CO 81131