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Annual Lion-faced Dakini Retreat

August 15th - 17th, Yeshe Ling


Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will lead the annual Lion-faced Dakini Retreat at Yeshe Ling this coming August, and all are welcome.

This practice was written by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and is based on a terma revealed by Dudjom Lingpa. It is a very powerful practice to dispel obstacles and bring liberation for oneself and others in a short time. Several years ago, when Jigme Rinpoche was first requested to conduct a Lion-faced Dakini retreat, his father Chagdud Rinpoche suggested that this particular one would be particularly beneficial. Jigme Rinpoche received this practice directly from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, so the lineage is very short and powerful.

The intimate, relaxed environment of this retreat offers a unique opportunity to really absorb the teachings and settle into the practice. Both Chagdud Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche taught here many times, so the blessings are strong on the land.

The retreat will begin Friday evening at 5pm, and continue through Sunday evening.

Pre-registration is required. Cost to be announced soon. To register, please email laurel.harris@gmail.com.

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Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat
with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th June 2014


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) and constitutes the lama aspect -- here represented by Guru Rinpoche -- of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

 

This classic Nyingma practice was widely propagated throughout Tibet, becoming one of the most influential lineages of the Nyingma tradition that continues to this day. The Rigdzin Dupa was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

 

This year Jigme Rinpoche will once again lead the 100,000 Tsog Offering Rigdzin Dupa Retreat. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join.

Guru Rinpoche Rigdzin Dupa

For more information and registration, please go to www.atiling.org

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Throma Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th April 2014, PPI

Throma

We are delighted that Jigme Rinpoche will be vajra master and umze for this event -- simply to hear a true master sing this beautiful practice is a wonderful source of blessings, and we hope that as many people as possible will be able to participate, whether they are new to Tibetan Buddhism, or already familiar with sadhana practice.The practice of Throma contains the complete path of the Vajrayana, from ngondro (the preliminary practices) all the way through the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practices of trekchod and thogal.

The Throma-based practice of Chöd removes obstacles, both for our short-term happiness and those hindering our ultimate enlightenment. It carries extraordinary healing power and through its practice we can accummulate merit and wisdom in a vast and rapid way. Merely making a connection to Throma practice brings great benefit and blessings.

YouTube video of Throma Nagmo puja at Bodhgaya

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please contact us if you do not have the empowerment.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10/day on April 11th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY Please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

TO REGISTER or reserve a room in Tara House please call the treasurer at 415-663-9421.

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing -- click on 'Donate Now' button below
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

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CGF Rigdzin Ling Vajrakilaya Drubchod

with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

February 14th -- 19th 2014

Vajrakilaya

During a one-week Dudjom Vajrakilaya drubchod in Rigdzin Ling, Junction City, CA, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will offer transmission of a rare extensive commentary written by Khenpo Ahchö, who attained rainbow body in 1998.

BACKGROUND: In 1956 His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche was bestowing the Rinchen Terzod at Samye Monastery in Tibet to a mass gathering of Sangha. His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche, who was on a personal pilgrimage, happened to arrive at Samye just as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche was beginning the transmission. During one of the breaks between the empowerment sessions, Chagdud Rinpoche approached H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche's throne and offered him a long blue kathak. Upon being asked who he was, Chagdud Rinpoche explained he was Chagdud Tulku of Chagdud Gonpa, and also the son of Delog Dawa Drolma. H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche knew Dawa Drolma and he invited Chagdud Rinpoche to a meeting later that night, when he told Chagdud Rinpoche that there was a great yogi from Nyarong (eastern Tibet) in the vicinity. His Holiness requested that Rinpoche bring the yogi to Samye, which Rinpoche then did.

This yogi was Khenpo Ahchö, a very learned Khenpo who began his education first at Lumolab Monastery in Nyarong. From Lumolab Monastery, Khenpo Ahchö traveled to many other monasteries and completely mastered everything he studied. Eventually, he studied at Mindroling Monastery (Lumolab's mother monastery) where he further deepened his understanding of the teachings. It was at Mindroling that Khenpo Ahchö met his teacher H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche.

When Khenpo Ahchö arrived at Samye, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche was transmitting his own Vajrakilaya treasure to the Sangha gathered there. There were many high lamas from around Tibet present, but to their surprise, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche made Khenpo Ahchö sit on the highest seat in the assembly. His Holiness then empowered Khenpo Ahchö as a principal lineage holder for the Dudjom Vajrakilaya, telling him to keep Vajrakilaya as his heart practice and to uphold this commitment for his life.

Khenpo Ahchö returned to Lumolab Monastery in Nyarong and entered into retreat for most of the rest of his life. While in retreat he wrote an extensive commentary on the Dudjom Vajrakilaya practice. At some point in 1998, Khenpo Ahchö asked his attendants to not disturb him for three days. The days passed, many rainbows were seen around the valley, and when his attendants eventually checked in his room, they found only his meditation coat sitting up on his cushion, and his fingernails -- the Khenpo had attained rainbow body.

Some time before he passed, Khenpo Ahchö transmitted this commentary to his long-term student Khenpo Sherab. Jigme Tromge Rinpoche had long aspired to receive this transmission, and finally last summer in Tibet, his wish was fulfilled when he was able to connect with Khenpo Sherab, who kindly bestowed the transmission upon Jigme Rinpoche and a few others.

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will now offer the transmission of this rare commentary for the first time in the West. Anyone with a genuine interest in the Dudjom Vajrakilaya cycle who would like to deepen their connection is welcome to join Rinpoche for this special retreat. Please note that full participation in all days of the retreat is required; drop-ins are allowed.

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT CHAGDUD GONPA RIGDZIN LING, Junction City, California.

More information and registration:
http://chagdudgonpa.org/vajrakilaya-retreat/

To enquire about other details for the event, you can email sangha@chagdudgonpa.org or call 530.623.2714 ext. 126


 

PPI-Ati Ling Vajrakilaya Drubchod

with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

Friday 27th -- Sunday 29th December 2013

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Vajrakilaya

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please email us at office@atiling.org if you are interested in attending but do not have the Dudjom Vajrakilaya empowerment.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.

COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10/day on December 20th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, and to enquire about private rooms, please call 415-663-9421.

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

OFFERINGS
Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.

There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card.

Click here for full details about staying at PPI


 

Annual Padma Dakini Retreat
with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November 2013
PPI, Cazadero

Padma Dakini

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the twelfth annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, our beloved teacher who established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in the West

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please email us at office@atiling.org if you are interested in attending but do not have the Chokling Padma Dakini empowerment.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Padma Dakini, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.

COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10/day on November 8th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, and to enquire about private rooms, please call 707-632-5364.

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

OFFERINGS
Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.

There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card.

Click here for full details about staying at PPI


P'howa -- Transference of Consciousness at the Time of Death

Empowerment and Practice Retreat with Chagdud Khadro

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th October 2013

Chagdud Khadro

P'howa accomplishment ensures that we won't die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly in the after-death bardo. It provides a consummate method to help others at the time of their death.

 

The practice of p'howa is the extraordinary Vajrayana method for attaining rebirth in Amitabha Buddha's pure realm. P'howa means transferring consciousness from one state to another. At the moment of death, the skillful means of the "p'howa of the three recognitions" allows us to direct our consciousness out of our body into the exalted environment of Amitabha's enlightened mind. Meditative realization and bodhisattva capacity then increases to their fullest potential.

In the mandala of the Five Buddha Families, Amitabha is Lord of the Padma (Lotus) family, associated with the qualities of enlightened speech, the activities of enlightened power, and the wisdom/awareness of discernment. Many traditions of Buddhism rely on Amitabha meditation, especially the practice of cultivating the causes to be reborn in Dewachen, his Western Pure Realm of Great Bliss.

We are honored to welcome Chagdud Khadro back to PPI for this event. Ordained as lama in 1997 by her teacher and husband H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche, she now serves as Spiritual Director of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, and is resident lama of Khadro Ling, H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche's seat in Brazil, and the hub of the network of Chagdud Gonpa centers in South America. For more information about Chagdud Khadro, click here.


TIME: Drop-ins and partial attendance are not allowed for this retreat, due to the nature of these teachings and the training. The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.00am and end on Sunday evening around 6pm. Please note that full-time attendance is required, including staying till late evening Saturday and starting around 8am on Sunday.

 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, accommodation).

All prices go up $10 on September 25th!

 

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$55

$90

$75

Non-CGF member

$65

$100

$85

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 707-632-5364.

Cancellation and refund policy -- Please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. All dedications will be read during the daily pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing -- click on 'Donate Now' button below
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card

Click here for full details about staying at PPI


 

Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat
with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th May 2013


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) and constitutes the lama aspect -- here represented by Guru Rinpoche -- of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

 

This classic Nyingma practice was widely propagated throughout Tibet, becoming one of the most influential lineages of the Nyingma tradition that continues to this day. The Rigdzin Dupa was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

 

This year Jigme Rinpoche will once again lead the 100,000 Tsog Offering Rigdzin Dupa Retreat, and we are also delighted that Lama Jigme and Lama Thubten will be joining us. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join.

Guru Rinpoche Rigdzin Dupa

 

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat; please contact us if you do not have the empowerment.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.15am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on May 10th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 707-632-5364

 

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing -- click on 'Donate Now' button below
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card

 

 

Throma Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

Friday 29th - Sunday 31st March 2013, PPI

Throma

The practice of Throma contains the complete path of the Vajrayana, from ngondro (the preliminary practices) all the way through the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practices of trekchod and thogal.

The Throma-based practice of Chöd removes obstacles, both for our short-term happiness and those hindering our ultimate enlightenment. It carries extraordinary healing power and through its practice we can accummulate merit and wisdom in a vast and rapid way. Merely making a connection to Throma practice brings great benefit and blessings.

YouTube video of Throma Nagmo puja at Bodhgaya

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please contact us if you do not have the empowerment.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10/day on March 20th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 


Pilgrimage to the Ajanta & Ellora Caves,
Tso Pema and the Eight Great
Places of Buddhist India

Feb 19 - March 11, 2013

Mahabodhi Stupa

 

Jetavana

MORE INFO >>>

 


 

Vajrakilaya Drubchod

with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche and Lama Jigme

December 29th - 31st 2012

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Vajrakilaya

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please email us at office@atiling.org if you are interested in attending but do not have the Dudjom Vajrakilaya empowerment.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Monday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Friday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.

COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10/day on December 20th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, and to enquire about private rooms, please call 707-632-5364.

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

OFFERINGS
Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.

There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card.

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

 

Annual Padma Dakini Retreat
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2012
PPI, Cazadero

Padma Dakini

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the eleventh annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, our beloved teacher who established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in the West

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.


 

Loving Kindness and Tong-len Meditation Retreat
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th October 2012
PPI, Cazadero

Learn about two simple yet profoundly effective practices for developing genuine care and compassion for yourself and for others. This residential retreat at PPI will be led by Jigme Tromge Rinpoche and is open to everybody regardless of spiritual background or knowledge -- no previous experience of Buddhism is required. At the same time, students familiar with these methods can greatly benefit from the opportunity to do focused practice in a retreat setting with Rinpoche.

The weekend will comprise teachings by Jigme Rinpoche on the classical Buddhist practice of loving-kindness (Pali - metta, Sanskrit - maitri), and the Tibetan Buddhist practice of 'tong-len', as well as extended periods of silence where retreatants have the opportunity to go deep into the meditation.

In loving kindness meditation, we first learn to develop genuine care and compassion for ourselves, and then extend that to all beings without discrimination. This practice is perfectly complemented by 'tong-len' (Tibetan for 'giving and taking' or 'sending and receiving') whereby the breath is visualized as the means to remove suffering and negativity and send out happiness and well-being.

Relevant texts will also be provided to participants, and there will be an opportunity for questions as the practice progresses.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.00am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm. Retreatants are welcome to arrive on Friday evening after 8pm -- there will be an additional flat rate charge of $35 for the extra night including Saturday breakfast (no Friday dinner).
Single day attendance is possible for those who are unable to participate for the whole weekend -- please talk to the treasurer about pricing (707-632-5364).

 
COSTS: Per person for entire event -- two days of teachings, accommodations and meals (from Sat lunch through Sunday lunch, and snacks). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on September 28th!

PRICES SHOWN ARE FOR WHOLE EVENT

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$60

$75

$140

$110

Non-CGF member

$70

$85

$150

$120

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 707-632-5364

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...


 

Meditations on the Two Truths --
Wednesdays October 10th and 24th 2012
Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael, CA

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will teach on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm at Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA -- all are welcome and no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required.

As we progress on the path, we have to understand relative truth. When we really see what it is, then we have the strength to accept how things are. This acceptance alone frees us from considerable suffering and confusion. And once our mind has found some ease through recognizing how things are on a relative level, then we can begin to understand absolute truth. -- Jigme Rinpoche

 


Public Teaching -- "Defining Love"
Wednesdays 26th September 2012
Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael, CA

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will teach on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm at Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA -- all are welcome and no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required.

Defining Love (Weds Sept 26th)
Just as we have a multitude of perspectives on anger, we also debate about what constitutes love, and whether we are really experiencing it. We may feel that we are loyal, loving and fair to a friend, yet the relationship manifests only confusion and pain. We claim our love for someone is unconditional, yet are desperately hurt, even feeling hatred, when they turn away or choose another partner.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche said “Love is the sincere desire that each being experience both the cause and fruit of temporary and ultimate happiness. We establish a commitment to make every effort -- physical, verbal, mental -- to bring this about.” When we are able to recognize where our love is in fact limited, biased, judgmental or conditional, then this is the first step for us in redirecting it, remaking it as a love that is genuine and compassionate.

There is no charge for these teachings, although it is customary to make an offering to the lama at the end.

 


 

Meditations on Understanding Anger
Wednesdays August 22nd, September 5th
Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael, CA

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will teach on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm at Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA -- all are welcome and no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required.

Understanding Anger (Weds Aug 22nd, Sept 5th)
Most people would be comfortable in judging a violent, uncontrolled outburst of rage to be ‘wrong’. But how do we relate to ‘righteous anger’, and protests over injustice, cruelty and oppression?
The Indian master Shantideva talked about how a moment of anger undoes immeasurable amounts of goodness (or merit). It is liberating when we begin to understand the origin and function of anger in all its aspects, so that we can reduce our own suffering and that around us. In these two evening sessions, we learn how we can apply intellectual understanding and practical meditation techniques so as to become free of the burden and stress of anger, without needing to suppress or deny its energy.

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Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's Birthday
Throma Tsog & Sunday Puja
Sunday August 12th, 9.30am - 12.30pm

His Eminence the late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche was famed for the power and beauty of his Throma puja, and he transmitted this practice to people worldwide. On the occasion of his birthday, everyone is cordially invited to participate in this tsog, including those who do not have the empowerment but who would like to join the sangha in meditation.

Throma

The practice of Throma contains the complete path of the Vajrayana, from ngondro (the preliminary practices) all the way through the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practices of trekchod and thogal.

The Throma-based practice of Chöd removes obstacles, both for our short-term happiness and those hindering our ultimate enlightenment. It carries extraordinary healing power and through its practice we can accummulate merit and wisdom in a vast and rapid way. Merely making a connection to Throma practice brings great benefit and blessings.

YouTube video of Throma Nagmo puja at Bodhgaya

 

OFFERINGS
Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card.

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Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat
with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th May 2012


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) and constitutes the lama aspect -- here represented by Guru Rinpoche -- of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

 

This classic Nyingma practice was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

 

This year Jigme Rinpoche will once again lead the 100,000 Tsog Offering Rigdzin Dupa Retreat, and everyone is warmly welcomed to join.

Guru Rinpoche Rigdzin Dupa

 

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat; please contact us if you do not have the empowerment.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.15am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on May 10th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 707-632-5364

 

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card

 

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...

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Throma Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

Easter Weekend 2012

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April, PPI

 

Throma

The practice of Throma contains the complete path of the Vajrayana, from ngondro (the preliminary practices) all the way through the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practices of trekchod and thogal.

The Throma-based practice of Chöd removes obstacles, both for our short-term happiness and those hindering our ultimate enlightenment. It carries extraordinary healing power and through its practice we can accummulate merit and wisdom in a vast and rapid way. Merely making a connection to Throma practice brings great benefit and blessings.

YouTube video of Throma Nagmo puja at Bodhgaya

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please contact us if you do not have the empowerment.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

 

All prices go up $10/day on March 30th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

 

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 707-632-5364.


OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5364 to arrange payment by credit card

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

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Vajrakilaya Drubchod

December 30th 2011 - January 1st 2012

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Vajrakilaya

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10/day on December 22nd!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 


Annual Padma Dakini Drubchod
commemorating
H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's Parinirvana
November 18th - 20th 2011

 

Padma Dakini

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the tenth annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, our beloved teacher who established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in the West

 

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

 

Empowerment is required for participation in this retreat. Due to time constraints, Rinpoche will offer the empowerment during the Saturday midday break only if some retreatants do not have it.

 

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.00am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

 

All prices go up $10 on November 7th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 

Click here for full details aout staying at PPI

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Annual Lion-faced Dakini Retreat

October 7th - 9th 2011, Napa, CA


Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will lead the annual Lion-faced Dakini Retreat at Yeshe Ling this coming October, and all are welcome.

This practice was written by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and is based on a terma revealed by Dudjom Lingpa. It is a very powerful practice to dispel obstacles and bring liberation for oneself and others in a short time. Several years ago, when Jigme Rinpoche was first requested to conduct a Lion-faced Dakini retreat, his father Chagdud Rinpoche suggested that this particular one would be particularly beneficial. Jigme Rinpoche received this practice directly from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, so the lineage is very short and powerful.

The intimate, relaxed environment of this retreat offers a unique opportunity to really absorb the teachings and settle into the practice. Both Chagdud Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche taught here many times, so the blessings are strong on the land.

The retreat will begin Friday evening at 6pm, and continue through Sunday evening.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $130 before September 27th and $150 after. To register, please email laurel.harris@gmail.com.

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Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat with Jigme Rinpoche
Memorial Day Weekend May 28th - 30th 2011


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) and constitutes the lama aspect -- here represented by Guru Rinpoche -- of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

 

This classic Nyingma practice was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

 

This year Jigme Rinpoche will once again offer empowerment and lead the 100,000 Tsog Offering Rigdzin Dupa Retreat, and everyone is warmly welcomed to join.

Guru Rinpoche Rigdzin Dupa

 

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat, and will be offered on the Saturday morning.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.15am and end on Monday evening around 5pm.
 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on May 18th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 707-632-5898.

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Khenpo Ngaga or Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5898 to arrange payment by credit card

 

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...

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Vajrasattva Accumulations

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February 2011

Ati Ling/PPI and other CGF centers

 

Vajrasattva

The teachings of the Buddhadharma tell us that the path to enlightenment can be categorized as purification on one hand and the accumulations of merit and wisdom on the other. Purification and the two accumulations are interdependent. Like removing dirt from the surface of a crystal, purification of downfalls and obscurations reveals the innate, excellent qualities of our body, speech and mind.

A great moment in Vajrasattva practice comes through pure dedication: Seeing the afflicting emotions and obscurations in our own minds, we develop compassion for all sentient beings who, like us, are bound to cyclic existence. Unlike us, many have no method to clear away the darkness and reveal their own pure essence, so we dedicate our practice equally to all, that we and they can find happiness and ultimate liberation. We each should also make our own silent dedication, in addition to the dedication prayers found in our sadhanas.

 

Accumulation of one million recitations of Vajrasattva’s 100-syllable mantra by Chagdud Gonpa sanghas in North and South America is an auspicious way to welcome Iron Rabbit Losar on March 5th. In a world where violent emotions are rife, our meditation can manifest the pacifying nectar of Vajrasattva. In a time when obscurations confuse our relationships and our commitments, our meditation can merge with the mirror-like wisdom of Vajrasattva’s enlightened mind.

A superb simultaneity will take place on Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th, when practitioners in North and South America gather in their own centers and meditation groups to join together in Vajrasattva practice.

PPI will have a work party running this weekend, so everyone will start the morning with a Vajrasattva session, hold the mantra during the day, and we will close again as a group in the evening. Anyone not actively participating in the work party is most welcome to come for the day and sit to practise.

Practitioners with Vajrasattva empowermnent can choose to do any practice for which they have empowerment, whether the extensive Dudjom Vajrasattva sadhana, the more concise practice in Lamps of Clarity, or the Vajrasattva section of the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro. Without empowerment, Vajrasattva should be visualized above one’s head rather than as self-visualization.

If you are not able to come to PPI or another CGF center near you but wish to do the accumulations on your own, please keep track of the number of 100-syllable mantra recitations you do and send them to info@chagdudgonpa.org. This process of accumulation will continue until Losar.


 


Vajrakilaya Retreat

19 - 21 February 2011

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

 

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will be Vajra Master for

the annual Ati Ling / Padmasambhava Peace Institute Vajrakilaya Drubchod

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Vajrakilaya

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please notify the treasurer if you wish to attend, but do not have the empowerment.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Monday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Friday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on February 9th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 70-632-5898.


OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5898 to arrange payment by credit card

 

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

 

 

Padma Dakini Drubchod

12th - 14th November 2010

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

 

Padma Dakini

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the ninth annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, our beloved teacher who established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in the West

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

 

Empowerment is required for participation in this retreat. Due to time constraints, Rinpoche will offer the empowerment during the Saturday midday break only if some retreatants do not have it.

 

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.00am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on November 7th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 70-632-5898.


OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for this occasion where we honor a great lama like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 707-632-5898 to arrange payment by credit card

 

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

 

 

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Awakening the Mind & Softening the Heart

October 1-3, Berkeley Shambhala Center

 

 

Much of our human struggle springs from a discordance between our heart and our head. In the Buddhist tradition, we have wonderful practices of wisdom through which we clear away confusions and ignorance and enlighten our mind. And we have compassionate exercises to soften our heart. Together they bring heart and mind into a natural relationship of mutual support.

The public talk is on Friday night, followed by the weekend program.

The cost for attending the whole retreat is $120, and per single session (Fri evening, Sat am, Sat pm, Sun am) is $35.

To register for this program click here.

 

For more information about Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, please see his website.

For more information, contact info@padmapeace.org.

 

 

 


 

 

 



Lama Tsering Everest

Dream Yoga Retreat

September 3-6 (Labor Day Weekend), PPI

 

We are very happy to confirm the Dream Yoga retreat with Lama Tsering Everest at PPI, from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th September 2010. Note that this event requires full-time attendance. If you are interested in participating, please be sure to make arrangements that allow you to attend all four days, starting from Friday morning and going through Monday early evening.

Dream Yoga, taught in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana tradition, is a special meditation practice for recognizing illusion and developing awareness. Since our lives are short, and we don't have much time to practice, we can apply the techniques of dream yoga during our sleep, thereby cultivating the recognition of the true nature of reality in our waking lives. It does not involve analysis of the dream content but rather develops the ability to perceive the quality of the dream experience. This furthers our spiritual practice at a very profound level and enables us to cut through the old habits of the ordinary mind's illusions.

The facilities and quiet beauty of the Padmasambhava Peace Institute are ideal for the teaching and practice of Dream Yoga. These extraordinary teachings, along with guided practice, will be offered by Lama Tsering Everest, who was trained in these methods by the late His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche. She has taught it repeatedly in different parts of the world, bringing many people to a new level of understanding in their practice of the dharma.

TIMES: The event begins on Friday 3rd September at 10am. Please arrive by 9.30am to complete your registration, check your event support assignment, and settle in. Thank you! The event ends on Monday evening around 5pm. Coffee and snacks will be available on Friday

Please note that for retreatants arriving on Thursday night, dinner will NOT be served.

 

COSTS: Costs are per person, and includes all meals, accommodations and teachings.

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

 

 

Dormitories

Private room w/ shared bathroom (Tara House)

Double occupancy room (price per person)

CGF-member

$240

$320

Non-CGF member

$260

$340

 

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421.

 

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...

 


 

Lion-faced Dakini Empowerment and Retreat

Yeshe Ling, CA

July 23-25

 

Despite his especially busy schedule this year, Jigme Rinpoche will once again offer this wonderful retreat on the practice of the Lion-Faced Dakini of Pristine Awareness. This is a profound practice for dispelling obstacles and swiftly accomplishing the realization of intrinsic awareness, composed by HH Dudjom Rinpoche from a treasure of his previous incarnation, Dudjom Lingpa. Jigme Rinpoche received this practice directly from HH Dudjom Rinpoche, so the lineage is very short and powerful.

In the intimate, relaxed environment of this retreat, there is an ideal opportunity to really absorb the teachings and settle into the practice. Those who have attended in the past have found the retreat to be very special, and Rinpoche’s teachings to be very helpful to their dharma understanding and meditation practice. While speaking to the deepest meaning, the teachings are nonetheless direct and practical, and thereby easy to integrate into one’s life.

The Lion-Faced Dakini retreat will begin on Friday afternoon and finish on Sunday evening. Yeshe Ling is a secluded retreat place in the hills north of San Francisco, with a simplicity and natural environment that enhances meditation. Chagdud Rinpoche, and then Jigme Rinpoche have given many teachings at Yeshe Ling, so the blessings are strong on the land. So drop, for a moment, your busy life, and join us for this great opportunity to be with an authentic master of the realization lineage.

The greatest benefit comes from attending the whole retreat without coming and going, allowing the mind to settle into the practice. However if some individuals really cannot do this, arrangements can be made for partial attendence.

Preregistration is required. $125 before July 16, 2010; $150 after July 16.

For details and registration, email laurel.harris@gmail.com .

 

Ngondro Practice Days

3rd Saturday of the month

July 17th, August 21st

 

These Saturdays, running since May last year, are a chance to do some ngondro practice with others on the same path, in a supportive environment. This kind of intensive focus once a month is invaluable for helping maintain a solid, regular practice at home, and increases the harmony and strength of the sangha. Wherever you are at with your ngondro, come along for as much of the day as you can, and if you wish, stay over for Sunday morning puja. Because of different rates of progress, individuals will proceed at their own pace, rather than doing each part as a group. There will be a chance to clarify any practical questions with students who have already completed ngondro, and Jigme Rinpoche will also be around on some of the Saturdays, and for Sunday puja.

Parents are welcome to bring children, but please note full-time supervision must be arranged with another adult.

To keep costs down, please bring a brown-bag lunch. Hot and cold drinks will be available in the dining-hall.

Day-only retreatants: optional donation

Overnight retreatants: dinner Saturday, dorm bed (pls bring your own bedding), breakfast Sunday -- requested donation of $20.

ADVANCE NOTIFICATION REQUIRED. So that we can plan meals and beds, please call us on 707 632 5629 or email reservations@blackmountaincenter.com

 

 

Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th June, PPI

 


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) and constitutes the lama aspect -- here represented by Guru Rinpoche -- of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

 

This classic Nyingma practice was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

 

This year Jigme Rinpoche will once again offer empowerment and together with Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche will lead the 100,000 Tsog Offering Rigdzin Dupa Retreat, and everyone is warmly welcomed to join.

Guru Rinpoche Rigdzin Dupa

 

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat, and will be offered on the Saturday morning.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.15am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on June 8th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421.

 

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Khenpo Ngaga or Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

 

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...

 


 

Public Teachings -- The Six Perfections

 

Shambhala Streetspace, Berkeley CA

Sunday June 6th, 2-6pm

Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael CA

Thursday June 10th & 24th, 7-9pm

 

We are happy to announce that Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will be teaching on the Six Perfections (the Six Paramitas) over three sessions in June.

Having formed the wish to benefit others, in order to progress from aspiring bodhicitta to engaging bodhicitta, we then train in the Six Paramitas: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.

Paramita” is a Sanskrit term meaning “perfection”, which we understand as perfection in attitude, action and practice. Each virtue or quality is considered to be truly transcendent, or paramita, when it has the following characteristics:


1) It destroys its negative counterpart; e.g. generosity destroys miserliness
2) It is reinforced with wisdom; i.e. it is free from concepts of subject, object and action
3) It can result in the fulfillment of all beings’ aspirations
4) It can bring others to the full maturity of their potential


The accomplishment of these perfections will result in the achievement of the ultimate perfection of wisdom that is enlightenment.

Everybody is welcome; no previous study is required. Although the practice of each perfection builds on the previous ones, it is possible to attend just a single teaching.

All teachings are free of charge. It is traditional to make an offering to the lama for teachings given, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$25; however, nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

On Thursday June 10th, Jigme Rinpoche will teach on patience and diligence :

 

PATIENCE --“To practice the paramita of patience is essential, so that you can never be overcome by anger, hatred and despair…”

“Adversaries and people who try to harm you can be powerful sources of help on the bodhisattva path. By bringing about situations which would normally trigger your anger or hatred, they give you the precious opportunity to train in transforming those negative emotions with patience.”

 

DILIGENCE -- “Diligence is the joyous effort and active determination to carry out positive actions, without any expectations or self-satisfaction….

“You are living today in countries where the Dharma has only just begun to take root, like a fragile new shoot in the ground. Only your sustained diligence will bring it to fruition… remember that all your endeavors on the path are for the sake of others.”

“People work with great endeavor, day and night, to accomplish things that are merely for their own comfort, fame and power --- in other words, things that in the long term are utterly meaningless. Of the hardships you may undergo for the sake of Dharma , however, not a single one will be without meaning.”

 

(H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)



 

Meditation Practice and Q&A with Jigme Rinpoche

Easter Weekend April 3rd-4th, Saturday April 24th

Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero

 

We are delighted to announce that Jigme Rinpoche will lead weekend meditation sessions comprising instruction, practice, and question-answer periods, in the peaceful setting of the PPI shrine-room. These days will be suitable for both experienced meditators and also beginners who wish to have more guidance, and there will be enough room for floor and chair seating. Please note the emphasis will be on actual sitting practice rather than extensive teaching, although there will be time to clarify questions with Rinpoche, and study materials are available from the library. Everyone is welcome to stay on after 5.30pm to make use of the library or simply continue with some more sitting, until 8pm -- please just be sure to bring your own food.

All events are free of charge, although donations are always welcome, and it is traditional to make an offering to the teacher. If retreatants choose to stay overnight there is a charge for meals and dormitory accommodation.

 

April 24th schedule

The day will run from 9.30am to 5.30pm, with a morning, lunch and afternoon break. Brown-bag lunch please. Note we will NOT serve breakfast or dinner unless retreatants have pre-arranged an overnight stay with the treasurer (see 'FOR ALL EVENTS' below).

 

Easter Weekend April 3rd-4th schedule

Sat: -- 9.30 - 5.30pm as above plus optional evening sitting.

Sun: -- 6.30-8.30am sitting; 8.30-9am breakfast; 9.30-noon Sunday puja; lunch till 1.00pm followed by Easter Egg Hunt; 2.30-5.30pm sitting. Parents please bring your own Easter Egg goodies -- we will help hide them!

Overnighters -- there is a $30 charge to cover Sat dinner, dormitory accommodation, and Sun breakfast and lunch.

 

FOR ALL EVENTS -- To keep costs down, please bring a brown-bag lunch. Hot and cold drinks will be available in the dining-hall. Parents are welcome to bring children, but please note full-time supervision must be arranged with another adult. Cushions for sitting are available but please bring your own if you are more comfortable with that.

Overnight retreatants: There is a $20 charge for dinner, dormitory accommodation and breakfast. Please bring your own bedding, ie sheets, sleeping bag, pillow etc. Remember that nights at PPI can be cold in early April!

All overnight retreatants, please call the treasurer on 415 663 9421.

 

More information about staying at PPI

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Exposing the Heart - The Power and Purpose of Discipline

Thursday, April 8th, 7pm

Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael CA


"If, lacking discipline, one cannot accomplish one's own good,
It is laughable to think of accomplishing the good of others"

(From The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva)

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will teach on discipline (sila, or tsultrim) as the basis for one's practice, and explain how to understand and implement the different levels of sila so that we can develop a peaceful mind and bring genuine benefit to others.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote: "Discipline is the foundation of all Dharma practice. It provides the ground upon which all positive qualities can be cultivated. In the same way that all the oceans and mountains are supported by the underlying mass of the earth, all the practices of the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana are supported by the backbone of discipline...
Mahayana practitioners...wish that all beings might keep perfect discipline in order to be free from samsara's bonds....Infused with the bodhisattva's motivation, discipline grows greatly in its power. It culminates in the discipline of the Vajrayana, which is to maintain the samayas, the sacred links between the spiritual master and the disciple -- the very life-force of the Vajrayana...
Without discipline there is no way to achieve either the temporary happiness of liberation from suffering, or the ultimate bliss of enlightenment".
(From 'The Heart of Compassion')

All are welcome! The talk is at 7pm, Open Secret Bookstore - 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA 94901-2805

 


 

Teaching on Barched Lamsel

March 28th, 2-6pm

Shambhala Streetspace, Berkeley CA

 

Why do we make supplications to Guru Rinpoche, and how should we relate to him in the context of prayers such as the Barched Lamsel? --

 

Guru Rinpoche, embodiment of buddhas of the three times, Guru who is great bliss, lord of all accomplishments;
Guru who is the dynamic and wrathful tamer of maras, dispeller of all hindrances - I pray to you.
Bestow your blessings. Please remove all outer, inner, and secret obstacles,
and grant your blessings that our wishes be spontaneously accomplished.



These are the words spoken by Padmasambhava and revealed as a treasure by Terchen Chogyur Lingpa, and in various forms this supplication is relied upon by many lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Many people who have done retreats with Chagdud Rinpoche or other lamas will know this prayer from reciting it in preparation for extensive practice, and also may have experienced its benefits when it has been suggested as a focus for their personal practice during difficult times. It is considered a very powerful prayer for the removal of obstacles, and is particularly significant in troubled, degenerating times.

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will teach on the Barched Lamsel on Sunday March 28th from 2 - 6pm at Berkeley Shambhala Streetspace, explaining its purpose, and also how we can interpret concepts such as hindrances and obstacles.

No previous study or practice experience is necessary -- all are welcome, including children who are able to play quietly in the front room with adult supervision. Suggested donation is $15-20 but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Address: 2177 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley. Click for directions and parking.

 

Dispelling Obstacles on the Path (Barchad Lamsel)

DÜ SUM SANG GYAY GU RU RIN PO CHHE
NGÖ DRUB KUN DAG DE WA CHHEN POI ZHAB
BAR CHHAD KUN SEL DUD DUL DRAG PO TZAL
SOL WA DEB SO JIN GYIY LAB TU SOL
KHYI NANG SANG WAI BAR CHHAD ZHI WA DANG
SAM PA LHUN GYIY DRUB PAR JIN GYIY LOB

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG

 


 

Teachings on Samaya

February 28th & March 7th, 2-6pm

Shambhala Streetspace, Berkeley CA

 

Over two weekends, Jigme Rinpoche will offer teachings on 'samaya', the commitments involved in Vajrayana Buddhism -- how they are defined, and keeping and breaking them. The talks are suitable for anyone who is doing Vajrayana practices or is thinking about doing so.

Every empowerment involves samaya, as do many relationships with teachers and fellow sangha. Samaya is not just about keeping numerical commitments, or being nice and friendly; it relates to how we understand our experiences. When we understand how samaya works, we perceive everything much more clearly -- both our interpersonal relationships, and also phenomena in general -- and thus our view, meditation and conduct can become stable and pure. Maintaining samaya properly means our meditation will be strong, and can be a source of joy and confidence in practice.

All are welcome, including children who are able to play quietly in the front room with adult supervision. The suggested donation is $15-$20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Address: 2177 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley. Click for directions and parking.

 


 

Throma Retreat with Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Tibetan New Year -- Losar 2010

February 13-14, PPI

 

The practice of Throma contains the complete path of the Vajrayana, from ngondro (the preliminary practices) all the way through the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practices of trekchod and thogal. The Throma-based practice of Chöd removes obstacles, both for our short-term happiness and those hindering our ultimate enlightenment. It carries extraordinary healing power and through its practice we can accummulate merit and wisdom in a vast and rapid way. Merely making a connection to Throma practice brings great benefit and blessings.

 

 

Lama Pema Dorje was born in 1942 on the banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, India, into a family of yogis whose ancestors can be traced back to Milarepa's paternal line. At four, he was recognized as a reincarnation of an accomplished Indian master and started his Buddhist education. Later, Rike Chatral Rinpoche recognized him as an incarnation of the Indian Mahasiddha Padampa Sangye, an early founder of the practice of Chöd.

At seventeen, Lama Pema Dorje met his root guru, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, who gave him the entire transmission of the Dudjom lineage, as well as other Nyingma teachings. From the Bhutanese master, Pema Wangchen Rinpoche, he received teachings on tsalung and tumo, including the five branches and six yogas, covering all aspects of outer, inner, and secret teachings.

From Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, he received the Nyingma Treasures, as well as advice and personal instruction. He also received empowerments and transmissions from Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, the Sixteenth Karmapa, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and Kyabje Sakya Trinzen.

Although Pema Dorje Rinpoche was qualified to teach, initially he only provided instruction to a few fellow practitioners at the explicit request of his teachers. Then H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche authorized and encouraged him to spread the Dharma. Soon afterwards he accepted the invitation of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche to teach in the United States. Since then he has taught students from Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Tibet, and elsewhere.

 

Empowerment is required for this retreat
For those who do not have the empowerment for the Dudjom Throma, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche will offer the wang on Saturday morning from 8.00-9.30am. Please be sure to inform the treasurer that you will be taking the empowerment, and arrange for accommodations on Friday night if necessary. Everyone who is coming for the empowerment should be at the shrine-room several minutes before 8am.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Friday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on February 6th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421.


OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for this occasion where we honor a great lama like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

 

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

 

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Vajrakilaya Retreat

26 - 28 December 2009

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

 

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will be Vajra Master for the annual Ati Ling / Padmasambhava Peace Institute Vajrakilaya Drubchod.

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Vajrakilaya

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please notify the treasurer if you wish to attend, but do not have the empowerment.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Monday evening around 5.30pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Friday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices as of December 16th

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$50

$60

$95

$75

Non-CGF member

$60

$70

$105

$85

 

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421.


OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for this occasion where we honor a great lama like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

 

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

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Red Tara Tsog

on the anniversary of Chagdud Rinpoche's Parnirvana

17 November 2009

Rohnert Park


In commemoration of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's Paranirvana on November 17th, Jigme Rinpoche will lead a Red Tara tsog. The tsog will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov 17th in Rohnert Park at a sangha home; please contact Sharon at sharonbf@comcast.net if you have questions or need directions to Rohnert Park. Please bring tsog items of choice (pre-arranged on serving dishes if necessary), and your own cushion. It is appreciated if you can come early to help setup or stay after to help clean up. Please contact Sharon if you would like to come early. Red Tara was Chagdud Rinpoche's heart practice and we hope to see you there to share in its blessings!


Padma Dakini Drubchod

in commemoration of Chagdud Rinpoche's Parinirvana

14 - 15 November 2009

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

 

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the eighth annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, our beloved teacher who established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in the West

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

 

Empowerment is required for participation in this retreat. Due to time constraints, Rinpoche will offer the empowerment during the Saturday midday break only if some retreatants do not have it.

 

TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.00am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm. Please note we do NOT offer dinner on Friday night, even if some retreatants need to arrive that evening.


COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch.

All prices go up $10 on November 7th!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

 

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421.


OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for this occasion where we honor a great lama like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

 

Click here for full details about staying at PPI

 


 

Lha Bab Duchen

9 November 2009

 

Monday, November 9th marks Lha Bab Düchen, one of the four great wheel days, and the anniversary of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent from the heavens. When the Buddha’s mother was reborn in Indra’s heaven, to repay her kindness, Buddha Shakyamuni ascended to this heaven and taught there for three months, liberating her and benefiting the gods of that realm.

Lha Bab Düchen is one of the four great festivals of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Due to the power of the Buddha’s blessing, all virtue and nonvirtue is multiplied 10 million times during this day. Through virtuous practice and activity on a sacred day such as this, we can powerfully enhance our capacity to deepen our practice and to benefit others.

Jigme Rinpoche and sangha will be doing Shower of Blessings puja at PPI -- please call 707 632 5629 by Saturday night if you are interested in joining us.


 

Riwo Sangchod Teachings

1st and 8th November 2009, 2-6pm

Shambhala Streetspace, Berkeley CA

 

Riwo Sangchod (Mountain of Burnt Offerings) smoke offering is a Guru Rinpoche practice revealed as a mind treasure by Lhatsun Namkha Jigme in the 17th century. The treasure was later arranged in an easy and effective manner by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. Riwo Sangchod is very important for averting obstacles and negativity. Obstacles to both everyday life and realization are related to our karmic debts. This smoke offering is a fast and profound way to repay karmic debts and remove obstacles. It is a very simple technique that combines inseparable wisdom and skillful means and quickly repairs broken samaya, repays karmic debts and we receive blessings, obtain siddhis (spiritual accomplishments), and accumulate merit. In this way Riwo Sangchod clears our path to accomplishment.

 


 

Lhatsun Namkha Jigme

No empowerment is required. Texts for this concise practice will be available for purchase and Jigme Rinpoche will explain how to do the practice and its significance. No previous practice or study experience is necessary to attend the talks; all are welcome. The suggested donation for each day is $15-$20, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

For directions to Streetspace, please see www.berkeley.shambhala.org . PLEASE NOTE THE STREETSPACE IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR at 2177 Bancroft Avenue -- IT IS NOT IN THE UPSTAIRS PART OF THE MAIN BUILDING.



Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teachings

25 October 2009, 2 - 6pm

Shambhala Streetspace, Berkeley CA

 

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will offer empowerment and teachings on the Medicine Buddha practice from the Dudjom lineage. Medicine Buddha is practiced to bring about healing on both a physical and spiritual level, and is very accessible both for complete beginners and experienced practitioners. Regular practice can greatly enhance one's own well-being and increase one's capacity to benefit others. Texts for this concise practice will be available on the day for those who take the empowerment and Jigme Rinpoche will explain how to do the practice and its significance for many people and situations.

This event may be of special interest to those working in the medical, healthcare or healing traditions, as support and inspiration for their work, as well as for caregivers or anyone with health issues.

No previous practice or study experience is necessary to attend the talk; all are welcome. Suggested donation: $25 -- nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Traditionally, an offering can be made to the empowering lama.

For directions to Streetspace, please see www.berkeley.shambhala.org . PLEASE NOTE THE STREETSPACE IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR at 2177 Bancroft Avenue -- IT IS NOT IN THE UPSTAIRS PART OF THE MAIN BUILDING.


 

Teaching on Bodhicitta -- the mind of enlightenment

Sunday 18 October 2009, 2-6pm

Shambhala Streetspace, Berkeley CA

 

In the first of four sessions at Shambhala Streetspace arranged under the auspices of the Bay Area Red Tara Group, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will teach on 'bodhicitta' -- ('mind of enlightenment' or 'awakening mind'). Shantideva, the eighth-century Indian master who wrote 'The Way of the Bodhisattva', said of bodhicitta:

"The pain-dispelling draft,
This cause of joy for those who wander through the world --
This precious attitude, this jewel of mind,
How shall it be gauged or quantified?"

and

"For like the supreme substance of the alchemists,
It takes the impure form of human flesh
And makes of it the priceless body of a Buddha.
Such is bodhicitta: we should grasp it firmly!"

 

No previous practice or study experience is necessary to attend the talk; all are welcome. The suggested donation is $15-$20, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

For directions to Streetspace, please see www.berkeley.shambhala.org . PLEASE NOTE THE STREETSPACE IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR at 2177 Bancroft Avenue -- IT IS NOT IN THE UPSTAIRS PART OF THE MAIN BUILDING.

Bay Area Red Tara Group event coordinator: Michelle Paterson at (925) 980-4240 or email mzchel@sbcglobal.net


 

P'howa Empowerment & Practice Retreat

9 - 11 October 2009

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

Chagdud Khadro

P’howa:

Transference of Consciousness
at the Moment of Death

 

A Weekend Retreat

with Chagdud Khadro

The ability to transfer consciousness into an exalted state at the moment of death allows us to live without dread of dying. P’howa transforms death into an opportunity for liberation rather than merely a severance from what we have known and loved in life. It assures us that we won’t die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly after death. The signs of accomplishment can be gained relatively quickly without extensive retreat. One form of p’howa supports our own transition; another form allows us to support other persons who are dying.

Chagdud Khadro trained in p’howa extensively under His Eminence Chagdud Tulku, who authorized her to teach and to give the p’howa empowerment. Her teachings have found a receptive audience not only among dharma students, but also among health professionals who are seeking new, more profound techniques to alleviate the pain and grief of those they work with. People of other faiths have likewise found the training of p’howa training valuable. The Amitabha Buddha empowerment, required for the practice of p’howa, will be offered on Saturday morning.

For a more extensive biography of Chagdud Khadro, click here...

 

COSTS: Costs are per person, per day and include all meals and teachings, except for day-only which is just lunch.

NOTE: All prices go up on Oct 1st!

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$40

$50

$85

$65

Non-CGF member

$50

$60

$95

$75

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421. Please note that private rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

A limited number of scholarships are available for this event. If you would like to apply for a scholarship because of financial constraints arising from your medical condition, please write to the event coordinator by September 20th.

If you are able to offer a scholarship for this retreat (from $40 to $180) please write to us as soon as possible. Thank you for your generosity -- may all beings benefit.

 

SCHEDULE: Full details to be announced shortly. Retreat will begin on Friday evening around 6.30pm and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

 

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...


 

Meditation Class with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

Weds 16, 23, 30 September, 7 October 2009

Glaser Center, Santa Rosa

 

We are delighted to announce that Jigme Rinpoche will once again offer meditation instruction at the Unitarian Universalist Church's Glaser Center on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Rinpoche gives very clear instruction on a range of meditation techniques, allows time for silent practice, and explores the challenges and joys that a practitioner encounters. Sessions are appropriate for all level of practitioner regardless of previous experience and there will be time for questions, as well as suggestions for reading. All are welcome and admission is free of charge, although it is traditional to make an offering to the lama at the end of the teaching.

If you have any questions, please contact us . Please do not call the Glaser Center for more information.

We will meet in the GREEN ROOM (on the ground floor, towards the back of the building). For directions and parking information, click here.

Dharma book loans from our newly-extended and computer-catalogued library, as a support for these classes and for personal practice, will be made possible through an intown drop-off/return system starting during this course of classes. More details will be posted shortly.




Chagdud Gonpa Daily Practices Empowerments

with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

26 - 27 September 2009

 

We are pleased to welcome everyone to PPI to receive this series of empowerments from Jigme Tromge Rinpoche. Receiving an empowerment from a qualified lama allows one to engage in the practice of a particular deity, under the lama's guidance. Empowerment opens the path of practice to those who have a genuine commitment to engaging in the precious teachings of the Buddhadharma, realizing their own true nature, and using this realization for the benefit of themselves and all beings.

Even if one has only a limited understanding of a particular deity's qualities, or of the empowerment procedure, receiving an empowerment carries tremendous blessings through the direct transmission of wisdom, power and compassion of the enlightened beings and masters who have held the practice lineages. Jigme Rinpoche will offer clear guidance and explanations throughout the day, enabling everyone to participate fully regardless of their degree of familiarity with Buddhism.

Please note the empowerment schedule may change; if you are planning to attend to receive a specific empowerment, CHECK BACK on the website by September 15th in case any changes have been made. If you are principally interested in embarking in ngondro and need the empowerments for that but can only attend one day, you should register for Sunday.

If you have any questions about the empowerments offered, please write to info@padmapeace.org

 

Schedule:

SAT 26TH: 9.30am to 6pm

Tendrel Nyesel, Essence of Siddhi, Takhyung Barwa, Vajrakilaya, Black Throma, Lion-faced Dakini

SUN 27TH: 9.30am to 5pm

Guru Rinpoche with consort, White Vajrasattva, Wrathful Guru, Thangtong Gyalpo, Red Tara

 

Costs:

PER DAY, PER PERSON including lunch (and Sat dinner & Sun breakfast for overnight retreatants)

Early bird rates now ended; new prices as of Sept 20th

 

Day-only

Manzanita Rooms (dorms)

Tara House (private room w shared bath)

double occupancy

solo occupancy

CGF member

$45

$50

$70

$90

CGF non-member

$50

$55

$80

$100

 

For those coming from further away, it is possible to stay over on Friday night or Sunday night for an additional charge of $20 in the dorms; $40 in the Tara House.

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the Treasurer on 415-663-9421.


 

Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat

Labor Day Weekend

5 - 7 September 2009

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

 


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) and constitutes the lama aspect -- here represented by Guru Rinpoche -- of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

 

This classic Nyingma practice was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

 

This year Jigme Rinpoche will once again offer empowerment and lead the 100,000 Tsog Offering Rigdzin Dupa Retreat, and everyone is warmly welcomed to join.

Guru Rinpoche Rigdzin Dupa

 

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat, and will be offered on the Saturday morning.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Monday evening around 5pm.

 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation). Day-only includes just lunch. (Prices current as of August 25th, when early bird registration ended)

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$50

$60

$95

$75

Non-CGF member

$60

$70

$105

$85

To register, or to reserve a room in the Tara House, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421.

 

OFFERINGS
During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for occasions where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Khenpo Ngaga or Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

 

MORE INFO ABOUT STAYING AT PPI...




Teachings on Pure View

Thursdays June 4th and 11th 2009, at 7pm
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St, San Rafael

 

“Appearance, sound and awareness are the realm of deity, mantra and dharmakaya,
extending infinitely as the display of the kayas and timeless awareness.
In the practice of profound and secret mahayoga, may their inseparability be of one taste
within the sphere of enlightened mind.”

(Traditionally said to be the last words of Terdag Lingpa, founder of Mindroling Monastery).

 

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will offer two evenings of teachings on pure view, the essence of the Vajrayana approach. Extensively explained in classical texts and commentaries, pure view (or pure perception) can nonetheless be a challenging concept because of its vastness, and because of the extraordinary implications for every aspect of our experience and being.

In these two talks, Rinpoche will refer to the above verses (known to many people as one of the ‘Prayers Between Sessions’ used during long pujas) to explain clearly what is meant by pure view, and how Vajrayana practitioners can understand this view and aspire to apply it on an ongoing basis.

There is no charge for this event; traditionally, however, an offering is made to the lama giving teachings.

For location and directions to Open Secret, click here. For downloadable PDF flyer, click here.

 


 

Throma Nagmo Empowerment & Drubchod

Memorial Day Weekend at PPI

Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th May 2009

 

Throma Nagmo, the Wrathful Dakini, represents the innermost secret aspect of the dakini, the feminine embodiment of wisdom. The Chod practice of Throma Nagmo provides us with an extremely powerful means to cut through the dualistic clinging of mind, the root of suffering, thus revealing our inherent wisdom nature. Foreseeing the difficulties of future times, Guru Rinpoche in his compassion revealed a rare teaching of the Black Dakini to his chief consort Yeshe Tsogyal, who later concealed this as a terma (hidden treasure teaching). This treasure was to be discovered at an appropriate time by one of the reincarnations of Guru Padmasambhava's 25 disciples, Drogben Khyeuchung Lotsawa. Drogben Lotsawa reincarnated as Duddul Dorje, the great revitaliser of the Kathog lineage, and then later as the meditation master and terton Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904). Dudjom Lingpa received direct transmissions of the Throma cycle in visions of Machig Labdron, Saraha, Padampa Sangye and others. He kept the practice secret for some time before teaching, but later at least thirteen of his disciples attained rainbow body through the practice of Throma Nagmo

The practice of Throma contains the complete path of the Vajrayana, from ngondro (the preliminary practices) all the way through the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practices of trekchod and thogal. The Throma-based practice of Chod removes obstacles, both for our short-term happiness and those hindering our ultimate enlightenment. It carries extraordinary healing power and through its practice we can accummulate merit and wisdom in a vast and rapid way. Merely making a connection to Throma practice brings great benefit and blessings. Jigme Rinpoche received the transmission of Throma Nagmo from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Dudjom Lingpa, and also from his own father and teacher His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

Important note : empowerment is required to attend this retreat, and will be offered on the Saturday morning. If you do not have the empowerment yet, please be sure to arrive on Friday evening or by 8.30am on Saturday morning.

 

COSTS AND REGISTRATION:

All costs PER PERSON PER DAY include accommodation, three meals a day, and tsog (food offering). Offerings to the lama, traditionally made at the end of retreats or teachings and in accordance with the practitioner's means, are not included.

ALL REGISTRATION IS PRE-PAID. To register, please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 and leave your contact details. If you have any questions about the retreat, we are happy to help. Please email office@atiling.org.

 

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Member

Non-Members

Day only with meals

$50

$60

Dormitory with meals (bring bedlinens)

$65

$75

Private room with meals, based on 2 people sharing (bedlinens provided)

$85

$95

Private room with meals, single occupancy (bedlinens provided)

$95

$110

Private rooms are available with two twin or one queen-sized bed -- please tell the treasurer what you need. Shared bathroom. First-come, first-served basis.


 
OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for this occasion where we are doing a practice due to the kindness of great lamas like His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

 

CHILDREN:

Children are always welcome at our dharma events, and we have found that the Throma retreat is one which children particularly enjoy and are able to participate in for longer periods. Children may attend for free but MUST be pre-registered. If you are planning to bring your child/children, please contact PPI staff as soon as possible to find out about our supervision arrangements for children.

 

SCHEDULING AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

The retreat will begin at 9.30am on Saturday 23rd May and end at 6pm on Monday 25th May. Retreatants can arrive on Friday night after 6pm, but please note that dinner will NOT be provided. Retreatants wishing to stay over on Monday night may do so for a small additional charge; please speak to the treasurer if you will need this additional bed-and-breakfast.

 

CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL RETREAT INFO AND STAYING AT PPI

 

 


 

 

Meditation and The Mind --

A Practice Retreat with Jigme Rinpoche

Sat 7th - Sun 8th February 2009

Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero, CA

 

"Do no nonvirtue whatsoever; practice virtue thoroughly;

completely tame your own mind -- this is the Buddha's teaching."

We always talk about taming the mind, but sometimes lose track of the essence of meditation. Whether we are practising calm abiding or insight meditation, or deity yoga and visualizations, or dzogchen, sometimes the meditation method itself becomes a trap. We become caught up in some aspect of the practice, elaborating unnecessarily or lulling ourselves into a stupor. Thus the precious time we allocate to our practice may be wasted, and we do not fully develop our potential to benefit self and others.

In this retreat combining teachings and sitting meditation, Jigme Rinpoche will provide a clear framework for establishing or renewing a meditation practice. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of their previous experience. This kind of retreat undertaken as a group in a peaceful location with a qualified spiritual teacher is restorative and inspiring. Free from the outward distractions of our everyday work, leisure and relationships, we take the time to see what is going on inwardly, and we familiarize ourselves with techniques for handling the so-called 'monkey mind'. There will also be time for questions -- a wonderful chance to seek clarification from a teacher who has worked extensively with students of all levels of understanding and practice.

 

Schedule:

The retreat will begin at 9.30am on Saturday 7th and end at 6pm on Sunday 8th. Retreatants can arrive on Friday night after 6pm, but please note that dinner will not be provided.

 

Costs and Registration:

All costs include accommodation, three meals a day, empowerments and instructions. Offerings to the lama, traditionally made at the end of retreats or teachings and in accordance with the practitioner's means, are not included.

DAY-ONLY RETREATANTS (LUNCH ONLY, NO BED) -- $15 LESS PER DAY

PAID-UP CGF MEMBERS -- 10% DISCOUNT OFF COSTS BELOW

 

Per day

EARLY BIRD

Per day

AFTER FEB 1ST

Manzanita Room dormitories *

$45

$55

Tara House private room -- double occupancy **

$65

$75

Tara House private room -- single occupancy **

$100

$110

* Bed and lower sheet provided; please bring your own sheet, sleeping bag/blankets, pillow and towel. Otherwise, these can be rented at an additional charge of $12 per person for the weekend. PLEASE NOTIFY US 1 WEEK IN ADVANCE IF YOU WILL REQUIRE BEDDING.

** All bedding and towel included.

 

Private rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

All registration is prepaid. Please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment -- leave a message with your contact details if you get her answering machine. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.

 

Children:

Children are always welcome at our dharma events, and may attend for free but must be pre-registered. If you are planning to bring your child/children, please contact PPI staff as soon as possible to find out about our arrangements for children.


 

Jin Shin Jyutsu -- Transformation of Winter into Spring

Self-Help Retreat with Cynthia Broshi

evening 19th -- afternoon 22nd February 2009

A simple, practical yet profound healing art that can be used by anyone in any situation, based on our innate ability to harmonize ourselves. For beginners or those already familiar with Jin Shin Jyutsu. For more information, please download the flyer (PDF format) or contact Uzi Broshi by email or by phone at (408) 341 5768.


 

Tibetan Thangka Painting Workshop

Saturday Feb 28th - Sunday March 1st

"Painting Guru Padmasambhava"

 

Following two very successful workshops last year, we are delighted to announce another master-class with Ang Tsherin for 2009:

Thangka paintings are vehicles, in the form of meditation tools, to transition from the ordinary world to sacred realities. These meditational deities embody a particular aspect of the fully-evolved, enlightened mind. From the Buddhist point of view, painting a thangka is considered a highly meritorious action.

In this class, Tsherin will teach how to use the traditional grid measurement and outline the image of Padmasambhava with a fine brush and ink.

Ang Tsherin was born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Nepal. He started studying thangka painting at the age of 12 under the guidance of his father, Master Urgen Dorje. He has worked with his father in numerous projects including painting thangkas and Tibetan Buddhist monastery murals both in Nepal and southern Tibet. Tsherin came to this country in 1998 and worked as a thangka painter and instructor at several Buddhist centers in California. He has shown his work at various museums and art centers around the world, including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. See his website at www.atsherin.com.

Schedule: 10am to 5pm both days.

Cost: $175 (includes all materials, does not include overnight accommodations if needed)

Registration : The class will be limited to 10-15 students. Early registration is advised. To register, please call 415-663-9421. For further information about the class or accommodations, email us at info@padmapeace.org.


 

Ngondro Empowerments & Retreat -- March 2009

Sat 14th - Sun 15th -- Empowerments and Teachings

Mon 16th - Fri 20th -- Practice and Teachings

Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero, CA

 

Jigme Rinpoche will be offering the empowerments for the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro, essential for anyone who is planning to undertake the so-called 'preliminary practices' that establish the foundation for the entire Vajrayana path, and which are part of the prerequisites for attending a Great Perfection (Dzogchen) retreat. Ngondro is a powerful transformative practice which purifies negativities and creates merit. It comprises contemplations and 100,000 prostrations with refuge and bodhicitta, 100,000 mandala offerings, 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitations, and 100,000 Guru Yoga mantra.

Receiving an empowerment from a qualified lama allows one to engage in the practice of a particular deity, under the lama's guidance. Empowerment opens the path of practice to those who have a genuine commitment to engaging in the precious teachings of the Buddhadharma, realizing their own true nature, and using this realization for the benefit of themselves and all beings. The empowerment carries tremendous blessings through the direct transmission of wisdom, power and compassion of the enlightened beings and masters who have held the practice lineages.

Following on from the empowerments, retreatants will have the opportunity to practice ngondro under the guidance of Rinpoche and senior students, and Rinpoche will give further teachings and transmissions during the week. This is an ideal setting for both beginners and those who have been doing ngondro for some time and who would benefit from the support of a group setting.

 

Requirements:

There are no prerequisites for attending this retreat; all are welcome regardless of previous knowledge or experience. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have read one or both of Chagdud Rinpoche's 'Gates to Buddhist Practice' and Jane Tromge's 'Ngondro Commentary'. The Lotus Light store at PPI carries all the products needed for those who are just starting out with ngondro, such as texts, photos, mandala pan and offering substances and commentaries, but does not stock the Therma-rest mattresses popular for doing prostrations.

 

Full or Partial Attendance:

Retreatants can attend for the whole week or just single days. However, the experience of all-day practice and teaching in a group setting under the lama's guidance is an extremely helpful basis for continuing the ngondro in one's daily life, so it is strongly recommended that retreatants try to stay for as much of the retreat as possible.

 

Costs and Registration:

All costs include accommodation, three meals a day, empowerments and instructions. Offerings to the lama, traditionally made at the end of retreats or teachings and in accordance with the practitioner's means, are not included.

DAY-ONLY RETREATANTS (ie WITHOUT ACCOMMODATIONS) -- $15 less per day

PAID-UP CGF MEMBERS -- 10% DISCOUNT OFF COSTS BELOW

 

Per day

Sat 14 - Sun 15

EARLY BIRD

Full week

Sat 14 - Fri 20

EARLY BIRD

 

Per day

Sat 14 - Sun 15

AFTER MAR 8

Full week

Sat 14 - Fri 20

AFTER MAR8

Manzanita Room dormitories *

$55

$280

 

$65

$310

Tara House private room -- double occupancy **

$75

$420

 

$85

$455

Tara House private room -- single occupancy **

$100

$555

 

$110

$595

* Bed and lower sheet provided; please bring your own sheet, sleeping bag/blankets, pillow and towel. Otherwise, these can be rented at an additional charge of $15 per person for the week. PLEASE NOTIFY US 1 WEEK IN ADVANCE IF YOU WILL REQUIRE BEDDING.

** All bedding and towel included.

 

Private rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

All registration is prepaid. Please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment -- leave a message with your contact details if you get her answering machine. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.


Schedule:

Retreatants can arrive on Friday 13th March after 6pm, but please note that dinner will NOT be provided. The first part of the retreat will begin on Saturday 14th March at 9.30am and end on Sunday 15th around 6pm. The second part of the retreat will begin again on Monday 16th at 9.30 after morning puja and breakfast, and end on Friday 20th March around 5pm. Anyone who wishes to stay on over the weekend 21st-22nd is welcome to do so for an additional charge; please discuss this with staff during the practice week.

Children:

Children are always welcome at our dharma events, and may attend for free but must be pre-registered. If you are planning to bring your child/children, please contact PPI staff as soon as possible to find out about our arrangements for children.

 

Vajrakilaya Empowerment and Drubchod

December 26-28, PPI

 

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will be Vajra Master for the annual Ati Ling / Padmasambhava Peace Institute Vajrakilaya Drubchod and is offering the Vajrakilaya empowerment the evening before the retreat.

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Full or partial attendance is possible, but empowerment is required to attend any part of the retreat, and will be offered on Friday 26th December in the evening at 8pm.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

 

COSTS:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL FRIDAY DECEMBER 19TH! PRICES GO UP ON DEC 20th...

All costs are per person per day including tsog and three meals a day. Offerings to the lama/s are not included.

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Member

Non-Members

Day only with meals

$40

$50

Dormitory with meals (bring bedlinens)

$55

$65

Private room with meals, based on 2 people sharing (bedlinens provided)

$75

$85

Private room with meals, single occupancy (bedlinens provided)

$85

$100

 

All registration is prepaid. Please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment - leave a message with your contact details if there is no reply. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL FRIDAY DECEMBER 19TH! PRICES GO UP ON DEC 20th...

 


TIME:

Empowerment will be given on Friday evening December 26th from 8pm. If you are driving from the city, please be sure to allow enough time to reach PPI. In good conditions the drive can take 3 hours, so please allow longer in case of traffic or adverse weather conditions. Note that although drinks will be available in the dining hall from 6pm onwards, dinner will NOT be provided on Friday evening.

The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

There is a small charge for those wishing to stay overnight on Friday night or Sunday night. Please speak to the treasurer when reserving a place.


 
OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and for this occasion where we honor a great lama like Chagdud Rinpoche, it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so.


There are several ways to make offerings:
1) with secure credit card donation processing online at www. padmapeace.org
2) by downloading a PDF form and mailing with a check made out to 'Ati Ling'
3) by calling the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment by credit card

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Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat

Commemorating of H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche's Parinirvana

Saturday 15th - Monday 17th November 2008, PPI

 

Rigdzin Dupa mandala photo


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa and constitutes the lama aspect (here represented by Guru Rinpoche) of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. This classic Nyingma practice was very important to Chagdud Rinpoche, and Jigme Rinpoche uses it as the basis for the month-long Dzogchen retreat in Brazil every year.

This year we are honored that Lama Padma Gyatso of Chagdud Gonpa Amrita in Seattle will act as Vajra Master in Jigme Tromge Rinpoche’s absence.

Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso (Richard Baldwin) began his formal Buddhist training in India in 1970 with the the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche and back in America also studied with Dezhung Rinpoche. He graduated from the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Washington in 1974 and subsequently embarked on a number of meditation retreats. In 1982 he became a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and in 1996, Chagdud Rinpoche ordained him as a lama and appointed him as the teacher at Chagdud Gonpa Amrita, Seattle.
Lama Padma teaches and practices with meditation and study groups throughout the Northwest, including several Buddhist groups in state prisons. He has been an avid practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan for forty years and offers Chi Kung classes and workshops.
Having translated from Tibetan the extensive Tromge Chenrezig text, in 2004 Lama Padma deepened his connection with the Chenrezig practice when he travelled to Tibet and met with the terton Tromge Dechhen Kyabje Wangpo, who acknowledged him as a lineage-holder of the practice. After completing extensive retreats over several years as directed by Tromge Dechhen Rinpoche, last year Lama Padma was authorized to offer the empowerment for the Tromge Chenrezig.


The retreat will go through Monday, since 17th November is the actual parinirvana date. Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat, but there will not be an empowerment this year.


TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am and end on Monday evening around 5pm.

 
COSTS: Per person per day (includes meals, tsog feast, accommodation)

 

Day-only

Overnight in dormitories

Overnight in private room w shared bath

Solo occupancy

Double occupancy

CGF-member

$45

$60

$95

$75

Non-CGF member

$55

$70

$105

$85

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Champagne Brunch and more....

Fire Department Fundraiser

Sunday November 9th, 10am - 2pm, PPI

 

We are honored to be hosting the Fort Ross Volunteer Department Fundraiser on Sunday November 9th, and all are welcome for this morning of fine food, friends and local wares. The event wil include local artisans for your holiday shopping, raffles and other fun-filled events. All events will be indoors in case of inclement weather.

Costs: $12 for adults, $5 for kids.

If you are unable to attend but would like to show your support, please send a check made out to 'Fort Ross VFD' and mail to Fort Ross Volunteer Fire Department, 23125 Fort Ross Road, Cazadero, CA 95421.

The Ati Ling/PPI puja on this Sunday will run from 9.30 to 11am.

 

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Painting the Buddha Shakyamuni

Tibetan Thangka Painting Workshop

by Ang Tsherin

Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Nov, 2008

 

We are delighted to welcome back Ang Tsherin for this second workshop, following the highly successful one in September:

Thangka paintings are vehicles, in the form of meditation tools, to transition from the ordinary world to sacred realities. These meditational deities embody a particular aspect of the fully evolved, enlightened mind. From the Buddhist point of view, painting a thangka is considered a highly meritorious action.

In this class, Tsherin will teach how to paint in the traditional style on a completed drawing of Buddha Shakyamuni. The students who were present in the previous class are suggested to bring their completed drawing of Buddha Shakyamuni. The new students are provided a completed drawing to learn how to paint.

Ang Tsherin was born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Nepal. He started studying thangka painting at the age of 12 under the guidance of his father, Master Urgen Dorje. He has worked with his father in numerous projects including painting thangkas and Tibetan Buddhist monastery murals both in Nepal and southern Tibet. Tsherin came to this country in 1998 and worked as a thangka painter and instructor at several Buddhist centers in California. He has shown his work at various museums and art centers around the world, including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. See his website at www.atsherin.com.

Cost: $175 (for class only, includes all materials, does not include overnight accommodations if needed) .

Saturday night accommodation, and two meals a day (Sat lunch & dinner, Sun breakfast & lunch) :

Dormitories: $55 (please bring your own bedding, ie sleeping bag or top sheet, blanket/s, pillow, towels)

Tara House private rooms: (linens provided) $75 per person based on two people sharing, $90 per person single occupancy

 

Registration : The class will be limited to 10-15 students. Early registration is advised. To register, please call 415-663-9421. For questions about the classes or accommodations, please email us.

 

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Thursday Teachings & Meditation in Sebastopol

September 18... October 2, 23, 30... November 6

Development Stage in Vajrayana Buddhism (cont'd)

 

Deity yoga practice is a central facet of Vajrayana Buddhism but without proper introduction there can be confusion over what exactly the deities represent and how we relate to them. Moreover, the form of the sadhana needs to be correctly understood so that its structures and often elaborate language facilitate rather than hamper one's view and meditation. Whether you are already familiar with one or more sadhanas, or know very little about the dazzling array of deities in Tibetan Buddhism and what their role in practice is, these sessions will offer a wealth of information and valuable guidance from Jigme Rinpoche.

Jigme Rinpoche will be offering teachings in two-hour sessions September through November. All levels of practitioners are welcome, and there will be time for question-answer sessions.

With Rinpoche away for extended periods much of the rest of the year, this program provides an excellent opportunity to make a commitment to regularly hearing teachings, working on implementing them and then returning to the lama for further guidance and feedback.

 

Oct 30th and Nov 6th: Teachings on Enlightened Speech

Rinpoche will explain how we should engage in mantra recitation and how we develop awareness in mantra practice so that it is not our ordinary mind with its habits of attachment and aversion that takes over the practice. When ordinary mind is the motor behind the mantra, the whole practice can be reduced to a mundane exercise in pronunciation or singing. As we begin to understand what enlightened speech practice means, we extend that understanding to all speech and sounds that we experience. On an ultimate level, enlightened speech practice is knowing the union of sound and emptiness.

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Admission is free of charge. We are very grateful to Dr Isaac Eliaz and the staff of the Amitabha Clinic for kindly offering the use of the clinic for this event.

Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Venue: Amitabha Clinic, 7064 Corline Court Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

Please do not call the clinic for information regarding this event; instead, contact us at info@padmapeace.org. For map and directions, please see www.amitabhaclinic.com/contact.php.

 

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Teachings on "Aspiration"

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th August 2008

 

We are honored and delighted that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, renowned Buddhist master and film-maker (The Cup and Travellers and Magicians) and author of 'What Makes You Not a Buddhist', is coming to the Padmasambhava Peace Institute this August and will offer three days of teachings.

 

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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The Khyentse lamas are a lineage of reincarnate lamas who include such exceptional masters as the 19th-century scholar and mystic Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. The present Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (Thubten Chokyi Gyamtso) was born in 1961.

He was recognized by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and received empowerments and teachings from many of the greatest lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, H.H. 16th Karmapa and his own grandfather H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. His main guru was Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and he further studied with more than 25 great lamas from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

While still a teenager, he was responsible for publishing many rare texts that were in danger of being lost entirely, and in the the 1980s, he began the restoration of Dzongsar Monastery in Tibet. He has established several colleges and retreat centers in India and Bhutan. In accordance with the wishes of his teachers, he has travelled and taught throughout the world, establishing dharma centers in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. His organization Siddhartha's Intent organizes Rinpoche's teachings, while the Khyentse Foundation is dedicated to providing for the needs of Rinpoche's responsibilities.

In this time when the traditional structures of Tibetan Buddhism are facing challenges, and when Buddhism is reaching new audiences, Rinpoche is known for the freedom with which he moves between cultures and people, and his uncompromising dedication to bringing the philosophy and the path of enlightenment to anyone with an open heart. For more details on Rinpoche's activities and his schedule, see www.siddharthasintent.org.

 

 

 

CODE #

CGF MEMBERSHIP

ACCOMMODATIONS

PRICE in US$

1

Non-members

2-person room, shared bathroom (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

300 per person

2

Members

" "

270 per person

3

Non-members

Dormitory, shared bathroom

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

240

4

Members

“ "

210

5

Non-members

Camping, shared bathroom

(OUTDOOR CAMPING NO LONGER AVAILABLE, INDOOR ONLY)

210

6

Members

" "

180

7

Non-members

Day rate, lunch only

180

8

Members

“ "

150

CODE 7 and 8 – DAY-ONLY SPACES STILL AVAILABLE For those coming from further afield but not staying onsite, motel/hotel accommodations are available in Cazadero, Monte Rio, Jenner, Guerneville and Santa Rosa. This is a very busy time of year for local hotels so early reservations are essential. The drive from Guerneville is about 40 minutes and from Santa Rosa about 1 ¼ hours.

Children aged six to fourteen years attend for half price.

REMINDER about pets – The Padmasambhava Peace Institute is a wildlife preserve – pets are not allowed on the property, even restrained or in cars.

We have Alhambra bottled water on site; please bring your own water-bottle for refilling if you do not wish to use plastic cups.

SMOKING IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON THE PROPERTY AT ALL TIMES

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IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION

Retreatants can arrive from Thursday 21st August 4pm, or on Friday morning. Please do not arrive before 4pm on Thursday 21st August. Note that we will NOT be serving dinner on Thursday night.

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche has asked that all retreatants PLEASE ARRIVE LATEST BY 3.30PM ON FRIDAY 22ND (and if they are not attending on Friday evening, arrive by 8.00am on Saturday).

With so many retreatants, a narrow approach road and several accommodation and parking areas, it will take up to an hour for each person/car to go through the check-in process. Since Jigme Rinpoche does not wish any staff, volunteers or guests to miss the teachings on account of retreatants arriving late, please allow enough time to travel to PPI and to check in. We respectfully remind everyone that the event has long been scheduled for Friday through Sunday, and hope that people previously made appropriate arrangements to attend regardless of when the Friday teachings start.

DINNER WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DAY-ONLY RETREATANTS ON FRIDAY (FROM 5.3OPM) AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.

Once again, we ask that as many people as possible car-pool to the event, to avoid congestion and to facilitate parking. The last gas stations before PPI are in Guerneville, Forestville and Jenner.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING FROM ANYWHERE IN THE BAY AREA, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON A FRIDAY HEADING NORTH ON HWY 101 MEAN YOU SHOULD ALLOW AT LEAST 4 HOURS FROM THE CITY TO PPI. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TIME FOR CHECKING IN ETC.

As explained in the Information for Retreatants, parking areas are not near the main buildings -- you will be directed to where to drop off your belongings, then where to park, and a shuttle service will bring you back to the main area or you can walk. Dinner will be available from 5.30pm on Friday.

SEATING IN THE SHRINE ROOM WHERE KHYENTSE RINPOCHE IS TEACHING IS ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. You can put your name or a personal item on the chair/cushion to reserve your space for the weekend. Pleae respect other people's place-savers. Most seating will be on chairs, with only a limited number of floor spaces near Rinpoche's throne. If you want to sit on the floor, please bring your own cushion.

The schedule for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s teachings is as follows, but is subject to change!
Friday -- 7.00pm start
Saturday -- 9.30am -- 12.00 and 3.00 -- 4.30pm
Sunday -- 9.30am - 12.00

Lunch and dinner will be served on Sunday after the teachings. If you are unable to drive home Sunday evening and wish to stay overnight, an additional fee will be payable, either by check beforehand, or immediately on arrival at the event during the registration process. The fee per person is $45 for Tara House private rooms and $25 per person for all other accommodations, and includes a simple buffet breakfast Monday morning from 6.30am. EVERYONE IS KINDLY ASKED TO LEAVE THE PROPERTY BY MONDAY 10AM LATEST unless they are staying to help clean up.

 

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Sakya Jetsunma Chimey Luding

Teachings on 'Parting from the Four Attachments'

Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th July 2008

 

We are honored and delighted that Jetsunma will be coming to PPI and offering these teachings on a classic text from the Sakya tradition, one of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sister of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya school, Jetsunma is one of the foremost female lamas of our time.

Jetsun Kushok
Jetsun Kushok

Born in Tibet in 1938 and recognized as an emanation of Vajryayogini, she was thoroughly trained from the age of five, did her first retreat at the age of ten, and began teaching at eleven. At 16, she gave the full teachings of the Lam Dre, becoming the third woman in Tibetan history to give this transmission.

In 1971, she moved with her family to Canada, where she worked at various jobs while caring for the family and maintaining a rigorous practice schedule during the night and early morning hours. At her brother's request, she has founded a dharma center in Vancouver and now teaches throughout the world.

See more information on Jetsunma here.

 

TIME: The teachings will begin on Monday afternoon at 4.00pm and end on Wednesday afternoon around 5pm. Those who are able to arrive earlier on Monday are encouraged to be at PPI by 2.30pm to welcome Jetsunma when she first arrives at the center.

SCHEDULE: Please aim to attend all three days if possible, so as to receive full transmission and instruction on this important text. Copies of the text will be available on sale at PPI's bookstore.

Monday 7th July: 4-6pm, 7-9pm

Tuesday 8th July: 9am-noon, 2-5pm, 6.30-9pm

Wednesday 9th July: 9am-noon, 2-5pm

 

COSTS: Retreat fees are per person per day including teachings and meals. We would like to facilitate as many people as possible to make a connection with this extraordinary teacher, therefore are offering discounted rates (as shown below) for this weekday event. Partial scholarships and student discounts are also available; please email us to discuss.

Please note that the customary offering made by individual students to the lama at the end of the event is NOT included here.

Accommodation

Daily Rate

Dormitories Monday 7th July

$40

Dormitories Tuesday 8th July

$50

Dormitories Wednesday 9th July

$40

 

Private room with meals, based on 2 people sharing (bedlinens provided)

$75/day, $210 for 3 days

Private room with meals, single occupancy (bedlinens provided)

$85/day, $250 for 3 days

 

Day-only rates: $30 for Monday, $40 for Tuesday, $30 for Wednesday and include lunch and dinner.

 

ALL REGISTRATION IS PREPAID.

To register, please call 415-662-2675. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.

CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL RETREAT INFO AND STAYING AT PPI

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Statue Filling and Consecration

Spring 2008

 

Keeping a holy object on one's shrine as a source of refuge and blessings is an essential part of many practitioners' home practice. While obtaining the statue itself may not be so complicated, getting it filled and consecrated by a qualified lama so that it is imbued with the blessings of generations of lamas can be more difficult. Gathering the appropriate substances, filling the statues properly, and conducting the consecration puja all take considerable time and effort so Jigme Rinpoche is organizing to consecrate a whole group of statues at once this coming winter. We will also work on preparing the large statues at Ati Ling and Yeshe Ling that need to be consecrated.

Practitioners who already have unconsecrated statues are invited to bring them to PPI in November when preparations for the consecration will begin. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOUR STATUE COMES WITH ITS OWN PROTECTIVE PACKAGING (INCLUDING COTTON WOOL FOR THE FACE) AND IS CLEARLY LABELLED ON THE BASE AND OUTER PACKAGING WITH YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS. Everyone is encouraged to help with mantra rolling or other preparation work whenever possible, whether for an hour or so when coming up to PPI or for a whole day -- this is a beautiful meditation, offering and source of merit.

For those who do not have a statue, but wish to purchase one and have it consecrated for their own practice or as an offering for fellow sangha, family members or friends, the Lotus Light store at PPI has a selection, and Rinpoche will be happy to make suggestions for which statue would be most appropriate for a particular individual or household.

The final consecration ceremonies will take place in May 2008, not March, due to changes in Rinpoche's schedule. More details, including the date of the final consecration ceremony, will be posted soon.

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Thursday Teachings & Meditation in Sebastopol

May 1, 8 & 29 ..... June 5, 12 & 26 ..... July 3, 10 & 24

NOTE: JULY 3rd TEACHING HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED; APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

June & July teachings --- Development Stage in Vajrayana Buddhism

Deity yoga practice is a central facet of Vajrayana Buddhism but without proper introduction there can be confusion over what exactly the deities represent and how we relate to them. Moreover, the form of the sadhana needs to be correctly understood so that its structures and often elaborate language facilitate rather than hamper one's view and meditation. Whether you are already familiar with one or more sadhanas, or know very little about the dazzling array of deities in Tibetan Buddhism and what their role in practice is, these sessions will offer a wealth of information and valuable guidance from Jigme Rinpoche.

Jigme Rinpoche will be offering teachings in two-hour sessions three Thursdays a month May through July. All levels of practitioners are welcome, and there will be time for question-answer sessions.

With Rinpoche away for extended periods much of the rest of the year, this program provides an excellent opportunity to make a commitment to regularly hearing teachings, working on implementing them and then returning to the lama for further guidance and feedback.

Admission is free of charge. We are very grateful to Dr Isaac Eliaz and the staff of the Amitabha Clinic for kindly offering the use of the clinic for this event.

Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Venue: Amitabha Clinic, 7064 Corline Court Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

Please do not call the clinic for information regarding this event; instead, contact us at atiling@hotmail.com. For map and directions, please see www.amitabhaclinic.com/contact.php.

 

 

 

Losar (Tibetan New Year) Celebration Pujas

Thurs 7th and Sun 10th February 2008

Join Jigme Rinpoche and the sangha in welcoming in the Tibetan New Year up at PPI. For those who are free on the first morning of the new year -- Thursday February 7th -- we will offer katags to the shrine and Chagdud Rinpoche's throne, and do short puja with Shower of Blessings (Guru Rinpoche) tsog starting at 6am. (Sangha are welcome to come up the night before - please call 707 632 5629 to let us know you would like to stay over.) Please bring your texts, katags and an offering for the tsog. All guests are welcome also if you do not empowerments.

On Sunday 10th February, starting at 9.30am, we will do puja with Red Tara tsog, and look forward to as many people as possible taking the opportunity to practice together for an auspicious start to the Year of the Rat. Please bring an offering for the tsog. Note that because we have a rental group in residence on that day, we will not be providing lunch -- please bring your own food if you plan to stay on after puja.

 

 

Vajrakilaya Retreat and Fire Puja

9.30am Saturday 29th to 5pm Monday 31st

December 2007

Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will be Vajra Master for the annual Ati Ling / Padmasambhava Peace Institute Vajrakilaya Drubchod -- newcomers and old sangha members alike are invited to attend this event for one to three days.

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

 

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit. Full or partial attendance is possible, but empowerment is required to attend any part of the retreat, and will be offered on Saturday morning.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

 

COSTS:

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL FRIDAY DECEMBER 21ST! PRICES GO UP ON DEC 22ND...

All costs are per person per day including three meals a day. Offerings to the lama/s are not included.

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Member

Non-Members

Day only with meals

$40

$50

Dormitory with meals (bring bedlinens)

$55

$65

Private room with meals, based on 2 people sharing (bedlinens provided)

$75

$85

Private room with meals, single occupancy (bedlinens provided)

$85

$100

NOTE: For private rooms, priority will be given to those staying on for the New Year's Eve party.

All registration is prepaid. Please call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL FRIDAY DECEMBER 21ST! PRICES GO UP ON DEC 22ND...

 

OFFERINGS

During this retreat, when we practise intensively and deepen our connection with spiritual masters such as Chagdud Rinpoche, who led the Vajrakilaya Drubchhen every year in North America and later Brazil, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. Forms for making offerings will be available at registration and throughout the retreat, and all dedications will be read during the pujas.

TO MAKE OFFERINGS, click here.... (For more explanation about why we offer butterlamps, click here...)

 


 

New Year's Eve Party 2007!

Monday December 31st 7pm to Tuesday 1st January 2008 morning

Once again, the end of the Vajrakilaya retreat will take us on into party-mode -- with music, dancing, food and drink. All are welcome -- please feel free to bring friends and family (children under 12 free of charge). In the morning there will also be a short puja with Jigme Rinpoche, since this January he is not going to Brazil.

Costs are $35 per person in the dorms, and $50 per person in Tara House, and includes the sit-down dinner at 8.30pm, snack buffet, drinks, and breakfast. The Vajrakilaya retreat will end around 5pm, and guests are welcome to join us for the New Year celebrations from 7pm onwards until the next morning. Please note lunch will NOT be served on New Year's Day, but small snacks will be available for the drive home.

To register, please call the treasurer on (415) 663 9421 to arrange payment.

 

 

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Meditation and Mind-training Instruction

in Santa Rosa and San Rafael

Fall 2007

For those interested in receiving instructions from Jigme Tromge Rinpoche on meditation and mind-training, ongoing sessions are conducted in Santa Rosa and San Rafael.

 

SANTA ROSA - Glaser Center, Unitarian Universalist Church, 547 Mendocino Avenue

1) Wednesdays at 7pm on September 19th, October 3rd and 17th:

Meditation Practice Group based on teachings given earlier in the year. Click here for more information... or email us if you have any questions.

 

2) FIVE consecutive Wednesdays at 7pm: October 24th and 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st, 2007

NOTE: The Weds November 21st teaching is CANCELLED due to people's travel commitments at Thanksgiving. Rinpoche will finish teaching the series in January or February - notices will be sent out.

Teachings on the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva.

We are delighted to announce that Jigme Rinpoche will be teaching on this classic text by Thogmed Zangpo (1245-1369) on five consecutive Wednesdays. This is regarded as one of the most important texts for training in how to renounce ego, to understand the true nature of ourselves and all beings, and thereby to relate to others with love.

Although many practitioners may already be familiar with the text, it is one that can be revisited endlessly, due to its pithy, memorable verses being so applicable to every area of our lives. Jigme Rinpoche will offer a commentary on the text plus practical meditations specific to certain verses; each week we will have the opportunity to take home and intensively focus on those verses and accompanying meditations. This will build up a practice that helps us to develop greater ease in how we approach life and its challenges, and in particular shows us how to make genuinely positive changes in our relationships.

The text will be available free of charge for those who do not have one -- in English with Tibetan transliteration -- and optional worksheets will also be distributed each week as study aids.

Please bring a note-book and also, if you wish to sit on the floor, a cushion.

 

SAN RAFAEL -- Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street

Tuesdays at 7pm on October 9th and 23rd, November 6th and 20th, 2007:

Meditation Instruction and Practice. Click here for more information... or email us if you have any questions.

 


 

Annual Padma Dakini Drubchod Retreat

and Teachings

In Honor of His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche's Parinirvana

with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Friday 16th -- Sunday 18th November 2007

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the seventh annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, our beloved teacher who established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in the West

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

This year it is our honor and delight to announce that Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will be leading the Padma Dakini Retreat. Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche (Gochen Tulku Rinpoche) is a greatly respected lama recognized as the incarnation of Gyalwa Chokyang, one of the nine heart-disciples of Guru Rinpoche. His root teacher was Orgyen Chemchok, a disciple of the great Khenpo Ngaga.

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is very important to Chagdud Gonpa sangha and especially our lamas because of the lineages he holds; besides the Dzogchen lineage through Orgyen Chemchok, he is holder of the lineages of the great treasure-revealer Terchen Tsasum Lingpa, and also Padgyal Lingpa, which he was asked by H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to propagate. His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche received the transmission of both these lineages from Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche.

For more information on Rinpoche and his activity, please see www.ewam.org

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

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Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat.

To allow those without the Padma Dakini empowerment to participate in this retreat even if they have to work on Friday, the empowerment will be given on Saturday morning.

To begin the retreat we will spend Friday doing Chagdud Rinpoche's heart-practice of Red Tara, and on Friday night will offer butterlamps for his auspicious rebirth and the happiness and good fortune of all beings. All are welcome to attend on Friday even without empowerment (a book empowerment can be given) but everyone needs to have Padma Dakini empowerment to attend Saturday and/or Sunday.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm. If you decide to arrive on Thursday night or leave on Monday morning, there is a small extra charge - please speak to the treasurer. Note that breakfast is available on the Friday 16th and Monday 19th, but we do NOT offer dinner on Thursday 15th.

COSTS: All costs are per person per day including three meals a day, and tsog.

COSTS per person per day (includes meals, accommodation and event costs)

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $60

$70

Overnight

Dorm $75

Dorm $85

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $90 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $110 for single occupancy.

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $100 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $120 for single occupancy.

 


 

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche at PPI

Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat

September 14th - 16th 2007

 

This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa and constitutes the lama aspect (here represented by Guru Rinpoche) of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. The Rigdzin Dupa is also the sadhana used as the basis for the Great Perfection retreat Jigme Rinpoche leads every year in Brazil. Empowerment will be given on the Saturday morning. Newcomers as well as old students are welcome, and children are also invited to attend.

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is a renowned terton who has a long-standing connection with His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche and the sanghas of North America and Brazil. For more information about His Eminence and his activity, please see www.ripaladrang.org.

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat; please let us know if you are interested in attending but have not received the empowerment for this practice.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

COSTS: All costs are per person per day including three meals a day, and tsog.

 

COSTS per person per day (includes meals, accommodation and event costs)

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $50

$60

Overnight

Dorm $65

Dorm $75

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $80 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $100 for single occupancy.

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $90 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $110 for single occupancy.

 


 

Teen Retreat and Young Adults Retreat

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

June 2007

After a wonderfully inspiring teen retreat last year, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship returns to PPI for a young adults retreat (June 8th-15th) followed by the teen retreat (June 17th-23rd). These retreats are an opportunity for young people to explore mindfulness practice through guided periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, small group discussions, creative activities and unstructured free time. Besides learning the formal meditation practices there are also times to go for walks, play music, tell stories and enjoy a bonfire on the last night. Qualified and experienced teachers and facilitators offer support and guidance throughout the retreat, in a nurturing environment.

This event is hosted by PPI, but managed by BPF. For more information and to register, please see the BPF website, or email teen.reg.june@bpf.org.

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Youth and Nature Summer Camps

Acorn Soupe

June and July 2007

For several years now the environmental education group McCormick Sanctuary Acorn Soupe has brought their kids' camps to PPI for fun-filled days of learning and exploration. Children aged around 8 to 13 or older spend five days on the land here and at the coast under the supervision of highly-qualified educators and counsellors. Camp dates are: July 8th - 12th, July 15th - 19th.

This event is hosted by PPI but managed by Acorn Soupe. For more information, please see the Acorn Soupe website, email info@acornsoupe.org or telephone (707) 254 7284.

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Developing Equanimity, Insight and Compassion

-- Meditation Instruction --

Santa Rosa, CA

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of March, April, May 2007

Jigme Rinpoche will offer a series of teachings on contemplations and meditation techniques, based on an 18th century Tibetan text. Although the text is broadly described as being on samatha (calm abiding) meditation, its depth and range goes beyond this label, and will offer any level of practitioner valuable new tools for spiritual development. The teachings will comprise both spoken instruction and silent sitting, and participants will learn how the mind can be trained so as to facilitate our pursuit of happiness and benefit for ourselves and others.

Regular practice of meditation based on such instruction can truly bring about powerful changes in how we handle our own daily life, work and relationship issues. Just as physical training strengthens and refreshes the body, meditation practice brings greater flexibility, focus, stamina and joy to the mind.

The sessions are open to everyone regardless of their level of knowledge or practice, and will be as relevant to seasoned practitioners as to those who are interested in establishing a practice without complex rituals.

The teachings progress systematically, building step by step on what has already been learned and practised, and so it is of most benefit if people are able to attend the entire course. However, each session is also self-contained in that previous material will be reviewed, and new material introduced, so it is also possible to attend on a drop-in basis.

DATES: March 6th and 20th, April 3rd and 17th, May 1st and 15th

TIME: 7 - 9 pm (please arrive a few minutes earlier)

VENUE: Green Room, Glaser Center, Unitarian Universalist Church, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa 95401 (between 7th and 10th St, one block S of College Avenue).

Parking is available at the Seventh Street parking garage adjoining the building.

See www.uusantarosa.org for directions. Please do not call the Glaser Center for information; instead contact us at PPI on (707) 632 5629.

ADMISSION FREE

Please bring a notebook and a cushion. Note that due to leasing regulations we will not be providing beverage or snacks - please bring your own if required. The teachings are free, although traditionally an offering is made to the lama at the end. Donations towards rental costs are welcomed.

 


 

Nyung Ne Retreat

Saturday and Sunday 19th - 20th May 2007, Padmasambhava Peace Institute

For the first week in Saga Dawa, Jigme Rinpoche will lead the fasting and purification Nyung Ne retreat based on Chenrezig practice. Doing any kind of dharma practice during this holy month is considered to be of greatly enhanced benefit for oneself and all beings, so this weekend is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one's practice and create merit.

All are welcome to join, regardless of previous practice experience, and no empowerment is required. The only meal will be lunch on Saturday, and on Sunday retreatants will also not take liquids. Full length prostrations are a part of the practice, and retreatants are in silence throughout the weekend. The format may seem daunting for newcomers, but Jigme Rinpoche's focused, compassionate guidance, the group support, and the natural soothing beauty of the setting will allow retreatants to go through the weekend with joy and inspiration. We look forward to welcoming old sangha members and new for this event, the third such held at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute.

If you wish to join the retreat but have any health concerns, please first consult with your medical practitioner if necessary. If you would like to dedicate the weekend as a time for practice during Saga Dawa but are unable to meet the retreat requirements for some reason, please contact us to discuss alternatives.

The retreat begins 9am on Saturday and ends on Sunday around 5pm. For those traveling from further afield, it is possible to arrive on Friday night. The cost from Saturday to Sunday will be $35, including one meal (Saturday lunch), overnight accommodation in dorm (lama house rooms at a higher rate are also available - please call 707 632 5629 to reserve a space). Please email atiling@hotmail.com AND call the treasurer on 415 663 9421 to reserve a place on the retreat.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON RETREATS AND STAYING AT PPI

 

 


Torma-making and Choponing Workshops

Saturday May 5th and May 12th,

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

Ati Ling in association with PPI invite you to attend two one-day workshops on torma-making and choponing. Tormas are the ceremonial offerings you see at Tibetan pujas and ceremonies and the chopon is the person who acts as the lama's hands in those ceremonies, making the offerings and conveying ritual items between the shrine and the lama.

Learning at least the basics of these skills can facilitate dharma events and deepen one's own understanding of how ritual works to support and enhance a practice. It is also important for traditional lineages to be preserved as carefully and accurately as possible; this is why usually only a qualified chopon or torma-maker is asked to train others. For these workshops the instructor will be Ana Paula Govea from Chagdud Gonpa Khadro Ling in Brazil, who has served as main chopon there for the last three years, and who received guidance from lamas such as Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Rigdzin (sent to Khadro Ling by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche) and who trained with long-time CGF chopons Magnus Childers and Dorje Kirsten. Ana Paula speaks excellent English and has extensive experience helping centers around Brazil with making tormas and choponing.

Topics to be covered include: dough-making, basic torma shapes, decorating, working with wax, tormas for drubchods, tsog choponing instructions and set-up/maintenance/take-down procedures.

The workshops will take place from 9.30am to 6pm on the first two Saturdays of May at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute in Cazadero, and participants are encouraged to attend both workshops so that they can cover as much ground as possible. There will be a $20 charge per Saturday to cover expenses, but this does not include an offering to the instructor (optional). PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH and ALSO your own bedding if you plan to stay over for Sunday puja or to do more practice/study with Ana Paula (recommended). Dinner will be served on Saturday after the workshop - please be sure to let us know if you will NOT be staying for dinner. Bearing in mind that you will be working with food-coloring, dough and wax, please wear clean but suitable 'work' clothes.

To register, please call us on (707) 632 5629 or email to this address (questions also to this address), stating clearly if you plan to stay over for breakfast/puja on Sunday.

 

Throma Drubchod

Padmasambhava Peace Institute

March 30th - April 1st 2007

Ati Ling and PPI have received the very happy news that His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche will be returning to PPI, but not until the fall. Meanwhile, for this spring we will again hold a Throma retreat, with Jigme Rinpoche leading the sangha in the drubchod over a long weekend.

The practice of Throma Nagmo, the wrathful Black Dakini, is a very powerful practice for healing the body, mind and subtle energies by cutting through the obstacles and karmic negativities caused by ego-clinging.

Attendance is possible on a per-day basis for those who are unable to attend the whole retreat. Note that empowerment is required for attendance at this retreat; please let us know if you are interested in attending but have not received the empowerment for this practice.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5pm.

COSTS: All costs are per person per day including three meals a day, and tsog.

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Member

Non-Members

Day only with meals

$40

$50

Dormitory with meals (bring bedlinens)

$55

$65

Private room with meals, based on 2 people sharing (bedlinens provided)

$75

$85

Private room with meals, single occupancy (bedlinens provided)

$85

$100

To register, please email atiling@hotmail.com or phone (707) 632 5629, and ALSO call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON RETREATS AND STAYING AT PPI


 

Practice Retreat & Ngondro Teachings

with Jigme Rinpoche

9.30 am Sat 3rd to 6pm Sun 4th March, PPI

All practitioners, whether doing ngondro or other practices, are invited to join this weekend retreat led by Jigme Rinpoche. Rinpoche will offer teachings on ngondro, and provide guidance for all retreatants on whatever they are working on. Group practice of this nature under the lama's supervision helps stabilize one's approach to practice and is a wonderful opportunity to ask the lama questions.

The cost for the weekend, including dormitory accommodation and all meals (lunch Sat thru to lunch Sun) is $60. To register, please call the treasurer on (415) 663 9421 to arrange payment, AND also email atiling@hotmail.com. If you have any questions, please contact us at atiling@hotmail.com.

Accommodation in private rooms is available at a higher charge on a first-come-first-

served basis - to register for this please call (707) 632 5629 prior to calling the treasurer.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON RETREATS AND STAYING AT PPI


 

Vajrakilaya Retreat

Friday 29th morning to Sunday 31st afternoon

December 2006

Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will once more be Vajra Master for the Ati Ling / Padmasambhava Peace Institute Vajrakilaya Drubchod, this time at the New Year according to the Western calendar, as he will be in Brazil during the Tibetan New Year.

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit. Full or partial attendance is possible, but empowerment is required to attend any part of the retreat, and will be offered on Saturday morning.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI's Lotus Light store.

 

COSTS:

All costs are per person per day including three meals a day. Offerings to the lama/s are not included.

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Member

Non-Members

Day only with meals

$40

$50

Dormitory with meals (bring bedlinens)

$55

$65

Private room with meals, based on 2 people sharing (bedlinens provided)

$75

$85

Private room with meals, single occupancy (bedlinens provided)

$85

$100

NOTE: For private rooms, priority will be given to those staying on for the New Year's Eve party.

To register, please email atiling@hotmail.com or phone (707) 632 5629, and also call the treasurer on 415-663-9421 to arrange payment. Reservations are confirmed only on receipt of payment.

 

New Year's Eve Party 2006!

Sunday December 31st 7pm onwards

We're doing our dry-weather dances in preparation for this year... The end of the Vajrakilaya retreat will segue into party-mode -- with music, dancing, food and drink, and games. All are welcome. Join us for a lively start to the New Year, and a chance to party with Rinpoche before he leaves for seven weeks in South America.

Costs are $35 per person in the dorms, and $50 per person in Tara House, and includes the sit-down dinner at 8.30pm, snack buffet, drinks, and breakfast. The Vajrakilaya retreat will end around 5pm, and guests are welcome to join us for the New Year celebrations from 7pm onwards until the next morning. Please note lunch will not be served on New Year's Day, but small snacks will be available for the drive home.

To register, please call (707) 632 5629 or email atiling@hotmail.com, and call the treasurer on (415) 663 9421 to arrange payment.

 

 

 

Red Tara and Annual Padma Dakini Drubchod Retreat

In Honor of H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche's Parinirvana

Fri 17th -- Sun 19th November 2006

with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

PPI in association with Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling is delighted to host the sixth annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

This year it is our honor and delight to announce that Dzigar Kongtrul RInpoche will be leading the retreat. One of the close disciples of H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and himself a greatly respected and loved lama, author of 'It's Up To You', Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche divides his time between retreat in Colorado and travelling and teaching around the world.

For more information, please see www.mangalashribhuti.org

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa and regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

We are very happy that Lama Jigme and Lama Rigdzin will also be joining us once again for the event.

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To allow those without the Padma Dakini empowerment to participate in this retreat even if they have to work on Friday, the empowerment will be given on Saturday morning. To begin the retreat we will spend Friday doing Chagdud Rinpoche's heart-practice of Red Tara, and on Friday night will offer butterlamps for his auspicious rebirth and the happiness and good fortune of all beings. All are welcome to attend on Friday even without empowerment (a book empowerment can be given) but everyone needs to have Padma Dakini empowerment to attend Saturday and/or Sunday.

SCHEDULE:

Friday 17th 9.30am - 7pm -- Red Tara Puja, with tsog in the afternoon.

Friday 17th 9pm -- Butterlamp Offering Ceremony

Saturday 18th 9.30am -- Padma Dakini Empowerment, followed by puja

Saturday 18th 2.30 - 7pm -- Padma Dakini Puja and tsog

Sunday 19th 8.30pm - 5pm -- Padma Dakini Puja and tsog, with break for lunch.

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COSTS per person per day (includes meals, accommodation and event costs)

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $50

$60

Overnight

Dorm $65

Dorm $75

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $80 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $100 for single occupancy.

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $90 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $110 for single occupancy.

Please call (707) 632 5629 to reserve a room in the guest-house; rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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During this retreat, when we practise intensively and deepen our connection with spiritual masters such as Chagdud Rinpoche, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. Forms for making offerings will be available at registration and throughout the retreat, and all dedications will be read during the pujas.

TO MAKE OFFERINGS, click here.... (For more explanation about why we offer butterlamps, click here...)

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If you can't find the information you need here or in the flyer,

please email atiling@hotmail.com or call (707) 632 5629.

 

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Work-party and Teachings

All day Saturday 11th and half day Sunday 12th November

October 24th -- Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who came up and helped so much for the October work party. With twenty-five people, we got a phenomenal amount done, had a lot of fun, and are much closer to achieving our various goals...

The second weekend in November we will have another workparty, following the same format as last time, with Saturday evening teachings by Jigme Rinpoche, and puja on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. We will work on the new butterlamp house, paint the shrine room, finish clearing out the large old workshop, and as always will also have less strenuous assignments in the garden and kitchen. Children are also welcome, and we will have materials for painting for those who are interested. Whatever help people can offer is really appreciated; anyone who volunteers for the day is welcome to stay overnight without charge, and PPI will be providing all meals.

If you think you can come up, please call us on (707) 632 5629 and let us know so that we can plan work assignments and meals more easily. Rides may be available from the Bay Area. Thank you!


Empowerments for Chagdud Gonpa Daily Practices

Saturday 23rd September 2006

Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero, CA

In this one-day event, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will offer all the empowerments that allow practitioners to do the practices done on a daily basis at Ati Ling and other Chagdud Gonpa Foundation centers. These include: Wrathful Guru, Red Tara, Essence of Siddhi, Vajrakilaya, Lion-faced Dakini, Throma, Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha and Vajrasattva. As requested by several people, Rinpoche will also be offering a Medicine Buddha empowerment on Saturday morning.

Receiving an empowerment from a qualified lama allows one to engage in the practice of a particular deity, under the lama's guidance. Empowerment opens the path of practice to those who have a genuine commitment to engaging in the precious teachings of the Buddhadharma, realising their own true nature, and using this realisation for the benefit of themselves and all beings. Even if one has only a limited understanding of a particular deity's qualities, or of the empowerment procedure, receiving an empowerment carries tremendous blessings through the direct transmission of wisdom, power and compassion of the enlightened beings and masters who have held the practice lineages. Jigme Rinpoche will offer clear guidance and instructions throughout the day, enabling everyone to participate fully regardless of their degree of familiarity with Buddhism.

Times: 9.30am - 6.30pm, with a break for lunch.

Offering all these empwowerments in one day makes the schedule quite tight, so please be sure to arrive well before 9.30am so as to allow enough time for registration.

Cost:

The cost for the retreat is $50 (day only, including lunch).

For those arriving on Friday night after 7pm, the charge is $70 (including dormitory accommodation, breakfast and lunch).To stay over on Saturday night also, there is a further charge of $27 (for dinner, accommodation and breakfast).

These charges do not include the traditional offering made to the lama at such events.

To register, or for enquiries, please email atiling@hotmail.com or call (707) 824 0291.

Please note that dinner will NOT be served to retreatants arriving on Friday night. There are a range of restaurants and snack bars to choose from in Guerneville, the last town before PPI (Nit's Thai, formerly 'Rio's', is highly recommended!) or along the coast at Bodega Bay and Jenner.

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Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings

Annual Retreat with H.E. Kathog Getse Rinpoche

and Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

2 - 4 September 2006


This annual Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') Retreat hosted jointly by PPI and Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa and constitutes the lama aspect (here represented by Guru Rinpoche) of the Three Roots practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. The Rigdzin Dupa is also the sadhana used as the basis for the Great Perfection retreat Jigme Rinpoche leads every year in Brazil. Empowerment will be given on the morning of the first day.

We are honored on this occasion to be joined by His Eminence Kathog Getse Tulku Rinpoche, one of the head lamas of the great, ancient Kathog Monastery of Tibet (Chagdud Gonpa's mother monastery) and the lama who serves as retreat master for the center Chagdud Rinpoche established in Pharping, Nepal. Getze Rinpoche will be presiding over prayer-wheel consecrations at Rigdzin Ling and Iron Knot Ranch during this visit to the USA (see www.chagdud.org for more details).

Newcomers as well as old students are most welcome; please email us if you have any questions. Such a retreat as this is a very comprehensive introduction to the profound practices and wealth of ritual art that are found in Tibetan Buddhism -- to attend this kind of event under the auspices of qualified lamas is an opportunity not to be missed.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETREAT INFORMATION

COSTS per person per day (includes meals, accommodation and event costs)

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $50

$60

Overnight

Dorm $65

Dorm $75

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $80 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $100 for single occupancy.

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $90 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double); $110 for single occupancy.

Dormitories: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING, ie sheets, pillows, blankets, and also towels. Otherwise bedding is available at $5 per set per day.

Guest house rooms: Due to limited places, please call 707 632 5629 to make a reservation, or to register for a room-share. As of August 26th, only four rooms are left.

Registrations are now being accepted by email atiling@hotmail.com or Ati Ling voicemail (707) 824 0291. Please give us your name, contact details and a convenient time to call you, and one of our staffwill phone you. Your place is confirmed on receipt of payment.

You can pay by credit card or check. If paying by credit card we will get the details when we call. Please do NOT send credit card details via email. To pay by check, call or email us, and then mail a check (made out to Ati Ling) to Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling, PO Box 2972, Petaluma CA 94953.

OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. Forms for making offerings are available at registration and throughout the retreat, and all dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. TO MAKE OFFERINGS, click here....

(For more explanation about why we offer butterlamps, click here...)

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RETREAT INFORMATION

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Throma Tsog with Jigme Rinpoche

Friday August 18th 2006

Join the sangha for Throma tsog at 7pm, led by Jigme Rinpoche on his return from his Asia and South America travels. All are invited; please bring an offering for the tsog. Those who do not have the empowerment are welcome to sit with us. Families who wish to stay for the next day's event will receive a discount on overnight accommodation charges. For more information, please email info@padmapeace.org or call (707) 632 5629.

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Family Fun Day

Saturday August 19th, 10am to evening

Take time out with the family for a fun day up at PPI! We'll have a treasure hunt, games, story-telling, prayer-flag making, supervised wading pool with activities, bicycle-trailer rides, painting and more. Please bring a vegetarian dish for a potluck meal -- we'll be eating lunch together with Jigme Rinpoche, on his first weekend back after nearly two months travelling in Tibet and Brazil. A pizza dinner will be served around 6.30pm. All are welcome to come for a few hours or the whole day. Free admission.

Families are welcome from 10am onwards, and we'll end the day with a campfire. Please email us at info@padmapeace.org to let us know if you're interested in coming, with how many kids, and/or if you would like to help with any of the activities.

 

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Teen Meditation Retreat

June 25th - July 1st

We are delighted to welcome the BPF's teen retreat group to PPI for the first time. The retreat is an opportunity for teenagers to explore mindfulness practice through guided periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, small group discussions, creative activities, and unstructured free time. Besides formal meditation there will also be time for walks, music, story-telling and a bonfire on the last night.

Click here for more information on Teen Retreat

 

Throma Nagmo Retreat

with His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th May 2006

We are very pleased to announce that His Eminence will be returning once more to the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, Cazadero, CA, this time to lead the sangha in a 3-day Throma Nagmo retreat from Friday May 5th to Sunday May 7th 2006. Everyone is welcometo attend all or part of the retreat, and empowerment will be given on Saturday morning. Those attending on Friday who are new to the practice will be given instruction in front visualization and how to follow the text.

The practice of Throma Nagmo, the wrathful Black Dakini, is a very powerful practice for healing the body, mind and subtle energies by cutting through the obstacles and karmic negativities caused by ego-clinging. For more information, see the retreat flyer.

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is a renowned terton who has a long-standingconnection with His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche and the sanghas of North America and Brazil. For more information about His Eminence and his activity, please see www.ripaladrang.org.

There will be a healing ceremony on Saturday evening from 7pm and it is possible to attend just this part of the retreat without empowerment. Minimum donation of $20; nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Call 707 632 5629 to register or for enquiries.

COSTS per person per day (includes meals, accommodation and event costs)

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $55

$65

Overnight

Dorm $70

Dorm $80

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom : $85 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double)

Room in guesthouse with shared bathroom: $95 per person based on double occupancy (choice of 2 twins or 1 double)

Dormitories: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING, ie sheets, pillows, blankets, and also towels. Otherwise bedding is available at $18 per set for 3 days. Please note that temperatures can drop considerably at night.

Guest house rooms: Due to limited places, only double occupancy is available for these rooms. Please call 707 632 5629 to make a double reservation, or to register for a room-share. SORRY -- ALL ROOMS NOW TAKEN; ONLY DORMS STILL AVAILABLE.

Registrations are now being accepted by email atiling@hotmail.com or Ati Ling voicemail (707) 824 0291. Please give us your name, contact details and a convenient time to call you and one of our staff will phone you. Your place is confirmed on receipt of payment.

You can pay by credit card or check. If paying by credit card, we will get the details when we call. Please do NOT send credit card details by email. To pay by check, please call or email us then mail a check (made out to Ati Ling) to Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling, PO Box 1913, Sebastopol, CA 95473.

OFFERINGS

During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps.Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity. Forms for making offerings are available at registration and throughout the retreat, and all dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. TO MAKE OFFERINGS, click here....

(For more explanation about why we offer butterlamps, click here...)

 

Vajrakilaya Empowerment and Retreat

Feb 18-20, 2006 (President's Day wkend)

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will once more be Vajra Master for the Ati Ling / Padmasambhava Peace Institute Vajrakilaya Drubchod, as part of a series of Vajrakilaya events he is leading in the run up to the Tibetan New Year (other dates are Feb 10-12 in Seattle, WA, and Feb 25-Mar 5 in Brazil).

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week's drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year's retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit. Full or partial attendance is possible, but empowerment is required to attend any part of the retreat, and will be offered at the retreat start.

COSTS per person per day including meals

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $40

$50

Overnight

Dorm $55

Private room $75 per person based on 2 sharing, or $90 for single person. Linens included.

Dorm $65

Private room $85 per person based on 2 sharing, or $100 for single person. Linens included.

Dormitories: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING, ie sheets, pillows, blankets, and also towels. Otherwise bedding is available at $18 per set for 3 days.

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Chagdud Khadro - P'howa Retreat

March 17th-19th 2006

It is our honor to welcome our respected lama Chagdud Khadro, wife of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and director of Chagdud Gonpa Brazil, for a weekend of teachings and practice at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute. Khadro will lead a retreat on p'howa, the transference of consciousness at the time of death, and will offer the Amitabha empowerment as part of the retreat. The retreat will start on Friday evening and run through to about 5 pm on Sunday night.

Chagdud Khadro will also offer a public talk on 'Healing the Emotions' at the Open Secret Bookstore in San Rafael on Thursday March 16th.

COSTS per person per day including meals

 

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members

Non-CGF members

Day only

 $40

$50

Overnight

Dorm $55

Private room $75 per person based on 2 sharing, or $90 for single person. Linens included.

Dorm $65

Private room $85 per person based on 2 sharing, or $100 for single person. Linens included.

Dormitories: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING, ie sheets, pillows, blankets, and also towels. Otherwise bedding is available at $18 per set for 3 days.

Private rooms: a limited number, with shared bathroom, are available -- please call 707 632 5629 to reserve a room.

 

PADMA DAKINI ANNUAL DRUBCHOD RETREAT

Commemorating the Parinirvana of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th November 2005

PPI in association with Ati Ling is delighted to host the fifth annual Padma Dakini Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master.

This event is held annually to commemorate the November 17th 2002 date of the parinirvana of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons.

Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamyang Kongtrul, Mipham Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment when he visited Ati Ling in 2000 and 2004, and we are privileged to maintain the practice of this treasure under the guidance of Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, who was recognised early in life as being the reincarnation of Tsewang Norbu, the son of Chokgyur Lingpa regarded as an Avalokiteshvara emanation.

Empowerment is required for participation in all or part of this retreat, and Jigme Rinpoche will offer the empowerment on Friday morning.

Tibetan Lama-Dancing Training

September 9th - 11th 2005 part-time

We are delighted to once again welcome Lama Jigme to PPI for the Rigdzin Dupa Retreat and also on this occasion he will be offering instruction on lama-dancing, both for beginners and those who wish to refine their understanding of the practice. Chagdud Gonpa in north and south America is indebted to Lama Jigme for his expertise and dedication in training sangha members in the traditional dance and music required for the more elaborate rituals. Anyone who would like to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to receive instruction from a qualified teacher, please email us for more information. The training will take place during the Rigdzin Dupa retreat, during meal-times and breaks. There is no charge for participating, but it is customary to make an offering to the lama in appreciation for his sharing this teaching.

 Click here for more explanation of lama-dancing....

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Rigdzin Dupa 100,000 Tsog Offerings Retreat

9.30am Friday September 9th - 5pm Sunday September 11th 2005


The Rigdzin Dupa ('Gathering of Awareness-Holders') retreat is based on the sadhana by the great treasure-revealer Jigme Lingpa and is an essential aspect of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage practices. Empowerment is required for participation in this retreat, and will be given on the morning of the first day. During the retreat Jigme Rinpoche will also offer teachings on Guru Yoga and on Guru Rinpoche, the central deity of this particular practice. Retreatants can opt for full board and accommodation at Padmasambhava Peace Institute, or stay outside the center and drive up each day.

IMPORTANT: If you do not have the empowerment, and/or you are planning to attend for the full three days, please be sure to arrive at PPI by 9am on Friday 9th. The empowerment will be around 9.30am, but you will need time to register on arrival and settle in.

Please note that EVERYONE needs to register in the office on arrival, even if you have already paid and registered beforehand.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RETREAT, CLICK HERE

 

COSTS per person

 
Chagdud Gonpa Foundation members
Non-members
Day with meals
$60
$70
Overnight in dorm, with meals
$85
$95

Example options:

Fri morning to Sun evening CGF members (2 x $85) + $60 = $230; non-members (2 x $95) + $70 = $260.

Thurs night after 6pm to Sun evening CGF members (3 x $85) = $255; non-members (3 x $95) = $285

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is by phone or e-mail. Please phone 707-824-0291 and leave a message with your contact information, or you can e-mail atiling@hotmail.com, putting 'RD Retreat' in the subject box.

Payment is by check or credit card. To pay by check, please calculate for your stay according to the above table, and send a check payable to 'Ati Ling' to Chagdud Gonpa - Ati Ling, P.O. Box 1913, Sebastopol, CA 95473. Please be sure to write 'Rigdzin Dupa Retreat' on the check, and include your name, contact details and dates of stay.

For payment by credit card, we will contact you by phone to get your CC details.

 

OFFERINGS

During times of concentrated practice such as during a retreat like this, it is considered very beneficial to make offerings such as butterlamps or tsog. For both the person offering and the recipient of the dedication, this practise of generosity helps to create merit and remove obstacles. The dedications can be read aloud daily, and the power of one's own pure intention in making an offering is multiplied by the focused efforts of the lama and sangha practising together. If you would like to make an offering for any or all of the days, whether or not you will be attending the retreat, please click here for further instructions and to download the PDF file, or call (707) 824 0291 to make arrangements.

Click here for more information on when and why we make butterlamp offerings.

 

CEREMONY FOR THE DECEASED

During the retreat, a specific practice will be done for the deceased, whereby through the prayers of the vajra master and sangha a connection is made with beings wherever they are in the six realms, and they experience the blessings and benefit of the merit dedicated to them. This ceremony is especially helpful when practices have not previously been done for a particular being, for whatever reason, and it is customary to make an offering to strengthen the connection between the consciousness of the deceased and those practising. If you would like to include for this ceremony the name of a person or animal you know, however long ago deceased, please download the PDF file , fill in (with the full name of the deceased, if known), mark clearly 'Ceremony for the deceased' and mail to Ati Ling, PO Box 1913, Sebastopol CA 95473. Alternatively, you can call (707) 824 0291 and leave a message, and someone will call you back. Please ensure the form reaches the PO box by September 8th -- if you are not sure it will, call (707) 632 5912 between September 8th and 10th.

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Empowerments for Chagdud Gonpa Daily Practices and Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Saturday 13th -- Sunday 14th August 2005

Jigme Rinpoche will be offering all the empowerments for the daily practices that may be done in Chagdud Gonpa centers in North and South America and Asia. He will also confer the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro empowerments, essential for anyone who is planning to undertake the so-called 'preliminary practices' that establish the foundation for the entire Vajrayana path, and which are part of the prerequisites for attending a Great Perfection retreat.

Receiving an empowerment from a qualified lama allows one to engage in the practice of a particular deity, under the lama's guidance. Empowerment opens the path of practice to those who have a genuine commitment to engaging in the precious teachings of the Buddhadharma, realising their own true nature, and using this realisation for the benefit of themselves and all beings. Even if one has only a limited understanding of a particular deity's qualities, or of the empowerment procedure, receiving an empowerment carries tremendous blessings through the direct transmission of wisdom, power and compassion of the enlightened beings and masters who have held the practice lineages. Jigme Rinpoche will offer clear guidance and teachings throughout the retreat, enabling everyone to participate fully regardless of their degree of familiarity with Buddhism.

In the past, Rinpoche has often offered these empowerments all in one day; on this occasion, the two-day schedule allows a little more time for reflection and instruction, as well as giving participants the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Click here for more information.....


Lord Buddha's Birthday -- Sunday May 15th 2005

Everyone is welcome to join Jigme Rinpoche and the sangha for extensive puja and tsog at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute this coming Sunday May 15th from 5 - 7.30pm, to celebrate the Birthday of the Buddha during Saga Dawa.

The fourth month of the Tibetan calendar is considered a very special time for practice, as Saga Dawa celebrates the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that the effects of both positive and negative actions are greatly multiplied in these weeks, and so sanghas traditionally meet together to practise, dedicate prayers, and make extensive offerings. We look forward to welcoming you for this auspicious day of celebration and contemplation! If you would like to make tsog or butterlamp offerings, or for any other enquiries, please call (707) 632 5629, or email atiling@hotmail.com.


H.E. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche - Teachings on Yeshe Tsogyal

Saturday April 30th to Tuesday May 3rd, 2005

Ati Ling and Padmasambhava Peace Institute are delighted to welcome His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche to their center from Saturday April 30th to Tuesday May 3rd, 2005 for the following events:

  • Yeshe Tsogyal empowerment, teachings and retreat
  • Teaching on Tsogyal gyi zhulen text-- Guru Padmasambhava's Replies to Yeshe Tsogyal's Questions

Empowerment will be given at 9.30am Saturday April 30th, and is a prerequisite for attending the retreat. Retreatants can opt for full board and accommodation at Padmasambhava Peace Institute, or stay outside the center and drive up each day. More information about staying at PPI will be posted shortly. For information about His Eminence, please see his website www.ripaladrang.org.

lCLICK HERE to see the retreatants' information sheet - UPDATED 4/25/2005!

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Weekend Nyung Ne Retreat
with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

February 12th - 13th 2005

Ati Ling and the Padmasambhava Peace Institute are pleased to announce the 2005 Nyung Ne Retreat. Nyung Ne is a fasting and purification practice based on the practice of 1000-armed Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. Participants arrive Saturday morning and apart from Saturday lunch will not eat again until Sunday night, and also do not take any liquids on Sunday. The retreat involves meditation and prostrations under Rinpoche's guidance.

This retreat takes place in the first week of the Tibetan New Year. The first month of the Tibetan year is traditionally regarded as a very powerful period in which to do practice, reflecting the time when Shakyamuni Buddha displayed various miracles. Throughout the retreat, we dedicate the accumulation of merit to the benefit of all beings, with the wish that all beings may find happiness and the path to enlightenment.

All retreatants are required to stay overnight on Saturday. Please note that if you wish to eat something before driving home on Sunday night, you should bring your own snacks, as dinner will not be provided. There is an additional charge of $25 for those who wish to stay overnight on Sunday and eat breakfast in the morning – please indicate on the registration form if you wish to stay on Sunday night.

Please bring your own prostration mat and towel if you need them as none are available at PPI. The shrine room is carpeted, and a certain number of cushions for sitting are provided, but you should bring your own if possible.

No empowerment is required to do this retreat. Those who for health reasons are unable to do prostrations may still attend, but fasting is required for all participants.

Accomodation is in heated, carpeted dormitory rooms. Bathrooms have hot showers. Please bring your own bedding, including pillows, and ensure that you have enough warm clothes as the center can get very cold, especially at night.

The charge for the retreat is $85 for the whole weekend. The charge for members of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation who are eligible for a 10% discount is $76.50. The extra $25 charge for Sunday night is not subject to a discount.

When you come up to the Padmasambhava Peace Institute on Saturday 12th February, please allow enough time to register and settle into your room before the retreat starts at 9am .

Please register online before February 10th. If you have any problems or enquiries, email info@atiling.org for assistance. We look forward to seeing you in February!


Padma Dakini Drubchod

In Commemoration of H.E. Chagdud Tulku's Parinirvana

November 12, 13, 14 2004

Beginning 9:30 a.m. Friday to 5:00 p.m. Sunday

We are delighted to host our fourth annual Padma Dakini (Kurukulle) Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche as Vajra Master. The retreat will be based on a Dharma treasure (terma) of the late Chokgyur Lingpa, a contemporary and spiritual brother of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Chokgyur Lingpa is regarded as the last of the one hundred major Tertons (treasure revealers) and the universal monarch of all Tertons. He displayed many amazing miracles throughout his life and worked alongside Jamyang Khyentse, Jamgon Kongtrul, Mipam Gyatso and Patrul Rinpoche in developing the Rime Movement, a non-sectarian approach to integrating all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Chokgyur Lingpa's fourth incarnation, Chokling Rinpoche, blessed the Ati Ling Sangha in 2000 and again last month when he bestowed the Padma Dakini empowerment.

 

(Note -- only information on events run by PPI/Ati Ling and Jigme Rinpoche is posted. Events at PPI organised by other groups or individuals are not shown on this website)

 

 

2014

(not a complete listing -- only public registration events shown)

Yoga class -- every Weds afternoon. Email Marie or call
(707) 847 3409

Sunday Buddhist Service
9:30-11:45am

Lama Dancing Practice
Sundays after puja

Red Tara, Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche and Throma tsog are offered every month -- call for details or visit www.atiling.org

Teen Mindfulness Retreat
June 20-25

Living Awareness with Kami McBride
July 16-20

Improv Wisdom
with Lisa Rowland
Aug 22-25
Aug 29-31

Shematrix The Gift
Sept 10-14

Animal Reiki Source
Sept 28-21

Self-Enquiry Life Fellowship
Nov 4-18

Padma Dakini Drubchod
with Jigme Rinpoche
Nov 21-23

Earth Activist Training
with Starhawk et al
Jan 2015

 

 
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