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Phakchok Rinpoche will now be teaching for three days,  January 23rd to 25th!
Phakchok Rinpoche

Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche is an enthusiastic and vibrant young lama–his teachings are direct, accessible, and always fresh, opening our minds in a playful and inspiring way. Rinpoche will be at Rigzdin Ling offering teachings and empowerment for three days in late January. 

Noble Wisdom of Passing Sutra (Daka Yeshe Do)
Monday through Wednesday—January 23th & 25th
10 am-1 pm; 3-6 pm

In this beautifully concise Mahayana sutra, that is merely a page long, Buddha Shakyamuni summarized the five indispensible key points that every Bodhisattva must cultivate and master before they pass beyond sorrow. These five points–impermanence, great compassion, freedom from reference points, non-existence, and Buddhahood–are universally applicable to any Buddhists on the sutra path of Mahayana and the tantric path of Vajrayana.

Vajrasattva Empowerment

Wednesday night, January 25th, 7 pm 

In Tibetan Buddhism the Vajrasattva root tantra is called Dorje Gyan, or ‘Vajra Ornament’. Vajrasattva practices are common to all of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are used both to purify obscurations so that the Vajrayana student can progress through the preliminary purification practices through the stages of the path, and ultimately to a state of sublime buddhahood. Vajrasattva enables purification of any broken commitments and downfalls in terms of teachers, empowerments and teachings, and the sangha.

$25, plus your personal offering to Rinpoche

(No one will be turned away from the empowerment for lack of funds, but everyone should make an offering in order to generate positive interdependence.)

About Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche is the Supreme Head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage, the Abbot of a monastery in Chapagaon in the southern Kathmandu Valley, and the Head of Riwoche Monastery in Tibet’s Dokham region. Born in 1981 to Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron, Phakchok Rinpoche is grandson of Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of the Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Recognized by the Kagyu regents and ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he has studied with a number of great lamas, including Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. An enthusiastic and vibrant young lama, his teachings are direct, accessible, and always fresh, opening our minds in a playful and inspiring way.

Fees for three nights accommodation, teachings and all meals:

Single Private Room- $375 ~ Double Private- $330 for each person ~ Dormitory- $300 ~ Camping- $180 ~ 

Teaching Only: $195 (includes lunch but no accommodations or other meals).   

White Vajrasattva Empowerment Only:  $25 to Gonpa plus offering to the Lama. See below for accommodation.

Extra night’s accommodation including dinner and breakfast: $60 (sgle); $45 dble, p.p.; $35 dorm

Payments can be made in four installments with at least 25% paid when you return your registration form.    

Reaching Rigzdin Ling….


Rigdzin Ling has been  in the process of changing phone systems and have encountered some problems along the way that have made it difficult and sometimes frustrating to reach us.  We would like to sincerely apologize for the difficulty people have had trying to call Rigdzin Ling lately, and really appreciate your patience and perseverance.  This week we made some changes that should make it much easier to get through to the appropriate person, and we look forward to hearing from you!  
Sincerely,
The Ridgzin Ling staff
530.623.2714   info@chagdudgonpa.org

Ngondro Practice Retreat

Ngondro Practice Retreat
Lama Norbu

Saturday, January 14—21

Lama Norbu will lead a Ngondro Practice Retreat on the isolated upper part of Rigdzin Ling. This is specifically for practitioners who have had teachings on the Vajrayana preliminary practices, and wish to engage in diligent retreat practice. Lama Norbu will structure the retreat sessions, and will offer individual guidance and some group instruction. Ordained by Chagdud Rinpoche in 1997, Lama Norbu has combined nonstop activity with extensive retreat practice, including many Dzogchen trainings with Rinpoche and solitary retreat in Brazil. He is a lama who gives deeply insightful advice in private interviews.

Retreat Fee $250, including accommodations

For information, please contact Annie at 530.623.2714

Losar Events

Vajrakilaya Ceremony
Saturday-Monday, February 18-20, 2012
(to be announced)

 Losar
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 Open House
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Red Vajrasattva Drubchen

Red Vajrasattva Drubchen

Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche
Vajra Master
January 28 to February 5, 2012 

Sang-ngag Rinpoche

When Vajrasattva is practiced as one’s chosen deity (yidam), one can make tremendous and rapid progress in the Vajrayana. A seven-day Red Vajrasattva retreat in the format of great accomplishment (drub chen) can produce benefits similar to those gained in a traditional three-year retreat. Red Vajrasattva is, therefore, a most effective way to engage in Buddhist practice and to bring benefit and happiness to living beings. It reduces afflictive mental states and repairs broken spiritual commitments, allowing positive qualities and circumstances to arise with less obstruction. Red Vajrasattva is a superb avenue to the sublime state of Buddhahood.

This profound treasure (terma) of Red Vajrasattva was concealed by Padmasambhava in the eighth century at a sacred site in Padmakod in southern Tibet. Drodul Padgyal Lingpa, an incarnation of one of Padmasambhava’s heart disciples, Nub Sang-gyay Yeshe, revealed this cycle in 1960, during a period of great upheaval and change. The cycle is known as the Union of Enlightened Intent of the Three Kayas, and the inner sadhana practice is that of Red Vajrasattva.

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche were among the major dharma holders of Pegyal Lingpa’s treasure transmissions, and they integrated the Red Vajrasattva practice in its most elaborate form—as adrubchen—into the lineages held at Chagdud Gonpa.

Sang-ngag Rinpoche, who recently gave a thoroughly detailed teaching on the Eight Herukas at Rigdzin Ling, will serve as Vajra Master.

About Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was recognized as the sixth incarnation of Gyalwa Gyatso, one of two incarnations of Drimed Lingpa, by Khyentse Chökyi Lödro Rinpoche. As a young boy, Sang-ngag Rinpoche studied with his father, Namchak Tashi, learning his family’s tradition of religious rituals and liturgies, as well as traditional Tibetan medicine. Imprisoned by the Communist Chinese during the Cultural Revolution, he spent his ten-year incarceration in the company of many great lamas, tulkus, and scholars, from whom he received further teachings.

Released from prison, he made his way to India and then Nepal. He spent fourteen years serving Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Gonpa, where he also served for seven years as vajra master and professor. The treasure revealer, Padgyal Lingpa, formally recognized him as a custodian of his hidden treasure revelations and bestowed the ripening empowerments and liberating teachings for this cycle. Many students in Chagdud Gonpa North America received the Padgyal Lingpa empowerment cycles from Sang-ngag Rinpoche and these are the basis of their Red Vajrasattva practice.

Phakchok Rinpoche

Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche is an enthusiastic and vibrant young lama–his teachings are direct, accessible, and always fresh, opening our minds in a playful and inspiring way. Rinpoche will be at Rigzdin Ling offering teachings and empowerment for two days in late January. 

Noble Wisdom of Passing Sutra (Daka Yeshe Do)
Monday through Wednesday—January 23rd–25th
10 am-1 pm; 3-6 pm

In this beautifully concise Mahayana sutra, that is merely a page long, Buddha Shakyamuni summarized the five indispensible key points that every Bodhisattva must cultivate and master before they pass beyond sorrow. These five points–impermanence, great compassion, freedom from reference points, non-existence, and Buddhahood–are universally applicable to any Buddhists on the sutra path of Mahayana and the tantric path of Vajrayana.

Two-day teaching fee $130, including lunch but not accommodations


Vajrasattva Empowerment
Wednesday night, January 25th, 7 pm 

In Tibetan Buddhism the Vajrasattva root tantra is called Dorje Gyan, or ‘Vajra Ornament’. Vajrasattva practices are common to all of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are used both to purify obscurations so that the Vajrayana student can progress through the preliminary purification practices through the stages of the path, and ultimately to a state of sublime buddhahood. Vajrasattva enables purification of any broken commitments and downfalls in terms of teachers, empowerments and teachings, and the sangha.

$25, plus your personal offering to Rinpoche

(No one will be turned away from the empowerment for lack of funds, but everyone should make an offering in order to generate positive interdependence.)

About Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche is the Supreme Head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage, the Abbot of a monastery in Chapagaon in the southern Kathmandu Valley, and the Head of Riwoche Monastery in Tibet’s Dokham region. Born in 1981 to Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron, Phakchok Rinpoche is grandson of Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of the Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Recognized by the Kagyu regents and ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he has studied with a number of great lamas, including Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. An enthusiastic and vibrant young lama, his teachings are direct, accessible, and always fresh, opening our minds in a playful and inspiring way.

Carrying the Vajrakilaya statue to the shrine.

During retreat at Rigzdin Ling, Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche bestowed the Vajrakilaya empowerment and also led the consecration of the Varakilaya statue that has been in the Shrine Room for many years.

The statue had been repaired, and Sangngag Rinpoche, with the assistance of Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk and several Chagdud Gonpa lamas, reinstalled the mantras and sacred substances blessed by H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche

Months and months of intense work went into repairing, finishing and polishing the statue, before installing Vajrakilaya once again  next to Red Tara on the shrine.

Click  for a slide show of the consecration.

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