Dzogchen Retreat for Inner Transformation

The Tara Great Stupa Project, Thousand Stars Foundation invites everybody to attend

Dzogchen Retreat for Inner Transformation

Khadiravana Center, Nong Plub, Hua-hin, September 21 – 24, 2010

Talks in English, with Thai translation

Four days and three nights of Dzogchen (Great Perfection) retreat and “A-Tri” meditation sessions.

Practice is led by Ven. Geshe Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, a Bonpo Dzogchen master who is running meditation centers in many countries around the world, such as the US, Poland, Austria and Belarus.

Donation for the retreat: 2,000 to 4,000 baht. The fees help cover transportation cost of Rinpoche, food and refreshments, documents, utilities and labor costs of workers. All the income after expenses will be donated to Rinpoche.

Registration at 1000tara@gmail.com or call 08 06 10 07 70. Fax 02 528 53 08. Deadline for registration is September 15, 2010

Dress code: casual but polite

Accommodation: We have a number of tents, or retreatants can stay together inside our pavilion. Mosquito nets and linen are provided.

**Those who have not practiced Dzogchen before can attend. Rinpoche will start from the basics and we have some documents for you to study.

**We are inviting all participants to volunteer and join a merit making ceremony “Tara Great Stupa Day” on Saturday, September 25, 2010. On Sunday, we will go to Kaeng Krachan Reservoir to release 100,000 fish. A van will leave the Khadiravana Center at no extra fees. The van will go on to Bangkok afterwards to bring the participants home by 2 pm.

Program

September 21

06:30 am Gather at Foundation House, 695 Ladprao 11. Van leaves at this time.

11:00 am Arrives at Khadiravana Center

11:30 am – 1 pm Rinpoche gives introductory talk on Dzogchen (Session 1).

1 pm to 3 pm Lunch, followed by individual study of Rinpoche’s lesson

3 pm to 5 pm Listen to a talk and practice (Session 2)

5 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Further study of the lesson and practice of meditation

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Questions and answers; practice of “A-Tri” meditation.

9:30 pm Go to bed.

September 22 and 23, 2010

05:30 am Wake up.

05:45 am Prostrations

06:00 am Practice of “Tuklung” and meditation

06:45 – 07:15 am Walking meditation

07:15 to 08:30 am Private time

08:30 am Breakfast

09:30 am to 11:30 am Listen to teaching and practice (Session 4)

11:30 am to 2 pm Lunch, private study of Rinpoche’s lessons

2 pm to 4:30 pm Listen to teachings and practice (Session 5)

5 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Further study of lessons and practice of letting go of everything.

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Questions and meditation (Session 6)

9:30 pm Go to bed.

September 24, 2010

05:30 am Wake up

05:45 am Prostrations

06:00 am Practice of “Tuklung” and meditation

06:45 am to 07:15 am Private time

08:30 am Breakfast

09:30 am to 11:30 am Listen to teaching and practice (Session 7)

11:30 am to 2 pm Lunch and study of Rinpoche’s lessons

2 pm to 4 pm Questions; Rinpoche concludes the teaching on Dzogchen; Dedication of merit together.

4:30 pm End of retreat.

Remarks: Those who would like to stay on to join the “Great Offerings to the Buddhas” Day on Saturday can participate in such activities as presenting 5,000 offerings, offering 505 lamps, releasing 100,000 fish, and dedicating the merit to deceased relatives and friends. Those who like to join can volunteer to help with various types of work beginning 4 pm on Friday. We will have simple meals and accommodation for everybody.

Further information

Dzogchen

‘Dzog’ means ‘perfection’ and ‘chen’ means ‘great’. Dzogchen is a teaching about arriving at the original, primordial mind which is called ‘rigpa’ in Tibetan. The primordial mind contains no trace of duality, no evaluations or fabrications. It is like a pure sky with no clouds.

Three paths in Vajrayana

Sutra teaching emphasizes renunciation of samsara and the world and gradual path to enlightenment.

Tantra teaching concerns transformation of the world, paying homage to the Buddha from the inside.

Dzogchen teaching is a means by which one goes along a direct and immediate path to the primordial mind. It concerns letting go of everything and letting everything become liberated by itself.

About Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche

Ven. Latri Khenpo Geshe Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche has established numerous Dharma centers in the Yungtrung Bön lineage in countries such as the US, Poland, Russia, and Belarus. He is the abbot of the Latri Monastery in Tibet. Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche grew up among the Tibetan exile community in Nepal. He is the son of a famous lama from eastern Tibet. In his youth he spent his life as do most other Tibetan boys in the exile community, and when he grew up he became ordained as a monk at Menri Monastery in India under the tutelage of the 33rd Abbot of the Monastery there. He stayed there until he graduated with the highest monastic degree of “Geshe”, which is equivalent to the Ph.D. in western universities. Rinpoche has a keen interest in preserving the ancient Tibetan wisdom, and has set up the “Bon Children House” in India to help Tibetan children in exile. He has been invited to give teachings to many places around the world, and he has been invited by the Thousand Stars Foundation to Thailand many times already. Among the topics he is usually invited to teach are Dzogchen, Tibetan art of Healing, Mind Training, Dakini Training, as well as practice of the Medicine Buddha. Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is a leading spiritual master in the world today. His book, Opening the Door to Bön, has been translated into many languages.

Author: Krisadawan Kalsang Dawa กฤษดาวรรณ เมธาวิกุล

Dharma teacher, founder and president of the Thousand Stars Foundation

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