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The Dzogchen Spring Retreat
at Dzogchen Retreat Center USA

Teachings and Trainings on The Buddha Path

Saturday, April 11 through Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

Last updated: March 9, 2009

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Dzogchen Spring Retreat with teachings and trainings on The Buddha Path  starting at 3 PM on Saturday, April 11th, 2009 and ending at 3 PM on Saturday, April 18th, 2009. At the request and with the authorization of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, the retreat will be taught by several of his senior students while he is teaching overseas. The retreat will include in-depth and direct teachings on the sacred text The Buddha Path, the Buddhist fundamentals, and will include many practices including mantra recitation, reciting sacred text, visualizations, music making, light offerings, and food offerings.

The teachings will be given at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center USA. Seating is limited, so please register early. Scroll down for details.


About Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

A vibrant and dynamic teacher, Khenpo Choga is a 33rd-generation lineage holder of the Buddhist wisdom lineage of Dzogchen, a lama of Dzogchen Monastery, and professor of the Dzogchen Shri Singha University. Khen Rinpoche has more than seven years of solitary cave meditation experience in the high Tibetan holy mountains and embodies the qualities of a realized practitioner and yogi. He is a published author of numerous Tibetan and English books, including The Buddha Path, a practice book that encompasses all of Buddha's teachings, and which is now available in English, and is soon to be released in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. More


Retreat Pricing

As always the teachings and ceremonies themselves are offered free of charge, but it is traditional in Buddhism for the student to make an individual offering to the teacher during the retreat. You may voluntarily make an offering to the teacher at anytime during the retreat. It is most auspicious to do this at the beginning of the retreat at the end of the opening ceremony.

The retreat fees listed below are used to pay for food, supplies, utilities and maintenance of the facilities.

  1. Senior (65 and up) - $350
  2. Adult (18-64) - $450
  3. Teen (ages 13-17) - $250
  4. Youth (ages 6-12) - $150
  5. Child (ages 0-5) - Free

When making your travel plans, please plan your schedule so that you arrive at the retreat center after lunch, and depart the retreat center after lunch on the dates listed above. You are welcome to come earlier or stay after the retreat to help us with preparations and clean-up of the retreat center. It is $20 per day to stay at the retreat center outside of the scheduled Spring Retreat. The $20 per day includes your meals and accommodations. Accommodations do not include blankets, sheets or towels.


Please Read the Fine Print

We have a separate page with all of the details about the retreat that you should read prior to applying. Please carefully review the Retreat Details, Conditions and Policies before registering. Everyone is welcome to apply by clicking here.

If you have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to contact the retreat director:

Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation
John Sullard, Spring Retreat Director
Email: johnsullard@gmail.com
619-817-8255 - Dzogchen Retreat Center

If you have trouble reaching John at the retreat center, you may also contact:
Anthony Culver, Spring Retreat Assistant Director
Email: wisdombuddha48@hotmail.com
720-530-3959


How to Register

Because space is limited, we may have to decline some applicants, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Application period will close on Friday, April 11, 2009. Once you apply, we will contact you to confirm your registration. 

Please carefully review the Retreat Details, Conditions and Policies before registering. Everyone is welcome to apply by clicking here.


How to Make Payments

Payment is due in full at the time of acceptance of your application. There will be no refunds after the close of the application period. Learn more on the Retreat Payment Options Page.


The Great Merit of Supporting Retreats

Even if you will not be able to attend this retreat, you or anyone else you know may earn tremendous merit by providing facilities for those on retreat. If you would like to contribute financially or with labor, contact us immediately. There are a variety of different projects underway intended to support the retreat experience, including an awning for the shrine tent, finishing the dormitory, and refinements of the kitchen and dining areas.

There are three ways you can help:

  1. Come to the retreat center prior to the Spring Retreat and get the unique benefits of a work retreat.
  2. Offer donations for raw materials and supplies.
  3. Sponsor students and volunteers who want to perform work retreats.

Providing immediate assistance will help facilitate improvements in time for Spring Retreat. If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact retreat director:

John Sullard, Spring Retreat Director
Email: johnsullard@gmail.com
619-817-8255 - Dzogchen Retreat Center


Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer

As you may know, Khenpo has recently requested that all Sanghas and individual students practice the newly composed prayer, “Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer for the Dzogchen Lineage Internship” as much as possible between now and the beginning of the Internship in June 2009. There are three important times Rinpoche has requested we practice this prayer:

  1. Daily, on an individual basis, of which we recommend 15 minutes or so of the Main Prayer, and the Supplemental section when time and positive conditions permit.
  2. Weekly, with your Sangha, whenever you get together for practice.
  3. Lastly, on the full moon. Try to plan accordingly within your Sangha and get together to practice for all beings!

Khenpo has stressed that for the benefit of all beings it is imperative we generate the positive energy necessary to organize and plan a successful six-month Dzogchen Lineage Internship. Without such success, it will be much more difficult to train teachers for this world and preserve the Buddha’s teachings. We therefore encourage you to practice this prayer, the "Preliminary Practice" in The Buddha Path, and Visualization of Buddha Shakyamuni as much as possible for the benefit of all beings! Always know that your positive practice is the root of all beneficial activities and the root of world peace!

Registration for the six-month Dzogchen Lineage Internship at the Dzogchen Retreat Center is now open. You can find out more and apply to attend here.

We rejoice in your good practice!
Namo Buddhaya!

Download a printable PDF of the Dharma Aspiration Prayer


Join the Circle of Compassion
Support the Dzogchen Retreat Center Project

For the peace and happiness of all beings, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation USA is asking for your support to ensure the future of the Dzogchen Retreat Center USA, under the spiritual guidance of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche.

Your help is urgently needed to ensure the preservation, practice, and transmission of the unbroken Dzogchen Lineage tradition for increasing personal happiness and creating lasting world peace. Please visit our website where you can donate online and join our ongoing giving program, the Circle of Compassion, or make a one-time donation to the Dzogchen Retreat Center USA Project. "Generosity is the root of wealth and prosperity."

Learn more at: www.dzogchenlineage.org/giving
The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation USA is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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