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2010 Urban Winter Retreat
Taught by H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

This retreat's topic will be The Four Noble Truths. All are welcome.
Sunday, December 26, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011

Last updated: December 16, 2010

Registration is now open for the 8th annual Dzogchen Winter Retreat taught by H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. The retreat, hosted by Dzogchen Bodhi Temple of Las Vegas, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas. The retreat topics will be: Healthy Healing Through Medicine Buddha Initiation, Accumulating Wealth Through Practicing Dzambhala, and Increasing Wisdom Through Meditating on Four Noble Truths. The teachings will also encompass the pith instructions found in The Buddha Path. These profound methods help one to eradicate negative thinking, and increase positive thinking through the understanding, experiencing, and realizing of one’s own nature, which is true happiness, or vast awakening.

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche on Mt. Hood

Retreat Pricing

Seating is limited, so please read further details, and apply now to reserve your space.

One Week (December 26 to January 2):
$500 for on-site registration & participants who have to depart early (no late arrivals permitted)
$390 for adults (18-64)
$350 for anyone who has attended a retreat with Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
$350 for senior citizens (65 and up)
$300 for anyone who has completed a Dzogchen Lineage Internship

Dzogchen Bodhi Temple of Las Vegas never charges for Dharma teachings. All fees will be used to cover the costs of organizing, operating, and promoting the retreat. Students who would like to arrive early and help with preparations or stay after the retreat to help with clean-up are encouraged to do so. We are a 100% volunteer organization, and no salaries or stipends are paid.


Registration has been extended until December 22, 2010. However, space is limited, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible to ensure your reservation. The retreat fee does not include room and board. Local residents may overnight at their homes. Out-of-town guests should register and then book your room at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas by December 22 to secure the special room rate. Therefore, as soon as you have completed the online registration form, and if you do not live in Las Vegas, then please immediately visit the Hotel Accommodations page for details.

Please carefully read the Winter Retreat Details and Policies page before registering. This page contains more detailed information about what to expect during the retreat, as well as guidelines for conduct. By registering for the Winter Retreat you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Details and Policies page. 


Payment of the fee is due in full once your completed registration has been approved. No refunds will be issued after the close of registration on December 22, 2010. You can learn more on the Retreat Payment Options page.

About The Teaching Topics

  • Healthy Healing Through Medicine Buddha Initiation
  • Accumulating Wealth Through Practicing Dzambhala
  • Increasing Wisdom Through Meditating on Four Noble Truths

Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha is also known as Bhai?ajyaguru in Sanskrit, Sangye Menla in Tibetan, Medicine Master and King of Lapis Lazuli Light and is the Buddha of healing and medicine in Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

When he was an enlightened bodhisattva, Medicine Buddha made twelve aspirations. Medicine Buddha aspired to illuminate countless realms with his light of lapis lazuli color, dispelling sickness and suffering and healing sentient beings born with physical deformities, mental illness and other medical conditions. Medicine Buddha also aspired to help those suffering from hunger, thirst, cold and other physical ailing’s.

The Medicine Buddha mantra, OM BEKADZYE BEKADZYE MAHABEKADZYE RAZA SA MUD GATE SWAHA, is held to be extremely powerful for healing physical illnesses and effective at purifying negative karma. The practice of Medicine Buddha is not only a very powerful method for healing and increasing healing powers of all beings, but also for overcoming the inner sickness of anger, jealousy, greed, pride and ignorance. Meditation on the Medicine Buddha helps decrease physical and mental illness and suffering and negative thinking.


Dzambhala is the emanation of Buddha Ratnasambhava. According to the sutras, when Buddha Shakyamuni was teaching the Maha-Prajnaparamita Sutra, a demon appeared to disturb the Buddha and wanted to create confusion. At that moment, Dzambhala appeared in front of the Buddha and protected him. Upon seeing his courageous behavior, the Buddha asked Dzambhala to become a dharma protector and help sentient beings. Dzambhala accepted the Buddha’s request and from then onwards, he has protected the dharma.

If anyone calls his name or recites his mantra, OM DZAMBHALAYE SWAHA, Dzambhala will come and help that person. Chanting the Dzambhala mantra will alleviate troubles with finances and resources to practice Dharma. Through Dzambhala practice, you can also gain wealth, wisdom, and intelligence and at last, attain perfect Buddha!

The Four Noble Truths

Buddha's first teachings after he attained full enlightenment, often called the Four Noble Truths, are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.

All beings naturally want to escape suffering and find lasting happiness. The goal of any authentic Buddhist is to learn, contemplate and meditate on how to achieve this goal for all beings. Buddha taught a very practical methodology that anyone today can apply to his or her own life. The Four Noble Truths provide a complete framework for the view, meditation, conduct and result of the path to enlightenment.

The truth regarding suffering, or the First Noble Truth of the Enlightened, is that all my suffering is the result of my negative thinking and negative karma. Karma, the natural law of cause and effect, is infallible.

The truth regarding the causes of suffering, or the Second Noble Truth of the Enlightened, is that my negative thinking and negative karma are the cause of all my suffering and the condition of all sentient beings’ suffering. My negative thinking is harmful to everyone, especially myself and creates my own suffering.

The truth regarding the cessation of causes, or the Third Noble Truth of the Enlightened, is that all my happiness is the result of my positive thinking and positive karma. Ceasing my negative thinking and replacing it with positive thinking is happiness. Cessation is peace.

The truth regarding the path to cessation, or the Fourth Noble Truth of the Enlightened, is that my positive thinking and positive karma are the cause of all my happiness and the condition of all sentient beings’ happiness. My positive thinking is my beneficial path to true happiness for myself and ultimately for all beings.

Khenpo Choga will go deeply into these teachings, helping the retreants to understand, experience and realize these profound truths.

About H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

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

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Michal Turczyk
2010 Winter Retreat Director
Email: mike.turczyk@gmail.com
Tel: 702-606-2122

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