The Dzogchen Summer Retreat
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Teachings and Trainings on The Buddha Path
Sunday, July 17 through Saturday, July 23, 2011
Last updated: June 29, 2011
The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 9th annual Summer Retreat under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This one-week retreat will be held at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center USA and run the week prior to the 2011 Internship Program. This year presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage.
The 2011 Summer Retreat will commence at 3 PM on Sunday, July 17th 2011 and conclude at 3 PM on Saturday, July 23rd 2011. This year’s teaching and training 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.
Seating is limited, so please register early.
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 »
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.
- Adult (18-64) - $400
- Monastic - $350
- Senior (65 and up) - $350
- Teen (ages 13-17) - $350
- Youth (ages 8-12) - $300
- Child (ages 0-7) - contact Retreat Director
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 until 3 pm July 24th at the retreat center 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 Summer 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 Us.
How to Register
Because space is limited, we may have to decline some applicants, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application period will close on July 10, 2011. Once you apply, we will contact you to confirm your registration.
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 maintenance of the shrine tent and cabins, weatherproofing our facilities, and refinements of the kitchen and dining areas.
There are three ways you can help:
Come to the retreat center prior to the Summer Retreat and get the unique benefits of a work retreat.
Offer donations for raw materials and supplies.
Sponsor students and volunteers who want to perform work retreats.
Providing immediate assistance will help facilitate improvements in time for Summer Retreat. If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact the retreat director.
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 next Internship. There are three important times Rinpoche has requested we practice this prayer:
- 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.
- Weekly, with your Sangha, whenever you get together for practice.
- 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 2011 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!
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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
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