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The 2013 Salt Lake City Spring Retreat

Teachings and Trainings on The Buddha Path

Sunday, March 24 through Saturday, March 30, 2013

This page updated: February 16, 2013

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The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 2013 Salt Lake City Spring Retreat under the guidance of Upasaka Bodhisattva Sean D. Young, as authorized by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This one-week retreat will be held at the beautiful Wasatch Retreat Center located in downtown Salt Lake City, and will last six nights during the final week of March. This retreat presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage. 

The 2013 Salt Lake City Spring Retreat will commence at 5 PM on Sunday, March 24, 2013 and conclude at 6 PM on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

The curriculum includes in-depth teaching on the fundamental principles of Buddhism as presented in Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche’s practice text The Buddha Path. This program's engaging approach is designed to give students real-world skills for coping with the stressors of modern life by laying out a solid foundation for Dharma practice, on and off the cushion.

Seating is limited, so please register early. 

About the Teacher

Sean D Young (Padma Jigme Dorje)
Upasaka Bodhisattva | Writer | Musician | Cinéaste | Autodidact

Sean D. Young, Padma Jigme Dorje, is an authorized Upasaka Bodhisattva, or Dharma Teacher in the Dzogchen Lineage of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Sean has studied with his main teacher His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche for over 12 years and has directly assisted Rinpoche with the first three editions of the Buddhist book, The Buddha Path. Sean has also graduated from three Dzogchen Lineage Internship Programs along with many seasonal retreats beginning with the first US 10-day retreat led by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in 2000, near Fruitland, Utah.

Sean David Young

Upasaka Bodhisattva Sean D. Young. Photo by Andy Anderson.

Sean has also received teachings and guidance of teachers such as Lama Thupten Gyaltsen Dorje, Lama Dawa Rinpoche, and Khenpo Konchok Monlam Rinpoche.

Following his teacher’s guidance, Sean began teaching introductory Buddhism courses in 2002. Since then, Sean has taught hundreds of students and is noted for his personal, accessible style while explaining Buddhist teachings in simple, everyday terms.

Sean embodies the principle of inclusiveness, dedicating his life to practicing and teaching the Dharma while being a loving and devoted husband and father, all while maintaining a career as a creative professional. Sean has over 16 years working in advertising as a copywriter, video editor, designer, and creative director working with a broad range of regional, national, and global clients.

Sean has also served on the Board of Directors for the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation since 2005, and is currently serving as an officer.

About the Lineage

Since Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche will be teaching overseas during March, he has requested that Sean lead the 2013 Salt Lake City Spring Retreat.

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, Chinese, Russian, and German. It is soon to be released in Nepali, Japanese, and Spanish.

More about Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche »

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 very auspicious to do this at the beginning of the retreat at the end of the opening ceremony.

The low retreat fees listed below are collected only to pay for our basic expenses to run this retreat.

  1. $200 for adults (age 25-64)
  2. $160 for senior citizens (age 64 and up)
  3. $160 for students/young professionals (age 25 and under)
  4. $160 for graduates of a Dzogchen Lineage Internship
  5. $60 for those ONLY attending first two evenings
  6. Underage youths ~ contact Retreat Director

Please Read About the Details

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 March 18, 2013. 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 supporting those in retreat. If you would like to contribute financially or with your time, contact us immediately. There are a variety of different projects underway intended to support the retreat experience. Funding for our scholarship program is also greatly needed.

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 requested that all Sanghas and individual students practice the, “Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer for the Dzogchen Lineage Internship” as much as possible. There are three important times Rinpoche has requested we practice this prayer:

  1. Daily, on an individual basis
  2. Weekly, with your Sangha, whenever you get together for practice.
  3. Monthly 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 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!

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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