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The Dzogchen Summer Retreat
at Dzogchen Retreat Center USA

Teachings and Trainings on The Buddha Path

Saturday, June 21 through Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

Last updated: May 4, 2014

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 13th annual Summer Retreat under the guidance of Orgyen Zangpo, as authorized by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This one-week retreat will be held at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center USA. This retreat presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage. 

The 2014 Dzogchen Summer Retreat will commence at 3 PM on Saturday, June 21, 2014 and conclude at 3 PM on Saturday, June 28, 2014. 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 the Teacher

Orgyen Zangpo Biography American-born Upasaka Bodhisattva Orgyen Zangpo has studied and practiced Buddhism since the age of seventeen. His journey began with a thorough investigation of the Japanese Soto Zen meditation tradition over the course of several years. Desiring to integrate the benefits of his practice of Buddhism with the demands of modern life he pursued an education in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the late eighties. In the following decade he broadened his studies to include other lineages of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism while living as a lay practitioner.

Orgyen Zangpo

Orgyen Zangpo in 2012

In 2003, Orgyen Zangpo had the good fortune to meet his root teacher, Great Perfection of Wisdom Lineage holder Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. Since that time he has devoted his practice to the vast and profound teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage.

He has received extensive Dharma teacher training during numerous Buddhists retreats and extended Dzogchen Lineage Internships both as a student and as retreat director. Orgyen Zangpo has also served as the guiding Dharma tutor of the Dzogchen Dharma Center of Eugene, Oregon. He is authorized by Khenpo Choga Rinpoche as a Dharma Teacher of The Buddha Path and has taught the fundamental principles of Buddhism in the United States and Asia.

Orgyen Zangpo is recognized for his clear and direct teaching style with an emphasis on making the Dharma accessible and practical for modern students. He has dedicated his life to preserving and propagating the authentic teachings of the Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche presenting Orgyen Zangpo with a certificate authorizing him to teach Buddhadharma in the tradition of the Dzogchen Lineage.

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche presenting Orgyen Zangpo with a certificate
indicating authorization to teach Buddhadharma in the tradition of the Dzogchen Lineage.

Also affectionately called Kunzang within the sangha, Orgyen Zangpo is a long-time permanent resident of the Dzogchen Retreat Center. There he engages in many Dharma activities, including teaching week-long seasonal retreats and helping Khen Rinpoche with the composition and editing of his book projects, including the 3rd edition of The Buddha Path.

If you are interested in studying Buddha’s teachings and want to learn far more than can be gleaned from reading books, please register now.


About the Lineage

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.

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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. Adult (18–64) ~ $500
  2. Senior (65 and up) ~ $400
  3. Monastic ~ $350
  4. Teen (ages 13–17) ~ $300
  5. Youth (ages 8–12) ~ $250
  6. Child (ages 0–7) ~ contact Retreat Director

NOTE: If you also plan to attend the 2014 Dzogchen Internship, then $100 of this retreat's fees can be credited toward your Internship fee.

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 Summer Retreat. The $20 per day includes your meals and accommodations. Accommodations do not include blankets, sheets or towels.

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 June 11, 2014. 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, including maintenance of the facilities and grounds. Funding for our scholarship program is also greatly needed.

There are three ways you can help:

  1. Come to the retreat center prior to the Summer 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.

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

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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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