The Buddha Path Summer Retreat
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Teachings and Training on The Buddha Path
Sunday, June 19 through Sunday, June 26, 2016
Last updated: February 24, 2016
The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 2016 Summer Retreat. The retreat will be 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 will run the third week of June. This retreat presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the Dzogchen Lineage teachings.
The 2016 Buddha Path Summer Retreat will commence at 3 PM on Sunday, June 19, 2016 and conclude at 3 PM on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
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
Great Perfection of Wisdom lineage holder Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche was born in Tibet, where he began training in Buddhism at the age of five at the Dzogchen Monastery. He has been recognized as the reincarnation of enlightened Tibetan master Gedun Chopel, who is the emanation of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of the Buddha's Wisdom. He received the transmissions and teachings of the Sutras, Tantras and Shastras from forty-two Buddhist masters and the complete empowerments and instruction of the Dzogchen Tantras from his root masters Khenchen Padma Tsewang, Drupchen Chatral Chochyab, and Guru Dechen Namdrol.
About the Lineage
A vibrant and dynamic teacher, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche 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. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga 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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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) ~ $560
- Senior (65 and up) ~ $450
- Monastic ~ $400
- Teen (ages 13–17) ~ $350
- Youth (ages 8–12) ~ $300
- Child (ages 0–7) ~ contact Retreat Director
NOTE: If you also plan to attend the 2016 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 before lunch, and depart the retreat center after 3 PM 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 8, 2016. 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:
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.
If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact the retreat director.
Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer
As you may know, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche 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 Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche has requested we practice this prayer:
- Daily, on an individual basis
- Weekly, with your Sangha, whenever you get together for practice.
- Monthly on the full moon. Try to plan accordingly within your Sangha and get together to practice for all beings!
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche 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 Internship and Summer Retreat. 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!
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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