The 2017 Buddha Path Winter Retreat
in San Diego, California, USA
Teachings and Training on The Buddha Path
Sunday, January 8 through Sunday, January 15, 2017
Last updated: November 21, 2016
The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 2017 Winter Retreat. The retreat will be taught by Venerable Archarya Lama Orgyen Zangpo (Kunzang Lama), under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This one-week retreat will be held at the beautiful private home in San Diego, California, USA and will run the second week of January 2017. This retreat presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the Dzogchen Lineage teachings.
The 2017 Buddha Path Winter Retreat will commence at 3 PM on Sunday, January 8, 2017 and conclude at 3 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
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 to 16, so please register and send in your deposit early.
About the Lineage and our Root Teacher
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.
About the Teacher
American-born Venerable Archarya Lama Orgyen Zangpo (Kunzang Lama) 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.
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 as a student and as retreat director during numerous Buddhist retreats and extended Dzogchen Lineage Internships. 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. His compassion and kindness shine through every moment of his teaching. He has dedicated his life to preserving and propagating the authentic teachings of the Buddha for the benefit of all beings.
Affectionately called "Kunzang Lama" 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 Khenpo Rinpoche with the composition and editing of his book projects, including the 3rd edition of The Buddha Path.
As always the teachings and ceremonies themselves are offered free of charge. In addition, 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 are used to pay for the location, food, and supplies.
The fee for this retreat is $625 per person. A deposit of half of the fee will hold your spot on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to request financial support, we encourage you to do so on the registration page.
When making your travel plans, please plan your schedule so that you arrive at the retreat location by 1 PM, and depart the location after 3 PM on the dates listed above.
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 December 20, 2016. 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 supporting those in retreat. Funding for our scholarship program is also greatly needed. If you would like to contribute financially or with your time, contact us immediately.
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!
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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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