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2018 Buddha Path Dakini Weekend Retreat
at the Dzogchen Retreat Center
Eugene, Oregon, USA

Teachings and Training on The Buddha Path

Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25, 2018

Last updated: January 19, 2018

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 Dakini Weekend Retreat. The retreat will be taught by Upasika Bodhisattva Padma Shiwa Tso, Mari Evans, under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This weekend retreat will be held at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center, outside of Eugene, Oregon, USA. This retreat presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the Dzogchen Lineage teachings. 

The 2017 Buddha Path Dakini Weekend Retreat will commence at 5 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2017 and conclude at 3 PM on Sunday, March 25, 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.


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.

More about Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche »


About the Teacher

Mari Evans, Upasika Bodhisattva Padma Shiwa Tso, is an authorized Dharma Teacher of the Dzogchen Buddha Path Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Mari was born and raised in Japan and she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she met Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in 2005. She is a member of the Dzogchen Shri Singha Association of Salt Lake City, where she gives frequent teachings to the local sangha.

Mari has attended six Dzogchen Lineage Internships and numerous week-long retreats. In 2012, Mari completed translation of the Buddha Path, 2nd Edition into Japanese, She is currently working on a translation of the 3rd Edition. Mari has also recently completed a songbook of the Dzogchen Lineage chanting melodies for keyboard. Her next project is to arrange mantras of the Dzogchen Lineage for orchestra.


Retreat Pricing

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 $380 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 5 PM, and depart the location after 3 PM on the dates listed above.


How to Register

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application period will close on March 7, 2018. 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. Please make arrangements with the Retreat Director for payment.


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:

  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!

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!
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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