Grand Blessing Ceremony
of the 10,000 Offerings to the 21 Noble Taras
2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen
Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, 2018
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
Last updated: Feb 25, 2018
The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our first ever Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This three-day public event will be held at the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association's Lemelson Auditorium, 4401 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97230. This is a rare opportunity for the public to participate in a large Buddhist practice and ceremony (a drupchen) to help increase personal well-being while contributing to world peace.
The 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen will commence at 10 AM on Friday, April 27, 2018 and conclude at 6 PM on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Seating is limited, so please register early.
About Tara Drupchen
The Tibetan word drupchen translates literally as "Vast Accomplishment." This extremely powerful group practice draws upon all the skillful methods of Dharma contained within the Vajrayana teachings to generate great merit and eliminate negativity of all kinds. This type of sadhana, or "means to accomplishment", includes abundant offerings, visualizations, mantras, mudras, chanting, music, and dancing. All of these supports for positive thinking harmonize to help create a pure and sacred environment in the perception of the practitioners. It is said that the positive karma generated by several days of drupchen practice engaged with the correct intention can equal months or even years spent in solitary retreat.
The Padmasambhava Drupchen is called Rigdzin Dupa in Tibetan, which is often translated as the "Gathering of Awareness-Holders." This practice is one of three root sadhanas within the Longchen Nyingthig (Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse) cycle of teachings. It emphasizes the invocation of, and meditation on, the guru or lama aspect manifesting in the form of Padmasambhava, surrounded by his retinue of Vidyadharas, disciples, deities, dakinis and Dharma protectors . It was revealed by the great terton, or Treasure-Revealer, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798).
Oh great compassionate victorious Mother Tara.
May I and all sentient beings be free
from all fears, obstacles and dangers.
May I and all sentient beings
quickly attain the supreme happiness of Enlightenment.
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SWOHA
(Swift Tara Prayer from The Buddha Path, Second Edition)
The Great Merit of Supporting Drupchen
Now, more than ever, the powerfully focused Sangha practice of drupchen is vital for purifying the harmful energy of negative thinking that proliferates as the complex problems that we find in modern societies. It also provides a means for the public to transform impermanent worldly resources into an inexhaustible source of merit. It is the aspiration of Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation to raise $108,000 to build nine directional mandalas and to finance the purchase of 10,000 offerings, ritual implements, sacred clothes, musical instruments, and decorative ornaments to be utilized now and in future grand events for the benefit of all beings.
Especially for those who may not be able to attend the Tara Drupchen, a donation made with pure intention to support its success is an extremely beneficial and worthwhile action. Those making offerings will have offerings made on their behalf during the three-day ceremony. Please consider contributing to the Tara Drupchen Fund today so that we can purchase items ahead of our deadlines.
About the Teacher
The 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen will led by H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche.
H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in the Gonpa at the Dzogchen Retreat Center
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.
Admission to the Tara Drupchen will include offerings to your mandala of choice. There are three levels of participation:
- Nirmanakaya Level $25 ~ Includes one-day admission and Small Tara Mandala Offering
- Samboghakaya Level $100 ~ Includes three-day reserved admission, Medium Tara Mandala Offering and the gift of an image to take home
- Dharmakaya Level $1000 ~ Includes three-day reserved admission, Large Tara Mandala Offering and a special gift
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.
How to Register
Because space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Admission the day of the event will be $35. There are two ways to register:
- Purchase your ticket through Eventbrite. Ticketed names will appear on our will-call list at the door.
- Make a donation through Generosity.com. Your admission to the event is included with your donation.
- Please contact the Event Director at email@example.com, if you have questions or issues about registration.
Invite Friends and Family
This is a joyful celebration, meant to be shared with friends, family, acquaintances, associates and entire communities. The goal of the 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen is to increase the positive thinking of every participant and thus, help all beings. You increase your own merit by talking about the event, sharing on social media and inviting and encouraging others to participate. Because the Tara Drupchen does not require any special empowerments to attend, you can easily help others to enter The Buddha Path, practice positive thinking, and increase their merit and happiness. Together we can reach our temporary goal of 10,000 offerings to Mother Tara, as well as our long-term aspiration to completely liberate all beings from suffering!
The Great Merit of Supporting Retreats
Even if you will not be able to attend this event, you or anyone else you know may earn tremendous merit by supporting those in attendance. There is much left to do to ensure the success of this event and pave the way for future events of its kind all over the world.
There are three ways you can help:
- Offer your time and talent. Volunteer for the Tara Drupchen and get the unique benefits of joining in the activities of the Holy Vajra Master, Compassionate Heroine Buddha Tara, and all Buddhas.
- Offer donations. There are many building materials and supplies needed to produce this event and the infrastructure for future events.
- Attend the event. Showing up in person helps to increase our accumulation power! Local Sangha are sponsoring home-stays and block-discount rooms in hotels for visiting guests. Check the event website for more information.
If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact the retreat director.
The 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Tara Drupchen
For all question regarding the event please contact
Carrie Ure, Event Director
Phone: Dzogchen Shri Singha of Portland (971) 303-9108
Mail: Dzogchen Shri Singha of Portland 4614 SW Vermont St. Portland, OR 97219
Last updated: Feb 25, 2018