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The Dzogchen Winter Retreat
at Dzogchen Retreat Center USA

Teachings and Trainings on The Buddha Path

Saturday, December 28, 2018 through Sunday, January 6, 2019


Last updated: October 16, 2018

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our annual Dzogchen Winter Retreat under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This week-long retreat will be held at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center USA. This year presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage. 

The 2018 Dzogchen Winter Retreat will commence on Saturday, December 29,2018 and conclude on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

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

American-born Venerable Bodhi Lama Kunzang 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 "Lama Kunzang" within the Sangha, he 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.

About the Retreat

About the Dzogchen Retreat Center

The Dzogchen Retreat Center is situated on 160 pristine acres in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon. The property is replete with native forests, lush meadows, beautiful valleys, peaceful ponds, and the powerful Suislaw River connecting us to the Pacific Ocean.

All teachings at the Retreat Center are given free of charge. Retreat fees pay for Dharma activities and the operation of the facilities, including meals and maintenance. Retreat cabins sleep two, perfect for couples or friends coming together. There is also a heated women's dormitory with bunk beds.

Accommodations are limited, so please register early.

A rainbow over the Mandala Garden at the DRC

A rainbow over the Mandala Garden at the DRC in October 2011. Photo by Bhadra.

We welcome practitioners of all levels. Whether you are completely new to Buddhism or have been practicing for many years, you will find valuable instruction, guidance, and support. For students sincerely interested in following an authentic Buddha Path, transmitted by an authentic Vajra Master in the unbroken Dzogchen Lineage, there is no better way to start than with a Dzogchen Lineage Retreat.

About the Lineage and our Root Teacher

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.

More about Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche »

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) ~ $560
  2. Senior (65 and up) ~ $450
  3. Monastic ~ $400
  4. Teen (ages 13–17) ~ $350
  5. Youth (ages 8–12) ~ $300
  6. Child (ages 0–7) ~ contact Retreat Director

When making your travel plans, please plan your schedule so that you arrive at the retreat center  by 1 PM on December 29, and depart the retreat center after 4 PM on January 6. You are welcome to come earlier or stay later at the retreat center to volunteer to help us with preparations and clean-up of the retreat center. It is $30 per day to stay at the retreat center as a volunteer outside of the scheduled Winter Retreat. The $30 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 December 15, 2018. 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 providing facilities for those on retreat. If you would like to contribute financially or with labor, contact us immediately. There are a variety of different projects underway intended to support the retreat experience, including maintenance of the shrine tent and cabins, weatherproofing our facilities, and refinements of the kitchen and dining areas.

There are three ways you can help:

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

Providing immediate assistance will help facilitate improvements in time for Winter Retreat. If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact the retreat director.

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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