Dzogchen Lineage News
Issue 13 – May 3, 2010

Contents

  1. Dzogchen Summer Retreat
  2. Tibetan Earthquake Call for Prayer and Support
  3. Dzogchen Spring Retreat Recap
  4. Dzogchen Internship Program Update
  5. Saragosa Estate Sale
  6. DRC Volunteer Days
  7. Fundraising Announcement
  8. Hazlitt's Dharma Teaching Tour
  9. About Us

Shine on the pioneers
Those seekers of mental health
Craving simplicity
They traveled inward
Past themselves...
May all their little lights shine.
” 

—Joni Mitchell

 


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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
2010 Dzogchen Summer Retreat

Sunday, July 4 through Sunday, July 18, 2010

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The luminous Shrine Tent during a past Dzogchen Summer Retreat at the DRC

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 8th annual Summer Retreat under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. This two-week retreat will be held at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center USA and run concurrently with the 2010 Internship Program. This year presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage. 

The 2010 Summer Retreat will commence at 3 PM on Sunday, July 4, 2010 and conclude at 3 PM on Sunday, July 18, 2010. This year’s teaching and training will include in-depth and direct teachings on the sacred text The Buddha Path, the Buddhist fundamentals, and will include many practices including mantra recitation, reciting sacred text, visualizations, music making, light offerings, and food offerings.

Seating is limited, so please register early. 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Anthony Culver, Summer Retreat Director
Email: wisdombuddha48@hotmail.com
Phone: 720-530-3959 - cell

William Ivanoff, Summer Retreat Assistant Director
Email: william.ivanoff@gmail.com
Phone: 541-337-6256 - cell

Web: www.dzogchenlineage.org/summerretreat


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Tibetan Earthquake Call for Support

An Important Message From Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

Dear Sangha,

I urgently request you all to pray and help support the people of Tibet who have suffered from this devastating earthquake.

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Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche teaching at the DRC in 2010

As you know, on April 14 at 7 AM a big earthquake hit the central Tibetan area called Gyegu county. More than 80% of the houses have been destroyed. The population of Gyegu county is about 200,000 people. It is a very cold area at high altitude.

I called many times to Tibet and heard that many of my friends and some family members of friends have died in this disaster. So far the reported death toll has reached more than 1,000 but a lot of my friends have told me that the death toll could be from 7,000 to 20,000. Many more people are injured and are in desperate need of help.

I have sent nearly 300 people from Dzogchen Monastery and other monasteries to this area to assist in any way they can. I asked for them to bring lots of bread and blankets to help people that now without food and shelter.

Here is How You Can Help:

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation has kindly allowed for direct donation via its website. Simply visit the Circle of Compassion Donate Now page. Fill out all the required information on that page.

Important! In the section called "Gift Information" check the box "on behalf of” and in the box enter "Tibet Earthquake Aid.” This will ensure the funds go directly to aid earthquake victims. You will receive a receipt and your donations are tax deductible.

100% of your donations will go to helping the people affected by the earthquake.
Thank you for your contribution. 

With Love & Blessings,
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

For more information about the earthquake, please visit the Dzogchen Lineage News.

Take Action:
Web: Donate Now


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2010 Dzogchen Spring Retreat Recap

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 7th Annual Dzogchen Spring Retreat. 

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Participants in the 2010 Dzogchen Spring Retreat at the DRC

Here’s a message from the 2010 Spring Retreat Director, Marc Baldwin:

“The 2010 Dzogchen Spring Retreat was held between April 4 and 11, and began with a tremendous start. On the Friday before our opening ceremony, Robert Lapham and several Port Townsend Sangha members arrived to help us prepare the retreat land for the coming season. A much-needed new roof was put on the Dakini Mandala, the kitchen was cleaned and organized from top to bottom, the garden was prepared and the worst parts of the fence were repaired. It is thanks to the diligent efforts of such dedicated Sangha members that this retreat center can survive.

The retreat itself was a wonderful experience in learning, contemplating and meditating on Dharma. Khenpo taught every day in the morning and evening, and the afternoons were spent in group tutoring sessions lead by Wongmo and myself, discussing the Buddhist fundamentals. Later in the week, Kunzang returned with stories of his teaching tour in Asia and advice for all Dharma Teachers of the Buddha Path. On the last day, the retreatants were given special instructions on the Buddha Shakyamuni meditation.

I am deeply grateful to Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche for blessing this world with his compassion and wisdom. By increasing our positive thinking and supporting Dharma, we can really change this world.”

Contact:
Marc Baldwin, Spring Retreat Director
Email: taomelos@yahoo.com


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EARLY-BIRD PRICING EXTENSION!!!
2010 Dzogchen Internship Program

June 6, 2010 to December 6, 2010

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce the 2010 Dzogchen Lineage Internship. This intensive retreat will begin on June 6, 2010 and conclude on December 6, 2010. We will offer a three-month option ending September 6, 2010, but students are encouraged to attend the entire six-month program. 

This just in!

We’ve printed up a 12-page Color Brochure outlining the 2010 Internship Program. See the online version and download a copy of the brochure here.

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The completed Men's Dorm, presently used as a heated group practice room

GREAT NEWS! 

Early-bird pricing has been extended until May 8, 2010. Please take advantage of this special discount of $500 off the Internship Fee. Register NOW online:
www.dzogchenlineage.org/internship

Request for Support

We’re always looking for volunteers and if you’re interested, please contact Erik Jung, the 2010 Dzogchen Internship Director. One way you can directly benefit the internship is to recite the Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer.

The 2010 Dzogchen Internship Curriculum

The Dzogchen Lineage Internship curriculum includes a line-by-line commentary on The Buddha Path as well as teachings on the Rigdzin Dupa, Dechen Gyalmo and twelve core shedra texts of the Dzogchen Lineage. The program’s comprehensive approach balances scholarly study, group practice and powerful meditation techniques. Its instructor, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, blends ancient wisdom with modern techniques, bringing the Buddha’s teachings to bear on the problems we face in today’s world.

For more information, please contact:
Erik Jung, Internship Director 
Email: erikdrewjung@gmail.com
Phone: 702-343-5833
Web: www.dzogchenlineage.org/internship


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Saragosa Estate Sale
Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 30 and 31 from 10 AM to 6 PM

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation announces the "Saragosa Estate Sale."

This is a rare opportunity for collectors and Western enthusiasts to purchase the unique and collectable items from the former Saragosa Ranch, which was a Western-themed resort. These items include authentic Western antiques along with hand-crafted replicas and will be treasured additions to anyone’s collection.

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The Saratoga Stage Coach, one the items being sold to eliminate DSSF's debt

The proceeds from this sale will be used to pay back the personal loans on the property. This will help the Dzogchen Retreat Center achieve its goal of being debt free.

The estate sale will be held in the field just across the road from the main compound of the Dzogchen Retreat Center on Memorial Day weekend:

DATE: Saturday May 29, Sunday May 30 and Monday May 31
TIMES: 10 AM to 6 PM each day
Entertainment, Light food, and Beverages will be provided
Directions to the Property: 
Northbound Directions
Southbound Directions
 
Spread the Word

We urgently need your help advertising the Saragosa Estate Sale. Please tell your family, friends, and acquaintances, and share event notices on social networking sites on Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, etc. There is a sizable market for Western antiques, so be creative and spread the word any way you can. 

Items for Sale 

Although the finer details have yet to be ironed out, we will be offering an eclectic selection of one-of-a-kind items including: a stage coach, a covered wagon, a vintage player piano with many player rolls, a pool table, and numerous other Western collectibles, both vintage and reproduction. For example: 

1. Kerosene lantern
2. antique barber's chair
3. antique yoke
4. black smith tools
5. antique saw blades
6. saddles and horse tack
7. antique captain’s chair
8. carriage lanterns
9. antique type writer
10. antique bottles
11.  milk cans
12. antique kitchen items
13. antique massive bellows
14. antique cash register
15. vintage ceiling fans
16. vintage stain glass chandeliers
17. antique cider press
18. antique barrels
19. vintage arm chairs – heavy solid hardwood
20. custom taxidermy trophies – moose and deer
21. many items of furniture
22. bar stools
23. vintage pine display counter
24. many electronic items
25. many antique cast iron works
 
Volunteer Support

We will need lots of help with all of the necessary preparations for this Estate Sale, especially on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 25-27).

To participate please contact:
John Sullard or Kunzang
Tel: 619-817-8255
Email: kunzang108@gmail.com
Web: www.dzogchenlineage.org/


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2010 DRC Volunteer Days

May 25 through June 5, 2010

With the 2010 Dzogchen Internship Program and summer retreats approaching fast, we invite everyone to joyfully participate in preparing the grounds and facilities of the Dzogchen Retreat Center. 

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche has requested that volunteers come to the Dzogchen Retreat Center for a spring clean-up and celebration anytime from May 25 through June 5.

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Volunteers Marco and Kunzang demolishing a small building that was beyond repair

Your assistance is encouraged and very much needed. Meals and overnight accommodations are available during the 2010 DRC Volunteer Days. Since this is our Sangha home, volunteers are asked to reimburse the DRC for the expense of hosting them here at a rate of $20 for up to three meals including overnight accommodations, $15 for two meals only, or $10 for one meal only. No rain checks. We appreciate payment in advance as this allows us to properly plan and accommodate the efficient operation of this holy property. Some of the priorities on our burgeoning to-do list include:
1. Fixing broken water pipes
2. Redecorating the shrine tent
3. Cleaning the mandala garden
4. Tearing down a couple of old buildings
5. Building a woodshed and storage area

Everyone is welcome. If you have special skills in plumbing, woodworking, electrical, and other construction, please let us know. We look forward to working and celebrating with you.

To participate please contact:
John Sullard or Kunzang
Tel: 619-817-8255
Email: kunzang108@gmail.com
Web: www.dzogchenlineage.org/


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Fundraising Announcement

With the DSSF now having legal ownership of the DRC we are well-poised to become debt-free and focus more of our funds on preserving and perpetuating the Dzogchen Lineage. Let’s continue to work together and pay back our personal loans of $150,000 by July.

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Another Beautiful Day at the DRC, showing the New Roof on the Mandala Shrine

We’ve gotten this far because of the amazing generosity of our Sangha, donors, contributors, lenders, and volunteers. We should all rejoice in everything we have accomplished. 

Owning the land and being debt-free allows us to focus our resources on retreats, scholarships, translations, publishing, and more. With monthly operating expenses averaging about $5,000 per month, we will have an on-going need just to meet these basic needs. Imagine what we could do with even more financial resources!

There are several ways you can assist us in this effort, including some that don’t require any money.

The Best Way You Can Help:
Join the Circle of Compassion with a suggested donation of $1 dollar per day (using a recurring donation of $30 per month). It’s easy and automatic. If we reach our goal of 500 people contributing $1 a day, we can own this land and pay off all debt in a year and a half. Just think, for 1/4 the price of a daily latte, you can help preserve the Dzogchen Lineage.

Other Ways You Can Help:
1. Mail your tax-deductible donation checks to: 
        Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation USA 
        1400 Colorado Street, Suite C
        Boulder City, Nevada 89005
2. Register for one of our retreats, such as the 2010 Six-Month Internship Program.
3. Organize a fundraiser in your local area. You can have a yard sale, a car wash, a bake sale, a used book sale, a benefit concert, a fundraising dinner, or even host a Dharma movie night.
4. Keep in touch with the Sangha by updating us with your current contact information.
5. Study the Practice of Generosity and rejoice in the past, present and future generosity of yourself and others. Your act of giving can be transformed from a fleeting moment into an ongoing powerful practice.
6. Incorporate the Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer into your ongoing practice.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help. If you have other ideas you'd like to suggest to us, please contact:

Name: Leanette Kearns, Dzogchen Shri Singha Fundraising Committee Chair
Email: leag642@gmail.com
Web: www.dzogchenlineage.org/giving


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Hazlitt's Dharma Teaching Tour

Teachings ongoing through June 1, 2010

Hazlitt has been engaged on a 10,000 mile Dharma teaching tour since January 15. It is scheduled to conclude the weekend of June 1, 2010, lasting over 19-weeks. Hazlitt is leading about 160 teaching sessions and engaging in Dharma activities in over 35 cities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Stops remaining on the tour include: Port Angeles, Bellingham, Richmond, Vancouver, Seattle, Payette, Boise, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Enoch, Las Vegas, Boulder City as well as other towns along the route.

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Hazlitt during his teachings in Port Townsend, Washington

For the latest schedule information, to register for upcoming events, host a teaching, or to support Hazlitt's tour, visit: www.pathbuddha.com

Contact:
Name: Hazlitt
Email:hazlitt@gmail.com
Phone: 415-846-3618
Web: www.pathbuddha.com/

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About Us

The Dzogchen Lineage News is an occasional email newsletter from DSSF, the Dzogchen Lineage's North American organization:

Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation USA, Inc.
1400 Colorado Street, Suite C
Boulder City, Nevada 89005-2485

The volunteer staff of this issue of the Dzogchen Lineage News include:

Hazlitt Krog, Publisher / Photo Contributor / Editor / Photo Editor
Sean David Young, Principle Writer / Editor
Ellen Klowden, Proofreader / Editor / Contributor
Wongmo, Photo Contributor
...and other contributors as may or may not be mentioned.

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