Dzogchen Lineage News
Issue 18 ~ December 16, 2010


  1. Extended Deadline for Discount Room Rates at the Winter Retreat, Las Vegas
  2. The 2010 Six-Month Dzogchen Lineage Internship Successfully Concludes
  3. Pre-registration Open for the 2011 Dzogchen Spring Retreat
  4. The One Dollar Miracle: DRC Fundraising Drive
  5. About Us

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Extended Deadline for Discount Room Rates. Register now!

The 2010 Dzogchen Urban Winter Retreat
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sunday, December 26, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in Las Vegas, 2009; Credit: Jim Kearns

The Dzogchen Bodhi Temple of Las Vegas is pleased to announce the extension of the deadline for discounted hotel room rates. If you register and book your room by December 22nd, you can still get the lower room rate. First register at the 2010 Dzogchen Urban Winter Retreat site and then book your room at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas by December 22nd.

About the 2010 Urban Winter Retreat

The 8th annual Dzogchen Winter Retreat will be led by H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Las Vegas.

The retreat topics will be: Healthy Healing Through Medicine Buddha Initiation; Accumulating Wealth Through Practicing Dzambhala; and Increasing Wisdom Through Meditating on The Four Noble Truths.

The teachings will also encompass the pith instructions found in The Buddha Path. These profound methods help one to eradicate negative thinking and to increase positive thinking through the understanding, experiencing, and realizing of one’s own nature, which is true happiness, or vast awakening.

Register Now!

Registration will be open until December 22, 2010. However, space is limited, so you are encouraged to complete the online registration form as soon as possible to ensure your reservation. The retreat fee does not include room and board. Local residents may overnight at their homes. Out-of-town attendees should visit the Hotel Accommodations page for details and information on receiving the discounted room rate.

For retreat details, costs, and registration information, visit the 2010 Dzogchen Urban Winter Retreat site.

For more information, contact:

Michal Turczyk, Winter Retreat 2010 Director

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The 2010 Six-Month Dzogchen Lineage Internship Successfully Concludes

A note from Erik Jung, Director of the 2010 Dzogchen Lineage Internship:

Dear Sangha,

I am pleased to announce the successful completion on December 7 of the 2010 Six-Month Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program. Three interns completed the three-month curriculum and twelve more completed the full six-month program. In addition, and concurrently, Khenpo led a ten-day spring retreat, a two-week summer retreat, a one-week autumn retreat, a month-long retreat for Asian students in Mandarin Chinese, and a week-long Buddha Path editing conference. In all, more than 75 interns and retreatants received teachings directly from Khenpo over this six months.

The 2010 interns studied, contemplated, and meditated on the essential teachings of the Buddha as taught in the Dzogchen Lineage. They also spent more than two weeks editing the upcoming 3rd edition of The Buddha Path. In all, Khenpo Choga Rinpoche spent over 1,000 hours on the throne formally teaching, covering, among many other things, the outer preliminaries, with a line-by-line commentary on the Kün-zang La-may Zhal-lung (Words of My Perfect Teacher), The Buddha Path, and The Speech of Delight.

Multiple writing assignments were given to each intern, in which they critically analyzed and commented on passages from Dzogchen Dharma texts. The essays were then shared with the group, with commentary and discussion led by Khenpo Choga.

There were stunning teachings that came out of these poems and essays. All the interns achieved and shared deep insights, with Khenpo giving profound commentaries. Writing one’s thoughts down and handing them to someone else truly reveals how well one understands the Dharma. Everyone learned a great deal about their own understandings and how well they can communicate them with others.

Also, in this year’s Internship, Khenpo invited us to give direct feedback to each other regarding our practice and conduct, and we developed a wonderful openness to receiving it. I think we really helped each other to mature as Dharma practitioners.

Retreats with Khenpo are not just spending days in silence. We have time for silence, but most of the time we are receiving teachings directly from him, studying, contemplating, debating, and working with each other to create the sacred retreat environment. Our style of retreat is incredibly dynamic, occasionally challenging, joyful and profoundly transformative.

This year’s Six-Month Dzogchen Lineage Internship was a amazing experience for me and everyone involved. I deeply rejoice in and cherish this opportunity to have served as the 2010 Dzogchen Internship Director. I wholeheartedly thank Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation, the 2010 interns and retreatants, and all of the wonderful support staff at the Dzogchen Retreat Center. May we all meet again in 2011 at the DRC.

With Dharma in Mind,
Erik Jung

The 2011 Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program is being planned to begin this July at the Dzogchen Retreat Center. Watch for the announcement just after the new year.

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Pre-registration Now Open for the 2011 Dzogchen Spring Retreat

Pre-register today!

Pre-registration is now open for the 8th annual Dzogchen Spring Retreat taught by H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. The retreat, hosted by Dzogchen Buddha Institute of the San Francisco Bay Area, will be held at the R-Ranch at the Lake, near Napa, California.

We have not yet decided the topic of the retreat or completely locked-down the exact rates and dates, but you are encouraged to register now and then wait to pay until we’ve sewn up all the details. We are expecting the dates to be Saturday, April 23, 2011 through Saturday, April 30, 2011. Contact the retreat director for more information or to let us know you hope to attend.

Please visit the retreat registration and information site to learn more and pre-register.

Laura Almada
Retreat Director
Tel: 415-925-1613

Kyle Kosup
Assistant Retreat Director
Tel: 510-525-5292

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The One Dollar Miracle

A Dzogchen Retreat Center Fundraising Drive

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901 - 1978)

Please join The One Dollar Miracle Fund Drive

Great things are accomplished by many people doing small things. And rather than ask a few people to make large donations, we’re calling on all sangha, friends, and others to just give one dollar a day. That’s right just ONE DOLLAR PER DAY.

Our goal is to gather 365 people to give one dollar a day for the next 365 days. That will result in over 133,000 dollars raised in one year, with $65,000 being raised in time to pay off the final loan and $65,000 to fund next year’s internship program and other projects.

Think about it. For just one-fourth the price of a latte or the price of an MP3 per day, you can help contribute to the success of the Dzogchen lineage. This is truly a one dollar miracle.

Two Ways You Can Help

One, please make a donation through our website and join The Circle of Compassion, our online recurring donation program. Please sign up for the $1 per day level of giving, or $30 per month. If you can give more, please do. It will help us accomplish our goals even quicker.

Help us create a One Dollar Miracle and join The Circle of Compassion at:

Two, mail a one-time or annual check for $365 dollars or write a monthly check, for $30 every month, to:

Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation USA
3325 Commerce St. Ste. 111-442
Eugene, OR 97402

Make checks payable to the DSSF. Write in the memo area “One Dollar Miracle” to help us track donations.

Any amount is greatly appreciated. May we all remember that generosity is the root of wealth!

Please email any questions or fundraising suggestions to Mary Orton at:


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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
Erik Jung, Contributor
Ellen Klowden, Proofreader / Editor / Contributor
...and other contributors as may or may not be mentioned in the newsletter. Thank you everyone!

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