- Extended Deadline for Discount Room Rates at the Winter Retreat, Las Vegas
- The 2010 Six-Month Dzogchen Lineage Internship Successfully Concludes
- Pre-registration Open for the 2011 Dzogchen Spring Retreat
- The One Dollar Miracle: DRC Fundraising Drive
- About Us
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Extended Deadline for Discount Room Rates.
The 2010 Dzogchen Urban Winter Retreat
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, December 26, 2010 through Sunday, January 2,
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
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
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
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:
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,
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-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.
Assistant Retreat Director
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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
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
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
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: