Dzogchen Lineage News
Issue 20 ~ May 18, 2011


  1. Patrul Rinpoche Quote
  2. The 2011 Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program
  3. Summer Retreat Registration Open
  4. The Dzogchen Shrine Repair Project
  5. 2011 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen
  6. 2011 Spring Retreat Recap
  7. Dzogchen Lineage Retreat Schedule
  8. About Us

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Rare photograph of Patrul Rinpoche

Perhaps the only surviving photograph of Dzogchen Patrul Ogyen Jigme Chokyi Wangpo (1808-1887), often called Patrul Rinpoche, a great master of the Dzogchen Lineage and author of Words of My Perfect Teacher.

“The result of learning, contemplation, and meditation should be a steady and real increase in the love and compassion of Bodhicitta, together with a steady and real diminution of ego-clinging and negative thinking.“

~ Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher

The massive destruction by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and other countries, provide us recent evidence for the reality of impermanence. Such events highlight how rare and precious is the wonderful opportunity to train, practice, and support the Dharma. With this in mind, we kindly invite everyone to join us in helping to develop the understanding and skills necessary to decrease negative thinking while increasing positive thinking for the true happiness of all beings.

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The 2011 Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program

A Three-Month Course in Tibetan Buddhism
July 24th to October 24th, 2011
(Two-month option: July 24th to September 24th)

2010 Internship Group Photo

H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche with some of the 2010 Interns;
Photo credit: Padma Wongmo

Everyone is invited to participate in the fourth annual Dzogchen Lineage Internship program. The Dzogchen Lineage Internship is a precious opportunity to train directly with Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in the study and practice of the view, meditation, and conduct of Buddha’s teachings. This program follows the authentic and proven techniques of the Dzogchen Lineage, an unbroken transmission that has been passed down from master to student since Buddha Shakyamuni. This great tradition integrates rigorous scholarly methods with personal instruction and meditation techniques to allow students to progress swiftly from a logical understanding of the Dharma to the unwavering realization of Dzogchen.

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and the entire Dzogchen Shri Singha Sangha have begun preparations for this intensive program. We urgently ask everyone who is interested to please register now.

Please visit the retreat registration and information site to register, to learn more, or contact the retreat directors.

Stella, Adam, and Rita at 2010 Internship

Three of the 6-month retreat Interns from the Class of 2010, Stella, Adam, and Rita, during a tea break between forest teachings; Photo credit: Padma Wonmo

About the Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program

The Dzogchen Internship program follows the authentic, traditional teaching methods of the Dzogchen Lineage. This lineage preserves the transmission and techniques of India’s Shri Nalanda University and Tibet’s Dzogchen Shri Singha Five Sciences University. The Dzogchen Lineage integrates direct scholarly instruction and profound meditation techniques to allow students to progress infallibly and swiftly from a logical understanding of the Dharma to the unwavering realization of Dzogchen.

NOTE: Participants in the first three Dzogchen Lineage Internship programs during 2008, 2009, and 2010 are qualified for generous discounts. Anyone wishing to create conditions for world peace and to teach the Dharma of Buddha Shakyamuni should apply to attend.

Please visit the retreat registration and information site to learn more, to register, or contact the retreat directors.

For more information, please contact Sean Young (Internship Director) and Adam Kaessner (Assistant Internship Director) at:
Phone: 702-343-5833

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Please help support this program by practicing the Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer for the Dzogchen Lineage Internship.

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Summer Retreat Registration Open

Sunday, July 17th Through Saturday, July 23, 2011

Morning in the shrine tent

Morning Sun streams into the Shrine, Summer Retreat 2010;
Photo credit: Padma Wonmo

We hope you will join us at the 9th annual Dzogchen LineageSummer Retreat under the guidance of His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche.

Held at the secluded Dzogchen Retreat Center USA, it will start at 3 pm on July 17, and will conclude Saturday, July 23 at about 3 pm. This one-week retreat will take place just prior to the 2011 Internship Program and the Chinese Retreat.

The intensive program will focus in depth on the direct teachings of the sacred text, The Buddha Path.  It will provide an excellent opportunity for intensive study and practice for those who have limited summer vacation time available. It also affords the 2011 Interns an opportunity to get settled at the retreat center and prepare for the Internship. It offers everyone the profound experience of Khenpo's unique teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage and the chance to deepen the understanding and experience of Dharma.

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche sounds a conch

Khen Rinpoche sounds a conch during a 4th of July hike at the 2010 Summer Retreat;
Photo credit: Padma Wonmo

Please read more and register now for the Dzogchen Summer Retreat.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2011 Summer Retreat.

With love and blessings,

Ani Dechok Tso, Summer Retreat Director
541-743-6440 - cell

Barbara Dewey, Assistant Summer Retreat Director
541-513-8233 - cell
541-603-3219 - home

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The Dzogchen Shrine Repair Project

Nighttime in the shrine tent

Nighttime in the shrine tent during the 2010 Internship; Photo credit: Padma Wongmo

After nearly four years of sheltering internships, retreats, drupchens, and numerous other ceremonies and Dharma activities, the Dzogchen Retreat Shrine Space is overdue for an upgrade. The wear and tear of the coastal Oregon climate has finally taken its toll with exterior damage, interior mold, and weakened flooring. During the winter the shrine is very cold and damp and in Summer the space is very hot and humid. With an even more eventful year of retreats and the 2011 Internship ahead, we must act swiftly to repair the shrine area before the busy summer season.

Play your part in repairing this vital teaching and practice space at the Dzogchen Retreat Center. It is our goal to raise $32,000 to make the necessary improvements to provide a durable room for practice. We have already raised $12,000 so we’re rapidly making progress on our goal.

We’re also looking for skilled volunteers to help us complete the repairs in order to be ready in time for the many upcoming retreats and events.

To donate, volunteer, or to get more information, please contact:


John Sullard

DRC Phone: 619-817-8255


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2011 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen

August 20–24, 2011

Mandala Shrine at 2009 Drupchen

Mandala Shrine during a 2009 Drupchen; Photo credit: Rick Mathers

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen. This intensive group practice will begin on Saturday, August 20 and conclude on Wednesday, August 24.

The purpose of a Drupchen or ‘great accomplishment’ is to combine the accumulated power of each participants’ own practice of positive thinking to create an even more powerful group practice that can swiftly bring about beneficial results. When properly undertaken with correct intention this practice can produce similar merit and results within a few days equivalent to that of months or even years of solitary retreat.

A Drupchen utilizes the pure view and skillful means of Vajrayana Buddhism to produce such an effective practice. Methods such as visualization, mantra, mudra, music, and dancing are combined with physical mandala creation, offerings, and holy substances to completely transform ordinary perceptions into the pure realm of the deity.

Two Ways to Participate In The Drupchen

1) Attending the Drupchen

We will be accepting applications from students who have participated and completed a previous Drupchen under the guidance of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. Registration information will be posted on the Dzogchen Lineage website in the next few days. Please check in frequently if you have an interest in attending this extraordinary event. Space for participants will be limited by necessity so we cannot assure that all applicants will be permitted to attend.

2) Supporting the Drupchen

For those unable to attend, it is still possible to be a part of this special practice and generate tremendous merit by making a monetary donation to assist with the purchase of items necessary for a successful event. Giving material support is one of the easiest ways to join in with others’ virtuous activities.

To conduct a Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen properly it is essential that numerous decorative items, ritual objects, precious substances, and offerings be obtained. This is especially so as we will have a large group of participants from around the world, comprised of attendees of the 2011 Chinese Buddha Path Retreat and 2011 Dzogchen Lineage Internship.

Your contribution toward our conservative goal of $5,000 USD will help ensure that the 2011 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen brings great purification and blessings to all those with even the slightest connection to this vast and profound practice.

It is our aspiration to create a beautiful, abundant and inspiring practice environment to support the positive thinking and joyful attitude of all the participants’ in order to maximize the benefit for all beings.

Donation Options


To make a donation online please visit the Circle of Compassion webpage and complete the short form there. Please indicate that you are making a donation specifically to this event by checking the circle labeled “on behalf of” and typing the word Drupchen in the space just provided just beneath that circle.

By Mail

To make a donation by mail simply make your check out to Dzogchen Retreat Center and write the word Drupchen in the memo area of your check. Send your donation to:

Attn: Drupchen Event Director
4325 Commerce St. Ste. 111-442
Eugene, OR 97402

For More Information

Please contact Kunzang directly:

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2011 Spring Retreat Recap

2011 Spring Retreat Group Photo

Khen Rinpoche with the Sangha at the 2011 Spring Retreat;
Photo credit: Padma Wongmo

This year’s Dzogchen Spring Retreat was successfully completed on May 1. This powerful retreat was led by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche who gave wisdom teachings on the Four Noble Truths of the Enlightened, providing solid foundational teachings for those attendees relatively new to the Dharma, and greatly broadening everyone's understanding of the true nature of happiness and suffering. Precious visualization and purification teachings and practices were also given.

This year’s retreat was  hosted by the California Bay Area sangha (Dzogchen Buddha Institute) and held at the beautiful R-Ranch in Napa, California. R-Ranch is situated among oak studded valleys and chaparral covered hills.

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche riding a horse

Khen Rinpoche riding horses with the Sangha at the R-Ranch; Photo credit: Marcy Robertson

One highlight of the Spring Retreat was the addition of a very special guest chef, Tuan Nguyen and his wife Thuy. Preparing food that was designed to enhance our learning and strengthen our minds as well as our bodies, his attention to our needs helped create a condition of happiness and maximum learning potential for all. At Rinpoche’s request, Tuan also gave us a special teaching on the meaning of freedom. He generously shared the story of his people’s extreme oppression, and the terrifying escape of his entire family from Vietnam, driving home the point of how very lucky we are to live in a country where we have the right, and the opportunity to study what we like and speak our truth.

Spring Retreat Shrine Tent at R-Ranch

The temporary shrine tent erected for the Spring Retreat; Photo credit: Marcy Robertson

At the end of this year’s retreat, Mary Orton coordinated a spontaneous fund raiser, to assist in the reconstruction of the shrine space at the DRC, in preparation for the summer retreat and this year’s internship program. We rejoice in the spontaneous generosity of everyone who donated to this important project, especially Kathleen Trist who matched all donations, giving us a total of $8,017 pledged in one day!

Namo Buddhaya!

Laura Almada, Spring Retreat Director
Kyle Kosup, Spring Retreat Assistant Director

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Dzogchen Lineage Retreat Schedule

Several Retreats and Dharma Events Scheduled in the USA and Russia

Three Lamas: Wangdu Rinpoche, Choga Rinpoche, Geydak Rinpoche

Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, and Dzogchen Geydak Rinpoche with a few of the retreatants from the 2010 Dzogchen Lineage Internship and the Buddha Path Retreat for Chinese Speakers; Photo credit: Padma Wongmo

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation and Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche are pleased to keep you appraised of all the upcoming exciting Dzogchen Lineage retreats and special Dharma events. Please check the schedule page or click the name of an associated event director below to email and find out the latest on these events.

Start Date
End Date
Assistant Director
Up to 10-days
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Jul 6
Jul 16
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Jul 17
Jul 23
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Jul 24
Oct 24
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Jul 25
Aug 25
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Aug 20
Aug 24
Moscow Region,
Oct 1
Dec 1

Zhenya Golyuk (contact for English speakers)
Dzogchen Autumn Retreat 2011
Dzogchen Retreat Center USA
Oct 25
Oct 31
Lindsey White
Dzogchen Winter Retreat 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec 27
Jan 3

If you think you might attend one or more of these events, please register well in advance. If you'd like to volunteer to be a director or assistant director for a future Dzgochen Lineage retreat, please contact Hazlitt Krog for more information.

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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 / Editor / Photo Editor
Sean David Young, Principle Writer / Editor
Ellen Klowden, Proofreader / Editor / Contributor
...and other contributors as may or may not be mentioned above in the newsletter. Thank you everyone for your contributions!

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