Dzogchen Lineage News
Issue 21 ~ June 28, 2011


  1. Patrul Rinpoche Quote and Last Chance Note
  2. Registration Extended For Summer Retreat!
  3. The Three-Month 2011 Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program
  4. The Sponsor Path: Generate Merit By Sponsoring An Intern
  5. Dzogchen Buddha Path Retreat For Chinese Speakers
  6. 2011 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen
  7. Update On the Dzogchen Shrine Repair Project
  8. 2011 DRC Volunteer Days
  9. Tibet Supply: Support The DRC When You Shop Online
  10. Dzogchen Lineage Retreat Schedule
  11. About Us

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“The eighty-four thousand doors to the Dharma that the Victorious One taught are thus all skillful means to cause the Bodhicitta—which is emptiness and compassion as it’s very essence—to arise in us.“

~ Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher

Last Chance To Register For
2011 Summer Dharma Events

With spring weather finally appearing in Oregon just as the summer solstice passed, preparations are well under way for the upcoming 2011 summer retreats and the internship program. With four major programs being offered this year, we urge you to register as soon as possible to reserve your space in what promises to be a exciting series of Dharma events. Read on for more information and visit the corresponding registration sites to complete your registration.

Note: Even if you are unable to attend this year’s programs, you can still volunteer to help prepare for the events and make offerings through in-kind service as well as donations.

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

Morning in the shrine tent

Morning Sun streams into the Shrine, Summer Retreat 2010.

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

This one-week retreat, starting at 3 pm on July 17, will be held at the secluded Dzogchen Retreat Center USA and will conclude Saturday, July 23 at approximately 3 pm. This retreat is happening 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. The one-week retreat provides an excellent opportunity for those who have short 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 your 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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, Sean Young (Internship Director) and Adam Kaessner (Assistant Internship Director) at:
Phone: 702-343-5833

Help get the word out by "liking" us on Facebook:

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

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The Sponsor Path

Generate Merit By Sponsoring An Intern

Give Dharma to the world in order to eliminate sufferings.
~ The Condensed Perfection of Wisdom Sutra

While many of us may have the intention to attend a Dzogchen Lineage Internship, we may not be able to take the time away from work and family commitments to do so. Conversely, there are those with the right intentions and time to attend who for various reasons lack the necessary financial resources for the internship program.

Fortunately, there is a way that people in these two situations can come together to achieve results. This is through sponsoring a Dzogchen Intern. If a supporting patron wholeheartedly practices the generosity of providing the Dharma while the benefitting intern practices with pure intention, practice, and dedication—it is certain that both parties generate the same level of positive karma.

As Tibet’s Yogi and Saint, Milarepa says:

"A direct bond exists between the yogi and his benefactor, a profound connection which foretells shared enlightenment.

With this in mind, we kindly ask anyone to help sponsor a 2011 Dzogchen Intern. Simply contact us if you can donate an individual intern’s fee of $3,500 for the three-month internship or $3,000 for the two-month option. Of course, any amount will be of great benefit, but it is our goal to sponsor at least two to three interns this year. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

To initiate a sponsorship, please contact:
Sean Young, 2011 Internship Director
Adam Kaessner, 2011 Internship Assistant Director

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Dzogchen Buddha Path Retreat For Chinese Speakers

2010 Dzogchen Buddha Path Retreat For Chinese Speakers

Some of the retreatants from the
2010 Dzogchen Buddha Path Retreat For Chinese Speakers

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Dzogchen Buddha Path Retreat for Chinese students and all Chinese-speaking people everywhere. This retreat is guided by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and is, scheduled to run from July 25th, 2011 to August 25th, 2011. This will be a great opportunity to learn, contemplate, and meditate on Dharma in the Chinese language.

Thanks to the efforts and generosity of many Chinese-speaking practitioners, the first edition of the Chinese edition of The Buddha Path has now been printed and is in wide distribution. Now we have the precious opportunity to study and practice these sacred teachings at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center USA, a great environment to learn authentic Dharma.

We sincerely invite all Chinese-speaking communities throughout the entire world to join us on this retreat.

For more information, visit the 2011 Buddha Path Retreat site (in Chinese).

For more information, contact:

Ming-Yuan Huang, Retreat Director

Xiao Guai, Assistant Retreat Director


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2011 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen

August 20–24, 2011

2009 Drupchen

Practice 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 in 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, including all the 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 selecting the option labeled “on behalf of” and typing the word "Drupchen" in the note field provided just below.

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 at:

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The Dzogchen Shrine Repair Project

Nighttime in the shrine tent

Nighttime in the shrine tent during the 2010 Internship.

After nearly four years of housing internships, retreats, drupchens, and numerous other ceremonies, 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. With an even more eventful year of retreats and the 2011 Internship ahead, we must act swiftly to repair the shrine area.


The sangha and volunteers have really come together to achieve miraculous results. I’m looking forward to seeing this revamped space put to great use this year.
~ John Sullard, President Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation.

We rejoice that we have raised $30,000 for Phase One and the repairs are ahead of schedule. This means we are set to reach our goal of having major structural repairs completed in time for the 2011 Summer Retreat, Internship, and Chinese Buddha Path retreat.

How You Can Help

Play your part in finishing this vital teaching and practice space at the Dzogchen Retreat Center. We are set to make final improvements for Phase Two, including a larger vestibule area, a teacher’s antechamber, weatherproofing, and many more finishing touches. We are asking for $32,000 to complete the improvements so that this practice space may benefit all being for years to come.

Please make your contribution via mail and make your check or money order out to Dzogchen Retreat Center and write the word Shrine Project in the memo area. Send your donation to:

4325 Commerce St. Ste. 111-442
Eugene, OR 97402

We’re also looking for skilled volunteers to help us on-site to complete the repairs. If you can help, please contact us. For more information, please read the next story about the 2011 DRC Vounteer Days or contact Kunzang and John directly at:


John Sullard

DRC Phone: 619-817-8255

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2011 DRC Volunteer Days

Now Through July 17th, 2011

With the 2011 Dzogchen Internship Program and summer retreats approaching fast, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche has requested that volunteers come to the Dzogchen Retreat Center for joyful service through preparing the grounds and facilities of the Dzogchen Retreat Center.

Your assistance is encouraged and very much needed. Meals and overnight accommodations are available during the 2011 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.

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 at:
Tel: 619-817-8255

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Tibet Supply

Support The Dzogchen Retreat Center When You Shop Online

Nighttime in the shrine tent

These simple copper offering bowls are elegant tools
for the generosity practice of making water offerings.

Next time when you are buying Dharma supplies and gifts, we encourage you go through Tibet Supply. Headed by Kunchok Lama, this online store donates a portion of it’s sales to the Dzogchen Retreat Center.

At Tibet Supply, you will find high-quality, authentic Dharma items including shrine items, bells & dorjes, musical instruments, malas, incense, prayer flags, thangkas, and their specialty—prayer wheels made by Dharma practitioners according to authentic Tibetan Buddhist Traditions.

Please visit:

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Dzogchen Lineage Retreat Schedule

Several Retreats and Dharma Events Scheduled in the USA and Russia

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 Retreat Center USA
Oct 25
Oct 31
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
Padma Wonmo, Photographer (of most of the uncredited photos)
...and other contributors as may or may not be mentioned above in the newsletter. Thank you everyone for your contributions!

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