Dzogchen Lineage News
Issue 25 ~ April 28, 2012


  1. Saga Dawa Duchen Event on June 4th
  2. Dzogchen Spring Retreat: REGISTER NOW
  3. Dzogchen Weekend Work Retreat This Weekend
  4. 2012 Dzogchen Summer Retreat
  5. 2012 Buddha Path Retreat & Internship
  6. Forward to a Friend
  7. About Us

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Saga Dawa Duchen Event on June 4th

Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in Oregon for Five Days

Khen Rinpoche in Taiwan, April 2012

Khen Rinpoche in Taiwan, April 2012. Photo by Xiao Guai

“Always remember that you are a Bodhisattva Dharma practitioner. You have a responsibility to liberate all kind mother-beings from suffering and establish them in true happiness. Therefore, you should diligently become Result Buddha, Awakened Omniscient in this very life.”
~ Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

We've just heard that Khen Rinpoche will be returning to the Dzogchen Retreat Center from Asia for a few days from May 31 to June 4. Please pencil these dates on your calender and look for an announcement this week about the special events while he's back at the DRC. This will be the only chance to see him in America until the Internship starts on July 21.

The main event will be on Monday, June 4th, 2012 which is the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of Saga Dawa Duchen, the birth, enlightenment and paranirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, a day of extraordinary merit for virtuous thinking and activities.


Hazlitt Krog, Saga Dawa Duchen Event Director

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2012  Dzogchen Spring Retreat

A Retreat with Mahayana Dharma teacher Erik Jung
Learn the View, Meditation, and Conduct of Budddha's Teachings

Please register as soon as possible for this special event!

Saturday, May 12th – Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Registration is still open and filling quickly for the 8th annual Dzogchen Spring Retreat with Mahayana Dharma teacher Erik Jung.

The retreat will be held at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center near Eugene, OR. on SATURDAY, MAY 12 through SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012.

The curriculum includes in-depth teaching on the fundamental principles of Buddhism as presented in Dzogchn Khenpo Choga Rinpoche's practice text, The Buddha Path. This program's engaging approach is designed to give students real-world skills for coping with the stressors of modern life by laying out a solid foundation for dharma practice, on and off the cushion.

Registration will remain open until May 7, 2012. However, space is limited, and the number of participants is growing fast. Be sure to register as soon as possible to ensure your reservation!

Great merit in supporting retreats

Even if you will not be able to attend this retreat yourself, you may earn tremendous merit by helping to support others to attend the retreat. There are a number of scholarship requests and any amount of financial contribution you could make towards the scholarship fund would be greatly helpful and appreciated. Just sent a check to Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation by May 5th and note at the bottom it is for the 2012 Spring Scholarship Fund.

Erik Jung

Erik in the Mandala Garden at the DRC. Photo by Bettina M. Gordon.

About Erik Jung

Erik Jung is a monk and an authorized Dharma Teacher under the guidance of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. Erik, a lifelong Buddhist practitioner, has spent more than eight years studying closely with Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. He is a passionate and inspiring teacher in the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig Lineage of Mahayana Buddhism.


Find out more and apply online:


Ani Dechok Tso, Spring Retreat Director

Kerrie Bishop, Assistant Spring Retreat Director

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2012  Dzogchen Weekend Work Retreat

We Need Your Help at the DRC!
April 27–30, 2012

Rainbow over the Mandala Garden

A double rainbow over the Mandala Garden at dusk on April 26, 2012. Photo by Bhadra.

Please join us this weekend at the Dzogchen Retreat Center the first of four weekend retreats. We really need hands-on help from the Sangha to prepare the facilities for the upcoming retreats. We'll be contemplating equanimity while we happly clean and organize the Mandala Stations, dorms, bathrooms, and kitchen.


Find out more:


Dzogchen Retreat Center


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2012  Dzogchen Summer Retreat

A Retreat with Upasaka Bodhisattva Hazlitt Krog

Sunday, July 1st – Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Please join us for the Dzogchen Lineage Summer Retreat at the beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center near Eugene. The curriculum includes in-depth teachings on Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche’s practice text The Buddha Path, with a special emphasis on developing joy through the musical aspects of practice, including performing as a group, chanting, mantra recitation, playing instruments, composing, and doha (spontaneous musical expression).

Hazlitt Krog

Hazlitt in the Dzogchen Mandala Shrine at the DRC.

About Hazlitt Krog

Hazlitt (Pema Bhadra Dorje) is an authorized Dharma Teacher under the guidance of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. Hazlitt has studied with Rinpoche for ten years, accumulating over 21 residential retreats and three long-term internships. Beginning in October 2009, Hazlitt embarked on a North American teaching tour covering 25,000 miles and giving over 320 public teachings. Hazlitt is also a singer-songwriter who composes and performs Dharma-inspired music.


Find out more and apply online:


Rikkianne Cox, Summer Retreat Director

Ani Dechok Tso, Assistant Summer Retreat Director


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2012 Buddha Path Retreat & Internship

A Rare Retreat Opportunity With Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

One-Month Buddha Path Retreat: July 21 – August 24, 2012

The first month of the Internship is also the 2012 Buddha Path Retreat (for Chinese and English Speakers) a multi-national gathering of the international students of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche.

If you are considering attending the first month of this retreat, it is required that prior to attending, you complete at least one seasonal retreat within the Dzogchen Lineage. If this applies to you, then note that there is a $100 discount applied to your Internship fee if you attend the Spring or Summer retreat this year. Let the director know if you can't meet this requirement, and as an alternative way of meeting the prerequisite, she can set you up to be tutored by a graduate of a prior Internship.

Dzogchen Lineage Internship

During the 2011 Dzogchen Internship and Buddha Path Retreat. Photo montage by Bhadra.

Three-Month Internship: July 21 – October 26, 2012

The full three-month program is intended only for graduates of prior Dzogchen Lineage Internships. This internship is intended for those who sincerely want to become Dzogchen Lineage teachers, benefit others, and realize wisdom and compassion in this lifetime. It is for students who have faith in the Dzogchen Lineage, and who understand that progress in Dharma, the root of happiness, requires comprehensive training and continuous diligence in the three techniques: learning, contemplation, and meditation.


Find out more and apply online:

Follow the Dzogchen Internship Program on Facebook:


Shannon Young, Internship Director
Rita Pichlhoefer, Internship Assistant Director
Phone: 619-817-8255


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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
Bettina M. Gordon, Photographer
Xiao Guai, Photographer
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