Issue 29 ~ July 11, 2012
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Volunteers Needed at DRC before July 21
Please come visit and help prepare for upcoming retreats
You are encouraged to volunteer anytime at the DRC, especially during the next few days prior to the start of the Internship on July 21st. Contact us at the email or phone below to arrange your private volunteer retreat.
We are in particular need of people with trade skills such as carpentry, but we can use the help of volunteers of all skill levels. There are many jobs to do here including cleaning buidlings, gardening, and yard work that don't require much training in order for you to make a great contribution.
Find out more at: www.dzogchenlineage.org/weekendretreat
If you're not able to come to the DRC as a volunteer, you can still support us remotely by engaging in acts of generous giving. We need financial support for the completion of the shrine, improvements to the mandala stations, and the scholarship fund to support our full-time volunteers. Find out more and donate online at: www.dzogchenlineage.org/giving
Dzogchen Retreat Center
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LAST CALL! REGISTER NOW! REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 16
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. It is recommended that those participating in this month-long retreat have already attended at least one seasonal retreat within the Dzogchen Lineage, and/or that they be tutored by a graduate of a prior Internship who can help them prepare for the retreat.
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.
English-speaking students wishing to apply online for either the one-month Buddha Path Retreat or the three-month Internship program, please visit: www.dzogchenlineage.org/internship
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Shannon Young 2012 Internship Director
Follow the Dzogchen Internship Program on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DzogchenInternshipProgram
NOTE: For the retreat fees and other details that are specific to our Chinese-speaking Sangha, please contact the Retreat Director for the 2012 Buddha Path Retreat (for Chinese and English Speakers), Tina Tung, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2012 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen
Aug. 25th through Sept. 2nd, 2012
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation are pleased to announce the 2012 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen. This intensive group practice will begin on Saturday, August 25th and conclude on Sunday, September 2nd.
With the powerful conditions of a beautiful Dzogchen Retreat Center summer and our newly restored shrine area, this is an especially auspicious time to come together and join in the Buddha’s activities.
A Drupchen, or “great accomplishment,” is a group practice that combines and magnifies the accumulated power of each participant’s individual positive thinking, to swiftly bring about beneficial results. When properly undertaken with correct intention, this practice can produce, in a few short days, the merit 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 result. Methods such as visualization, mantra, mudra, music, and Dharma dancing are combined with physical mandala creation, offerings, and holy substances to completely transform ordinary perceptions into the pure realm of the deity.
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.
In this year, the Year Of The Dakini, we can multiply our virtuous activity even more with your help.
Two Ways to Participate In The Drupchen:
1) Attending the Drupchen: We will be accepting applications from qualified students who have participated in and completed a previous Drupchen under the guidance of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. 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. To register, please visit: www.dzogchenlineage.org/2012_padmasambhava_drupchen
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.
When performing a Great Drupchen, many special holy items are needed to provide a spectacular sensory experience. Many of the items we acquire for this Drupchen will be used by the sangha for many years to come. Specifically, to conduct a Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen properly, it is essential that numerous decorative items, apparel, ritual objects, precious substances, and offerings be obtained.
While past Drupchens have been very successful, we have a special opportunity this year to amass the right materials to create an even more powerful Drupchen, and to allow Khen Rinpoche to teach the complete practice at the DRC for the first time. Your contribution toward our goal of $12,000 USD will help ensure that the 2012 Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen brings great purification and blessings to all those with even the slightest connection to this vast and profound practice.
By Check: With your donation by check, there are no service fees paid by DSSF to process your payment. To make a donation by check, simply make your check out to to DSSF and write “2012 Drupchen” in the memo area. Mail your donation to: DSSF, 4325 Commerce St., Ste. 111-442, Eugene, OR 97402
By Credit or Debit Card: To make your donation online via PayPal, please visit: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/make-online-payments Where it asks you to enter your email in the “from” field and in the “to” field, please enter: email@example.com
For Registration and Further Information: Please contact:
Carrie Ure, Drupchen Director Phone: 503-757-7060 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rejoicing In Our Work
Whether we’ve donated one dollar, $100,000, an hour of time, or a prayer of aspiration, all of us should pause to rejoice in an amazing accomplishment. In just a little over five short years, we’ve raised $1.2 million in donations to secure the property of the Dzogchen Retreat Center. This beautiful 160-acre holy place is our Dharma headquarters for transmitting the Buddha’s teachings in the West. Together, we’ve made this possible! And just think - we’ve accomplished this with the most meager of resources and a small, all-volunteer organization dispersed across the globe. This is a truly extraordinary achievement.
Rejoice in how this generosity and virtuous work has already borne fruit! More than four years of Dzogchen Internships have allowed our precious teacher, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, to train nearly 100 Dharma teachers. The importance of this achievement cannot be overstated. It is not hyperbole to state that we are doing the same work that Tibetan King Trisong Detsen did when he invited Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita to Samye Monastery, and sent the first 400 people to India to translate the Dharma. Khenpo Choga Rinpoche’s transmission of the Dharma to the West is of the same level of magnitude as that pivotal moment in history.
Help Now, And Be a Part of This Historic Time
We couldn’t have done this without your help. So please donate now to help us continue fulfilling our aspirations. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Participating at even a few dollars a month allows you to participate in the merit of this historic effort. May we all remember that generosity is the root of wealth!
Three Ways You Can Help:
1) Mail a check payable to “DSSF” to: Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation USA
2) Join The Circle of Compassion, our online recurring donation program, through the Dzogchen Lineage website. To give One Dollar a day, choose the $30 per month option. If you can give more, please do. It will help us accomplish our goals even more quickly!
Join The Circle Of Compassion by clicking “Donate Now” at the Dzogchen Lineage giving page:
3) Join the Dakini Alliance. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche has declared 2012 to be the year of the Dakini. Dakinis are the root of all virtuous activity and the female embodiment of enlightened energy. In honor of this auspicious year, The Dakini Alliance was created with the goal to support all of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga’s activities by supporting both the Dzogchen Retreat Center and sangha members, with special emphasis on supporting the education and Dharma practice of women. By joining, you can help energize the community in support of the Dzogchen Retreat Center.
Join The Dakini Alliance:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DakiniAlliance
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/259508397419320/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DakiniAlliance
“Dakinis are our powerful friends and companions. The more positive thinking you have, the more Dakinis can help you.” —Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
Please email any questions or fundraising suggestions to:
Hazlitt Krog, Fundraising Committee Chair
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