Dear Sangha Members and Friends,
We are delighted to announce a very special three-day Dharma event, the first of its kind: a Rigdzin Dupa Drupchod and the creation of a Rigdzin Dupa Sand Mandala at Vairotsana Foundation Santa Barbara. This auspicious activity will begin Friday October 31, 2014 and will conclude on Sunday, November 2, 2014, Guru Rinpoche Day. The activity will be led by Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, Vairotsana Foundation Lamas, and monks from the Palyul Nyingma Monastery, seat of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
About Rigdzin Dupa
The sadhana of Rigdzin Dupa Dechen Namrol, The Display of Great Exaltation, is from the Dudjom Tersar lineage. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, instructed that this specific tsok sadhana be practiced on every Guru Rinpoche Day in the sacred hidden land of Pemakod. In accordance with His Holiness' instructions, this sadhana has since been practiced on every Guru Rinpoche Day at H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche's main seat in upper Pemakod. It has been practiced consistently since 1959 at Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche's Deden Tashi Choeling Temple in Yoldong, lower Pemakod, as well. Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche recently completed translation of this sadhana into English, for the benefit of non-Tibetan speaking/reading practitioners. For more information on the Rigdzin Dupa Dechen Namrol sadhana, read here.
"Drupchod" is a special kind of retreat in which mantra recitation continues uninterruptedly - 24 hours a day - around the scheduled sessions of formal practice and teachings. All practices, teachings, and mantra recitation will be based on the Rigdzin Dupa sadhana. Between practice sessions and teachings, a minimum of three practitioners shall remain in the shrine room at all times, reciting mantra. This will be done in two-hour shifts around the clock, including nights and during the meal breaks. To sign up for 2-hour mantra recitation sessions, please contact Sangay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the "Liberation Upon Sight" Sand Mandala
A sacred Rigdzin Dupa (Guru Rinpoche) Sand Mandala will be constructed as part of this auspicious three-day Drupchod. This particular mandala is considered "Liberation Upon Seeing" and will be the first ever Nyingma lineage sand mandala constructed in Santa Barbara, California.
Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche has invited Lama Rabjee Wangchuk - an expert mandala masterwho has been making sand mandalas at Nyingma centers around the world for many years, while traveling as attendant to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the late supreme head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism - to Santa Barbara to oversee construction of this special Rigdzin Dupa Sand Mandala. Lama Rabjee will be assisted in the mandala construction by several monks from Palyul Monastery.
If you wish to help support the costs of bringing Lama Rabjee and the monk attendants to Santa Barbara for the sand mandala construction, we will gratefully accept donations of any amount, and/or donation of air miles for plane tickets. For more information about offering for travel costs or donating air miles, please contact: email@example.com
This retreat will require pre-registration. Payments will be accepted through PayPal or by check.
Registration by check: Please mail checks to Vairotsana Foundation , PO Box 4361, Santa Barbara CA 93140, payable to "Vairotsana Foundation." Please put "Rigdzin Dupa Drupchod" on the front of your envelope and on the memo line of your check.
Registration by Paypal: Send Paypal payments to firstname.lastname@example.org
or click this link to register. Please confirm by also sending your name, address & phone # to the same email address.
The suggested donation is $25.00 per day, or $60.00 for the full three-day event.
A detailed schedule of practice sessions, teachings, and sand mandala construction will be sent later. For any questions, please email email@example.com
or call 805-899-8177.
Through this merit, may we quickly attain the level of the Orgyen Lama,
And leaving no beings behind, may all without exception be established at that level.
May all beings Benefit!