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T’hroma Empowerment and Retreat
with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
T’hroma Empowerment: Sept. 21 & 22
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow the great empowerment of the black wrathful dakini, T’hroma Nagmo, from the cycle of Dudjom Lingpa’s terma.
This is a serious empowerment and samayas will be given. This empowerment is for practitioners on the path of the Dudjom Tersar, who wish to engage on the most secret practice of the wisdom dakini, T’hroma Nagmo.
Location: Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land
1781 Views End Lane, Lansing, IA, 52151
Suggested donation: $100
The empowerment will be from 2:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 21, and 9:00 – 5:00 pm on Sun. Sept. 22. Attendees must arrive by 1:00 on Sept. 21 to register.
Meals will not be served during the empowerments. There will be breaks for meals and participants can get meals at many of the nearby restaurants.
Camping is available at the retreat center, and must be reserved ahead of time. Preference will be given to those who are also attending the retreat. There is also plenty of lodging in Lansing. To reserve a campsite or camping equipment, or to get information on local lodging, please contact Tenzin Dorje: email@example.com.
T’hroma Retreat: Sept. 23-29.
This will be a closed, boundaried retreat on the Chod cycle of T’hroma from the Dudjom Ter. We will be practicing the Four Feasts. Space is very limited and preference will be given to those students who have completed Dudjom Ngondro and are in the path of the Khandro Thug-thig under Lama Dawa Rinpoche’s guidance. Prior permission is required for those students still working on Ngondro, or students of other teachers.
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Students who have not already received the empowerment from Lama Dawa Rinpoche must attend the empowerment prior to the retreat.
Cost: $600: includes three meals a day, use of facilities, and tsog supplies. Does not include rental of camping equipment and donation for Lama Dawa. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. This will be applied to the balance due at arrival.
Suggested donation for Lama Dawa Rinpoche (made at the end of the retreat): $250
Students can rent a complete camping outfit and platform for $100. Tent and platform only: $75. Tent only: $50. Platform only: $25. Sleeping bag and mat only: $25. Students with their own camping equipment can reserve a platform on a first come-first serve basis. Otherwise be prepared to camp on the ground.
Retreat facilities includes bathroom and shower, cafeteria for meals, use of refrigerator and other cooking equipment in the event that you need special food or meals.
To apply for registration please contact Tenzin Dorje: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon the acceptance of your registration, you will receive detailed information about the retreat, what to bring, how to get here, transportation, etc.
T’hroma is the Black Wrathful Mother, the Great Mother of Compassion, and as a member of the Buddha family, one of the highest level practices in Vajrayana. Through the practice of T’hroma we find a remedy for our afflictive emotions, we cut through our ego clinging and attachment to phenomena and we awake from ignorance to recognize our own true nature; Dharmakaya.
During the practice of T’hroma we make our greatest offering, we offer our bodies to accomplish both the accumulation of merit through generosity and the accumulation of wisdom through understanding the non-reality of our physical form. This can also lead to understanding the nature of emptiness that pervades all beings. Understanding the nature of emptiness accumulates wisdom and accomplishing the two accumulations of merit and wisdom leads to enlightenment.So the practice of T’hroma is a path capable of rendering full realization of enlightenment.
About the Teacher
Lama Dawa Rinpoche
Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche was born into the Jova family, a lineage of yogis (ngakpas) which traces back to the time of Milarepa. He was born on Guru Rinpoche’s day near Mukhti Narayan, a sacred pilgrimage spot in Northern Nepal.