Friday, September 16
Achi Dharma Tara Empowerment & Pure Vision Achi Transmission
Achi Dharma Tara is the the head of the Karma - Activitiy Dakinis and is an emanation of Vajrayogini. This Pure Vision practice is a very recent treasure revelation especially potent for these difficult times when there are many obstacles to accomplishing spiritual practice. This practice also has different activity sections for increasing life force, summoning prosperity, divining the future as well as many other special activity sections that make this practice unique.
Time: 7 PM
Sug. Don. $30
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT
Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18
Chakrasamvara Supreme Bliss Empowerment
The practice of Chakrasamvara, or the 'Supreme Wheel of Bliss', is one of the most important mother tantra practices. It has been practiced both widely in India and Tibet by many Mahasiddhas and continues to be practiced to this very day. This particular empowerment is of the Chakrasamvara from the tradition of Ghantapa, an Indian Mahasiddha. In this practice Chakrasamvara has two-arms and is in union with Vajravarahi. The empowerment and sadhana come from a collection of four key annutarayoga tantra deities (Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, and Kalacakra) put together by the Drigung Kagyu master Rigdzin Chokyi Dragpa.
The Chakrasamvara Section of the Essential Meaning of the Annutarayoga Tantra Completion Stage,
The Profound Upadesha
By Rigdzin Chökyi Dragpa
This text reveals the essence of the Kagyu tradition of practicing the Chakrasamvara completion stage. Such instructions are widely known as the Five Stages of Arising. These five stages represent vital elements to the entire formula of tantric Buddhism and were practiced and commented on widely throughout India and Tibet. The five stages of the Chakrasamvara completion stage are based on the commentary composed by the Indian Mahasiddha Ghatapada, who wrote the earliest known Completion Stage commentary on the practice of Chakrasamvara.
The Completion Stage text text by Rigdzin Chökyi Dragpa was designed specifically to compliment the generation stage sadhana of Chakrasamvara with the Chakrasamvara completion stage practices of the five stages. These teachings include very important practical teachings on the Completion Stage including practices on engaging in consort practice. The teachings on this text will be a rare opportunity to receive an introduction to the heart of the ancient vajrayana practices of the completion stage.
Time: 9:30-5 PM Both Days
Sug. Don. $120
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT
For those attending the complete Retreat
(September 16-18) the suggested donation is $150.
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All teachings September 16-18, 2011
will take place at 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443.
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Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche Biography
The Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche was born in Nag-chu District of Tibet. From his earliest years, the Venerable Thinley Ningpo was distinguished by a loving and compassionate nature and an active concern for the welfare of others. He entered school at the age of eight, and diligently pursued his elementary education. As he became the outstanding student in his school, he was rewarded with an appointment as teacher for the lower grades when he turned 17 years old. At that time he held a second job as a clerk for the municipal government. In addition to his teaching and clerical work, the Venerable Thinley Ningpo pursued studies in veterinary medicine. After continuing this work for some time, his natural inclination towards religion developed into a determination to pursue higher spiritual studies. His father supported his decision, and applied to the proper authorities. He then entered the 'Brong-ngur Monastery where became a student of the eminent Buddhist scholar, Lama Kedrub Siddhi Rinpoche, who chose him from among all the new students to be his disciple. He engaged in the study of a wide range of Drikung Buddhist traditions, including ritual practices, mandala and stupa design and construction and the art of producing bronze images of sacred beings. Subsequently, he was made director of the project to construct a new main stupa for the monastery. After completing this formidable project in an excellent manner, he went on a pilgrimage to Drikung Thel Monastery where he met the great yogin and scholar, Drubwang Pa-chung Rinpoche. Ven. Thinley Ningpo was inspired to asked for the essential precepts for the higher spiritual practices. Recognizing his unique abilities, Rinpoche agreed and asked his to return at daybreak. He thus was able to receive the profound essence instructions in the practice and mastery of the peerless Mahamudra.
In 1988 Ven. Thinley Ningpo went on a pilgrimage to the sacred places of Tibet. This brought him to the western regions where he took a fortuitous opportunity to escape to India. This was accomplished through a very perilous two-month journey on foot across the Himalaya. Once safely in India, he proceeded to the Drikung Kagyu Temple and entered into the institute of higher education. After completing his course of study, he was appointed as dean of the institute. He served in this capacity for six years.
Ven. Thinley Ningpo spent 1994 in spiritual retreat during which time he accomplished all the preliminary practices of the Fife-fold Mahamudra. He then went to the Dorje Redrubde hermitage in Alora where he entered into the tradition three year retreat, where he accomplished the practices of the Fife-fold Mahamudra and the profound path of the Six Yogas of Naropa. He participated in the Drikung Kagyu Snake Year teaching retreat where he received the entire body of Drikung Kagyu empowerments, transmissions, and instructions for advanced practice. In this way he completed the process of advanced training in all the profound and sacred traditions of the Drikung and earned the title of Drupon "master of spiritual attainment".
Motivated by his deep and constant desire to help others to attain liberation, Ven. Thinley Ningpo traveled to America. He is currently Spiritual Director and Retreat Master of the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD.