Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:07 pm

We are very pleased to announce our 2012 schedule!

Please note that this is an only an outline of events and more detailed information will be forthcoming. This schedule posted below includes Lama Dawa Rinpoche's teaching tour schedule, events at the RiverView Dharma Center in Lansing, Iowa; and retreats at Saraswati Bhawan's retreat center in Lansing, Iowa. Details about logistics, costs, registration and requirements will be posted on the Events page of the website soon. You can mark your calendar now!

March 10 - Public Talk on How to Work with Thoughts and Emotions: an Introduction to Meditation
RiverView Dharma Center, Lansing, Iowa
with Lama Chodak
Lama Chodak will give a public introductory talk on basic Buddhist principles from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

March 16 - 30 - Duddul Namgyal Ling, Cholula, Mexico
Teachings and retreats with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
For full listing of information in Spanish, go to: http://budismocholula.blogspot.com/ for more information, or write to: dudjomcholula@gmail.com

April 3 - 14 - Yeshe Nyingpo, Ensenada, Mexico
Teachings and Retreats with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
For information, contact: padmabeamonte@gmail.com

April 20 - 29 - Chicago, IL
Teachings with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
Location: 3845 North Marshfield, Chicago - 2nd floor

Fri. April 20 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Clarified Butter
Sat. April 21 - 9:00am - 5:00 pm - Teachings on Sur Offering
Sun. April 22 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Teachings on the Heart Sutra
Fri. April 27 - 7:00 -9:00 pm - History of the Dudjom Lineage
Sat. April 28 - 9:00am - 5:00pm - Narak Kong shak
Sun. April 29 - 9:00am - 5:00 pm - Teachings on the Bardo

For information or to schedule a private divination, contact Orgyen Rigzin: tseltz007@aol.com, or Maggie: 773-954-9056

May 18 - 20 - San Diego, CA
teachings with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
Location: 5449 Barclay Ave., San Diego

Fri. May 18 - 6:30 pm - Clarified Butter
Sat. May 19 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Sun. May 20 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - teachings on the Bardo

For information, contact Kim Schafer: kschafer108@yahoo.com

May 26-28 - Memorial Day Karma Yoga weekend in Lansing, Iowa
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
In preparation for the upcoming Buddha Temple consecration we are hosting a fun-filled work weekend on the retreat land. Now’s your chance to come meet the newly installed Mighty the Buddha! On Memorial Day weekend, (May 25 - 28) enjoy the great mid-west on the banks of the grand Mississippi River with FREE lodging, a FREE BBQ. We will be clearing land and preparing the facilities. Come any day or for all three and join the fun. BBQ Sunday afternoon. All are welcome!
Please contact Dorje or Sangye @ 563 538-4510 to make reservations.

Jun 3-4 - SAGA DAWA - Buddha Temple Consecration
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
On the holy day of Saga Dawa we will be performing a traditional consecration ceremony for the Buddha Temple and newly installed Burmese Buddha statue. All are welcome.

June 16 & 17 - Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teachings,
Riverview Dharma Center, Lansing, IA
with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow empowerment and teachings on the Medicine Buddha.

June 22-28 - P'howa Retreat
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
This is our second annual Phowa retreat. Registration is required. Registration information coming soon!

June 30 - Lake Born Vajra Empowerment
July 1 - Vajrakilaya Empowerment
RiverView Dharma Center, Lansing, IA
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow the empowerments of the Lake Born Guru (Tsokye Dorje) and Vajrakilaya, from the Dudjom New Treasures Lineage.
uly 6 - 13 - Yeshe Tsogyal Retreat
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
with Lama Dawa Rinpoche and Khandro Kunzang
This special retreat is for students who are currently engaged in the practice of the Khandro T'huk-t'hik. Students will receive further instruction from the Rimnyi Tri, the Khandro Kong-Shag, as well as important preliminary teachings to prepare for the tsa-lung practice of the Khandro T'huk-t'hik. Rinpoche strongly encourages all our Yeshe Tsogyal practitioners to attend to further and deepen their practice.

July 19 - 23 - Vajra Armor retreat, Level 1
July 26 - 30 - Vajra Armor retreat, Level 1
Aug. 2 - 6 - Vajra Armor retreat, Level 2
Aug. 9 - 13 - Vajra Armor retreat, Level 2
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will continue our annual tradition of Vajra Armor training.
Click here for more information about this powerful healing mantra.
More information about how to register will be coming soon!

Aug. 11 - RiverView Dharma Center Open House with SUTRA designs
We will hold our annual Open House which will feature Asian arts and clothing presenting by SUTRA design. Open to the Public.

Sept. 1-3 - Shamatha Practice and Teachings
RiverView Dharma Center, Lansing, IA
Over Labor Day weekend, Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give detailed teachings and guide us on the practice of Shamatha Meditation from Dudjom Lingpa's 'Vajra Essence.' Open to the Public.

Sept. 25 - Oct. 5 - Troma retreat: Khorde Rushen
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
We will be resuming our annual Troma retreat tradition with these special practice of Khorde Rushen from the Troma cycle. This retreat is restricted to those students who have attended previous Troma retreats with Lama Dawa Rinpoche.

Precious Yang-Bum

We have only three Treasure Vases left! These precious Treasure Vases were prepared by Lama Dawa Chhodak and consecrated in a two-week Drubchen. We are offering the last three up for sale to support Rinpoche's retreat. If you would like to purchase one of these vases, please contact Khandro Kunzang. The cost is $350, plus shipping ($25 within the continental US, $50 overseas).

May All Beings Benefit!
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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:22 pm

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Our 2012 Schedule is Now Online!

We are pleased to announce that details of our upcoming 2012 schedule is now available online! Registration for retreats is now open and details can be found on our new website here. Please note that this website is still in development and we're still working out all the kinks. In the meantime, you can browse through the site and find information on Lama Dawa Rinpoche's teaching tour, retreats on the land, events at the RiverView Dharma Center, as well as information on how to register for the retreats or book a private retreat.

An overview of our upcoming events at Saraswati Bhawan include:


Buddha Temple Consecration - Saga Dawa June 4
Medicine Buddha Empowerment and teachings - June 16 & 17
P'howa retreat - June 22-28
Lake Born Vajra Guru Rinpoche Empowerment - June 30
Vajrakilaya Empowerment - July 1
Yeshe Tsogyal Retreat - July 6-13
Vajra Armor Level 1 retreats - July 19-23, July 26-30
Shamatha Practice and Teachings - Sept. 1-3


We are very excited to be offering another summer of retreats on the beautiful retreat land on the bluffs of the upper Mississippi river. With your help and support, we can continue to develop our facilities to make your retreat an unforgettable experience.

Recently we received a generous donation of $12,000 from a Sangha member to go towards the deposit for the new teaching yurt. We would like to match her generous gift by asking each of you to consider making a donation of $25 or more to help raise the remainder of the funds needed. Let's take her individual generosity as a challenge for us to collectively match her gift. That would allow us to order the yurt in plenty of time to have it installed and ready.

Please consider making your donation today by clicking the 'Donate Now' button on the side bar.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and we hope to see you this summer!



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Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche Cholula, Mexico March 16 – 30,

Postby TenzinDorje » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:26 pm

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Duddul Namgyal Ling

Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
Cholula, Mexico
March 16 – 30, 2012
Duddul Namgyal Ling, Lama Dawa Rinpoche’s seat in central Mexico, will be hosting a series of teachings and retreats with Lama Dawa Rinpoche and Khandro Kunzang. Included in the schedule is a Phowa retreat, a level one Vajra Armor retreat, teachings on Shower of Blessings and Riwo Sangchod.

For further information about this program, please go to: http://www.budismocholula.blogspot.com, or contact Jigme Dorje at: dudjomcholula@gmail.com.

March 16: 6:00 pm
Shower of Blessings Tsog
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give the verbal transmission for the Shower of Blessings Tsog, and some preliminary instruction on how to peform this tsog on the 10th day of the lunar calendar. Rinpoche strongly requests that his Sangha members meet once a month, on Guru Rinpoche day, to perform this Tsog offering together. If you have already received these teachings, this will be a good review. It is especially important for new Sangha members to attend to receive the ‘lung’ or verbal transmission in order to participate in the monthly gatherings.
March 17 – 23
Phowa Retreat
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will lead the Phowa retreat and practice, according to the Khandro T’hug-t’hig lineage of Dudjom Rinpoche. P’howa is an essential practice which prepares us for the ultimate and final journey of the dying process. Unique among religious traditions, the tantric Buddhist practice of Phowa provides us with powerful tools to face our own death with confidence and fearlessness.
This is a strict boundaried retreat with particular rules and requirements. Click HERE for more information on this pretreat and on registration.
March 24 – 6:00 pm
Teachings on the Important Buddhist practice Days According to the Lunar Calendar
In this public talk, Lama Dawa Rinpoche will go over the main practice days of the month.
March 25 – 9:00 am
Teachings on Ngondro, the essential Preliminary Practice of the Dudjom Tersar Lineage
For students who are ready to embark on serious practice of the Dzogchen, the path begins with Ngondro. Rinpoche will be offering the verbal transmission of the Short Ngondro practice of the Dudjom Tersar lineage, and instruction.
March 25 – 6:00 pm
Riwo Sangchod
Riwo Sangchod is an important practice of purification. Burning special substances, the smoke is offered and used to purify the elements. Practicing ‘sang’ or incense offerings on a regular basis helps to increase one’s ‘lung-ta’ and brings auspicious circumstances for all beings.
March 26 – 30
Level One Vajra Armor Retreat
Lama Dawa Rinpoche continues the annual Vajra Armor retreats for this powerful healing mantra. This is a strict boundaried retreat. Click HERE for more information about this practice and how to register.

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Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche-Ensenada, Mexico April 4-14, 2

Postby TenzinDorje » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:11 pm

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Yeshe Nyingpo
Ensenada, Mexico
April 4-14, 2012
Yeshe Nyingpo Mexico will be hosting a series of teachings and retreats with Lama Dawa Rinpoche and Khandro Kunzang in Ensenada. Included in the schedule is a Phowa retreat, teachings on the Six Paramitas, the Heart Sutra, and making Sur offerings for the beings in the bardo.
April 4-10
Phowa Retreat
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will lead the Phowa retreat and practice, according to the Khandro T’hug-t’hig lineage of Dudjom Rinpoche. P’howa is an essential practice which prepares us for the ultimate and final journey of the dying process. Unique among religious traditions, the tantric Buddhist practice of Phowa provides us with powerful tools to face our own death with confidence and fearlessness.
This is a strict boundaried retreat with particular rules and requirements. For more information on this pretreat and on registration, please email Padma at: padmabeamonte@gmail.com


April 11 – 6:00pm – 9:00 pm
Teachings on Making Sur Offerings
April 12 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Teachings on Death and the Dying Process according to Tibetan Buddhist View
April 13 – 9:30 am
Ngondro transmission and teachings
April 13 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Teachings on the Heart Sutra
April 14 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Teachings on the Six Paramitas
All teachings will be held at La Milpa
For more information, directions, costs, etc., contact Padma: padmabeamonte@gmail.com
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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:06 pm

Work Study
http://saraswatibhawan.org/programs/work-study/

There are two to four work-study positions available for each retreat, depending on the number of participants. Work study participants receive a 20% discount from the retreat fee. Those interested in work-study must apply at the time of registration. Please inform the retreat coordinator at the time that you register to express your interest in applying for one of these positions. You will be notified immediately if your application is accepted.
THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:
1. Kitchen Assistant

The Kitchen Assistant is responsible for supporting the cook with food preparation, stocking, and inventory. This involves general food prep under the Cook’s direction, washing sensitive equipment, keeping surfaces and areas tidy and personnel to a minimum while Cook works. Knowledge and skill with food preparation and team cooperation is required.
2. Grounds Maintenance

The Grounds Maintenance Assistant is responsible for the maintenance of the facilities, equipment and land. This involves cleaning and stocking of the portapotties, refuse and waste management, equipment repair and general yard work, such as lawn mowing and brush clearing.
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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:12 pm

Getting here
http://saraswatibhawan.org/programs/getting-here/

The RiverView Dharma Center is located in downtown Lansing, Iowa, a beautiful river town along the Upper Mississippi River. There is plenty of on-street parking. The center offers accommodations for 4-6 guests, and includes a fully-equiped kitchen and living/dining room, as well as beautiful gardens. We also rent rooms for private retreats. Rates are $35/night for non-members. Reservations can be made by contacting Sangye at: riverview@saraswatibhawan.org. (More information on Lansing, IA and local accommodations)
Air Transport

The closest airport is LaCrosse, WI (LSE), which is 40 miles away. Rental cars are available at the airport.Reasonable domestic fares are often available to major airports within driving distance to Lansing, IA. • Minneapolis International Airport (MSP), three hours drive• Milwaukee Airport (MKE), thee hours drive• O’Hare International Airport, Chicago (ORD), five hours drive
Bus Services

Jefferson Bus Lines are available to LaCrosse, Wi. http://www.jeffersonlines.com/
Amtrak Train
There is an Amtrak Train station in LaCrosse and train service available from Chicago to LaCrosse. For more info: http://www.amtrak.com
Public Transportation
There is no public transportation available from LaCrosse to Lansing, except for a local taxi service.
Rental Car
You can rent a car from LaCrosse airport.
CTS Taxi
Phone # 1 608 784-7700, is available to take you to Lansing for around $80.00 one way.

Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land

Lansing, IA, 52151

Saraswati Bhawan maintains a private retreat facility approx. 5 miles north of Lansing. Although it is not open to the public, arrangements can be made to visit the premises by contacting: riverview@saraswatibhawan. org.
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Chicago Teachings

Postby TenzinDorje » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:51 pm

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April 20 -29
Lama Dawa Rinpoche returns to Chicago and will be offering teachings on How to do the Sur offering, teachings on the Heart Sutra, teachings on the Dzogchen text called ‘Clarifying Butter,’ teachings on the Bardo, and more.
Location: 3845 North Marshfield, Chicago – 2nd floor Suggested donations for evening teachings: $25 Suggested donations for all-day teachings $40 For information contact Orgyen Rigzin: tseltz007@aol.com, or Maggie: 773-954-9056

Fri. April 20 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Clarified Butter
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give teaching and transmission on this important Dzogchen text – a pith instruction that Yeshe Tsogyal received from Guru Rinpoche on how to practice.

Sat. April 21 – 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Teachings on Sur Offering

Sur is a special burnt offering made to provide sustenance to the beings wandering in the bardo. It is often done for 49 days following someone’s death. Practitioners often include this practice of generosity as part of their daily practice routine. Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give the verbal transmission and instruction on how to perform this practice. Texts are included.
Sun. April 22 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Teachings on the Heart Sutra

Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give detailed teachings on this essential Sutra, including ways to use this as a practice. Verbal transmission and oral instructions. Texts are included.
Fri. April 27 – 7:00 -9:00 pm
History of the Dudjom Lineage
Rinpoche will give a public talk on the history of the Dudjom lineage. There will be opportunities for question – answer.

Sat. April 28 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Narak Kong shak
The Narak Kong Shak is a powerful apology practice that is performed by tantrikas in order to maintain and purify breaches in the tantric samayas. Rinpoche will give verbal transmission and oral instructions on how to perform this important practice.

Sun. April 29 – 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Teachings on the Bardo
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give teachings on the different bardo states according to the Dzogchen view.
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San Diego Teachings

Postby TenzinDorje » Mon May 07, 2012 3:09 pm

San Diego Teachings

Lama Dawa
San Diego, CA

May 17 – 20
Lama Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche will be offering a weekend of teachings in San Diego. Teachings include Medicine Buddha empowerment, teachings on the bardo, Sur offerings, and teachings from the Dzogchen text “Clarifying Butter.”

May 17 – 6:30 – 9:00
Teachings on Making Sur Offerings' Sur is a special burnt offering made to provide sustenance to the beings wandering in the bardo. It is often done for 49 days following someone’s death. Practitioners often include this practice of generosity as part of their daily practice routine. Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give the verbal transmission and instruction on how to perform this practice. Texts are included.
May 18 – 6:30 pm

Clarified Butter
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give teaching and transmission on this important Dzogchen text – a pith instruction that Yeshe Tsogyal received from Guru Rinpoche on how to practice.

May 19 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow medicine Buddha Empowerment. This empowerment is open to the public. Simply receiving the empowerment bestows many healing blessings. You can attend to receive the healing benefits, or to engage in the practice. A short text will be provided.

May 20 – 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Teachings on the Bardo
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will give teachings on the bardo states – the intermediate states of existence, according to the Dzogchen view.

Location: 5449 Barclay Ave., San Diego, CA, 92120 Suggested donations for evening teachings: $25 Suggested donation for empowerment: $40 For information, contact Kim Schafer: kschafer108@yahoo.com
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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby Sherlock » Mon May 07, 2012 4:27 pm

When will Lama Dawa start offering Mirror Divinations through the website again?

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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed May 16, 2012 2:34 am

Sherlock wrote:When will Lama Dawa start offering Mirror Divinations through the website again?

Thanks



Sherlock, I hear soon.

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Saga Dawa

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed May 16, 2012 2:37 am

Saga Dawa – Buddha Temple Consecration
Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, IA
June 2,3 & 4

Public Event

Come celebrate this sacred occasion with us as we consecrate the newly completed Buddha Temple!

The Burmese Buddha has finally found its way to his new home in Northeast Iowa. We will be dedicating the weekend of June 2&3 to beautifying the area and landscaping, as well as making preparations for the consecration pujas. Monday, June 4, is the holy day of Saga Dawa – the day that Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. On this sacred day Lama Dawa Rinpoche will lead a consecration ceremony to bless the new Temple. Join the festivities and meet new friends!

Consecration ceremony will be from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Monday, June 4. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Accommodations are available at the RiverView Dharma Center in Lansing. Or, camping sites are available on the land. A list of local accommodations are available on request.

For more information or to reserve accommodations, please contact: riverview@saraswatibhawan.org
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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:55 pm

Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teachings
Riverview Dharma Center, Lansing, IA
June 16 & 17
with Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche
Suggested donation for the empowerment: $40 Suggested donation for the teaching transmission: $20 No registration required. Open to the public.
Sat. June 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Medicine Buddha. This empowerment is very healing and beneficial for all. It is recommended for anyone who is in need of healing as well as for health practitioners who would like to empower their healing work.
Sun. June 17: 9:30 am – noon
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow the verbal transmission and instruction for a short Medicine Buddha practice and mantra. This teaching is for those who have received Medicine Buddha empowerment and wish to engage in the practice. Texts will be provided.
Location:
RiverView Dharma Center
300 Center St.
Lansing, IA, 52151
plenty of street parking available
For more information, contact: riverview@saraswatibhawan.org
or call: 563-538-4510

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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby Ogyen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:01 pm

Hi Tenzin Dorje - I attend the Yeshe Nyingpo center, I hear from our center that he might be returning in November. Can you confirm if this is just a rumor or if he has intention to travel down here at that time?
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Re: Lama Dawa and Saraswati Bhawan 2012 Schedule

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:16 am

Ogyen wrote:Hi Tenzin Dorje - I attend the Yeshe Nyingpo center, I hear from our center that he might be returning in November. Can you confirm if this is just a rumor or if he has intention to travel down here at that time?


Hi Ogyen. I haven't been on DW for a while; so I apologize for taking so long to answer :)

I do hear that Lama Orgyen Ridgzin (Torrance) has been invited back to Yeshe Nyingo this November. The only thing I've heard about Lama Dawa's fall schedule is that it is dependent on his health.

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Lake Born Vajra Empowerment

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:18 am

Lake Born Vajra Empowerment

Guru Tsokyé Dorje
RiverView Dharma Center
Sat. June 30, 2011, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of the Lake Born Guru (Tsokye Dorje) from the Dudjom New Treasures Lineage.
Guru Tsokyé Dorje or ’Lake-born Vajra’ is one of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. One of the distinctive features is that he is represented holding a vajra at his heart, and takes Mandarava as his consort. Guru Tsokye Dorje is the main Guru among the Three Roots of the Dudjom Tersar Lineage. This particular empowerment is from the “Heart Essence of the Lake-Born Vajra,” is a mind treasure or terma of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and its primary focus is that of guru devotion.
This empowerment is especially for those students who are practicing the path of the Dudjom Tersar and have either completed Ngondro or are currently engaged in Ngondro Practice.
No registration is required. There is limited accommodations available at the RiverView Dharma Center. For more information, contact: riverview@saraswatibhawan.org
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Vajrakilaya RiverView Dharma Center Sun. July 1, 2011, 2:00

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:19 am

Vajrakilaya Empowerment

Vajrakilaya
RiverView Dharma Center
Sun. July 1, 2011, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Lama Dawa Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of the ‘Putri Repkong’ (The Razor That Destroys at a Touch) cycle of Vajrakilaya, from the Dudjom New Treasures. Vajrakilaya is the main yidam deity of the Dudjom lineage. The wrathful heruka, Vajrakilaya, embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas, and is a powerful for remover of obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevelant in this age.
This empowerment is especially for students who are practicing the Dudjom lineage, who have either completed Ngondro, or are working on the Ngondro.
There is no registration. Those who wish to attend must have Buddhist refuge and bodhisattva vows and are engaged serious practice. The empowerment begins promptly at 2:00. Door will be closed once empowerment begins.
There is limited accommodations available at the RiverView Dharma Center. For information, contact: riverview@saraswatibhawan.org
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Yeshe Tsogyal Retreat

Postby TenzinDorje » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:20 pm

Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land
July 6 – 13
with Lama Dawa Rinpoche and Khandro Kunzang

This special retreat is for students who are currently engaged in the practice of the Khandro T’huk-t’hik. Students will receive further instruction from the Rimnyi Tri of the Khandro T’hug-t’hig, the long Khandro Kong-Shag, as well as important preliminary teachings to prepare for the tsa-lung practice associated with the Khandro T’huk-t’hik cycle. Rinpoche strongly encourages our Yeshe Tsogyal practitioners to attend this retreat in order to further and deepen their practice, as well as make any corrections.
Prerequisites to attend: this retreat is only open to those students who have completed the Yeshe Tsogyal training intensive, who have completed the required 7-day private retreat under Lama Dawa Rinppche and Khandro Kunzang’s supervision, and who are a good way through the nyen–pa recitations, or who have begun the drubpa as per Rinpoche’s instruction. Those who have completed the Yeshe Tsogyal practice should attend for review and preparation for the tsa-lung.
This will be a closed, boundaried retreat. Students need to bring their ritual instruments and dress. Tsog will be performed every day.
This will be a camping retreat. Participants can either bring their own camping equipment and camp on the premises, or camping equipment and platforms are available to rent.
Registration is required. Please contact Kim Schafer, the retreat coordinator at: coordinator@saraswatibhawan.org
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Vajra Armor Retreats

Postby TenzinDorje » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:04 pm

Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land
July 19 – 23 – Vajra Armor retreat, Level 1
July 26 – 30 – Vajra Armor retreat, Level 1
Note: These are two separate retreats. Students need to complete at least five Level 1 retreats in order to enter into Level 2. Therefore we often hold these retreats back-to-back so that students can take two retreats in a row.
Aug. 2 – 6 – Vajra Armor retreat, Level 2
Aug. 9 – 13 – Vajra Armor retreat, Level 2
Note: In order to register for the Level 2, you must have completed the Level 1 course and be approved by Lama Dawa Rinpoche.
Costs: $550, includes 4 nights, 13 meals, fees for tsog materials and teaching donation. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot. Camping equipment is also available for rent at an additional cost. There will be opportunity to make personal offerings to Rinpoche at the end of the retreat.

The Vajra Armor Mantra, called Dorje Go-Drab in Tibetan, is among the most powerful healing practices in Tantric Buddhism. Long held as a secret practice, the Vajra Armor Mantra has been practiced for over a millennium by tantric adepts and Tibetan physicians as an effective method for treating diseases, purifying negative energies and protection from misfortune.The Vajra Armor Mantra was first introduced into Tibet in the eighth century by Padmasambhava, who had collected various teachings and practices on this mantra from the ancient Indian Buddhist tradition. After teaching his close disciples in Tibet, he hid the Vajra Armor teachings in 124 places, to be discovered by future treasure finders as prophesied in his writings. Padmasambhava predicted that a time would come when there would be a great need for this mantra and to preserve the integrity of the teachings and lineage, he hid different versions of this practice in many different places for safekeeping, until the designated treasure finder would reintroduce them to the world.

Over the past one thousand years, there have been numerous major teaching cycles of the Vajra Armor Mantra that have been revealed, including those of Dorje Lingpa, Mipham, Dudjom Lingpa, and Trak-thung Namkha I Jigme. These teachings outline a deep and profound path to realization and ultimately to Buddhahood through the practice of healing and rebalancing the outer and inner elements. Read more about these precious Vajra Armor teachings.

At the end of the Level 1 Vajra Armor retreat, the 'water test' is performed to measure the student's progress with the mantra. These water tests also serve as a kind of divination, indicating how many level 1 retreats the student must complete in order to begin Level 2 training. After the retreat boundaries are taken up on the last day. Lama Dawa Rinpoche explains the results of the the test to each participant and gives advice for further training.

These retreats are ‘closed retreats’, which means they are conducted within boundaries. Once the retreat begins, participants are not allowed to leave the area within the boundary, not allowed to have email or phone communications, and must abide by the rules of boundaried retreats. Three meals will be provided each day as well as snacks and drinks.
Special Note: Space is limited to 15 people, and will be given on a first-come first-serve basis. If the retreat is full, you will be placed on a waiting list

This will be a camping retreat. Camping equipment may be rented, or participants may bring their own camping equipment.For information on equipment rentals, transportation and what to bring, click HERE.
Registration is required! To register, please email the retreat coordinator, Kim Schafer. For those registering for the retreat, please download and read this important file for further registration information.
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