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10952Lama Gursam/Guru Rinpoche & 21 Tara Emp/Tsa Lung Bliss Retreat/Oct 2-7/Bristol, VT

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    Sep 29, 2012
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      Yogi Lama Gursam
      Yogic Transformation Retreat

      Yangzab Dzogchen Foundation Teachings

      Guru Rinpoche Enlightened Activities Empowerment/Teachings

      Twenty One Tara Empowerment/Transmission:
      Chogyur Lingpa's Drolma Zabtik

      Channels, Winds and Drops Great Bliss Retreat:
      The Secret Tsa Lung Tigle Teachings of Lho Nuden Dorje

      October 2-7, 2012
      Bristol, Vermont


      To see online go to http://goo.gl/ycZB6 or www.ddcv.com

      Retreat Schedule

      Tues-Wed, October 2-3
      Yangzab Dzogchen Ngondro Teachings:
      Building the Foundation for Authentic Dharma Practice

      Time: 10-12 & 2-4 PM both days
      Sug. Don. $60
      Private Location in Lincoln, VT:
      Contact us for directions at
      ddcv@... or call 802-453-3431

      Thursday, October 4
      Guru Rinpoche Enlightened Activities Empowerment:
      "The Guide for the Fortunate"

      "The Guide for the Fortunate" is a Padmasambhava Guru Yoga practice that was
      revealed by the great Drikung Terton Urgyen Nuden Dorje. This very special
      practice invokes the blessings of the 10 Guru Rinpoches of the 10
      directions. It also includes activity sections for healing sickness and
      disease, overcoming poverty and famine, increasing life force and life span
      as well as overcoming wars, hostility, and aggression. Yogi Lama Gursam's
      pith instructions will make clear how to practice with confidence this
      profound treasure teaching.

      Time: 7 PM
      Sug. Don. - $30
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443


      Friday, October 5
      Essential Teachings on "The Guide for the Fortunate":
      Padmasambhava Guru Yoga and Activity Practice

      Time: 10-12 & 2-4 PM
      Sug. Don. - $40
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443


      Friday, October 5
      Twenty-One Tara Empowerment & Transmission:
      Chogyur Lingpa's Zabtik Drolma

      Zabtik Drolma (The Profound Essence of Tara) is the practice of a profound
      mind treasure that was revealed by the great treasure revealer Chokgyur
      Lingpa. It has several levels of practice: outer, inner, and innermost, and
      is best known for its ritual of the four mandalas, which is widely practiced
      in hundreds of dharma centres all over the world. Tara is one of the most
      inspiring of Buddhist deities, embodying the most compelling and vital
      qualities of the feminine: beauty, grace, and the ability to nurture, care
      for, and protect. This complex goddess, whose practice transcends sect and
      class, is also a true warrior, vanquishing fear and ignorance. Tara is known
      for her exceedingly great resolve and immense tenacity. As Adeu Rinpoche
      said, "The special quality of Tara is her extraordinary compassionate
      resolve to benefit all beings by removing whatever causes them to feel
      anxious or afraid."

      Time: 6:30 PM
      Sug. Don. $30
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443


      Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7
      Tsa Lung Tigle Great Bliss Retreat:
      Channels, Winds and Drops -Teachings and Practice:
      From the Secret Teachings of Lho Nuden Dorje

      Yogi Lama Gursam will share precious teachings on the channels, winds and
      drops based on the secret teachings of Lho Nuden Dorje which he has not
      previously taught at the DDCV. A focus will be on deepening the
      visualizations used in these practices and learning how to work with the
      subtle energies of the body for both healing and realizing our Primordial
      Wisdom Nature. These teachings form the foundation for being able to engage
      in Tummo and other Yogic practices. Besides receiving pith instructions
      there will be the opportunity to practice together with Lama Gursam and to
      ask questions. Yogi Lama Gursam will work with students based upon their
      needs, whether they are new or more experienced practitioners. There will
      also be an opportunity for private interviews if needed so as to further
      deepen and individualize these teachings for each student. Yogi Lama Gursam
      has been conducting an annual Channels, Winds and Drops retreat for the last
      five years at the DDCV and practitioners have found it to be of great
      benefit regardless of their level of practice. This is a very rare
      opportunity to receive this type of teachings from a qualified teacher who
      has devoted much time in both the practice and study of these Yogic
      practices and has received the pith instructions for these practices from
      great yogis of the Drikung tradition
      Time: 10-12 & 2:30 -5 PM
      Sug. Don. $100
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT


      For those attending the complete Retreat
      (October 2-7) the suggested donation is $200.

      To Register please email ddcv@...
      or call 802-453-3431
      Work Study and Scholarships Available
      No one turned away for financial reasons.

      If you are able to pre-register for these teachings
      that is very much appreciated.
      Registration checks should be made out
      to DDCV and sent to:

      PO Box 252
      Bristol, VT 05443

      You can also pay by Paypal.
      Our Paypal account is ddcv@...
      To pay by credit card call 802-453-3431


      Community Housing
      Inexpensive community housing is available for $20-35 per night. For housing
      ddcv@... or 802-453-3431. For other housing options click here

      Train/Airport/Bus Pickups
      We can also arrange pickup from Burlington to the teachings or your housing.

      Teachings on October 2-3 will take place at a private location in Lincoln,
      VT, those coming for this day should email or call for directions

      Teachings from October 4-7, will take place at 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443.


      Yogi Lama Gursam Brief Bio
      At the age of six, Lama Gursam entered Drikung Kagyu Monastery in Tso Pema,
      India, where he completed his basic education and studied Buddhist
      philosophy, practice, ritual and conduct. In 1981 he began his college
      education at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (University) in
      Sarnath, Varnasi, India. He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1988 in the
      Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan, and English languages and in Buddhist philosophy.
      Pursuing graduate study at the University, he was President of the student
      union, and served two years as a Kagyu Committee member. In 1990 he received
      his Master's degree in advanced Buddhist philosophy. Upon graduation he also
      received a special award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

      After graduation, Lama Gursam was requested by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang
      Rinpoche to come to the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, India, at a
      critical time where there was a great lack of teachers and funding for
      education. There he served as a volunteer for five years, teaching Tibetan
      language and Buddhist philosophy and history. He also held the posts of
      Instructor, Head of Examinations, and Assistant Director while serving as
      secretary to His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of the Drikung
      Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. During this time, he also did a one-year
      meditation retreat and received Dzogchen teachings and empowerments from
      Khenchen Thupten Rinpoche and other lamas of the Nyingma lineage. He also
      studied with Dr. Pema Gyaltsen, a specialist in the Tibetan language.

      In 1995, Lama Gursam was sent by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche to
      the United States, where he taught Buddhist philosophy for five years. Lama
      Gursam worked as a resident teacher in a Tibetan Meditation Center, also
      serving as director of North American Drikung Kagyu Center. Then Lama Gursam
      met His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, whom he considers to be the second
      Milarepa. Under H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's guidance, together with the
      Venerable Traga Rinpoche, he became a yogi, and in 2002 he completed a
      traditional three-year retreat in the United States, practicing Mahamudra
      and the Six Yogas of Naropa. After a nationwide teaching tour, he then
      traveled to India, Nepal and the border of Tibet, where he completed a
      six-month retreat in Milarepa's cave at Lapchi. Lama Gursam continues to
      return every year to India for teachings and retreats, and every year to the
      United States and Canada to reunite with friends and students for teachings.
      His current sanghas are located in Vermont, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North
      Carolina, Virginia, and Arizona, as well as Montreal and Sault Sainte Marie,
      Canada. Additionally, every 2-3 years, Lama Gursam leads a pilgrimage to
      Buddhist holy places in India and Nepal. In 2006, Lama Gursam founded The
      Bodhichitta Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization officially recognized
      by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The
      Bodhichitta Foundation benefits the West with teachings, a future center and
      retreat land, and the East, preserving ancient texts, Tibetan culture,
      education, women's rights, and health.
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