Traga Rinpoche/Great Awakening Trekcho Dzogchen Retreat/Dec. 10-15/Bristol, VT
- Ven. Traga Rinpoche
Trekcho Dzogchen Retreat:
Finding Freedom from Hope and Fear
December 10-15, 2008
Trekcho or "cutting through"is the Dzogchen practice which swiftly cuts
through all obscurations and delusive thoughts
of the three times which prevent us from recognizing and being able to abide
in our primordially pure nature.
Through recognizing and abiding in our True Nature we are liberated from all
hopes and fears.
Wednesday, December 10
This is a rare opportunity to receive the precious Drikung Yamantaka
Yamantaka is a very powerful and wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the
Bodhisattva of Wisdom.
Only recently have Westerners been given the opportunity to receive this
Time: 7 PM
Sug. Don. $30
Thursday, December 11
The Method for Sustaining the Pointing Out Instructions to the Nature of
Rinpoche will be giving a special practice oriented commentary on this pith
which comes from "The Heart Essence of Primordial Wisdom" text by the great
Time: 2:30-5 & 7-9 PM
Sug. Don. $50
Friday, December 12-15
Great Awakening Trekcho Dzogchen Retreat: Finding Freedom from Hope and Fear
This is a very special opportunity to receive detailed instructions on the
profound Dzogchen practice of Trekcho or "cutting through".
Traga Rinpoche will be teaching from a text entitled The Completion of
Primordial Wisdom from the Yangzab Treasure teachings.
The teachings Traga Rinpoche will be giving have not been previously given
before in the West.
It is ok to attend these teachings ecven if you have not attended the
previous Completion of Primordial Wisdom retreats with Traga Rinpoche.
Time: Fri. Dec 12, 2-5 and 7-9 PM
Sat.-Mon. Dec. 13-15, 9:30-12 and 2:30-5 PM
Sug. Don. $220 or $60 per day
The suggested donation for the whole retreat (12/10-12/15) is $275.
To register email ddcv@... or call 802-453-3431.
If you can preregister for the teachings that is very much appreciated.
Registration checks can be made out to DDCV and sent to:
PO Box 252
Bristol, VT 05443
Checks and money orders can be made out to DDCV. You can also use a credit
card via Paypal.
Our Paypal account is ddcv@....
Scholarships and Work Study
If you cannot afford these teachings please contact us directly at
ddcv@... as there are scholarships and work study available.
No one will be turned away for financial reasons.
All teachings will take place at 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443
Inexpensive housing is available for $15 a night.
If you need this housing pleased contact us ASAP at ddcv@...
Nearest airport, bus and train stations are in Burlington, VT.
Pickups from these locations can be arranged.
BIOGRAPHY for Venerable Traga Rinpoche
Rinpoche is an accomplished Dzogchen master, having received profound
teachings from some of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism -- including
His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen
Jigme Phuntsog and many others. He has completed more than ten years of
From Garchen Rinpoche, Traga Rinpoche received teachings on all Drikung
Kagyu texts on regular Dharma service and practice, the five-fold Mahamudra,
the entire Dzogchen Yangzab teachings, and many profound pith instructions.
He then did his Dzogchen Yangzab retreat at Lho Miyel Gon monastery.
In early 1984, Traga Rinpoche received full gelong ordination from the
Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel, who gave him the detailed teachings on
Dzogchen Cutting Through the Resistance to Primordial Purity. Khenpo Munsel
gently looked at Traga Rinpoche and said, your karmic propensity is to
practice Dzogchen. I am your karmic lama. If you can meditate, you have
today found the way to liberation in one life. You will never find something
like this even if you went to look for it with your horse's hooves encased
in steel. Spend one year near me and meditate. For the next seven years, he
did retreat near Khenpo Munsel, and practiced Trekcho - Cutting Through,
Thogal - Passing Over, and many other advanced practices.
In 1998, Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche -- determined to make Traga Rinpoche's vast
knowledge and profound experiential understanding of the highest level of
Dzogchen teachings accessible to as many students as possible -- enthroned
him as Lopon Rinpoche (Precious Master), with lavish praise for his hard
work and outstanding achievements. His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche selected
Traga Rinpoche as the retreat master and resident lama at the Garchen
Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona, and asked his students to have
full confidence in Traga Rinpoche, just as, Garchen Rinpoche said, "I have
full confidence in him."