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    Venerable Traga Rinpoche Trekcho/Thogal Dzogchen Fruition Teachings Vajrasattva Enlightened Mind Empowerment Yangzab Amitayus Long Life Empowerment Great
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      Venerable Traga Rinpoche

      Trekcho/Thogal Dzogchen Fruition Teachings

      Vajrasattva Enlightened Mind Empowerment

      Yangzab Amitayus Long Life Empowerment

      Great Yangzab Dzogchen Transmission

      December 10-20, 2009
      Bristol, Vermont

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      Retreat Schedule - To see online go to www.ddcv.com

      Thursday, December 10
      Enlightened Mind Vajrasattva Empowerment

      Traga Rinpoche will be bestowing this empowerment which comes from a cycle
      of teachings transmitted and hidden by the master Padmasambhava and then
      later revealed by Terdag Lingpa, the founder of the great Mindroling
      Tradition. This cycle of instructions, known as the Enlightened Mind Sadhana
      of Vajrasattva, is both extensive and profound. It covers the entire scope
      of the path from the preliminaries, generation stage, completion stage with
      characteristics, the path of method, up through the practices of Trekcho
      (cutting through) and Thogal (direct crossing). This empowerment of
      Vajrasattva serves as a gateway to this incredible cycle of teachings.
      Recognizing the importance of this empowerment, Jamgvn Kongtr|l placed it as
      the first empowerment in the 1,700 empowerments of the Precious Treasury of
      Hidden Teachings (rin chen gter mdzod). It is a particularly meaningful
      opportunity to receive this empowerment from Traga Rinpoche, who personally
      practiced the Enlightened Mind Sadhana of Vajrasattva in retreat.

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

      ***
      Friday, December 11
      Trekcho Teachings from the Zabmo Yangtig:
      Introducing the Uncontrived Ground As It Is

      Traga Rinpoche will be giving Dzogchen instructions based on the text
      entitled the Stages of Introducing the Uncontrived Ground As It Is. These
      instructions come from the Zabmo Yangtig or Innermost Essence of the
      Profound cycle of instructions by foremost Tibetan Dzogchen master
      Longchenpa. The Zabmo Yangtig is one part of the famous Nyingthig Yabzhi.
      The text that Traga Rinpoche will be teaching from introduces one to evenly
      resting in the uncontrived unborn ground of primordial purity. It gives
      practical instructions on how to genuinely experience the nature of mind,
      how to effortlessly rest in the primordial wisdom of the dharmakaya, and
      vividly experience the ultimate way of abiding. There are also pith
      instructions that introduce naked awareness within the context of all
      experiences. Finally, there are instructions on how to guard the state of
      non-distraction. In the context of these instructions, Traga Rinpoche will
      instruct practitioners on how they may directly introduce themselves to the
      nature of mind or primordial wisdom awareness and sustain it. These
      instructions are very clear and precise and explain the very essence of the
      practice of cutting through, or trekcho.
      Time: 1:30-4:30 & 6:30-9 PM
      Sug. Don. $60
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol VT

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      Saturday-Wednesday, December 12-16
      Yangzab Trekcho/Thogal:Pith Instruction Fruition Retreat

      Traga Rinpoche will be continuing his teachings on Clearly Revealing
      Primordial Wisdom composed by Patr|l Namkha Jigme. Namkha Jigme was one of
      the sons of the famous D|djom Lingpa and was also regarded as the direct
      incarnation of Patr|l Rinpoche. The text is an extensive commentary on the
      The Completion of All Primordial Wisdom by Padmasambhava as revealed by the
      great Drigung Rinchen Ph|ntshog (1509-1557). This rare commentary elucidates
      the Dzogchen teachings of Khorde Rushen (Differentiating Samsara and
      Nirvana), Trekcho (Cutting Through), and Thogal (Direct Crossing) in great
      length with skillful detail. Traga Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the
      final sections of this text. These explain how the practice of Trekcho and
      Thogal lead to the fruition of Buddhahood, which cannot be intellectually
      grasped or fathomed. These teachings are extremely profound in that they
      point out for the practitioner the true goal of enlightenment that is
      ultimately found in the essence of one's own mindstream and in the essence
      of all appearing phenomena. The fruition of Dzogchen practice is realized
      when all expectations and fears are severed once and for all, as one fully
      realizes all inner and outer phenomena to be the energy of awareness arising
      as the magical display of the enlightened bodies or kayas of Buddhahood. For
      the highest level of practitioners with the greatest diligence, in this life
      or at the time of death, even their physical bodies dissolve into a mass of
      light as they attain what is known as the rainbow body. Traga Rinpoche will
      also be imparting the essential pith instructions upon the Dzogchen
      practices of trekcho and thogal, how to avoid obstacles along the path, how
      to maintain awareness at all times, and how to really gain genuine
      experience and realization through practice.

      Time: 9:30-12 and 2:30-5 PM all days
      Sug. Don. $250 or $60 per day
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      ***
      Thursday, December 17
      Yangzab Amitayus Long Life Empoerment

      Traga Rinpoche will be bestowing the long life Amitayus Empowerment form the
      Extremely Profound Intention of the Sublime Dharma transmitted by Guru
      Padmasambhava discovered by Drigung Rinchen Phuntsog. This particular
      Amitayus empowerment is unique in that it introduces one to the outer,
      inner, and secret aspects of immortality. One is introduced to the true
      immortal vajra body essence of one's own present form together with the male
      and female Buddhas of the five families abiding in the five cakras. This
      empowerment also serves as the gateway to the three aspects long life
      practice associated with this empowerment. There is an outer practice
      whereby one does the meditation and recitation of the Buddha Amitayus. There
      is an inner practice where one works with the sutle energies of prana in
      order to attain immortality and tame one's mind. Finally, there is the
      secret practice, wherein one utilizes the skillful means of union with a
      consort to attain common accomplishments such as immortality and the ability
      to perform the enlightened activites as well as the supreme accomplishment
      of Buddhahood.

      Time: 9:30-Noon
      Sug. Don. $30
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      ***
      Saturday-Sunday, December 19-20
      Great Yangzab DzogchenTransmission:Clearly Revealing Primordial Wisdom

      Traga Rinpoche will be giving the vast reading transmission of the entire
      commentary entitled Clearly Revealing Primordial Wisdom composed by Patr|l
      Namkha Jigme. Namkha Jigme was one of the sons of the famous D|djom Lingpa
      and was also regarded as the direct incarnation of Patr|l Rinpoche. The text
      is an extensive commentary on the The Completion of All Primordial Wisdom by
      Padmasambhava as revealed by the great Drigung Rinchen Ph|ntshog
      (1509-1557). This rare commentary elucidates the Dzogchen teachings of
      Khorde Rushen (Differentiating Samsara and Nirvana), Trekcho (Cutting
      Through), and Thogal (Direct Crossing) in great length with skillful detail.
      This great reading transmission grants formal permission to study the entire
      scope of this profound commentary on dzogchen. The reading transmissions
      themselves have been passed from masters to disciples from Rinchen Ph|ntshog
      and Namkha Jigme to the masters of this present day. It is said to be of
      great benefit and blessing to receive such profound transmissions. This is
      the first time in America that this entire rare transmission has been
      publicly given.

      Time: 10-12 & 3-5 PM Both Days
      Sug. Don. $80
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

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      Registration

      For those attending the complete Retreat (12/10-20) the suggested donation
      is $350. Fo individual parts of the retreat please see above for suggessted
      donation.

      To Register please email ddcv@...
      Or call us at 802-453-3431
      Work Study and Scholarships Available
      No one turned away for financial reasons.
      Updates on retreat at www.ddcv.com

      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:

      DDCV
      PO Box 252
      Bristol, VT 05443

      You can also pay by Paypal. Our Paypal account is ddcv@...

      To pay by credit card contact us at ddcv@...

      The teachings location for all retreat events is:
      2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443

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      Housing and Transportation

      Inexpensive community housing is available for $20 per night.
      Other housing such as B & Bs can be found at www.ddcv.com under the retreat
      housing link.

      The nearest airport and train and bus stations is in Burlington VT.
      We can arrange transportation for those arriving in Burlington to the
      retreat location.
      These will also be some car pools available from NYC and Boston as well as
      probably Montreal.
      Please contact us at ddcv@... or 802-453-3431 for community housing or
      transportation.

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      Venerable Traga Rinpoche - A Brief Biography

      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
      retreat. 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 Cutting Through, 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."
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