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    Drupon Thinley Ningpo Kalachakra Completion Stage Retreat Teachings on the Seven Protections of Tara Concise Kalachakra Empowerment Kalachakra Completion Stage
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      Drupon Thinley Ningpo

      Kalachakra Completion Stage Retreat

      Teachings on the Seven Protections of Tara

      Concise Kalachakra Empowerment

      Kalachakra Completion Stage Yoga Teachings

      April 6-9, 2012

      Bristol, Vermont

      To see this online go to http://ow.ly/a0yca

      Inexpensive Community Housing still available.


      Friday, April 6
      The Spiritual Song of the Seven Protections of Tara
      Composed by Lord Jigten Sumgon

      For seven years Lord Jigten Gonpo practiced at Echung Cave in Drikung, after
      having attained Enlightenment, he had a vision of the Seven Taras. At that
      time he spontaneously composed this Varjra song which is a supplication to
      the Seven Protections of Tara. This prayer has manifold blessings and it is
      a widely used supplication prayer. It contains profound teachings,
      especially on the ways one can go astray in the understanding of emptiness.
      Time: 7 PM
      Sug. Don. $20
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      Saturday, April 7
      Concise Kalachakra Empowerment
      The practice of Kalachakra, or the 'Wheel of Time', is one of the most
      important non-dual tantra practices. It has been practiced both widely in
      India and Tibet by many Mahasiddhas and continues to be practiced to this
      very day. . In this practice Kalachakra has two-arms and is in union with
      Vishvamata. 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.
      Time: 9:30-Noon (Saturday)
      Sug. Don. $30
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      Saturday-Monday, April 7-9
      Kalachakra Completion Stage Yoga Teachings:
      The Kalachakra Section of the Essential Meaning of the Annutarayoga Tantra
      Completion Stage,
      The Profound Upadesha By Rigdzin Chvkyi Dragpa

      This text reveals the essence of the Kagyu tradition of practicing the
      Kalachakra completion stage. The Completion Stage text by Rigdzin Chvkyi
      Dragpa was designed specifically to compliment the generation stage sadhana
      of Kalachakra with the Kalachakra completion stage practices. These
      teachings include very important practical teachings on the Completion Stage
      including practices on engaging in consort practice.

      The completion stage practices can be divided in six stages:
      1. Individual Withdrawal: cutting off the individual vital energies in the
      6 sense organs and the spheres of sensory perception. Arisal of "body of
      empty form".
      2. Yoga of Dhyana: essentially samadhi combining insight and shamatha. It
      establishes divine pride in the empty form body.
      3. Yoga of Energy Control: arresting the flow of energies in the right and
      left channel using vajra recitation and tummo. Gives rise to the four joys
      descending from above.
      4. Yoga of Retention: using vase breathing to blend the main energies, the
      mind and the empty body at each of the chakras. Achieve the four joys of
      (the drops) ascending from below.
      5. Yoga of Subsequent Mindfulness: practice with a mudra to achieve
      unchanging bliss.
      6. Yoga of Samadhi: bringing the white and red substances respectively to
      the tip of the jewel and the crown and retaining them. This causes a flash
      of stabilised bliss, that causes one of our 21,600 factors responsible for
      our coarse form to dissolve. Simultaneously, one of the 21,600 karmic
      energies are halted. Stacking 21,600 of white, male drops in a column from
      the tip of the jewel to the crown, and similarly stacking 21,600 of red,
      female drops in a column from the crown to the tip of the jewel causes one
      to achieve the state of Kalachakra.

      It is important to note this is a Kalachakra Empowerment and Practice text
      of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The Completion Stage instructions are concise
      and special to the Drikung Lineage also. The Practice text has been
      translated and we hope to have the Completion Stage Practice Instructions
      translated for this event.
      Previously given in this cycle of Empowerments was Guhyasamaja and
      Chakrasamvara and we hope later in 2012 to complete this cycle with the
      Hevajra Empowerment and Completion Stage Instructions.
      One of the unique qualities of this cycle of four Empowerments composed by
      Rigzin Chokyi Dragpa is the practical nature of the sadhana and Completion
      Stage instructions which give the essence of these profound practices.

      The teachings on this text will be a rare opportunity to receive an
      introduction to the heart of the ancient Vajrayana practices of the
      Kalchakra Completion Stage.

      Time: 2:30-5 PM Saturday &
      9:30-5 PM Sunday & Monday
      Sug. Don. $160
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT



      For those attending the complete Retreat (April 6-9) 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. But it is also ok to register at the door the day of the event.
      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 please call 802-453-3431.
      To visit our home page www.ddcv.com

      More info on these teachings can be found at http://ow.ly/a0yca.


      Community Housing
      Inexpensive community housing is available for $20-25 per night. Contact us
      at ddcv@... or call 802-453-3431. We can also arrange rides from
      Burlington, VT for those coming by plane, train or bus.


      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

      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.

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