Traga Rinpoche Dzogchen Retreats/May 5-13/Bristol, VT
- Venerable Traga Rinpoche
Yangzab Dzogchen Spring Retreat
May 5-13, 2007
May 5-7 - Entering Into the Path of Yangzab Dzogchen
In depth teachings on the Yangzab Dzogchen Foundational practices.
May 9 - Taking the Five Poisons as the Path
Profound Yangzab Dzogrim teaching on the self liberation of afflictive emotions.
May 10-13 - Yangzb Trekcho Retreat
In depth teachings from the Yangzab Dzogrim text the Completion of Primordial Wisdom.
For more info on the teachings go to www.ddcv.com
The cost for the retreat is $300 for the complete retreat (May 5-13) or $50 per day. It is possible to register at the door
Checks and money orders can be made out to DDCV. You can also use a credit card via Paypal. Our Paypal account is ddcv@.... If you are using Paypal please include an additional $8.
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.
We will be offering community housing for those coming from out of town for $15 per night. Please contact us at ddcv@... or call 802-453-3431 if you need help arranging housing.
There are also a number of local B&B's that have good accommodations. Below is a link to local accommodations.
Other housing in the greater area can be found at http://www.midvermont.com/lodging/lodging.shtml
Holley Hall is located on Main St, Bristol, VT 05443. Use Mapquest or other online directions to find the Hall. To get any further clarification about directions please contact us and we can help you find the best route to the teachings.
NEAREST AIRPORT AND BUS STATION and PICKUPS
The nearest airport is Burlington International Airport which is located in Burlington, VT, which is 50 minutes from the teaching location. The bus station is also located in Burlington. We can provide airport and bus pickups that will bring you to your housing for $25. We will also help arrange local transportation for those at housing without car's.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need help making your arrangements. We can be reached at ddcv@... or call us at 802-453-3431. Updates will soon be posted at www.ddcv.com
BIOGRAPHY for Venerable Traga Rinpoche
The Venerable Traga Rinpoche was born in 1954 into a long lineage of great Tantric Yogis. His paternal ancestry traces back to Rigzin Godem (1337-1408), the discoverer of the Northern Treasures of the Nyingmapa School. Rinpoche�s mother was a true Wisdom Dakini who recited Tara�s mantra almost constantly.
Very special signs were seen at Rinpoche�s birth. At age 4, the 7th Lhotual Khakhyab Dorje recognized him as the reincarnation of Togden Tsondrue Tharchin (xxxx to xxxx). Due to the political unrest in Tibet, there was no opportunity to enthrone him and teach him Dharma., so Rinpoche studied Tibetan Medicine for 8 years and both studied and taught the Tibetan language.
Traga Rinpoche is an accomplished Dzogchen and Mahamudra master. He has received profound foundational as well as the most advanced teachings from some of the greatest living masters of Tibetan Buddhism including His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog and many others. He has completed over 10 years of retreats.
From Garchen Rinpoche, Traga Rinpoche received teachings on all Drikung Kagyu texts, the five-fold Mahamudra, Dzogchen Yangzab teachings, and many profound pith instructions. He did a 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 Tregch�d. 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, Traga Rinpoche did retreat near Khenpo Munsel, and practiced Tregch�d, Th�gal, practices of working with the vital energies, and other advanced practices.
Rinpoche has received and practiced many different lineages of the Six Yogas of Naropa. He studied and practiced Vajrayogini, Marpa's Guru Yoga and the Six Yogas with a Karma Kagyu Togden known for flying from mountain top to mountain top. Later he received and practiced the profound Drikung path of the Six Yogas and Mahamudra with Drupon Tenzin Nyima. Rinpoche has also studied with the Drugpa Kagyu Togdens of Tashi Jong.
In 1990, Traga Rinpoche went to see Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog. For 100 days, he received teachings and meditated. Some of the teachings/empowerments included the Dakini Heart Eseence teachings, Awareness-expression Empowerment, and the Khregs Chod, written by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog himself.
Traga Rinpoche went to Chamdo in 1992 where Khenchen Karma Tseten asked him to give oral transmissions to the monks and nuns of Trachog Gon Monastery. Rinpoche was named �Lung Lama� or �Transmission Lama� by the Khenpos and Tulkus of the monastery.
In December, 1993, Traga Rinpoche arrived at Jangchub Ling Monastery in India where he met His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. His Holiness gave him, among others, the Chakrasamvara Empowerment and transmission of the Five-Fold Mahamudra, He also received the wheel of Life Scripture, one of 18 major scriptures of the Mind Section of Dzogchen. Rinpoche then spent one year meditating at Lapchi, a place of special power where Milarepa had meditated.
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, and asked his students to have full confidence in him, �just as I have full confidence in him." Garchen Rinpoche has also specifically said, "It may seem like there are many great Lamas out there. Yet Traga Rinpoche is like gold. Even if put in a burning fire, he just glows."
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