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Drupon Thinley/Chakrasamvara/Tsa Lung/Mahamudra/July3-6/Bristol, VT

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    Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo Wheel of Great Bliss Retreat Mahakala Empowerment Chakrasamvara Empowerment/Teachings Tsa Lung:Awakening the Subtle Energy Body
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 30, 2008
      Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo
      Wheel of Great Bliss Retreat

      Mahakala Empowerment
      Chakrasamvara Empowerment/Teachings
      Tsa Lung:Awakening the Subtle Energy Body

      Mahamudra Meditation Instructions

      July 3-6, 2008
      Bristol, Vermont

      Thursday, July 3
      Cutting Through Confusion:
      Discovering the Wisdom of our own Minds
      Public Talk - Open to All
      Time: 7 PM
      Sug. Don. $10
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      Friday, July 4
      Mahakala Protector Empowerment
      Time: 7 PM
      Sug. Don. $30
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      Saturday, July 5
      Chakrasamvara Wheel of Great Bliss
      Empowermentand Practice Instructions
      Time: Empowerment 9:30-12
      Practice Instructions 2-5 PM
      Sug. Don. $60
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      Sunday, July 6
      Tsa Lung Teachings: Awakening the Subtle Energy Body
      Time: 9:30-12
      Sug. Don. $25
      Mahamudra Meditation Instructions
      Time: 2:30-5 PM
      Sug. Don. $25
      Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

      More info on Teachings at www.ddcv.com

      For those attending the complete Wheel of Great Bliss Retreat
      (July 4-6) the suggested donation is $125.
      To Register please email ddcv@... or call t 802-453-3431.
      Work Study and Scholarships Available
      No one turned away for financial reasons.

      Registration can happen at time of teaching or in advance by Paypal.
      Our Paypal account is ddcv@...

      Teaching Location
      All teachings July 3-6 will take place at 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443.

      Community Housing
      Inexpensive housing is available for $15 per night.
      To reserve this housing ddcv@... or call 802-453-3431.
      Other housing can be found at www.ddcv.com under retreat housing.

      Camping with Facilities
      Inexpensive camping 10 minutes from the teachings is available at
      Special rates offered for those attending the teachings.

      Nearest airport, bus and train station is in Burlington, VT.
      Pickups can be arranged with advanced notice.


      The Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo 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 years.

      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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