Summer Retreat: June 25–July 8, 2017

The Heart of Realization: Bön Dzogchen Pith Instructions & Teachings from the Bön Mother Tantra

with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

TWR70bBoth new and continuing students are warmly invited to gather at Serenity Ridge for this special summer retreat with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Rinpoche’s founding of Ligmincha International.

Rinpoche has graciously agreed to teach on two topics this summer: pith instructions on the nature of mind, dzogchen, and teachings from Bön Mother Tantra. These are the focus of Rinpoche’s own personal practice and the core of his teachings for the past 25 years. See a special invitation from Rinpoche to all students below.

Week 1: June 25–July 1, 2017
Week 2: July 2–8, 2017

The morning teachings of both weeks will focus on the pith instructions of Bön dzogchen lineage masters. Dzogchen, which translates as “great perfection” or “great completion,” is the highest among the array of profound teachings of the Bön and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. These teachings point out our true nature, the source of wisdom and all positive qualities.

The 24 dzogchen masters of the ancient country of Zhang Zhung (located in what is now Western Tibet) originally transmitted their wisdom teachings from a single master to a single student. Each master’s knowledge was distilled into pith instructions pointing out the empty and luminous nature of mind. Rinpoche will share these teachings in a meditative setting that supports students to open their hearts and connect with their nature of mind.

During the second week of the retreat, Rinpoche will give the transmission for the pith instructions of the Twenty-Four Masters of the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu.

In the afternoons of both weeks, Rinpoche will teach from the Bön Mother Tantra. His focus will be on the six great methods of the path of the Ma Gyü cycle, one of the major tantric cycles of Bön. These six methods include the teachings of the elements, chöd (cutting fear and attachment), bardo, powa (the transference of consciousness), and the yogas of sleep and dream. They compose the principal tantric teachings for our sangha and provide support for the practice of dzogchen.

You are welcome to attend one or both weeks. If you can only attend one week, Rinpoche suggests that newer students attend the first week. Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available.

Note: Please be aware that construction of the new building will be taking place, although all efforts will made to minimize disruption. Due to the construction's temporary impact on exterior lighting, please make sure to bring a flashlight.

Immediately following Summer Retreat, you are invited to attend a practice retreat led by Geshe Tenzin Yangton, the resident lama of Serenity Ridge. Consider staying from one to six days to deepen your connection to these important teachings.
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The special teachings of this retreat are in honor of Ligmincha International’s 25th anniversary; however, the main anniversary celebration will be held on Sunday, October 22, following the Fall Retreat. 


A Special Invitation from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche:

I personally invite all of my students, newer and old, to join me at this summer retreat at Serenity Ridge. For the last 25 years, I have been teaching dzogchen, the nature of mind. The many other teachings I have taught are rooted in the sacred teachings of the Bön Mother Tantra.

Among the dzogchen teachings, the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu (the Oral Tradition of Zhang Zhung) is the most important cycle of teachings. When I first studied dzogchen with my teacher, Lopon Sangye Tenzin, he introduced the teachings on the Twenty-Four Masters and their quintessential instructions from the fruit of their practice. We listened to their instructions and practiced together. I will teach in the same way I received these teachings from Lopon Sangye Tenzin. We will have time to go through the pith instructions as I was taught, and by practicing together gain glimpses of the wisdom and knowledge described by these meditation masters of dzogchen.

In the afternoons I will teach on the six methods from the Bön Mother Tantra—the practices of the elements, chöd, bardo, powa, sleep and dream—and their relationship to the Threefold Practice of the Primordial State of the Mother Tantra. This is the text used at the tsok (ritual food offering) that concludes our summer and winter retreats at Serenity Ridge. Reciting it supports our connection to the lineage and its stream of blessings. The central deity of the Mother Tantra is my personal yidam (the meditation deity Sangchok Gyalpo), and these practices are close to my heart.

My hope is that this retreat will support your connection, understanding and experience of these profound teachings and their roots in the Bön tradition.     

—Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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Retreat Cost (includes meals; accommodations extra): $650 (per week) received by May 11; $725 after May 11. 

Retreat Registration includes meals beginning with the evening before the start of the retreat and ending with lunch on the final day of the retreat. Check-in for accommodations, including tenting, begins at 4 p.m. the day prior to the start of the retreat. 

To begin the registration process, click on the blue “Register” button. Fill out the form. On the confirmation page, click on the PAYPAL LINK for the registration and accommodations option of your choice in order to complete your registration. 

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