Tsoknyi Rinpoche held the first initial retreat considering the matter of devotion this summer in Crestone, Colorado. Krishna Das attended with musicians from his band–tabla player Arjuna and bass player Patrick Hammond–supplementing the retreat with juicy devotional kirtan (call and response) chants throughout the week.
In August 2009, just prior to the beginning of the Devotion Retreat, Crestone received an exquisite new Rupa for its retreat shrine. After installation, the new Rupa presided over the two Crestone retreats and Month-long. Here is Brady Hogan transporting the statue en route to his new home.
ADVANCED DZOGCHEN RETREAT (as reported by Ilya Natanzon) Shuny Hollander presents the mandala offering to Tsoknyi Rinpoche during the concluding ceremony, requesting the teacher to remain as the Vajra Body, Speech, and Mind. The Advanced Dzogchen Retreat took place in Kibbutz Kadarim, where Rinpoche taught two open retreats in previous years. Rinpoche does not teach … READ MORE
Rinpoche began his South American teachings with a lovely, informal talk on Sunday, April 26th at a regular weekly evening meeting at Dongyuling Center in the Abboud home in Buenos Aires. Gerardo, Juani, and their daughter Sofia were generous hosts to Tsoknyi Rinpoche during his stay.
In a very spacious and lovely retreat center overlooking Monterey Bay near Watsonville, California, Rinpoche taught in part from a beautiful letter called A Letter in Praise of Emptiness, which his teacher Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche wrote to his mother on the nature of emptiness. Mt. Madonna Retreatants The profound Dzogchen teachings help us to directly … READ MORE
The Bardo Retreat March 28–April 3, 2009 Rinpoche’s teachings on the Bardo marked the 10th anniversary of Pundarika U.K. and the 8th year since their first retreat took place. In honor of Carole Bishop’s hard work over the years, attendees presented her with a thank you gift, which greatly moved her. There was a real … READ MORE
Dzogchen: The Nature of Mind March 21–27, 2009 With greetings from Switzerland by Fred von Allmen “Rinpoche arrived at the Zurich airport where Serena and I picked him up and took him to an apartment at a Buddhist center in Bern, so that he could rest.
Here are a few personal letters from three of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s students who are in three-year retreat in Dordogne, France, and that he wanted to share with the sangha: Dear Rinpoche, I hope you are well. I am happy to say that all is well here. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity. Tulku … READ MORE
Dzogchen: The Great Perfection October 22, 24 – 30, 2008 Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a public talk entitled The Great Perfection: Tibetan Dzogchen Teachings to approximately 350 people at a large Unitarian Church, hosted by Insight Meditation Center and Tara Brach, in Washington, D.C. on October 22nd. Prior to beginning the retreat, Dzogchen: The Great Perfection … READ MORE
Dzogchen: The Great Perfection Retreat With great warmth and characteristic regional hospitality, Owsley Brown, Robin Burke, and Gray Henry introduced Tsoknyi Rinpoche to both new and old dharma students in the Louisville, Kentucky, area. Rinpoche gave a public talk to approximately 300 individuals at a public talk, followed by a reception. Rinpoche began teaching students … READ MORE