Following are contributions from retreatants at the 2010 Monthlong in Crestone, Colorado~a summary by Michelle Bernard, poems by Andrea Pucci and M.L. Mackie, and an allegory by Jim Drescher, with photos by Jim Gritz. 2010 Monthlong Retreat with Tsokyni Rinpoche “There will always be space for all of you in my mind.” Thus Rinpoche ended … READ MORE
Rinpoche continued his intensive travel and teaching schedule throughout the last six months of 2009. Here are some highlights: August 16 -22, Crestone, CO: Empowerment–Transmission and Practice In an unprecedented teaching demonstration, Rinpoche gave three empowerments and practice instructions for Green Tara, Vajrasattva and Guru Rinpoche during this week. Additionally, participants had an opportunity to … READ MORE
ANNOUNCING the inauguration of the new monastic college at Osel Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal! Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche recently announced that Mingyur Rinpoche will be taking responsibility for Osel Ling Monastery beginning in early 2010. Osel Ling was originally given to both brothers by their late father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. In recent … READ MORE
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.