ESSENSE TEACHINGS OF THE DZOGCHENby Great Master Vimalamitra
In the ancient Nyingma school, Dzogchen – “the Great Perfection” – represents the pinnacle of the Buddhist path and the ultimate and final teaching of the Buddha. Dzogchen is the direct method for swiftly realizing the ultimate nature of the mind and attaining Buddhahood in the Rainbow Light Body. This is accomplished through two Dzogchen practices called kadak trekcho (direct introduction through cutting thoroughly) and lhundrub togal (spontaneously leaping over). Through trekcho practice, one becomes familiar with the empty nature of reality. Through togal, one practices on luminosity, coming to realize through direct perception the spontaneous self-perfection of everything.
Following in the footsteps of the ancient lineage of Nyingmas, we will put these rare and precious teachings into practice with joy and devotion. Held in noble silence, this retreat is arranged to provide space to receive the pith instructions and deepen personal Dzogchen meditation with the guidance of our beloved Khenpos.
Instructions on Trekcho and Togal will be given throughout the retreat , with the primary emphasis being on Togal instructions. The second two week section of retreat will focus on the application of these instructions both individually and as as group.
As preparation, Rinpoches request that all those wishing to attend the teachings please practice Guru Yoga and Vajrasattva recitation before coming to the retreat as much as you can.
A reminder to all retreatants making arrangements: Venerable Rinpoches wish very much to conclude this retreat together, as one mandala, with special ceremonies of accomplishment on Saturday, April 8.
Students are required to pre-register at the earliest convenience as space is limited and other preparations need to be made so that we all may enjoy a harmonious and restful retreat. Please send a 25% deposit with your registration to Padma Samye Ling. A 10% discount is offered for deposits received before January 10, 2006. Please be aware that deposits are non-refundable after February 10, 2006.
Suggested donations: $965 PBC members
$1005 for non- members.
DURING TEACHING AND PRACTICE EVENTS MEALS ARE OFFERED BY THE MONASTERY AS DHANA FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.
Special accommodations rates are being offered for this special one month event:
Single Dorm- $520 (spaces very limited)
Patrons’ Deluxe Apartments-(spaces very limited)
single: $745; double: $1320; triple: $1815
Call or write for further information.
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