Attend a talk with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

The Ripa Ladrang Foundation is pleased to announce a unique opportunity to attend a talk with:

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

On the topics of “Shiné” meditation practice and 
“Socially Engaged Buddhism”
Rinpoche will give a teaching on how to practice shiné meditation, and discuss how meditation supports wisdom, how to develop a proper understanding of interdependence and emptiness, and how the development of a sense of gratitude, loving kindness, and compassion enables us to become socially engaged Buddhists. Rinpoche will explore how that might best be expressed for each of us individually, through how we relate to our environments, ourselves, our communities and our spiritual path.

“The only way to know mind and to attain wisdom is through meditation. In repose, in space, in silent time, answers can come. Wisdom and insight wash away problems. Transformation occurs in stillness. Through the practice of mindfulness, the elementary harmony that creates wind horse – the Tibetan expression for positive energy – is created. Relaxation will then translate into everyday life and bring benefits. Internal change will bring external change. When we are clear and equipped with insight, we are in a place to help others. It is by developing wisdom and compassion that we are able to be of the greatest assistance to others…. compassion heals.” 
                                                                                                                                          – Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

The event will be held on Saturday, October 19th, starting at 1:30 pm and last until approximately 5:00 pm. There will be a thirty minute tea break half way through the program. The location for the event is Tibet House, located at: 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Upcoming Winter Dzogchen Retreat

Dear friends,

The next Winter Dzogchen Retreat will be held on 12/28/2013 thru 1/5/2014.

In order that the team of our Ripa International Center can prepare everything to welcome you, we would like to suggest that you send to us as soon as possible your pre-registration, if you wish to participate in the retreat, as well as your desired room accommodation. 

Your pre-registration is not binding, but is a room reservation, which takes effect after the final registration and confirmation. We are doing this so it is easier for us to plan and meet your accommodation needs.

This retreat is available only to those students who have either completed the preliminary practices of the Ripa Lineage or who have participated in the first Dzogchen cycle (fully or partially), that have been led by His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche.

For pre-registration, please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and the exact information regarding desired room.

Thank you very much in advance! See you soon at our center.

Ripa Newsletter - June 2013

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Message To Our Members

Ripa Ladrang Foundation

May 2013

Dear Friend of Ripa Ladrang:
Thank you for your support as a member of the Ripa Ladrang Foundation.  The purpose of this note is a gentle reminder to please renew your membership for 2013 if you have not done so.
If you have already renewed your membership, thank you, and I would ask that you please consider making an additional contribution to Ripa Ladrang.  Again, your contribution will be used prudently to support the work of the foundation.  We are a volunteer driven organization, so your contributions fully support the core mission which is to promote, support and preserve Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism and in particular the Ripa Lineage as well as our numerous projects such as the New Treasures Project, Pure Water Project, Monk Sponsorship, Child Sponsorship and support of the elderly.
As you know, His Eminence will not be visiting the United States in 2013.  His Eminence will be traveling to Vietnam and Hong Kong where he had not visited his students for many years.  Also, he will be offering a very special retreat in Switzerland during the month of August.  You can find more information on the retreat on our website  and at .  We are hopeful that His Eminence will return to teach in the United States in 2014. 
Again thank you for your continued support and I look forward to personally speaking with each one of you this year to get your input and answer any questions you may have about the foundation.
If it is more convenient for you to pay by credit card, please go to our website and click on the donation button and then membership.  Remember even becoming a member at $5 a month will help support the many projects of His Eminence. 
Best regards,

Richard Diaz
Vice President 

Ripa International Newsletter - March 2013

Letter from the President and Communications
RIC Lamaseva
Saga Dawa Festival at the RIC
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche’s Spring Tour: Dates
Summer Retreat and Winter Retreat: Dates
Pema Lingpa Institute Update
Stupa Nepal Monastery
SLR Schedule

Letter from the President and Communications
Dear Sangha,

The start of a New Year is always a good time to reflect on the past year’s achievements and the planning for the year to come. Certainly there were many achievements to celebrate! Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche had a very successful tour with the European, Russian and South American Sanghas, as well as a few engagements in the US and Canada. Most importantly, there was the successful opening and inauguration of the RIC. Many steps were needed to make this a reality, including the purchase of the property, the legal structures  for the Stiftung Landguet Ried (SLR) and Ripa International Center (RIC), and the renovation in particular of the West Building and preparation of the property for its new uses. An enormous effort was made by many, most especially by Georg, and a few devoted Sangha, who literally gutted the West building and rebuilt it, repainting all the walls, redoing the floors, as well as purchasing the furniture and linens for the rooms. What was not done by professional plumbers and electricians, was done by this small but very hard working group. Quite a lot of cleaning out was required! Given the short time to the opening, it was nothing short of a miracle.

The opening was quite an achievement, with many of the Ripa masters and retinue present, as well as the presence of a number of dignitaries. There were many Sangha who came from all over the world, and the programs were quite rich: we began with a festive Lasang, then a Yeshe Tsogyal Drupcho, the first Sutrayana course, an Enriching Gesar Drupcho, two fire pujas: Enriching Gesar and Pacifying Gesar, Tsa Lung, and Nyunge. Indeed, it was an auspicious beginning! After four weeks of programs, the Center was really feeling like our own Ripa Center in the West! The SLR also succeeded in its initial programs too, which have helped to secure a portion of the finances for the RIC, but by no means all. Here we still have much work ahead of us, and the recently launched giving program announced by Ursula is a key part of the RIC’s continued success (Click here for more information).
We also succeeded in establishing the RIC Teams, which have already been very busy with new projects and responsibilities in their new roles. The next major event was the recent Winter Dzogchen Retreat followed by a Guru Rinpoche Wang and Tsok with the Tibetan community. The Retreat was a very special teaching on Tregchod, or “cutting through,” and the week itself saw the birth of a new warmth in our Sangha. Since it was a relatively small group, everyone was necessarily occupied with one task or another in addition to the Retreat activities, but somehow it was all a beautiful magical dance.

We would like very much to highlight that the RIC is now welcoming you to come for upcoming programs this year – the next major event will be the Saga Dawa festival – an annual event for the greater European Buddhist and local Swiss communities going forward, as well as other teachings with  Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche in the Spring, and His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and Tamdrin Lhunpo Rinpoche in the Summer. The dates for the European Spring Tour to the Padma Lings, the Summer and Winter Retreats are included in this newsletter so that you can plan your year ahead.

RIC is a living reality now – please come and use it for Dharma activities as much as you can! You are  welcome to come to the RIC outside of programs – for example self-directed practice (such as Ngondro accumulations), PL weekends, and longer stays, according to the rules. For more information please see: or speak with Gabriela G.:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

A living center needs first of all practitioners and supporters, but it also needs a set of rules and an awareness of economic necessities. We understand perfectly well that in the beginning phase the provisional state of rules and organization has been quite confusing – and work on settling these aspects. We plan for instance to make rules and overview on responsibles available in the member section of the RIC website.

This is based on the arrangement between the RIC and the SLR as discussed with the Sangha in Ripa International Summer Retreat 2012. The arrangement for managing the place and the finances is as follows: SLR is responsible for the physical location (grounds and buildings), for which the RIC pays a fee (or individuals or groups pay a fee) for various services. Likewise there are arrangements between the RIC and SLR, whereby SLR pays RIC for certain functions and service level. In other words: SLR is the “hotel”, RIC is the “event manager” renting the place. Both vehicles have no other purpose than to support Ripa activities, but in order to secure an economic basis, SLR attempts to rent the place to third parties whenever RIC has no activities going on. The payments do not quite even out, but this is how things work in general. These legal structures were necessary in order to be able to complete the purchase of the property and enable the RIC to have a home according to Swiss law and the local canton and community rules.

None of the many achievements listed, nor our very bright future would be possible without you, the Sangha. Now that Ripa has a “home” in the West – let’s be sure to share this gift with others, and help to spread the Dharma in the West! We are all contributors on many levels, and your continued engagement and efforts are most welcome.

We wish you all a very Happy New Year, a Happy Losar, and a healthy, prosperous and spiritually fulfilling year ahead. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Warm regards,
Heinz and Katharina

RIC Lamaseva - Update

Please note and congratulate Christian B. as a new RIC Lamaseva responsible; he is taking the place of LLuis, a big thank you to both Christian and Lluis!!

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche during the winter retreat 2013

Saga Dawa Festival at the RIC: May 25th - 26th 
Already many preparations are underway to help make the inaugural festival of Saga Dawa (25th and 26th of May) at the RIC a great success. This event will follow the annual Nyunge retreat (18th – 23rd of May). This spiritual celebration of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Parinirvana will be inclusive of the traditions of other Buddhist countries, and will venerate the importance of the Buddha’s life and events. The festival will also be educational – since it will also be a coming together moment for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike – allowing everyone to interact and allowing time to promote the Buddhist message of peace, wisdom, and compassion.

There will be meditation courses, small teachings on the Buddha’s life, workshops, and an exhibition of Buddhist arts and artistic elements, such as Thangkas, statues, and so on. The event is meant to remember Lord Buddha and allow for a cultural exchange, serving as a melting pot with Eastern and Western cultures – including culinary festivities – such as Himalayan and local cuisine.

There will be an official celebration part, where a statue of Lord Buddha will be brought on a palanquin, along with texts. A prayer common to all traditions will be used. Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche will be present to speak about the importance of the event with local dignitaries, including European Buddhist unions. The event will welcome all – and is meant to be the largest public gathering of the year.

A two day event, one day will be the main day – and the other will be a continuation of the workshops and festivities. It will be possible to book some rooms, for those attending the event. Volunteers are of course also needed! Please see  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you are interested to volunteer.

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Tamdrin Lhunpo Rinpoche, Summer Retreat 2012

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche’s Spring Tour Dates

SPRING TOUR - April / May / June 2013 - Gyetrul Jigme RINPOCHE

Summer Retreat and Winter Retreat: Dates 
(Tsa Lung will run parallel with the Sutrayana Course)

Winter Retreat 2013/14 – Preliminary Information

Topic: Dzogchen Cycle N°2, Year 2, Lead by H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
Date: Saturday December 28-2013, registration 16h00
Saturday January 04-2014, end 10 am after Farewell Talk by Rinpoche

Pema Lingpa Institute Update: Applications being accepted for the first year!
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is pleased to announce that the Pema Lingpa institute will be commencing its inaugural year this year! The Pema Lingpa Institute is dedicated to Tibetan language studies, with an emphasis on textual translation. The deadline to apply for the institute is 31 May 2013. Classes begin on 9 September 2013 and will run through 25 April 2014. It is possible to attend either at full price or to request a Work-Study scholarship. For the application form and general rules of the Institute please see for more:

Stupa Nepal Monastery
A great event took place in Pharping on October 29-30, 2012 - A Stupa in H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche’s monastery was blessed.

Maria A. telling: An idea of constructing a Stupa was born in Summer 2010. I had an audience with Kyabje and he had mentioned he was dreaming of building a Stupa in his monastery. I was dreaming to construct a Stupa in Moscow and in Moscow’s Region, but the situation with location and building permission did not work out. When I heard Kyabje wanted to construct a Stupa, I responded immediately. It was a wonderful opportunity and I sent the money needed for the construction in a few days time. However the construction of the Stupa started only in 2011 because Lama Tashi - an experienced Stupa-constructor – who was supposed to play the role of an architect, was in retreat.
The construction was completed in Spring 2012, and the Stupa was then painted. (The monks have told me that the local citizens admire its beauty a lot.) Kyabje identified the date of the consecration during his visit to Russia in August.
The consecration lasted for two days. H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Tamdrin Lhunpu Rinpoche, experienced lamas and about 25 monks (photo below) took part in it.

  Semo Sonam and her son came as the honored guests (photo below). 

The ceremony was very beautiful and it lasted for two days. Surely, pictures cannot completely reproduce the atmosphere, but they do partly. The ceremony included text reading, mantra accumulation, prostrations, going round the Stupa, different offerings to the Stupa and so on.
By the way, we should thank Masha K. for the photo report. She was in Pharping during these days “by accident” and we had met a day before the ceremony “by accident” in one of the local restaurants. She had also had a camera “by accident” and she agreed to be a photo-reporter during this event.
H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche Drimed Rinpoche told me during the ceremony (Semo Sonam was translating to me so I do not quote literally): “The good motivation and a connection with Stupa construction are needed for a Stupa to be created. I have noticed your good motivation during our first meeting. And when we’ve been speaking about a future Stupa in Pharping in 2012 I saw you had a connection with Stupas. I’m very happy that this Stupa was constructed, that it will influence all the world and help living beings.”

 -- Maria A.

SLR Schedule 2013
Here the Schedule of Landguet PL CH and RIC :
2. / 3. Feb. Vajradance seminar (SLR) / Communication Teamwork (RIC)
3. Feb. Sunday Puja, Picnic Buffet, working for Landguet (RIC)
25. Feb. Yeshe Tsogyal Puja with little Tsok (PL CH)
9. / 10 Feb. Integrale Politik retreat
9. / 17. Feb. personal Retreat 1 Sangha Member (RIC)
11. Feb. Losar (RIC)
14. - 17. Feb. Meditation Schweiz (SLR)
18. Feb. - 3 March personal Retreat 1 Sangha Member (RIC)
18. Feb. Medicine Buddha Puja (PL CH)
20. Feb. Padmasamhava Puja with Tsok (PL CH)
23. / 24. Feb. Lamaseva Teamwork (RIC)
25. Feb. King Gesar Puja (PL CH)
2. / 3. March Vajradance seminar (SLR)
3. March. Sunday Puja (Medicine Buddha), Picnic Buffet, working for Landguet (RIC)
7. 3. Yeshe Tsogyal Puja  (PL CH)
9.3. 10.3. Meditation Schweiz
17. 3. General Assembly Dzog Chen Community
19.3. Medicine Buddha Puja (PL CH)
20.3. Padmasambhava Puja with Tsok (PL CH)
23.3. General Assembly Society Swiss Buthan (SLR)
27.3. King Gesar Puja (PLCH)
28.3. - 31.3 Meditation Schweiz (SLR)
5.4. - 9.4 ATTM Academy for traditional tibetan medicine (SLR)
5.4. Yeshe Tsogyal Puja (PL CH)
7.4. Sunday Puja (Medicine Buddha) / Picnic Buffet / working for Landguet (RIC)
12- 14. 4. Rinpoches Visit to Dalai Lama in Fribourg (RIC) / Helpers Nuns and Monks accommodated in SLR

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