Dear Ripa Sangha and Friends,
Losar Tashi Delek!
As we usher in the year of the Water Dragon, it is our pleasure to also announce the upcoming visit of our precious master, His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, to the
|Magnetizing Gesar||Sunday, June 17 - Monday, June 18|
|Healing Ceremony||Sunday July 1|
|Tagsham Yeshe Tsogyal Empowerment||Ari Bhod||Wednesday, July 4|
|Yeshe Tsogyal Retreat||Ari Bhod||Thursday, July 5 - Saturday, July 7|
|Magnetizing Gesar Fire Puja||Ari Bhod||Sunday, July 8|
|Peaceful Gesar Fire Puja||Ari Bhod||Monday, July 9|
||Gesar Wealth Puja||Purchase, NY||Saturday, July 14|
|Tibetan Community Event||TBD||Sunday, July 15|
In addition to the
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We look forward to practicing and celebrating with all of you soon!
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||Longevity Ritual Practice (Tshe-Drub).
||16th Nov. 2011
||Longevity Ritual Practice (Tshe-Drub).
||17th Nov. 2011
||Actual Long life Prayer (Ten-Shug-Ngoe)
The Ripa masters are currently in Nepal starting preparation on the Karma Empowerment that will continue on for 6 weeks. They send all of us their blessings.
This story is to just recap the recent much-awaited tour of his Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche and Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche to the United States after two years. It was profound and filled with blessings and joy to all the students and the communities who have missed his pure presence last year. And it went by quickly with them bestowing teachings and blessings in New York, Vermont and Los Angeles.
New York teachings were faced with obstacles from the storm but still continued on with many blessings from the enlightened masters. The wealth Puja in purchase was a miracle in progress and all the predicted rains decided to wait till the fire puja was completed till the end of day. Namkha Rinpoche bestowed plenty of blessings to the people and the land with the enrichment gesar wealth fire offering. A very auspicious occasion attended by people despite bad weather and from afar.
Gesar Enrichment Practice and Retreat in Vermont was lead by Namkha Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche. It was a rare occasion after a very long time for both the teachers to be present and send bountiful of blessings to both the Ripa and the Shambala communities. The retreat was extremely profound and greatly joyous.
A healing ceremony then followed in Los Angeles. Very many people came to receive healing blessings from his Eminence.
A four-day taksham yeshe tsogyal retreat was held at Ari Bhod. This is the first time after the parinirvana of Lama Gyatso that his Eminence went back to the land and the experience was one of a kind…
Carl Castro shares with us his personal story…
His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche’s Visit to Ari Bhod’s Pema Drawa Retreat Center
By Carl Castro
I had very much wanted to see His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche on this year’s visit, as I had not seen him for two years, and missed him a lot.
Further, as a member of the Shambhala community, and a student of both the first Sakyong Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the second Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, His Eminence’s visit would provide an opportunity for me to reaffirm my vow and connection not only with His Eminence and the combined family lineage of these great teachers, but also with the originators of our shared lineages, Lord Padmasambhava & Lady Yeshe Tsogyal, and King Gesar.
This visit would mark the ninth time His Eminence had given the Yeshe Tsogyal empowerment, which Lama Gyatso had requested become an annual event, for the Ari Bhod sangha. This empowerment – together with one of the most extensive spiritual biographies or namtar of Lady Yeshe Tsogyal – are from the Taksham terma, held in the Ripa family lineage since the time of Ripa Pema Deje Rolpa, an emanation of Lady Yeshe Tsogyal’s consort Arya Sale and the speech emanation of Taksham Samten Lingpa. Last year, His Eminence did not tour North America. This year, the retreat at Pema Drawa - Ari Bhod’s retreat center near Tehachapi, California - would be made especially poignant with the absence of the physical manifestation of Lama Gyatso, who entered parinirvana two years ago, just a few months after His Eminence’s last visit.
Seeing His Eminence was wonderful, and His Eminence’s empowerments and teachings were, of course, profound and amazing. It is difficult to write about this without merely stringing together superlatives, but it is something that I’m sure all the readers of this newsletter carry in their hearts. It was also very good to see Semo Pema Dechen, one of His Eminence’s four daughters, who exemplify family Dharma lineage in their support of their father and who seem to be essential in summoning his teaching. Many of us were fortunate to have a private audience with His Eminence, and, even though I really had nothing to say in mine, I was very grateful for it. With this, with the Yeshe Tsogyal Empowerment, and especially with His Eminence’s added gift of the Gesar Enrichment Empowerment following, I felt that all my aspirations for attending the retreat were very beautifully and surprisingly effortlessly fulfilled.
In addition to the teacher and the teachings, the jewel of the sangha shone rather brilliantly. It was wonderful to reconnect with old Ripa friends from the San Francisco Bay Area and from Los Angeles, and to make new friends among the Ripa and Ari Bhod sanghas, as well as other sanghas represented. There was much conviviality during meal times and breaks, sitting together, chatting, and enjoying the natural scenery of Tehachapi Mountain, and during walks to and from cabins and tents, especially at night, sharing amazement at the multitude of stars visible from that remote elevation, and sometimes also sharing a flashlight.
Throughout the retreat, the same Ari Bhod sangha who were responsible for supporting the teachings and empowerments, as well as serving His Eminence, also served the participants from other sanghas as hosts. We were all beneficiaries of their generosity and exertion, which were extended with an engaging, down-to-earth friendliness. The retreat ran smoothly, and the food provided by their kitchen was delicious, some of the best I’d ever had on retreat.
Several times during his teachings, and especially in concluding, His Eminence extended praise to the Ari Bhod sangha, the students of Lama Gyatso, for holding such devotion to their lama and for carrying out his wishes with such dedication and hard work. It was impressive, I believe to all of us, how they have carried on since Lama Gyatso’s parinirvana. Personally, I was even further amazed by their mastery of Vajrayana ritual and by the example of their practice, creating an atmosphere suffused with openness and devotion. Adding to this was the usual great devotion and cheerfulness of the dedicated Ripa sangha, and that of many other participants with special connection to His Eminence.
Within this atmosphere, what His Eminence gave during his empowerments and teachings seemed exceptional, even for His Eminence and even for these profound topics. The Yeshe Tsogyal ceremony was very full of both presence and ritual occasioning it, with, I believe, eight empowerments in total, for five aspects and three levels. The Gesar Enrichment ceremony was truly powerful, and, well, quite unbelievably rich. It felt as though His Eminence were giving everything, as fully as possible, honoring both his commitment to Lama Gyatso and the devotion of Lama’s students, as well as the continuing dedication of the visiting Ripa sangha.
Several of us were able to stay another day after the retreat ended, to say goodbye to His Eminence upon his departure. We received the added blessing of following His Eminence on a tour of the astoundingly beautiful and detailed three-dimensional models of the Zangdok Palri and Shi Tro mandalas being constructed under the direction of Ari Bhod’s renowned resident artist lamas. Still, when it came time for His Eminence to leave, as we gathered to offer katas and to wave goodbye, there was the joyful sadness of parting, full of gratitude, longing, and all sorts of heartfelt emotion. It had been a truly special time with His Eminence.
May His Eminence live long; may he enjoy the best of health and spirits, and may his Dharma activity flourish; may he visit us again soon, and may we receive and serve him well and genuinely; may we continue to receive his teachings and blessings, and may we never be separated from him.
Ripa Ladrang Newsletter March 2011
March 2011 Ripa Ladrang Newsletter
We are pleased to inform that His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche and Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche are keeping good health. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche just finished a Gesar Drubchen in Orissa with the monks for the removal of obstacles for all beings. A lot of the Sangha community got an opportunity to participate from afar in this spectacular Puja that benefits all beings.
News of the Americas 2011 Teaching Tour
His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2011 visit of His Eminence,Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche to the United States. His Eminence will be teaching on the east and west coasts during the month of September.
The teachings on the east coast will take place at Karme Choling in Vermont as well as in the greater New York area. On the west coast His Eminence will teach at Ari Bhod and in the Greater Los Angeles area. Once the dates are finalized we will post them on our website.
We are honored that His Eminence will be returning to the United States to teach. The schedule reflects the decision to limit the amount of travel during his teaching tour. We hope that you will be able to join us in this wonderful opportunity to see His Eminence during his visit to the United States
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have not renewed your Ripa Ladrang membership for 2011 please do so. Your contribution as a member will help to offset the costs for this year’s teaching tour. You may become a member online at our Membership Donation page to select your level of membership.
“A Precious Gift Campaign” Update
The special campaign is off to a great start! Thank you to all those who have sent donations and as well as prayers for abundance. The stories are quite humorous around how some of the donations appeared like magic!
One of the most amazing news is that the Rigon Tashi Choling Monastery is home right now to the Sakyong Mipam Rinpoche for his retreat. What a wonderful testament to the value of this sacred monastery than its use by one of our beloved teachers to deepen practice as they guide us all on the path to enlightenment. Also, 50 Russian Sangha members will be traveling there in April for the Gesar Drubchen. The paintings and statues in the Gesar Hall are now complete.
You never know – stories from contributors:
- One person found some money, tried to give it back to people in the local vicinity, but no one would take the money so it went to A Precious Gift!
- Someone else, on a very tight budget, wanted to give and got an unannounced raise :)
- Someone else go a new job, paying more than their last job, allowing them a more flexible budget….:)
With the wonderful news that His Eminence will return to the US in the Fall, 2011, lets take the next seven months to see how far we can get in building up our donations towards our 120K goal.
Thank you to everyone who has sent donations…Those over $100 will receive a free DVD of the Opening Ceremonies for the monastery. Please send your address when submitting a check or online donation. Loser is coming up soon and it would be a great opportunity to make a push to contribute to the campaign.
News of Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
From the Office of Heinz Buhofer, Ripa Council:
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche sends the following message given shortly before he went into personal retreat. Rinpoche is very happy that now, after having recently completed a short retreat in Nepal, he will be starting, on Dakini Day of January 2011 (the 28th), a strict personal retreat in the monastery of Orissa. Rinpoche will stay in retreat for at least two months, though it is his hope that he will be able to remain in retreat for a full three months. The purpose of this retreat will be to serve as a support for the longevity of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, for the teachers of the Ripa lineage, for the progress and well being of the Sangha, and for the spreading of peace and wisdom in the world. Rinpoche wished the Sangha to know that everyone is included in his prayers and practice during this retreat.
In light of Rinpoche’s period of profound practice, The Ripa Council requests you to take inspiration from his efforts and example, and to equally support this period of retreat time by ourselves also engaging in additional practice and reducing our exposure to the distractions of samsara, regardless of how fascinating they may be!
An Overview of the Ripa Council
As some in the American Ripa Sangha may know, there is in place a Ripa Council that exists to coordinate the activities and to work in tandem with the various Ripa national organizations globally. What a wonderful miracle to be able to say we have Sanghas in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain,Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, and as far away as French Guyana! The Ripa Council exists to serve the Ripa lineage, to facilitate newcomers and existing Sangha members coming into contact with the Ripa lineage and the Dharma, integrating the various national Sanghas into one Ripa Sangha, increasing the Sanghas' capacities, coordinating teaching activities of the Ripa masters, communicating with the Sangha, coordinating various humanitarian projects, and providing a home for the western Sangha through the Ripa International Center (RIC), which is planned to be in Ried, Switzerland. For more on Ripa International, please visit: http://ripa-international.org and click on news for updates.
Ripa Council Members:
GENERAL SECRETARY - Béatrice (France)
KARMACHAKRA - Irene (Germany)
DHARMASEVA - Philippe (France)
LAMASEVA - Renate (Belgium)
COMMUNICATION - Katharina (USA)
RIPA INTERNATIONAL CENTER RIC - Georg (Switzerland)
FINANCE, CHAIR - Heinz (Switzerland)
News of 2nd Annual International Retreat
The Ripa International Summer Retreat 2011 will have the same structure like the Summer Retreat in 2010. The first week: Ngön Dro, second week: Yidam practice - this time Yeshe Tsogyal Drupchö - and the third week Tsa Lung and Nyung Ne.
It will take place from July 30th thru August 20th. A person can attend, 1, 2 or all 3 weeks. Please go to:http://ripa-international.org/en/program/summer-retreat for information on the retreat to be held in Spain.
News of Lama Tenzin
Umsea and Chupin Training
At the invitation of Ripa Council, Lama Tenzin will be arriving into Europe around April and will remain thru the Summer Retreat. In preparation of the second week of Yeshe Tsogyal Drupchö, Lama Tenzin will train a group of around 10 students very intensively so that they can take over tasks of the monks during the Retreat. This includes Torma making, playing music instruments and being Umze.