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Foundation News - March 2012

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 United States.  We hope that you and your families will be able to participate in as many of these wonderful events as possible!

CITY EVENT LOCATION DATES
Red Feather Lakes, CO
 
Magnetizing Gesar Shambhala Mountain Center Sunday, June 17 - Monday, June 18
Los Angeles, CA

Healing Ceremony Shambhala Center, Los Angeles, CA Sunday July 1
Tehachapi, CA

Tagsham Yeshe Tsogyal Empowerment Ari Bhod Wednesday, July 4
Tehachapi, CA

Yeshe Tsogyal Retreat Ari Bhod Thursday, July 5 - Saturday, July 7
Tehachapi, CA

Magnetizing Gesar  Fire Puja Ari Bhod Sunday, July 8
Tehachapi, CA

Peaceful Gesar  Fire Puja Ari Bhod Monday, July 9
Purchase, NY

Gesar Wealth Puja Purchase, NY Saturday, July 14
New York, NY

Tibetan Community Event TBD Sunday, July 15


In addition to the U. S. teachings, His Eminence will attend the grand opening of the Ripa International Center in Reid, Switzerland Sunday, July 22 to August 192012. Details of these events will be available soon at www.ripa-international.org and www.padmaling.org.

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to make sure your membership with the Ripa Ladrang Foundation is current for the New Year.  Membership fees and donations help to cover the cost of the Teaching Tour and are used to support the work of the Ripa Masters.  Memberships and donations can now be handled very easily at www.ripaladrang.org.   

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

We look forward to practicing and celebrating with all of you soon!



  

Ripa Ladrang Newsletter – November Special Announcements

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News of Special Events – Long Life Ceremonies for His Eminence

Dear Ripa Ladrang Community,

This is a reminder about the special Long Life Ceremonies that will be done in Nepal for our beloved Lama, His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche.

The following table indicates the glimpse of Day, Date and Puja performance of the practicing longevity (Tshe-Drub) for two days and the third day will be ‘Actual Long Life Ceremonial Puja’.


S/no

Day

Date

Performance

1

Tuesday

15th Nov. 2011

Longevity Ritual Practice (Tshe-Drub).

2

Wednesday

16th Nov. 2011

Longevity Ritual Practice (Tshe-Drub).

3

Thursday

17th Nov. 2011

Actual Long life Prayer (Ten-Shug-Ngoe)

 

As Nepal is about 11 hours ahead of the East Coast and 14 hours ahead of West Coast, we can conduct your celebrations in at whatever time is good for you.

We recommend you accumulate His Eminence Long Life prayer over those three days.
Also, if you wish to meet with your local sangha for Tsok, please contact your local Sangha Secretary.

A PDF file of His Eminence’s Extensive Longevity Prayer, as written by H. H. Dudom Rinpoche, is posted here to download on our website for your personal copy.

As our Lama is always in our hearts, in essence there is no distance that separates us at any point in time so send your clouds of offerings of prayers and wishes into the sky and we are all confident it will reach our Lama!!

Thank you to everyone who has already sent monetary donations towards the purchase of all the beautiful substances that are gathered for the event as well as gifts to presiding Lamas.

We encourage everyone to make a donation, no matter how small, towards this important event. Donations can be made at our donations page.

Here is a quotation offered by Khandro Tseyang, the Sakyong Wangmo (His Eminence’s Daughter) about the meaning of such a ceremony:

“Tenshuk means to secure the life of the master”. Traditionally, such ceremonies are organized by the students from time to time at special moments in the life of a precious guru. Usually, the ceremony is led by an eminent master who shares close samaya (spiritual bond) with the one who is to be offered the Tenshuk. A Long Life Abhisheka is conferred as part of the Tenshuk.

Students then make offerings of rupas and various objects securing the body speech mind quality and activity of the guru.

The offerings are also a symbolic way of showing one's gratitude towards the guru or master for his tireless and selfless dedication in bringing the light of dharma into our life.”

Offering prayers and wishes for a long and healthy life is a common aspiration of students at all stage of the path. The diamond path of the Vajrayana clearly emphasizes the importance of the role of the guru. In fact, the guru-student relationship is the life force of the path and the practice. Thus, love, trust, and devotion in the precious guru are essential. The guru is revered as the embodiment of living wisdom and compassion, the heart of the lineage, and the source of blessings and happiness.

It is up to the students to create the tendrel (auspicious circumstances) that enable the guru's life to be secured for the benefit of the world and sentient beings. Without the love, guidance, trust, and compassion of the guru, our life would never be the same. And without this patience and endurance, we would never have embraced the seed of enlightenment that is close to our heart.

So we wish and pray from the depth of our heart with all our humbleness, and say "Yes, precious guru, for now and forever, may your life be secured for kalpas and may you continue to turn the wheel of dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.”

(to the Shambhala Student in 2009 when she requested this ceremony to Her Father for the sake of the Kongma Sakyong, head of the Shambhala Lineage).

Traditionally a Tenshuk is performed with all the students present. Because it would be difficult for many of us to attempt to be there, we would request you to be part of it from afar by gathering in group practice during the three days or if not at least at your home, enlighten our devotion and rejoicing to practice all together as one Sangha.

We would encourage you also to participate in the offerings that the PL & Ripa organizations will make there in the name of all.

See you in celebration on November 15th, 16th, and 17th



November 2011 Newsletter

Eastcoast-Retreat-Fall-2011-337The 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.


Eastcoast-Retreat-Fall-2011-093 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

HE Taksham Guru 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. 




News of Special Events – Long Life Ceremonies for His Eminence

 

Dear Ripa Ladrang Community,

We are pleased to bring news of a very auspicious set of events that are occurring in Nepal at the Rigon Tashi Choeling Monastery in October and November.

The first will be a Nyingma Kama Empowerment and Oral Transmission that will start in October and continue into November.

During this Empowerment, for three days in November, a very special Long Life Ceremony for His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche will be conducted.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Empowerment and the Long Life Ceremony in Nepal.

For those who are unable to travel, there are many ways one can connect with this auspicious set of events.

You will see below, in the details around this Long Life Ceremony, all the wonderful magical array of worldly offerings that are gathered for such an event. You can make offerings in support of those items via Ripa Ladrang donation page on our website. All contributors’ names and contribution will be sent to Nepal.

During the three days of the Long Life Ceremony, you might wish to join with your local Sangha for Practice and Tsok.

Banner of Love for our Lama:
If you wish to send your best wishes and gratitude to His Eminence, you may send a brief note to our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it email box. Mark it “To His Eminence”

We will print all these letters, poems or photos and send them attached to a Banner that can be waved in the hall - sending our wishes into the air on this most Auspicious Event. Please keep your contribution at a half page size.


For more details around all the events, please see the official notification below as shared with us by the Ripa International Committee.

If you have any questions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 



Nyingma Kama Empowerment and Oral Transmission – starting the end of October at Rigon Tashi Choling Monastery, in Nepal, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche will give the Kama Transmission. It is one of the main sources of teachings for the Nyingma School, with the other one being the Terma tradition. The Kama, or Oral Lineage is an unbroken transmission of wisdom and blessings transmitted from one master to another from the origins of Buddhism and was brought to Tibet by Guru Rinpoche as well as other great Indian masters.

Each country or Padma Ling organization should have one contact person who can assist students with getting in touch with Nepal. (For Ripa Ladrang, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Note that it is the student’s responsibility to register with Pema Gyurmey in Kathmandu directly,

Before the Kama transmission begins, starting from 15 October, there will be the Annual Phurba Drupchen which will finish in about eight days.

Both the Empowerment and Lung will commence on 27 October, Empowerment will finish within 20 days, and the Oral Transmission within 30 days.

Around November 15th, there will be 3 days of long life ceremony for His Eminence. Students can come at any time, but especially to this auspicious event.

During the Kama Transmission a special long life ceremony, lasting three days, will be performed for the sake of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche.

In the Vajrayana this elaborate ritual ceremony is known as a Tenshuk.

This will be a special time for our Sangha. As student of His Eminence, we could dedicate those three days to gather and practice for His Eminence’s long Life.

Here is a quotation offered by Khandro Tseyang, the Sakyong Wangmo (His Eminence’s Daughter) about the meaning of such a ceremony:

“Tenshuk means to secure the life of the master”. Traditionally, such ceremonies are organized by the students from time to time at special moments in the life of a precious guru. Usually, the ceremony is led by an eminent master who shares close samaya (spiritual bond) with the one who is to be offered the Tenshuk. A Long Life Abhisheka is conferred as part of the Tenshuk. Students then make offerings of rupas and various objects securing the body speech mind quality and activity of the guru.

The offerings are also a symbolic way of showing one's gratitude towards the guru or master for his tireless and selfless dedication in bringing the light of dharma into our life.”
Offering prayers and wishes for a long and healthy life is a common aspiration of students at all stage of the path. The diamond path of the Vajrayana clearly emphasizes the importance of the role of the guru. In fact, the guru-student relationship is the life force of the path and the practice. Thus, love, trust, and devotion in the precious guru is essential. The guru is revered as the embodiment of living wisdom and compassion, the heart of the lineage, and the source of blessings and happiness.

It is up to the students to create the tendrel (auspicious circumstances) that enable the guru's life to be secured for the benefit of the world and sentient beings. Without the love, guidance, trust, and compassion of the guru, our life would never be the same. And without this patience and endurance, we would never have embraced the seed of enlightenment that is close to our heart.

So we wish and pray from the depth of our heart with all our humbleness, and say "Yes, precious guru, for now and forever, may your life be secured for kalpas and may you continue to turn the wheel of dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.”
(to the Shambhala Student in 2009 when she requested this ceremony to Her Father for the sake of the Kongma Sakyong, head of the Shambhala Lineage).

Traditionally a Tenshuk is performed with all the students present. Because it would be difficult for many of us to attempt to be there, we would request you to be part of it from afar by gathering in group practice during the three days or if not at least at your home, enlighten our devotion and rejoicing to practice all together as one Sangha.

We would encourage you also to participate in the offerings that the PL & Ripa organizations will make there in the name of all.

Ripa Council / Dharmaseva – Philippe
Ripa Ladrang / Board Members - Alan, Richard
 


 

Formal Announcement from Office of Ripa Ladrang

-- Long Life Ceremony and Offerings for His Eminence ---

Dear Sanghas,


On the occasion of exceptional Empowerment by Kyabje Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche of the sacred Nyingma treasures. The Ripa Ladrang and two Main Ripa Monasteries in India and Nepal (Rigon Thubten Mindrol-Ling and Rigon Tashi Choe-Ling) have decided to organize an extensive longevity prayer (Ten-Shug) and ceremony for His Eminence Kyabje Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, marking the end of his obstacle year (Gung-Keg). The ceremony will be conducted from 15th November 2011 to 17th November 2011.

The last day of the ceremony will be the ‘Actual Day’ and coinciding with the auspicious ‘Day of Buddha’s Descent from Heaven’ (Lha-Bab-Dhue-Chen).

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche advises all students and well-wishers to participate in this powerful and moving ceremony for the long and firm life of our root teacher and supreme head of the lineage.

One can be physically present here, connecting from the heart from afar, or one can also make donation towards the long life ceremony. This would not be an opportunity to accumulate merit for oneself and others but also cause for securing the life of precious teacher for the benefit of all motherly sentient beings.

Following Table indicates the glimpse of Day, Date and Puja performance of the practicing longevity (Tshe-Drub) for two days and the third day will be ‘Actual Long Life Ceremonial Puja’.
 

S/no

Day

Date

Performance

1

Tuesday

15th Nov. 2011

Longevity Ritual Practice (Tshe-Drub).

2

Wednesday

16th Nov. 2011

Longevity Ritual Practice (Tshe-Drub).

3

Thursday

17th Nov. 2011

Actual Long life Prayer (Ten-Shug-Ngoe)

 



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Ripa Ladrang Newsletter March 2011


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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

ripa_logo_iconWe 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

Balance $118,200

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!

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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

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From the Office of Heinz Buhofer, Ripa Council:

Dear Sangha,

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!

Heinz


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.

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In general, the Ripa Council is organized into various functions, with Karmachakra referring to organizing the teaching tours and various teaching activities, Dharmaseva referring to serving the teachings and the practices themselves, Lamaseva referring to serving the Ripa masters and the retinue, and so forth. Please consider the Ripa Council as a resource. We are working on standards for Ripa internationally (for example, a Dharmaseva manual), and while all teaching tours are organized at a country level, nevertheless, all activities are open to all Sangha regardless of where they reside. Should you wish to submit news to the international newsletter, or, for any US - Ripa Council related questions, please feel free to contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Current responsibilities are as follows:

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

August 2011
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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.

Questions can also be sent to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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.

If you are interested in attending these classes in Europe and will be attending the second week of retreat for Yeshe Tsogyal Drupchon, please contact Myriah at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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