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Dear Ripa Sangha and Friends,

What an incredible Summer Retreat we had!
Our Ripa Sangha had the great fortune to welcome Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche to Europe after his one-year solitary retreat. We were also blessed with the exceptional presence of His Eminence Tertön Namkha Drimed Rinpoche as well as Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche.

The first week of teachings was devoted to the Bardo, with precise and timely instructions given by Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche for living and dying. We enclosed a note at the link below that Rinpoche was kind enough to create for his students and those who would like a guide for a family member or friend during this crucial time of dying.

After the Bardo teaching, His Eminence was kind enough to lead the Shitro Puja and Shitro Empowerment that was attended by a great number of students, including many friends from the Tibetan Community living in Switzerland.

During Week Two of the retreat, our traditional annual Yeshe Tsogyal Drupchö was held, led with the exceptional guidance of our three Ripa Masters.

During Week Three, the Hayagriva Drupchö was held for the second time in the Ripa International Center, with the aim of continuing to dispel obstacles and increase prosperity so that our Center may become a flagship for Dharma throughout Europe.
The summer retreat was a high time to reconnect with our Teachers and precious Sangha friends who attended from close and afar. We all know how important the RIC is as a Center for our teachers’ blessings and as a platform for our community. Your participation in our events enables us to keep the flame of Dharma alive within our hearts, within the Ripa center and within the bonds that unite and connect us. Your continuous engagement through our Ripa Supporter Program supports the Ripa Center’s activities and helps us meet the many needs of our flourishing Dharma community.

Thank you all for making the effort to visit the Center during this auspicious time! And thank you to our Teachers for their selfless dedication to our well-being.

            Bardo Note Written By Jigme Rinpoche          

During our annual Summer Retreat a few organizational changes and some important news was announced that we would like to make accessible to everyone. You may access this information by downloading the document on the link below.


And to end this Autumn letter with a cheerful note, we can rejoice at the thought of meeting again very soon during the various fall programs and classes. Please check them out below!

Yours in the Dharma,
The International Ripa Team


September 28 – 30, 2018

BBTR-Yoga Fusion
Bio dynamic breath work & trauma release modality, infused with different yoga techniques

Through using specific yoga poses we will prepare the body and use powerful BBTR (Bio dynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release) tools to unlock stored emotions and unresolved traumas. With Daniel Anner.         

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October 12 – 14, 2018

The four foundations of mindfulness

These four areas of exploration – on which the development of mindfulness is based – consist of a real investigation of the nature of reality, starting from the body and gradually penetrating the nature of phenomena.With Geneviève Hamelet

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November 3 – 4, 2018

The Buddha of Medicine 
A Buddhist approach to health and well-being

The practice of healing according to the Buddha of Medicine inspires us to work not only on an outer level, but deep within ourselves, thus balancing vital forces to bring inner harmony and outer health.With Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

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November 30 – December 2, 2018

Satipatthana Sutra
How the Buddha taught mindfulness

In this short retreat, we will explore the original source of mindfulness more deeply and benefit from its power for deep transformation.With Diego Hangartner

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December 27,  2018 – January 2, 2019

Ripa Awareness Meditation
A one-week residential silent retreat on awareness meditation

During this end-of-year retreat Rinpoche will unfold and guide participants through the key elements of the “Ripa Awareness Meditation”, a method that combines elements of Shamata, that help calm and settle the mind, with Vipassana meditation that helps develop insight.With Dungsey Gyetrul Rinpoche

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