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Summer Retreat 2016 Week Three: “Fire-Monkey 2016” Year of Guru Rinpoche – Celebration of His Birth, Life and Enlightenment

August 6, 2016 - August 13, 2016

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With His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche Empowerment and Celebration

The Tsog Bum is achieved by invoking the blessings of Guru Rinpoche and the assistance of his entourage of deities. It helps to transform disturbed energies into positive outcomes. This practice is specifically undertaken to heal and bring harmony, peace, wisdom and compassion to all beings. Engaging in the practice of Tsog offering helps to release mental projections and ignorance as well as ego clinging which often manifests as anger, attachment, pride and envy, thus allowing one to fully enter into non-dual wisdom. The ultimate result is peace, positive circumstances and bliss, leading us further towards enlightenment, as we dedicate the merit to all beings.

Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration

August 13th marks the 10th day of the Monkey month of the Monkey year, an extremely auspicious occasion that only happens once every twelve years! It is believed that the blessings of Guru Rinpoche are particularly powerful and invoking him brings instant blessings to those present. The Ripa International Center will celebrate this occasion with the traditional Tibetan Cham ritual. Mask Dances and the Gesar Lingdro Dances will be performed in the exceptional presence of the three Ripa Masters.

Fire Monkey 2016

2016 is the Year of the Fire-Monkey – Guru Rinpoche’s Year – a time in which Guru Rinpoche’s energies are particularly strong and prevalent. It is also the year of Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Ripa Center, who is particularly blessed by Guru Rinpoche. Supporting him at this time is a particularly poignant and a very concrete way to help our teacher’s activity flourish.


6 August: Arrival

7 August: Guru Rinpoche Empowerment bestowed by His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche

8 – 12 August: Tsog Bum

13 August: Guru Rinpoche Day celebration

Further details to come…


Please note that the teachings will be given in English.

Program details can be found on the link below.



August 6, 2016
August 13, 2016
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Ripa International
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The Ripa International Center (RIC)
Hilfigweg 10, CH – 3172 Niederwangen
Bern, Switzerland
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