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Ripa International Winter Retreat 2014-2015

December 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

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The Ngöndro Practice, or Preliminary Practice, combines the essence of the Three Vehicles – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. As it is called a “preliminary” practice we might have the wrong impression that it is only an introductory practice, a necessary stage to reach a higher level of practice which will be subsequent to this first preliminary step. However, according to the teachings of Patrul Rinpoche in “The Words of my Perfect Teacher,” it is perfectly possible to achieve enlightenment by practicing only the Ngöndro. This method of practice comprises the common and uncommon preliminaries, which cover completely the full length of the Dharma path from the initial intent to leave the suffering of cyclic existence, or “samsara,” to the final goal of the actual achievement of recognition of the true nature of mind and phenomena. The first common preliminary practice is also called “the four thoughts which turn the mind towards Dharma,” making us reflect upon the nature of cyclic existence, and in so doing, to thereby become disillusioned with it. The second preliminary consists of Refuge – which is entrance to the Buddhist path, and Bodhichitta – the mind of enlightened intent for the benefit of self and others, which is the root of Mahayana practice, followed by the practice of Dorje Sempa or Vajrasattva – which purifies negative thoughts and actions or karmas, as well as obstructions, primarily ignorance, and following that, in order to clear adverse conditions, comes the Mandala Offering, which gathers the accumulation of merit  in order to create favourable conditions for practice, and then finally the practice of Guru Yoga – which enables one to receive the blessings of the teacher, thus helping us to swiftly recognize Buddha nature.

During this Winter Retreat we will have the good fortune to receive from Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche these wonderful teachings on this precious Dharma practice, in accordance with the profound instructions of His Eminence the Terchen Namkha Drime Rabjam Rinpoche, holder of the Ripa lineage.

The Ripa international winter retreat will be held form 27.12.2014 – 03.01.2015. As usual, it will be a combination of teachings and practice. The teachings will be given to all participants. The practice portion will take place with two groups. The main group will focus on Ngöndro accumulation. Those students who have finished their Ngöndro will focus on Tsa Lung practice. Please read the exact conditions below.

Conditions of participation

The retreat is open to all students who have taken refuge with the Ripa teachers and lineage. Should you not have yet formally taken refuge but would like to do so, in order to be able to legitimately enter the Ripa Ngöndro practice, and to participate in the retreat, please send a request to info@ripa-international.com up until the 7th of December.

Participation in the practice of Tsa Lung is limited to those students who have completed the full Ngöndro (all four sections of accumulations of 111,111 each of: prostrations, Vajrasattva, Mandala Offering and Guru Yoga), and who have also already received the Tsa Lung instructions directly from H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. (Please confirm this on the registration form ).

About the Teacher

Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche

Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche was born, in keeping with Guru Rinpoche’s prophecy, in 1976 as the son of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and Khandro Chime Drolkar. He was recognized as the reincarnation of Jigme Tempay Gyeltsen, the 3rd… Learn More

No checks are accepted. For all payments:

Ripa International Center GmbH / Hilfligweg 10 / CH-3172 Niederwangen
UBS / Postfach / 8098 Zürich BIC / SWIFT UBSWCHZH80A

For payments in Swiss Francs:
IBAN CH12 0023 5235 1309 4201B
For payments in Euro:
0235 00130942.60M IBAN CH77 0023 5235 1309 4260M

EMAIL: ric.wr14@gmail.com
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For full retreat details, please read the brochure: Ngondro Retreat Brochure


December 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am
January 3, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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