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Bern, Switzerland
Dear Members of the International Ripa Sangha,

We sincerely hope that you, your family and friends are doing well as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds. The Ripa teachers, members of the Ripa family, Ripa monastery staff, as well as the leadership teams from all major Ripa organizations around the world wish to send to the Ripa Sangha a message of calm, serenity and trust. May this crisis help us strengthen our confidence in the Dharma!

On the “bright side”, these exceptional circumstances are creating more opportunities to increase our practice and to listen to more Dharma teachings than ever before. Thanks to online platforms, access to teachings organized across the world and held in the Ripa lineage monasteries can be made easily accessible to all Sangha members. Furthermore, the Ripa teachers welcome this opportunity to be ever more present and close to their international community of students, at a time when their presence is most needed.

Various Ripa organizations, namely, the Ripa Ladrang Foundation, Ripa International Center, Ripa Russia, Ripa Ukraine and Ripa Vietnam have agreed to join in creating an internationally coordinated schedule of programs for the remainder of 2020 and the foreseeable future. They will be a combination of traditional “locally organized programs” and “internationally organized programs”, all under the centralized coordination and production at the Ripa International Center. The RIC will ensure that international communication of programs is centralized and access is made available to all members of the international Sangha across the globe.

The coming months will be rich in teachings and rituals! Additional news, events and programs will be announced again soon. Let’s rejoice in the precious opportunity that these circumstances are creating for all of us.
With Love and Gratitude,
The Ripa International Center & The Ripa Ladrang Foundation

Winter Ngondro Retreat 

with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

December 27 – 31

Organized by the Ripa International Center Via Zoom
This retreat is addressed to all students engaged in the Ripa lineage tradition; it is a unique opportunity to receive precious teachings, guidance and instructions directly from Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche. For those who have already completed their Ngondro practice, it will serve as a precious reminder of this complete and unique Vajrayana path to Enlightenment.
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Wrathful Gesar Teachings & Drupchö

Wrathful Gesar Drupchö
Guided by Lhuntrul Dechen Rinpoch

from the Orissa Monastery

November 13 – 15,  Via Zoom

Wrathful Gesar is Guru Rinpoche’s wisdom manifestation dance. Gesar can manifest differently according to the needs of all sentient beings. His wrathful form is Gesar Drakpo which manifests as wrathful compassion to tame and conquer obstructive forces and negative energies. It is a powerful practice for clearing away outer, inner and secret obstacles.

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Teachings on the Various Forms of Gesar by Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
November 28 – 29, Via Zoom

Through this online teaching, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche will explain the various forms that Gesar can take to help sentient beings through the accomplishment of different activities. 

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Being held in Nepal guided by Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
from November 10 – 14, 2020
The annual Guru Vajrakilaya Drupcho practice will be at Rigon Tashi Choling Monastery from 11/10/20 – 11/14/20. Due to Corona pandemic restrictions, this year’s Drubchen is shortened to 5 days as advised by H.H. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche.

The Puja will be presided over by Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche with 100 monks present. Distant participation of offerings and names to be included in the puja is possible. For more information please contact:

Rigon Tashi Choeling Monastery,
Dallu, Pharping, Nepal.