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Dear Friends of the Ripa International Sangha, 

The annual summer retreat with the precious Teachers of the Ripa Lineage is already underway with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche giving some very deep teachings on the path of the Boddhisattva, and we are eagerly waiting for the arrival of His Eminence, Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche at the RIC (Ripa International Center) on Friday. On  Saturday, July 30th, from 6:30 am until 11 am CEST, a long life ceremony will be conducted for His Eminence.

The ceremony will exceptionally be broadcast via Zoom at the link below so that everyone wishing to follow it can do so online:

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Meeting ID: 873 4669 4839
Passcode: 506417

Participation From Afar for the Yeshe Tsogyal Drupcho (July 31st – August 5th) and the Enriching Gesar Drupcho (August 6th – August 11th) will be available. From July 31st to August 5th, The Ripa International Center will celebrate the traditional annual Drupchos, in the presence of His Eminence, Ven. Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and the distinguished members of the Ripa Family.

For those who cannot participate, Rinpoche’s wish is to make participation in these extraordinary ceremonies available to as many people as possible. Therefore, we would like to offer the possibility to participate in the ceremonies from afar through a donation that will help create the connection with the Teachers and the practice. The names will be read out loud and the merits dedicated during the ceremonies.

You may use the links below to participate. Please indicate the names of the persons you wish to dedicate the merits. A donation of 25 Euros/Swiss Francs per person is recommended. The names will be read out loud during the Drupchos. 

With Love and Gratitude,
The RIC and Ripa Ladrang Foundation

Yeshe Tsogyal Drupchö – July  31 to August 5

“Drupchö“ means “Great Accomplishment“ in Tibetan and is one of the most elaborate forms of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. It offers participants the unique opportunity to focus the body, speech and mind on spiritual activity, the source of merit and achievement on the path to enlightenment.  If you cannot make it to RIC, you can also participate from afar in this Drupchö. Yeshe Tsogyal is the Yidam of the Ripa International Center and participating in such practice helps students develop greater space and awareness to deal with one’s own emotions in a more compassionate and peaceful way.

Enrichment Gesar Drupchö,  August 6 – 11

The Enrichment Gesar, also called Sengchen Samphel Norbu Gyalpo, Great King Lion of the Wish Granting Jewel, is the embodiment of all the wisdom and mundane wealth deities. This practice was written by H.E. Terton as part of the revealed mind treasure (Terma) on the teaching cycle of Gesar, with the blessings of Guru Padmasambhava.

This is a very rare opportunity for students to sit with the Tertön and receive these precious teachings. In this lifetime, as prophesied by Guru Rinpoche, His Eminence is a mind emanation of Gesar. During the time of Gesar, His Eminence was Dongbumpai Gyatsa Gyalkar, the brother of Gesar.

The teachings of Gesar are vital to this time and age of degeneration. In essence, Gesar is the Body emanation of Manjurshri, Speech of Avalokiteshvara, Mind of Vajrapani. In quality and activity, Gesar is the same as Guru Padmasambhava.

It is said that participating in the Enrichment Gesar Drupchö brings immense benefits to one’s life: improved health, increased lifespan as well as merit, and success in everyday life.