Education & Spiritual Practice

"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information" (Paulo Freire)

Education & Spiritual PracticeEvents

4th Annual Summer Retreat 2019

Sat 13th – Sat 27th July 2019
Extensive Teachings on the Vajrayana Path

Tromge Jigme Rinpoche will continue a series of annual summer retreats covering all aspects of Vajrayana practice, including meditations, deity yoga sadhana, ritual arts and texts relevant to all nine yanas. These retreats are being offered under the auspices of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, with the aspiration to enrich the sangha’s knowledge and application of the practices His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche introduced to his students.  The retreat will run for two weeks.  Full attendance is required in order to participate in this retreat.

In 2016 Tromge Jigme Rinpoche expanded on 2015’s Lojong (Mind Training) teachings and gave instruction on the practice of the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro. In 2017, Rinpoche taught on Ngari Panchen’s Perfect Conduct. The topic for 2019 will be announced soon.

This program is open to both new and returning students. Retreatants new to the program, i.e. who did not attend in 2015 or 2016, should note that the Lojong (Mind Training) covered in the first year of the program is essential, fundamental training for the accomplishment of any Vajrayana practice, including Ngondro. Therefore, all new retreatants will be focusing on Lojong, even if they have previously completed a Ngondro.

Tromge Jigme Rinpoche explains: “For some dharma practitioners, the strength of their karmic connection with Vajrayana is such that they can almost immediately make sense of the concepts unique to Vajrayana Buddhism. But for others, if there is not a proper foundation, the extraordinary wealth of Vajrayana practices can become merely a trap. For example, instead of being understood as a form of meditation, ritual arts can become a distraction, or simply inflate artistic egos. Deity yoga can result in even more confused fixation on external phenomena, or become an avenue for self-aggrandizement, rather than serving as a method for understanding ultimate truth. We want to make good use of our time, and remove our confusion rather than add to it, so retreats like this can present a wonderful opportunity to really study and apply the sublime methods transmitted to us through generations of master practitioners.”

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