Drong Ngur Jangchubling, a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, is located north of Tampa’s urban center in west central Florida. Our resident Lama is Drupon Thingley Nyingpo Rinpoche.On our website you will find information and resources for our tradition and our center. For the most updated practice and teachings dates, please see our events page. If you have any further questions or comments, we welcome your email inquiry.
Drong Ngur Jangchubling offers meditation sessions twice a week: Tuesday evening and Sunday morning. These meditation sessions are suited for both beginners and more experienced students.There is no charge for our Sunday morning practice, although a donation is gratefully accepted. Everyone is welcomed to attend.
Tuesday 7:00pm-8:00pm- Beginner's Night
When in town Drupon Rinpoche, will present ongoing teachings about Buddhism for beginners. This class serves as an introduction to Buddhism and meditation. Tuition for this class is $10.00.
Whenever Drupon Rinpoche is out of town, Drong Ngur will continue to have Tuesday night practice. This evening is for individual meditation and practice session. Although there will not be a formal class, beginners are always welcomed to come and visit the center. There is no tuition for practice sessions.
Sunday 10:00 am- 12:00pm-Sadhana Practice & Meditation
Chenrezig or Tara sadhana practice with prayers, mantra recitation, and meditation. During this time, there is a tea break. Refreshments are provided by the center. There is no tuition for this meditation session.
Please remember to check the events calendar for the most current information regarding both our regular practice sessions and specials events.
3rd Annual Drong Ngur Winter Teachings
January 24th – February 1st
Drong Ngur Jangchubling will celebrate our 3rd annual Winter Teachings in 2015! During this very special event Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche will bestow the Yangzab Shitro empowerment followed by three days of explanation and teaching. Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche will be followed by H.E. Chenga Rinpoche, who will give a one day teaching on “balancing the mind and body.” Our resident teacher, Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche, will conclude the Winter Teachings with a rare Prajnaparamita empowerment and two days of teaching on the generation stage in Buddhist Tantra. Additionally, a Lama Chopa practice will be held each weekday morning beginning at 7:30 AM.
We encourage you to pre-register to secure a spot for any event you plan to attend.
Drikung Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche
Drong Ngur Jangchubling is honored to host Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche for the 2015 Winter Teachings. Lamchen Rinpoche is an extraordinary scholar and highly accomplished lama with genuine realization. He has extensive knowledge and experience in both the traditions of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Drong Ngur Jangchubling is very happy to have him with us for our winter teachings in 2015.
Teachings with Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche
Public Talk on Buddhism*
Friday January 23rd, 7pm to 9pm
Yangzab Shitro Empowerment
Saturday Jan 24, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
Yangzab Shitro Teachings
Sunday Jan 25, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
Monday Jan 26, 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm
Tuesday Jan 27, 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm
The Yangzab Shitro is considered by some to be the heart of the Yangzab terma cycle revealed by the great Drikung Terton Gyalwang Rinchen Puntsok. The Shitro mandala of one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities consists of the forty-two peaceful and fifty-eight wrathful deities. In the Yangzab tradition these peaceful and wrathful deities are subsumed into the five Buddha families of peaceful and wrathful ones, who are further subsumed into the single family of Vajrasattva.
These are the peaceful and wrathful deities that appear to us during the forty-nine days in the bardo following the moment of death. Likewise when one reaches an advanced level of spiritual development on the path to awakening, with pure perception one recognizes all sentient beings of the six realms to be the mandala of peaceful and wrathful deities, which is none other than the mandala of Samantabhadra’s enlightened awareness.
During these teachings we will learn about the methods for developing pure perception and progressing on the path to full awakening. We will also learn specifically the ways in which the images of peaceful and wrathful deities will appear to us in the bardo, how to handle it, and how to choose a better rebirth. Since we know that we will all have to go through the experience of death at some point during this lifetime, it is necessary to develop an understanding about the process. These teachings will offer us an invaluable opportunity to gain confidence in our understanding of the bardo and to develop tools that will be indispensable in our transition from this life.
H.E. Chenga Rinpoche
Our center is honored to host H.E. Chenga Rinpoche for the 2015 Winter Teachings. Chenga Rinpoche is a revered teacher and accomplished yogi in the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Chenga Rinpoche has been recognized by H.H Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Chenga Dragpa Jungne, the fourth lineage holder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Chenga Rinpoche currently resides at the Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center. READ MORE
Teachings with Chenga Rinpoche
Yogic Teachings on Balancing Mind and Body
Wednesday, January 28th, 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 930pm
Chenga Rinpoche will teach on the relationship between the physical yogas and meditation. Specifically, his teachings will discuss how concentrated yogic movement affects the activity of the mind, and benefits the practitioner through balancing mind and body.
Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche
Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche is the residential teacher and spiritual director of Drong Ngur Jangchubling. Rinpoche possesses the special quality of being able to understand deeply the needs of students, and travels extensively around the world with the blessing of HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, teaching the precious Dharma and leading students in retreat. READ MORE
Teachings with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche
Friday Jan 30, 7pm to 9pm
Drupon Rinpoche will confer the Prajnaparamita empowerment from the Jeweled Garland of Attainment Practices, also known as the Fifty Empowerments. Prajanaparamita, the Great Mother, is the female Buddha who embodies the transcendent perfection of wisdom. She represents the view that is the essence of Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and Madhyamaka.
Teachings on the Generation Stage: How to practice visualization in meditation
Saturday Jan 31, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
Sunday Feb 1, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
During this two-day teaching Drupon Rinpoche will provide instruction on the details and most important aspects of the generation stage practices. The Generation stage is a method of meditation that involves sustained visualization on a particular deity, together with the recitation of that deity’s mantra. During these teachings we will learn the most effective methods for developing stable meditative absorption in this type of practice, and for giving rise to genuine experience and realization.
We strongly recommend that you pre-register for these events as soon as possible as limited space may be available.
Tuition is divided into two categories:
Pre-registration rate: $300 for full event
$20 per session/ $40 per day if received by 1/21/2015
At the door rate: $375 for full event or $ 25 per session/ $50 per day
*The public talk by Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche is free to all.
Tuition payment can be made via PayPal on the web or you may mail a check made out to:
Drong Ngur Jangchubling
C/O: Paula Testa
12733 Oakwood Drive
Hudson, Florida 34669
(Please make your check out to “Drong Ngur Jangchubling”)
The text will be available at the center for your use during practice. Details on acquiring the text will be announced at the teachings or empowerment.
You may bring your own lunch to the center; meals will not be provided. Water, tea, coffee and snacks will be available for all guests. The kitchen will be open to use for your lunch preparation. Food preparation may not take place during practice or teaching events. Please do not bring food into the shrine room unless advised to do so. Drinks are permitted in the shrine room only if they are in a covered container.
Lodging Spaces and Costs:
The retreat cabin is available for the rate of $15.00 per night.
There are 3 tent spaces available. The cost is $5.00 per night.
There are 2 RV/Camper spaces available. The cost is $10.00 per night.
There are no bedrooms or spaces in the shrine room available. These are reserved.
Lodging rates must be paid in advance to secure a spot. All lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Video and Photos
Use of video and photo cameras are prohibited in the shrine room during Dharma teachings, practice, empowerments.
Drong Ngur Jangchubling holds a monthly daylong retreat to contemplate, study and practice the preliminaries. The Outer Preliminaries, also known as the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind Towards Dharma, will alternate with the Inner Preliminaries every other month. The retreat is held every 4th Saturday. This will be an opportunity to practice both the inner and outer preliminaries at the center with other Sangha members for support. Please note that Drupon Rinpoche may not be at the center during these retreat dates. These days are for group practice and there are no official teachings scheduled.
The Outer Preliminaries daylong retreat will be silent study, contemplation, and meditation of one of the Four Thoughts. There will be Dharma texts, such as Patrul Rinpoche's "Words of My Perfect Teacher" and Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" available for study at the center. For the Inner Preliminaries, we will use the Sadhana text, The Preliminary Practices of the Incomparable Drikung Kagyu.
Due to the Winter Teachings there is no session for the month of January 2015.
Daylong Retreat Dates and Schedule
Outer Preliminaries (Four Thoughts)
Inner Preliminaries (Refuge, Vajrasattva, etc.)
10:00am to 12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:00pm
7:00pm to 9:00pm (Inner Preliminaries Sessions only)
10$ Donation towards the center is appreciated
Drong Ngur Jangchubling is pleased to announce a new Introduction to Tibetan Language program. Inspired by the growing number of interested students, Drupon Rinpoche has asked our resident translator, Virginia Blum, to lead the wide-ranging course, which will meet every Sunday at our center in Wesley Chapel, FL. The program is designed for beginner and intermediate students, and will review the basics of the Tibetan language, such as alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary. All are welcome to attend!
January Class Meetings*
January 4th, 5pm to 8pm
January 11th, 5pm to 8pm
January 18th, 5pm to 8pm
$25 per class meeting and additional $25 registration fee
*Three classes are scheduled for the month of January, and the course will resume in mid-February after the 2015 Winter Retreat.
10$ Donation towards the center is appreciated