2018 Winter Retreat and Teachings, February 9th-18th

Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and Drong Ngur Jangchubling are pleased to announce that we will hold our 5th annual Winter Retreat and Teachings from Friday, February 9th – Sunday, February 18th.

Drong Ngur is also happy to host Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpoche from February 14th – February 18th. He will join Drupon Rinpoche in leading empowerments, teachings, and practice during our annual retreat in Wesley Chapel, Florida.  Details on empowerments, teachings, and schedule can be found below.

Winter Retreat and Teachings Schedule

Friday, February 9th
Public Talk on Living in an Uncertain World
7pm – 9pm
To open the retreat, Drupon Rinpoche will welcome practitioners and provide an introduction to the retreat, and also offer a teaching on how to develop a Dharma practice while engaged in the everyday activities in a world of change and uncertainty.

Saturday, February 10th
Mahakala Empowerment

10am – 5pm
Saturday Drupon Rinpoche will bestow the four-arm Mahakala Empowerment from the Mahakala Tantra. Mahakala is a wrathful deity and dharma protector for the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is considered to be a powerful emanation of the Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, and he protects the dharma and practitioners from obstacles on the path of awakening.

Sunday, February 11th
Manjushri Empowerment

10am – 12pm
Sunday morning Drupon Rinpoche will bestow the Manjushri Empowerment. Manjushri is one of the most revered bodhisattvas in the Buddhist tradition, and is considered the embodiment of the knowledge and wisdom of all the buddhas. He was a close disciple of the Buddha and his practice is said to bring about ordinary and supreme intelligence. This empowerment comes from Drikung Rinchen Phuntsok.  Rinchen Phuntsok was an master belonging to both the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and was pivotal in bringing the Nyingma and Dzogchen lineages into the Drikung Kagyu.

Teaching on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

2pm – 5pm
Drupon Rinpoche will teach on the meaning and symbolism of the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo, a famous Dzogchen aspiration prayer. The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo comes from the Dzogchen tantra called the the Tantra of the Great Perfection which Shows the Penetrating Wisdom of Samantabhadra. The prayer expresses the different manifestations of primordial wisdom, and helps the practitioner understand the difference between distracted awareness and pure awareness. We will recite the prayer and take time to understand its profound meaning.

Monday, February 12th & Tuesday, February 13th
Niguma’s Amulet of Mahamudra

2pm – 9pm
Monday and Tuesday Drupon Rinpoche will give a rare set of teachings and practice instruction on Niguma’s Amulet of Mahamudra. Niguma was an Indian Mahasiddha of the 10th or 11th century, a great wisdom dakini, and one of the founders of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Known as the Dakini of Timeless Awareness, Niguma is one of the most highly respected tantric yogini teachers in Buddhist history. Niguma’s Amulet of Mahamudra is a completion stage practice, and as Jamgon Kongtrul has said “is considered the heart of all sutra and tantra, the pith of all esoteric instruction, and the actualization of the natural liberation of the four kayas in Mahamudra.”

Wednesday, February 14th
Losar and Tibetan New Year Celebration

5pm – 9pm
February 16th – February 18th 2018 is the Tibetan New Year, or Losar. To commemorate this auspicious moment, it is traditional to serve special Tibetan noodle soup, named Gutuk. At mealtime, attendees will also participate in a Tibetan tradition where special names will be given that are akin to receiving a fortune for the New Year. In the evening @ 7pm, we will recite special Dharma Protector prayers to help remove obstacles and hindrances in the upcoming year.

Thursday, February 15th
Kagyu Lama Vajra Songs

2pm – 9pm
Thursday, Drupon Rinpoche and Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpoche will teach on a few select Kagyu lama vajra songs. Vajra songs, or Dohas, are songs of realization sometimes recited in poetic form that express different meditative experiences, expressions of devotion, or teachings. The tradition of composing mystical songs dates back to the mahasiddhas of Indian Buddhism, but was continued in Tibet, with the most famous being Jetsun Milarepa. Drupon and Rangdol Rinpoche will share their understanding of these great songs of realization from lamas of the Kagyu lineage, and the Drikung Kagyu more specifically.

Friday, February 16th
Losar Celebration and Teaching on Developing Skillful Means in the Throes of Afflictive Emotions

10am – 9pm 

February 16th – February 18th 2018 is the Tibetan New Year, or Losar. To commemorate this auspicious time, Drupon Rinpoche and Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpoche will recite special prayers to help remove obstacles and hindrances in the upcoming year. In the afternoon we will host a potluck lunch. And in the evening, Drupon Rinpoche and Rangdol Rinpoche will give teachings on developing skillful means in response to the afflictive emotions. The afflictions, or kleshas, are harmful and addictive states of mind that create unwholesome actions and therefore bind us in samsara, the cycle of reactivity. Anger, attachment, apathy, envy, and pride are the five root afflictions that poison our experience of the world, and actions towards others. In this talk, attendees will learn how to recognize and liberate these negative states of mind in their practice and everyday life.

Saturday, February 17th
The Four Philosophical Foundations of Buddhist Thought

10am – 5pm
Saturday Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpcohe will give teachings on the four philosophical foundations of Buddhist thought. The four schools of Buddhist philosophy are an important topic of Buddhist study, especially for developing right view and a fruitful practice. The four schools are: 1.) Vaibashika, or the Great Exposition School; 2.) Sautantrika, or the Sutra School; 3.) Cittamatra, or the Mind-Only School; and 4.) Madhyamika, or the Middle Way School. The study of the four philosophical schools is extremely important because it helps us to recognize misapprehensions we hold about the nature of reality. This study is also helpful for developing an integral understanding of the selflessness of self and other. The philosophical insights of these schools are central to fulfilling the profound path of Buddhadharma. Rangdol Rinpoche is an accomplished scholar in both the Drikung Kagyu and Gelukpa lineages, and we are honored to have him provide these special teachings at Drong Ngur.

Sunday, February 18th
Guru Yoga Teachings and Milarepa Tsok

10am – 5pm
In the morning Drupon and Rangdol Rinpoche will teach on the profound practice of Guru Yoga. The practice of Guru Yoga is common to all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and consists of visualizing the teacher or Buddha, abiding at the crown of one’s head, requesting and receiving blessings, and finally merging one’s mind with them. In the afternoon, we will conclude the retreat with a special Milarepa Tsok and dedication prayers.

Dharma Protector Practice
and Additional Activities

February 18th
Achi Chokyi Drolma Smoke Offering
@ 8am

February 12th – February 15th
Teachings on Ritual Music
and Torma Making
10am – 12pm

Schedule and Meeting Times

10am – 12pm Session I
12pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 5pm Session II
7pm – 8pm Achi Chokyi Drolma Sadhana
Weekday Sessions
10am – 12pm Ritual Music and Torma*
12pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 5pm Session I
5pm – 7pm Dinner
7pm – 9pm Session II
* accept Friday, February 16th

Resident and Visiting Lamas

Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche

The Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche was born in the Nag-chu District of Tibet. From his earliest years, the Venerable Thinley Ningpo was distinguished by a loving and compassionate nature and an active concern for the welfare of others.

Drupon Rinpoche has accomplished all the practices of the Five-fold Mahamudra and the profound path of the Six Yogas of Naropa in the traditional three-year retreat. He also participated in the Drikung Kagyu Snake Year teaching retreat where he received the entire body of Drikung Kagyu empowerments, transmissions, and instructions for advanced practice. In this way he completed the process of advanced training in all the profound and sacred traditions of the Drikung and earned the title of Drupon “master of spiritual attainment.”

Motivated by his deep and constant desire to help others to attain liberation, Drupon Rinpoche has served as Spiritual Director and Retreat Master of the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD, and now travels extensively with the blessing of HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, teaching the precious Dharma and leading Dharma students in retreat. Drupon Rinpoche has recently relocated to Wesley Chapel, FL, where he is establishing Drong Ngur Jangchubling as a Dharma center for study, practice and retreat. We have been very blessed here in Florida by Drupon-la’s kindness and practical wisdom, which shines forth like the rays of the sun.

Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpoche

Tulku Rangdol Yeshi was born to nomadic parents in Nima Shang of Nagchu District, Tibet in 1985. At the age of five, he set out to escape from Tibet to Dharamsala, India, to receive an audience and unite with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to study the Dharma in India. After reaching India in 1991, Rinpoche joined Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehradun, and became a monk under His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. After a year in the DKI Monastery,
His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche recognized him as the reincarnation of the 2nd Siddhi Rinpoche.

At Drikung Kagyu Institute, from 1991 to 2001, Tulku Rangdol Yeshi studied Tibetan calligraphy, reading, and the basic texts on the Buddhist study of logic. Fortunately, he received all the important and precious Drikung Kagyu traditional empowerment initiations, oral transmissions, and reading transmissions.

At the age of 17, and following the advice of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, Rinpoche joined the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, where he studied all the basic Buddhist texts, Pranjnaparamita, and Pramana. After completing his studies, he developed a deep interest in the five treaties of Buddhist Philosophy, and with the permission and support of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, he joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in 2009, and completed Madyamika studies (the Middle
Way) in 2011, and in 2012 received full ordination from H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama. In 2014, he completed Vinaya studies, and completed the first year of Abidharma Kosha in 2015.

In 2016, Rinpoche joined the Emory Tibet Science Initiative in Atlanta in order to study the natural sciences, and began his study at Emory University as one of the Tenzin Gyatso Scholars, supported by the private office of H.H. Dalai Lama. Currently, he is taking courses in the natural sciences and English at Emory University. We are honored to host Tulku Rangdol Yeshi to Drong Ngur Jangchubling!

Retreat Details

We recommend that you pre-register for these events as soon as possible as limited space is available.

Retreat Donation is divided into two categories:
Pre-registration rate: $350 for full event
$20 per session/ $40 per day if received by 2/1/2018
Empowerment Days are $50 for full day (Saturday and Sunday February 9th and 10th)
At the door rate: $400 for full event or $ 25 per session/ $50 per day
The public talk Friday February 9th is free to all.
Tuition payment can be made on our webpage, via PayPal, or you may mail a check made out to:
Drong Ngur Jangchubling
C/O: Paula Testa
12733 Oakwood Drive
Hudson, Florida 34669

Overnight Lodging is available on site or with adjacent properties. Please contact Paula Testa for details.

Meals will not be provided, but snacks, fruit, tea, and coffee will be available for all participants. Please inquire for a list of recommended restaurants nearby.

Work Study
We are seeking volunteers, and work study is available upon request. Please contactDamien Contessa dcontessa23@gmail.com for details.

Limited practice texts will be available to participants for certain teachings and empowerments. More details will be available during the retreat.

Please contact drongngur@gmail.com or dcontessa23@gmail.com

30520 Lynne Drive
Wesley Chapel, Florida 33543
United States

Thank you, and may all beings recognize their true nature and experience perfect happiness!