2021 Winter Retreat & Teachings

2021 Winter Retreat & Teachings
(Online Event)
with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche

Saturday, February 6th – Sunday, February 14th ALL TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE: 
Meeting ID: 401 345 5818
Password: ACHI108**
See below for full schedule
Drong Ngur Jangchubling and Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche are delighted to announce the full schedule for the 2021 Winter Retreat & Teachings that will be held remotely on ZOOM and Facebook Live, Saturday, February 6th – Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Drupon Rinpoche will be joined by the extraordinary scholar and teacher Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche. We are excited to have the opportunity to receive teachings from these accomplished and learned masters. Drong Ngur invites you to attend this very special event! 

Winter Retreat & Teachings Schedule 
The Empowerment of Samadhi, with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche 
Saturday, February 6th 11am – 5pm EDT 

During the first portion of the retreat, Drupon Rinpoche will teach on The Empowerment of Samadhi. The Empowerment of Samadhi is a very rare and concise sadhana composed by the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon. In this powerful practice, the practitioner receives the four empowerments from the visualized form of the root guru. What is special about this practice is that for students of strong devotion, it is a unique method of self-introduction through reliance on the interdependence with an authentic guru. The Empowerment of Samadhi is drawn from Jigten Sumgon’s “Uncommon Profound Dharma” and has been practiced for centuries in the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Garchen Rinpoche has often encouraged his students to practice this profound yoga. As he has said about The Empowerment of Samadhi: “An empowerment shows us how we should engage in practice. It introduces us to the fact that we can ripen. If you connect with bodhicitta, then your body and mind can ripen into the buddhas’ three kāyas. Your body is the nirmanakāya, your speech is the sambhogakāya, and your mind is the dharmakāya. Your body, speech, and mind can ripen into the three kāyas. Thus it is referred to as the “ripening empowerment,” and this empowerment is an introduction.”  

The Empowerment of Samadhi, with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche Sunday, February 7th 
11am – 5pm EDT
Drupon Rinpoche will continue his teaching on the Empowerment of Samadhi. 

The Empowerment of Samadhi, with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche 
Monday, February 8th 
7pm – 9pm EDT
Drupon Rinpoche will continue his teaching on the Empowerment of Samadhi. 

The Power of Aspiration Prayer on the Path of Enlightenment, with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche 
Tuesday, February 9th, 7pmEDT – 9pmEDT
In this concise and applicable teaching, Drupon Rinpoche will guide sangha members on the profound and transformative benefits of the practice of aspiration prayer. He also will offer advice on the special method of reciting aspiration prayers. 

The path to enlightenment is possible for each one of us and it is realized through aspiration prayer and applying ourselves to the practice. Aspiration prayers (Skt. praṇidhāna, Tib. mon lam) are essential to actualizing the path and are practiced from the very beginning of the path to enlightenment to the very moment of attaining Buddhahood. The benefits of aspiration prayer are endless. They are a profound method – or an altruistic wish – to attain the qualities of buddhas and bodhisattvas, clear away obstacles, and ripen oneself and others on the path. As it states in the Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra:
“Intention associated with striving 
and impelled by wisdom— 
the aspiration prayers of the intelligent 
are unequaled on all bhūmis. 

They are to be understood as being causes 
and results accomplished through the mind. 
Their functionality is to bring about future goals, 
because they are successful merely through the mind.”

No Teachings
Wednesday, February 10th 

Teachings on the Heart Sutra, with Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche
Thursday, February 11th, 7pmEDT – 9pmEDT
Drong Ngur is honored to host Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche a renowned scholar and teacher to teach on the very special and seminal Buddhist text, The Heart Sutra. Khenpo Yeshi will provide an explanation to the sangha on the main points of the sutra.  The Prajñāpāramitā, or the perfection of wisdom, is the way of seeing phenomena as they naturally abide and is personified as the bodhisattva The Great Mother (Tib. Yum Chenmo). Prajñāpāramitā is also a body of sutras from Buddha Shakyamuni’s second turning of the Wheel of Dharma on emptiness (Skt. śūnyatā,  Tib. tongpa nyi), which describes the lack of inherent existence of all phenomena.  There are many sutras on Prajñāpāramitā of varying lengths, including The Perfection of Wisdom in One Hundred Thousand Lines (Skt. śatasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitā), the Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom in Ten Thousand Lines (Skt. Daśa­sāhasrikā­prajñā­pāramitā), and others. One of the most concise is The Heart Sutra (Skt. prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya). In this sutra, Buddha Shakyamuni enters an absorption on the “perception of the profound” and through Buddha’s power, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara speaks on the nature of phenomena as being essenceless, or empty of inherent existence. The Heart Sutra is one of the most well-known sutras in Mahayana Buddhism and is recited all around the world. 

Teachings on the Heart Sutra, with Khenpo Yeshi RinpocheFriday, February 12th 7pm – 9pm EDT  
Khenpo Yeshi will continue his teaching on the Heart Sutra. 

Teachings on the Heart Sutra, with Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche
Saturday, February 13th 
11am – 5pm EDT  
Khenpo Yeshi will continue his teaching on the Heart Sutra. 

Teachings on the Heart Sutra, Losar Celebration, and Lama Chopa Tsok, with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, February 14th, 11amEDT-5pmEDT

February 12th – February 14th, 2021 is Losar, the Tibetan New Year 2148, the year of the Iron Ox. To commemorate this auspicious time, Drong Ngur will host an online sangha-wide celebration where sangha members can share a song, poetry, or other offerings. Additionally, Drupon Rinpoche and Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche will recite special aspiration prayers to help remove obstacles and hindrances for the upcoming year. We will conclude the retreat with a Lama Chopa Tsok. 

Weekend Sadhana Practice

Achi Chokyi Drolma Protectress Sadhana Practice 
Saturday, February 6th, Sunday, February 7th, and Saturday, February 13th 
7pm – 8pm EDT 

Schedule and Meeting Times
All meeting times are Eastern Standard Time (EDT)

Session I
11am – 1pm

1pm – 2pm 

Session II
2pm – 5pm Achi Chokyi Drolma Sadhana (except Sunday, February 14th)
7pm – 8pm 

Session I
7pm – 9pm 

Resident and Visiting LamasDrupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche 
Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche was born in1962 into a nomadic family in the region of Nag-chu in Eastern Tibet at the height of religious and cultural persecution of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Following the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, and the subsequent Buddhist revival in Tibet, Drupon Rinpoche became inspired to devote his life to the spiritual path. He was thoroughly involved in the work of rebuilding the monastery in his local community and soon took monastic ordination. In 1988 he went on a year-long pilgrimage, visiting holy places throughout Tibet which culminated in his dramatic escape, a perilous journey on foot, across the Himalayas from Tibet to India. Once safely in India, he entered Janchubling Monastery in Dehradun where he studied Buddhist philosophy and served as a disciplinarian for six years. In 1996 he entered a rigorous period of solitary meditation and contemplation known as the traditional Three-Year Retreat. Soon after he was given the title “Drupon” which means “master of spiritual attainment.” Motivated by his deep and constant desire to help others to attain liberation, Drupon Rinpoche traveled to America where he served as resident teacher and retreat master of the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD. He now travels extensively with the blessing of HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, teaching the precious Dharma and leading Dharma students in retreat. In 2012 Drupon Rinpoche relocated to Wesley Chapel, where he is establishing a Dharma center for study, practice and retreat. 

Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche 

Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche was born in Kham, East Tibet in 1969. From early childhood, he showed a deep interest in the study of Dharma and at the age of thirteen, he was granted empowerments, transmissions, and oral instructions in the cycle of Longchen Nyingthig. As a teenager, he arrived in India and studied at Sera Monastery and later Dzogchen Monastery, where he excelled in his studies. Over the years, Khenpo Yeshi studied closely with more than two dozen eminent Khenpos and received empowerments, transmissions, and oral instructions of both kama and terma of the Nyingma tradition from such renowned Lamas as HH the 14th Dalai Lama, HE Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and HE Dodrupchen Rinpoche. In 1992, Khenpo Yeshi traveled to Changchub Ling at Dera Dun, India, where he received the teachings, transmissions, and empowerments of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage from HH the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, HH the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, and many other great teachers and masters of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. At the completion of his academic Buddhist studies, Khenpo Yeshi traveled to Nepal to undertake an intensive three-year meditative retreat under the guidance of the renowned Dzogchen master, H.E. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche at Asura Cave Retreat Center in Pharping, south of Kathmandu. Upon completion of his retreat in 1997, HE Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche invited Khenpo Yeshi to teach at the monastery’s Shedra. In December 2001, Khenpo Yeshi arrived in the United States.  Since that time, he has participated in retreats at Pema Oser Ling, in Santa Cruz, California, and at the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He continues to instruct students from around the world and is currently a doctoral candidate writing his dissertation at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Retreat Details
PreregistrationThe 2021 Winter Retreat & Teachings is open to all. We recommend that you register for whatever sessions you are able to attend during this online retreat.  Registration begins immediately.
Please contact Paula Testa to register for the retreat: 
cowlade1@yahoo.com. Registration is recommended and not required to attend the retreat. Feel free to join any session, as your schedule allows. 
All are welcome to attend the retreat. Please join us for the full retreat or as much as your schedule allows. A donation of $40 for each weekend day and $20 for each weekday of the retreat is appreciated. To make an offering for this retreat, for Drupon Rinpoche, Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche, Virginia Blum, or to support Drong Ngur Jangchubling in this challenging time, please donate at our website 
https://dnjus.org/donate/. No amount is too small, and every donation is appreciated. Our goal is to make the Dharma accessible to all and these special events are open to anyone with the wish to participate. 
Digital copies of The Empowerment of Samadhi, The Heart Sutra, and the Achi Chokyi Drolma sadhana will be available previous to the start of the retreat @ 


Thank you very much, and may all beings have the sublime protection of precious bodhicitta! 

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