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Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche: Dzogchen Retreat - Knowing the Nature of Mind

Open to the public

The Buddha taught that we each possess, as our true nature, a pure, all-encompassing wisdom far more profound than we can possibly imagine. Through the practice of Dzogchen, we can come to recognize the unimpeded nature of our own mind and embody our innate compassionate essence.

The retreat, designed for both beginners and advanced practitioners, will introduce us to this natural state that has always been with us. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche will impart simple, yet powerful, guidance that will allow us to train, step by step, in unfolding our innate essence.

Each year, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche teaches a short Dzogchen text. In 2013, the text was Jamgon Kongtul’s The Sphere of Refined Gold.

It is expected that Chokyi Nyima will be joined by his nephew the Venerable Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981, ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and completed the classical Buddhist education at Dzongsar Institute in India at a very young age. He directs numerous monasteries and dharma centers in Nepal, Tibet, North America and Asia, and teaches widely at various centers throughout the world. Rinpoche’s teachings are direct, lively, humorous, easily applied to daily life and delivered in perfect English.

Born in 1951, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche is an accomplished high Lama of the Kagyu tradition and abbot of one of the largest monasteries in Nepal. Eldest son of the eminent dzogchen master, His Eminence Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, both father and son are descended from the renowned 19th century Nyingma treasure-finder, Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa.

For almost four decades, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche has been teaching Westerners worldwide. With a concise, lucid and entertaining approach, he imparts the very core of the Buddhist teachings, revealing the natural simplicity of Enlightened Mind.

Rinpoche is founder of the Rangjung Yeshe Institute for Advanced Buddhist Studies in Kathmandu, and spiritual head of a global network of Dharma Houses and Buddhist retreat centers known as Rangjung Yeshe Gomdes. In addition to having a number of his own writings in print, such as Present Fresh Wakefulness and Medicine and Compassion, Rinpoche established Dharmachakra Publishers who have produced numerous scholarly translations. Based at his monastery in Nepal, broadcasts online Buddhist study programs and Rinpoche’s popular weekly Saturday Talks.

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