Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche will offer teachings on the Invocation to Tapihritsa on Saturday, Sept. 19, and the Zhang Zhung Meri Empowerment on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center. Everyone is welcome to join us for this powerful dzogchen teaching and empowerment from the Yungdrung Bon Buddhist lineage of Tibet.
The Invocation to Tapihritsa expresses the essence of dzogchen, the "great perfection," with Tapihritsa representing the true nature of reality. Considered both a historical figure and enlightened being, Tapihritsa was born around the 7th or 8th century CE and was one of the many early Bon masters of dzogchen to achieve the rainbow body. He allowed his student, Nangzher Lopo, to write down his teachings for the benefit of future generations. The Invocation to Tapihritsa, written by Nangzher Lopo, has been translated into English and is a powerful teaching that guides the practitioner to realize the nature of mind.
In his clear, sensitive and direct teaching style, Lama Tashi will present the Invocation to Tapihritsa and explain its significance in a manner that will help develop and deepen our connection to our own essential goodness and compassion. Lama Tashi will teach in Tibetan, and translation will be provided Geshe Tenzin Yangton, resident lama at Serenity Ridge and Lama Tashi’s nephew.
On the following day, Sept. 20, Lama Tashi will bestow the Empowerment of the Zhang Zhung Meri. This empowerment, from both tantra and dzogchen, is a cycle of teachings from the Yungdrung Bon of the ancient Zhang Zhung (said to be near the area of present day Mt. Kailash in Tibet) and offers powerful blessings. Zhang Zhung Meri is the principal yidam (meditation deity) of the Yangton lamas, a lineage that began with the primordial Buddha and has been passed on throughout generations through the present time. Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche received the Zhang Zhung Meri empowerment on four separate occasions from Yongdzin Sangye Tenzin, Chedruk Khenpo Tsondru Gyaltsen, H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche and H.E. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
Registration for Saturday’s teaching includes lunch. Sunday’s teaching concludes with a tsok (ritual food offering).
Please email the registrar by Sept. 16 if you are interested in overnight accommodations on Friday, Sept. 18 and/or Saturday, Sept. 19. Or email the registrar if you would like to attend only one day.
Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche was born into the profound Yangton lineage in 1954 in Chharkha, in the remote region of Dolpo, northwest Nepal. He is the cousin of H.E Menri Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche and the first Chharkha-pa to come to Menri Monastery in India at the behest of H.E. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, in later years bringing his cousin and others. At present, he is the Head Lama of Yanggon Thongdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery. Lama Tashi is known as an accomplished meditator and scholar. Along with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Lama Tashi received his Geshe degree in 1986 graduating from the first class of geshes at Menri Monastery. Hegained profound knowledge in the dzogchen teachings and many others from Yongdzin Sangye Tenzin, Yondgzin Tenzin Namdak and Tsundue Rinpoche. After that, he returned back to his native village of Chharka. There he constructed Yanggon Thondrol Phuntsok Ling Monastery in 1988. He relocated the temple of Tardzong Phuntsok Ling Monastery in 1993 and also constructed a prayer-wheel room, kitchen, monk’s residence and treasure room (storeroom), thus reestablishing a perfect environment for the three-year retreat practitioner and practitioners in general.
Cost for both days: $135 (includes lunch on Sept. 19 and tsok – ritual food offering – on Sept. 20)
Saturday, Sept. 19
10-11 a.m.: Teaching by Lama Tashi
11-11:30 a.m.: Break
11:30 – 1 p.m.: Guided practice led by Geshe Tenzin Yangton
1-2:30: Lunch Break
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Teaching by Lama Tashi
3:30 – 3:50 p.m.: Break
3:50 – 5:00 p.m.: Guided practice led by Geshe Tenzin Yangton
Sunday, Sept. 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Zhang Zhung Meri Empowerment (recitation by Lama Tashi will be in Tibetan, with Geshe Yangton providing brief explanation of the different aspects of the ceremony)
1 p.m.: Tsok (ritual food offering)