Shenten Dargye Ling

Yungdrung Bön

Teaching and practice on the main practice of Dzogchen

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(30th June) to 5th July -

Teaching and practice on the main practice of Dzogchen with Ponlop Tsangpa Tendzin Rinpoche

During this retreat, the head teacher of Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Ponlop Tsangpa  Tenzin Rinpoche is going to explain the main Dzogchen practice. His teaching will be based on the manual of Gyalwa Chaktri from Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu, one of the most treasured Bön Dzogchen cycles.

Ponlop Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche has been teaching at Shenten Dargye Ling once a year since 2014. The first year he thoroughly explained the preliminary practices, immediately gaining great appreciation of his students for clear and perfectly understandable teaching rooted in deep personal experience as a meditator.

In 2016 Ponlop started to teach from the Gyalwa Chagtri and he will continue his teaching from the same text. The upcoming retreat will be focused on practicing meditation following Ponlop´s clear instructions and guidance. The retreat is open to everybody, and previous participation is not required.

Ponlop Tsangpa Tenzin has been serving as the main teacher of Triten Norbutse Monastery since 2004. In 2012, during Mendrup Ceremony held at Triten Norbutse, Ponlop was one of the lamas who gave short teaching to a group of western practitioners present at the ceremony. The current program director of Shenten Dargye Ling, Florens Van Canstein, who was one of them, appreciated the teaching very much and invited Ponlop to Europe afterwards.

Beside Shenten Dargye Ling, Ponlop Rinpoche also teaches in Paris, Marseille, Netherlands and Austria.


From the interview for Speech of Delight, June 2018

Rinpoche, you always emphasize the link between progress and behaviour of the practitioner. Can you say something about it at this time?

If you want to achieve Buddhahood in this life, you have to be very careful and guard your behaviour to the subtlest levels. Otherwise karmic imprints created by negative actions will become obstacles to your practice.


From the biography:

Ponlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche

is the head teacher of the Yungdrung Bön Academy of Higher Studies at Triten Norbutse Monastery. He received ordination from Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche in Tibet in 1986. In 1992, he entered Menri monastery in India. For a further nine years he continued his study of Bon Sutra, Tantra, Dzogchen, and the general Tibetan sciences under guidance of H.H. Menri Tridzin Rinpoche and H.E. Yongdzin Rinpoche, along with many other teachers, first in the Bön Dialectic School at Menri monastery and later at the Yungdrung Bön Academy of Higher Studies at Triten Norbutse monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2001, he was awarded the degree of Geshe. In 2004, he was appointed and enthroned as Ponlob Rinpoche of Triten Norbutse Monastery.

Ponlop Tsangpa Tenzin is widely known for his integrity, intelligence and keen dedication to practice.


Schedule during the retreat

07:00 – 08:30 Sangchö /  Smoke Offering

08:30 – 09:15 Breakfast

09:15 – 09:55 Karma Yoga and personal time

10:00 – 12:00 Teaching and Practice

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:45 – 14:45 Karma Yoga and personal time

15:00 – 17:00 Teaching and Practice

17:00 – 17:20 Surchö / Burned Food Offering

17:30 – 18:30 Individual meditation / Personal time

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

20:00 – 21:00 Group meditation

21:00 – 21:20 Chö Practice

All participants are kindly requested to follow the timetable and to maintain silence during the break times of the teaching and meditation periods. You are also requested to keep silence in the rooms and corridors during the day, especially after 10:00 pm.

People who are working and have to speak, should try to keep it to the very necessary, and not to be too loud. 


Those who can't follow that request all the time and need to speak, should do it behind the dining hall, as a respect for other practitioners.


Please don't bang the doors or be loud, be mindful of your fellow practitioners and roommates so that they will not be disturbed.

Please do not use computers or other electronic devices ( phones, tablets, etc.) after 10:00pm in shared rooms or dormitories, so that others will not be disturbed.

Please switch off your mobile phone in the Gompa.

Thank you and have a great retreat !!


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