Gomdra - Meditation School with Khenpo Gelek
Dear Sangha members,
Warm greetings from the Triten Norbutse Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal!
I would like to wish you Happy Tibetan Losar and that the Earth-Pig year brings abundance of love, joy and wisdom in your life and on the earth.
With this prayer, as Khenpo Gelek asked me, I would like to write to you about the 3rd Gomdra program to be held at Shenten this year.
The 3rd Gomdra program:
In order to create an opportunity for our Sangha members to take part in the traditional Gomdra program to deepen their practice, two major events entitled as Gomdra has been organized so far. The first Gomdra program took place from 2009 to 2012 following the teaching and practice according to the Atri Cycle; and the second one from 2014 to 2017 following the teaching and practice according to the Practice Manual of Dru Gyalwa Yungdrung on Oral Transmission of Zhangzhung.
The full duration of Gomdra is 4 years and in each year there are 70 days of intensive practice on-site.
The first two Gomdra programs were successfully completed and the participants found that it indeed familiarized and deepened their practice in a great way. Numerous people are inspired to participate the Gomdra program and therefore we are happy to announce that this year we are starting the 3rd Gomdra program.
Duration of the 3rd Gomdra:
The program will last for four years and each year the participants will do 70 days of intensive practice. Each year starts in the first week of September. This year, 2019 the Gomdra will start on the 5th of Sept. and will complete on the 12th of Nov. 2019.
The 3rd Gomdra will be on the teachings and practice according to the Dzogchen Yangtse Longchen Cycle. The Dzogchen Yangtse Longchen is an extensive commentary on Dzogchen Dragpa Korsum Cycle (The Great Perfection, Cycle of Three Proclamations) by Nyachen Lishu Tagring. This text was rediscovered as a treasure by Zhodton Ngoedub Dakpa in 1088 from the Khomthing temple in southern Tibet. The Yangtse Longchen text is mainly classified into two parts: Drangdon, the teaching on conventional meaning and Ngedon, the instruction on absolute meaning. While the first is referred to common preliminary practices, the second is referred to the main teaching on the Great Perfection. So, this first year the participants will be guided through the preliminary practices followed by the Six Lokas purification practice; and the Semdzin, the fixation of mind, and the Semtsol, the searching of mind; and finally, will be concluded with the introduction of The Nature of Mind.
Khenpo Gelek Jinpa will be the teacher of the Gomdra. Residing at Shenten. Khenpo Gelek is the Superior of the Congregation and a great teacher. Graduated as Geshe in 2001 at Triten Norbutse Monastery, he has co-authored and authored several books, featured in documentaries and has been teaching internationally. His joyful presence and encouraging teaching style brings students inspiring understanding and experience in their practice.
Discipline of the Gomdra:
The subscribers of the Gomdra program are encouraged and expected to be committed to undergo the complete training for four years. All the participants shall commit to stay within the retreat premises marked with protective boundary all the time for 70 days. All kind of communication to outside world including phone calls, email and so on are restricted except on the weekly off-days. Each member of the group is expected to participate every collective gathering including teaching, prayers and all meditation sessions.
Health and medical release:
Participants are expected generally to be in good health physically and mentally. However, everyone is requested to bring his/her necessary medicine, supplements, clothes, and fill in and sign a medical release form.
More details about the health and logistics will be available by contacting the organizer.
We welcome every practitioner, who feels genuinely inspired by the program and ready to abide the conditions and commitments, to submit his/her application before April, 21st, 2019.
With all our best wishes,
Khenpo Tenpa and Khenpo Gelek Jinpa
THE GOMDRA MEDITATION SCHOOL PROGRAM 2019-2022
SHENTEN DARGYE LING
Annexe to Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche’s letter
Dear all sangha brothers and sisters,
The Shenten Dargye Ling Meditation School (Shenten Dargye Ling Drub-dra) was established in 2009. It offers an opportunity for intensive study and practice of Dzogchen following the curriculum of the Meditation School that has been established by His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tendzin Namdhak Rinpoche in the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Nepal.
The four-year program will be dedicated to the Dzogchen Yangtse Longchen cycle.The first seventy-day retreat in 2019 will take place from September 5th until November 12th.In the subsequent years until 2022 the retreat will be organized around the same time in the autumn: from the first week of September to mid-November each year.
Students will study the texts and do the preliminary practice and the main Dzogchen practice.
The daily routine consists of four sessions of meditation per day, performance of the rituals of the Four Generosities, and one teaching session. The remaining time will be used for study, karma yoga, recitation of mantras and other accumulations.
Khenpo Gelek Jinpa, Shenten Dargye Ling’s Abbot, will be the Gomdra Master.
The program is open to every Yungdrung Bön practitioner inspired to deepen his/her practice and understanding.
Students enrolling in the Meditation School are required to commit to participate the entire four-year program of the Dzogchen Yangtse Longchen cycle. During the retreats all students are required to adhere to the daily routine and to respect the rules of the Meditation School. Furthermore, students will be expected to stay on the premises of Shenten Dargye Ling during the entire length of the seventy-day retreat.
Each one will be lodged individually in a single room.
Teaching will be given in English. There will be no translation to other languages.
2,400€ for the first year for seventy days. This includes the retreat fees, accommodation and food.
A down payment of 25% (600€) is required to be paid before June 30th, 2019 to confirm the registration.
Participants can register for the retreat as follows:
- Send a short signed letter addressed to Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche and Khenpo Gelek Jinpa to express your wish and motivation to participate before April 21st, 2019 to: email@example.com
- In the end of April you will receive the information whether you are accepted to participate the Meditation School or not. If you are accepted, you will receive also a registration form, which you have to fill in and send back to Shenten Dargye Ling by June 30th, 2019.
- Transfer the down payment of 600€ by June 30th, 2019 to Shenten Dargye Ling’s account (details will be submitted later).
In case there are more registrations than available places, the places will be reserved in order of submission of the letter to Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche. The reservation will expire if the down payment is not received by June 30th, 2019.
- Students enrolling in the Meditation School are required to commit to follow the entire program of the Dzogchen Yangtse Longchen cycle that will take place during the autumn from 2019 to 2022.
- Participants accept to follow the instructions of the Retreat Master.
- During the program participants are required to adhere to the daily routine unless excused by the Retreat Master.
- Participants stay within the retreat boundaries. The retreat boundaries are set according to Shenten Dargye Ling’s premises.
- Correspondence with the outside world (telephone / internet /email) can only take place once a week, on the seventh day (‘holiday’). In 2019, it will be every Thursday.
- Participants have to dedicate 45 minutes every day for karma yoga as a daily routine. The tasks will be chosen on the first day of the retreat.
For further information
- If you need further information, please do not hesitate to write email to the addresses given above.