Dzogchen meditation practice
The experiental practice manual for the Zhang Zhung Nyengyud, known as the Gyalwa Chagtri of Dru Gyalwa Yungdrung (1242-1290) is perhaps the most widely used manual in the Yungdrung Bön Dzogchen tradition. Dru Gyalwa Yungdrung was one of the most important masters and lineage holders of the Zhang Zhung Nyengyud, “The Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung”. The oral transmission of Zhang Zhung Nyengyud comes directly from Buddha Tönpa Shenrab. It was transmitted orally up until Tapihritsa, who gave his permission to his disciple Nangzher Lodpo to write down these instructions first in the Zhang Zhung language and later they were translated into the Tibetan language. This transmission represents a continuous and unbroken lineage from Buddha Tönpa Shenrab until the present time lineage holder, Yongdzin Rinpoche.
Dru Gyalwa Yungdrung’s manual provides profound and authentic instructions on the Dzogchen practice. The first chapter includes the preliminary practices, Ngöndro, and the second chapter deals with the instructions how the practitioner can get realization and experience of Treckchö and Thögal. The third chapter deals with the Dzogchen View, how samsara and nirvana start and how to achieve liberation. The fourth chapter gives very detailed instructions on the five stages of Thögal visions. The fifth chapter includes the instructions how the secondary conditions are taken into the path of liberation through the practice of integration within this lifetime, before dying and in the Bardo state. This chapter deals in more detail how the practitioner can integrate all the activities of the three doors, body, speech and mind, into the state of Rigpa, how the objects of the five senses can be taken into the path of Rigpa and the Natural State, and how discursive thoughts of the conceptual mind are integrated in the state of Rigpa, and finally, how the whole conduct is integrated into the state of Rigpa.
Retreat schedule : May 19-24, 2020 (5 days) This schedule is Paris Time, GMT+2.
- 08:00 - 09:30 : Sangchöd and meditation with the resident lamas in Shenten Dargye Ling
- 15:15 - 17:15 : Teachings by Ponlop Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche from Triten Norbutse Monastery
- 20:00 - 21:15 : Meditation and Chöd with the resident lamas in Shenten Dargye Ling
How to register
Please register before the first day of the event, so there’s enough time to process your request.
Detailed instructions showing you how to register, step by step, are attached to this email (PDF). They show how to register, step by step. If you still have difficulties after reading these instructions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contribution for the teachings
The participation fee is 10 EUR per day (50 EUR for the whole retreat). While we hope that such a contribution for the teachings is affordable for most of the people - and necessary to maintain Shenten’s activities and repay our masters’ generosity - we are aware that some sincere and dedicated practitioners may experience financial difficulties at the moment. For those who cannot pay and still wish to participate, please write to us as soon as possible at email@example.com, and we will find a solution together.
How to pay ?
Registration payments are made via PayPal. If you need more information about PayPal, see the Questions & Answers section at the end of this email.
Unfortunately, the Zoom streaming platform does not allow any other payment option.
For those who cannot pay with PayPal, we suggest you use a friend’s account. Please put your own e-mail address in the first registration field on Zoom, this is important to get the link of the streaming later. Then proceed to PayPal with your friend’s regular PayPal login information.
In some countries, PayPal does offer simple bank card payment without creating an account (you will be given the option when you continue to the payment page).
You can pay according to the number of days you will attend. Make sure that if you want to register to the whole event, you need to check the 5 or 6 checkboxes corresponding to each day. Once registered, you will be provided with a link that will give you access to the teaching sessions.
Avoid last minute problems connecting to the teaching and headaches (for you and the support team) ! Read this please.
Warning ! This is a long read, but it’s worth it, we promise.
Do you have a personal Zoom account?
Good news, if you already have a Zoom account, you’re set and do not need to do anything. If you’re not sure or if you do not have one, see the attached instructions (PDF) or just go to https://www.zoom.us/signup and follow the instructions. It is free and can be done by following a few simple steps.
You need to register your own personal Zoom account if you do not have one already. Otherwise, the link to connect to the teaching will simply not work (insert sad face here). What does it mean ? It means that if you do not already have a personal Zoom account, you need to create one before registering to the event and connecting to the teaching sessions. A personal Zoom account is one that you create on the Zoom website by entering your own email address and creating a password.
Perhaps in the past, you did not need a personal Zoom account to connect to teachings. Why ? Because they were free Zoom meetings or just one on one meetings. But this one is different ! Because of stronger security reasons and because the teaching is a paid event, participants are required to have a registered Zoom account.
What’s the easiest way to connect to the teaching?
The first time you install Zoom, you need to directly start the app on your computer, and Sign In with your email address and your own password. Once it’s done, you will be able to connect (see above).
When it’s time to connect to the teaching… Use the link “Click here to join” in your daily reminder email.
After you register for the teaching event, the easiest way to connect to the webcast is to use the link “Click here to join” provided in your daily reminder email. This is the easiest way to access the teaching. Alternative ways are also provided in the instruction PDF attached.
If you need more info about this teaching and how to register, look at the Common Questions & Answers below.
Looking forward to meeting you soon on ZOOM!
Your Shenten team
Questions & Answers
What if I cannot pay via PayPal, do you offer alternative options?
PayPal is a standard, secure online payment platform that many of you have already used. Note that for the moment, Zoom does not allow other payment options.
If this is an issue for you, consider these alternatives :
For those who cannot pay through PayPal, you can use a friend’s account. Please put your own e-mail address in the first registration field on Zoom, this is important to get the link of the streaming later. Then proceed to PayPal with your friend’s regular login information.
In some countries, PayPal offers standard bank card payment options without creating an account. You will be given this option when you proceed to the payment page during the registration process.
If you still have issues paying via PayPal (or credit card via the PayPal page), only then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to register for the entire duration of the teaching?
Please select all the checkboxes corresponding to the teaching dates on the registration form. You need to select each date by checking all the checkboxes, one by one. Note that on Apple/Mac computers or mobile phones, you need to scroll down next to the dates to see all the available options.
What if I forget to register for one day?
If you forget one day or wish to wait to register, you can come back to the registration page later. But remember to register at least the day before the event starts or at the latest a few hours before, so there’s enough time to process your request.
How to join a teaching session?
We strongly recommend that you click the email link (“Click here to join”) to access the teachings. This is the easiest way.
If you decide to connect by opening the Zoom application first (instead of clicking to the email link), click on the “Join” button, then enter the meeting ID and password provided in the email. Don’t forget you first need to Sign In with your email address and the password of your personal Zoom account (not the webinar password)! See the PDF instructions attached for more information.
Useful links to the Zoom web site
On a computer or laptop, go to this link to download Zoom : https://zoom.us/support/download
On a mobile device or tablet, go to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and search for “Zoom Cloud Meetings”.