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Date & Time Details: May 3-5 2024 9a-12p PST / 12-3p EST / 5-8p GMT +1

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Vajrayogini Retreat & Empowerment

With Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Pema Khandro

May 3 - 5, 2024

Join us for this special event, the Vajrayogini Empowerment, an initiation into the inner tantra practice of generation stage meditation.

Vajrayogini is the female buddha embodying radical presence. To practice Vajrayogini meditation is to cut through to innermost wisdom and innate clarity.

This special weekend will feature three days of instructions, empowerment and meditations of Vajrayogini. It will be led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who will give the empowerment and Tulku Pema Khandro, Ph.D, who will give the explanation and instructions.


We are honored to host the most excellent interpreter, Ina Bieler! The empowerment will be translated into lucid and easy to understand English.


The Vajrayogini Meditations taught in this retreat include
1) The meditation of the Dzogchen Nyingthig Dakini’s Heart Essence (the mkha’ ‘gro snying thig) cycle known as Calling the 100,000 Dakinis

2) The Drukpa Kagyu concise generation stage Vajrayogini practice empowerment

3) The Drukpa Kagyu concise generation stage Vajrayogini practice instructions and practice


The Vajrayogini meditations are skillful methods from Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as Tibetan Buddhism. Vajrayogini meditation is practiced by all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, because it is considered a key to esoteric contemplative experience. To practice Vajrayogini meditation, an empowerment is required, which will be generously offered by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. An empowerment is an initiation into a practice and confers the blessing and power of the lineage that activates the highest potential of the practice.


This event is open to the public. In order to practice the generation stage Vajrayogini meditation, Drupon Rinpoche requires that one must have completed the ngondro, or preliminary practices, of Vajrayana first. One may, however, receive the empowerment and teachings before completing ngondro to receive the blessing and prepare for later practice and to build a strong dharma connection with Vajrayogini. To do the practice in an ongoing way to accumulate the mantra, one has to have completed ngondro first. However, the Vajrayogini meditation given on the first day, Calling the 100,000 Dakinis,  may be engaged regardless of having completed ngondro or not.


Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
Drupon Rinpoche received teachings on the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra and Kunsang Lama’s Words of Profound Instruction, Dzogchen’s Great Completion Parting from Samsara and Nirvana, Pointing Out the Nature of Mind, and other teachings from Tulku Nyendrak Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Rinpoche has also received Chakrasamvara according to Drilbupa, including the empowerment, scriptural transmission, and pith instructions from Tulku Thogme Rinpoche. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee joined the Drikung Kagyu Institute in 1993, and has received instruction in philosophy, Gongchig, Theckchen Tenying, Dhagpo Thargyan, and Uttaratantra from Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen and other profound teachers of the Lineage. In 1995 Drupon received full ordination vows…
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Pema Khandro
Pema Khandro is an internationally renowned teacher and scholar of Buddhist philosophy. Ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku, and trained as an academic, her teachings celebrate the dynamic coalescence of tradition and the modern context. She is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects: The Buddhist Studies Institute, Dakini Mountain and the Yogic Medicine Institute. In her work as a Buddhist teacher she is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and was enthroned to carry on the lineage of her predecessor, the first Pema Khandro, an early twentieth century…
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