New retreats and classes are offered in addition to the current schedule. 2019 schedule will be updated periodically with new events and classes. Check back often. Commuter rate is for local people who will not need overnight accommodations (includes lunch on weekend retreats) and residential includes a shared or private room at one of the garden guesthouses and all meals.
Summer Buddhist Studies Program – The Vajrayana Year One - June 27 – July 27
Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma Pema Jamyang Palmo
‘Without knowing anything, there can be no practice. Our study and practice will be like a lamp which illuminates the darkness, like the sun rising to light the morning.’ – Sang-Ngag Rinpoche on Shedra
June 27 – 28, Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will bestow the Guhyagharba empowerment
June 29 – July 27, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma will teach on the vast and profound meanings of Buddhist tantra
Year one of our two year shedra program on the Vajrayana which will cover all six classes of tantra. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will begin our summer program with the Guhyagarbha empowerment and teachings; thereafter the shedra will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Year one will cover 5 of the Buddhist classes of tantra; Kriya tantra, Charya tantra, Yoga Tantra, Mahayoga and Anuyoga. Year two will be on Ati Yoga or Dzogchen.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn everything about tantric Buddhism you have ever wanted to know. This will be an in-depth and detailed analysis of the tantric path almost never extensively elucidated in the west. Students will attain a profound and sophisticated understanding of the lineage, theory and methods of the Vajrayana path.
The Vajrayana is described as the resultant vehicle because the result itself (Buddhahood) is said to dwell in the fundamental nature of mind. When the methods of tantra are practiced this result can be actualized thereby attaining Buddhahood in this very body and life. This secret and sacred tradition was practiced in India since the time of the Buddha and was passed in an unbroken lineage of transmission into the land of Tibet and now the west.
Thru such great masters of our lineage these teachings come to the garden this summer; from Indian masters, Guru Rinpoche, Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa, Dilgo Khyentse, Sang-ngag Rinpoche to our two main shedra teachers Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Join us this summer for this precious time of inconceivable understanding and blessings at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
This program is restricted. Completion of a Nyingma ngondro is required as a pre-requisite to be able to apply. For students who have been attending our summer shedra previously please contact for your specific pre-requisites. All students who meet this requirement will then need to be interviewed by Khen Rinpoche in order to be considered for attendance to the program. This will be a highly selective admissions process. Once accepted to attend the registration information will be sent to you. Please email email@example.com to schedule your interview or ask any questions you might have about the program. Early inquiries and registration are highly recommended, the interest level has been extremely high for this program. Registration will be closed May 15, 2019 or until full.
This program will not be offered on-line or available in any way except by being onsite. These teachings will not be recorded. Students must commit to attending all sessions on time without exceptions, partial attendance is not possible. Our main text is volume two of Treasury of Precious Qualities by Jigme Lingpa (Shambhala Publications, 2013) with commentaries by Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in addition to the extensive oral teachings and pith instructions of our teachers. This year’s shedra will be held in a strict retreat format in order to achieve the greatest possible benefit. The schedule is 9 – 5 daily, an occasional day off of rest and study will be offered if time permits.
For newer students to Buddhism our 5-year summer shedra program covering the entire Buddhist path will begin again in 2021.
Green Tara Teachings
Jetsunma Jamyang Palmo at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
August 3rd - 10 am to 5 pm
Revealed by Pegyal Lingpa, the great yogi of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the 20th century. This Green Tara practice, the enlightened feminine principle, is used to reveal our own innate wisdom and compassion. Tara embodies enlightened activity and energy. The practice in English is both concise and easily accessible to both beginners and more seasoned practitioners alike.
This retreat will be taught by the Venerable Jetsunma Jamyang Palmo. Jetsunma has completed nine years of retreat and nine years of shedra studies at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. Jetsunma was enthroned by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and given the highest honorific title of Jetsunma. Jetsunma having accomplished the most complete training in Buddhism is also currently pursuing studies in American universities, primarily in psychology and western thought. This is a rare opportunity to study and learn this profound practice with one of the foremost teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the 21st century. Continue reading Jetsunma's full bio here.
10 am - noon (morning session)
12 pm - 2 pm (lunch break)
2 pm - 5 pm (afternoon session)
Please arrive a little early to take your seat. The teachings will begin promptly at 10 am.
Please register online in advance.
Sliding scale $30 - $50, lunch included. Please contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you need to arrange another payment option. (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds).
Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
August 16 - 18
Phowa accomplishment ensures that we won’t die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly in the after-death bardo. It provides a consummate method at the time of death. The practice of p’howa is the extraordinary Vajrayana method for attaining rebirth in the pure realms of one's choosing. P’howa means transferring consciousness from one state to another. Khen Rinpoche is a fully qualified Phowa master of these swift methods and will bestow the complete instructions on how to accomplish the practice.
Cost, sliding scale – Commuters, $60 – $100 – Residential $150 for the weekend. Text not included.
Retreat begins Friday: 7-9 PM; Saturday 9am-12pm – vegetarian lunch break 12-2pm, teachings 2-5pm – vegetarian dinner break 5-7pm – 7-9pm practice. Sunday 9am-12pm – 2-hour vegetarian lunch break 12-2pm – teachings and conclusion from 2-5pm.
Sang-ngag Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Vajra Group (Year 1) ~ September 13th - September 20th
We are very happy to announce that Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche has generously decided to open up the Yangti cycle of teachings to a new group of students again this fall.
The teachings of Yangti Nagpo ("Black Quintessence") are a cycle of teachings belonging to the "Yangti" class of Ati Yoga teachings of the Nyingma Tradition. A lineage holder of the Yangti Nagpo Cycle, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche has taken upon himself the responsibility of upholding, preserving, and disseminating these unique practices both in Asia and the United States.
Although sometimes mistakenly considered to be solely focused on dark retreat, Yangti Nagpo is in fact an extensive cycle of spiritual trainings spanning the breadth of Tibetan Vajrayana practice. All participants, regardless of previous experience, begin the cycle of teachings at the preliminary level and progress through the practices. See the Yangti Nagpo website here.
*Anyone interested in joining this retreat must have permission to attend from Rinpoche prior to registering. Please email Khenpo Namchak Dorji at email@example.com to request permission. Be sure to include your practice history; teachers with whom you have studied, which ngondro you completed/are currently engaging in, or if you are a new student to Buddhism, etc.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Journey to the Extrodinary
The Empowerments and Reading Transmissions by Rabjam Rinpoche on the Collected Works of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo at Ewam India, January 10 – 24, 2020
Upon the request of Gochen Tulku Namchak Sang-ngag Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabe Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche Gyurme Chokyi Senge has kindly accepted to bestow the rarely offered reading transmission (lung) of the entirety of the collected works of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (Pema Osal Do-ngak Lingpa) and all the empowerments of the incredible Seven Modes of Transmission.
Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo (1820-1892), was a major treasure revealer—the last of the Five Sovereign Tertöns—and one of the most eminent masters of the nineteenth century. Recognized as the combined incarnation of Vimalamitra and King Trisong Deutsen.
His direct previous incarnation was Jigme Lingpa. He studied with masters of every great authentic tradition. He mastered the complete and unbiased traditions of India and Tibet existing at that time which he passed on to his disciples.
Continuously giving transmissions, teachings and empowerments of the non-sectarian teachings of the Buddha; he became the founder of the Rime (non-sectarian) movement in Tibet. Not only did he possess infinite learning, he also developed unsurpassable qualities of experience and realization through perfecting the practice of meditation. Some of his subsequent reincarnations include Jamyang Khyentsé Chökyi Lodrö and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
These transmissions and empowerments are a once in a lifetime inconceivable opportunity in the original land of Buddhism, India; specifically Siliguri, West Bengal, the sacred landscape of the mahasiddhas . The event will be held at the newly built beautiful Ewam temple and Monastery. Accomodations will be at local hotels and guesthouses in and around Siliguri. There will be simulcast english translations via a radio frequency.
Coordinator person for westerners is James Curran who has information on accommodations, travel issues and obtaining an Indian visa. While there is no formal registration we do ask people to get on our attendance list so we can keep the organizing committee informed. There is no fee for this event; there will be ample opportunities to make personal offerings of your choosing. Please contact email@example.com for more information.