New retreats and classes are offered in addition to the current schedule. 2019 - 2020 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.
Journey to the Extraordinary
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. We also have a facebook group to share information Silguri Event Connection.
Summer Buddhist Studies Program
Summer Buddhist Studies Program 2020 - Month Long and Weekend Programs
Year One - Foundational Buddhist Teachings
July 1st - 31st
This year the shedra is open to all students as we begin our exploration of the Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the sacred ancient land of India the Buddha turned the wheel of the dharma (the Buddhist teachings) bringing inconceivable benefit for human beings. After attaining the final result of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya India, the Buddha began his teachings on the theory and methods of how each individual could achieve the same realization that he had achieved. This year we will explore the theory of karma, impermanence, the four noble truths and the 12 links of interdependent origination as well many additional topics on the Buddhist path. These are the precious foundational teachings of Buddhism which one will use throughout the entire path. This immersive month is designed for people new to Buddhism and more seasoned students alike who wish to deepen their understanding.
Our shedra program is a five year program that meets every year in July and may be attended for a year, several years or the entire certificate program of five years which covers all the teachings of Buddhism from the foundational vehicles to the highest teachings of Ati Yoga or Dzogchen. We will use the seminal text by Jigme Lingpa, Treasury of Precious Qualities, written in the 18th century as a key to all the Buddhist teachings of scripture and realization. Our shedra is unique in that we will also offer some of the methods of practice and meditation that accompany the stages of the path.
Our curriculum is in the tradition of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the fully realized master of India who brought Buddhism into Tibet in the 8th century and additionally the great Buddhist universities of India and Tibet. It is that similar spirit of discovery and the special journey of Buddhism to a new country that our institute embodies. Founded and inaugurated by Tulku Sang-snag Rinpoche in 2016 as one his heart visions for the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and under the direction of Ngawang Gelek (Khen Rinpoche), resident abbot at the garden. Our purpose is to fully train students in all aspects of Buddhist philosophy, theory and practice.
The institute is a place for exploration, learning and discourse on the over 2000 year old Buddhist tradition. Our faculty of Khen Rinpoche, Jetsunma Palmo and Namchak Khenpo offer unparalleled world class education. We welcome everyone to join us for this landmark program at the beautiful Montana campus at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
Year Two Vajrayana
July 1st - 31st
Year one of our two year shedra program on the Vajrayana covered five of the six classes of tantra. This year we will continue with the Ati Yoga or Dzogchen teachings and complete the tantric teachings. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will begin our summer program with relevant empowerments and teachings; thereafter the shedra will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. This year in addition to elucidating the meanings of the concluding section of the Treasury of Precious Qualities, we will be offering the complete transmission and teachings on the Chöying Dzö, Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena by Longchenpa. This program is restricted and will only be open to those who attended the Vajrayana year one last summer.
Additional weekend program topics held throughout the month of July and schedule to be announced soon.