December 28, 2004

Madison, Here I Come!

Posted at December 28, 2004 08:48 AM in Buddhism .

I'm going to Madison, Wisconsin at the end of January now. I hadn't originally planned on attending this but an old Asatru friend of mine that I reconnected with last year is also involved in Dzogchen and Vajrayana. Younge Khachab Rinpoche is now his primary teacher and he's been telling me a lot of excellent things about him. Apparantly, he's quite the scholar and he's very open to teaching Dzogchen and related practices to sincere practitioners without being ultraorthodox like some teachers are notorious for being. That isn't to say he's out in the weeds but that his focus is on practice and in working with people. One of the fundamental things I've been looking for in my involvement with Tibetan Buddhism is a teacher that I can make a personal connection with and actually get to work with individually.

To this end, my friend, William, who is in New Mexico, and I will be going out to Madison together. He's going to introduce me to Rinpoche so I can have an interview with him and attend some teachings to see his style and way of doing things. If all goes well, I'll go out for a May Dzogchen retreat there as well and I'll be working with Rinpoche and his Madison group to bring him to Seattle to teach. If all goes well, I'll volunteer to host him and organize the retreat. William feels that Rinpoche is in the kind of position with his students that Norbu was 15  or 20 years ago when there were only a few people so it was possible to get a lot more hands on time with the lama.

Younge Khachab Rinpoche

Winter Retreat Teachings 2005

  • Younge Dorje Drollo Empowerment
  • Dream Yoga Instruction
  • Tibetan Dream Interpretation

January 28-30th

Rime Shedrub Ling
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Teaching Center
Madison, WI

The Younge Dorje Drollo is a complete Three Roots (Tsa-Sum) practice with Lama, Yidam and Khandro contained in the mantra and visualizations. The outer practice focuses on the Five Family Buddhas and Consorts. This famous practice was discovered by the Terton Younge Migyur Dorje.

This is one of the most powerful practices for removing negative obstacles in one's life, particularly important for entering the New Year and multiplying the positive attributes for success in dharma practice.

Khachab Rinpoche is renowned for his success in dream yoga practices. He is often called by other Lamas and teachers for predictions and interpretations. Dream interpretation can be tricky, what may seem positive or an omen to ones practice is often the sign of an inner interruption or spiritual obstacle. If one does not recognize the dream and its signs, one can very easily perpetuate the negative forces. Rinpoche teaches the yogic technique of recognizing our clear-light mind during sleep, learning to maintain our awareness through the dreaming process and interpreting the appearances that occur.

Teachings held at: 715 Hill St. Quarry Arts Building Room 170

(East of Whole Foods off University Ave.) Madison Wisconsin

Friday 5-8pm Dream Yoga Instruction

Saturday 9-12 and 2-4pm Dorje Drollo Empowerment and Instruction

Sunday 9-12 and 2-5pm Further Instruction and Dream Interpretation

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