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Naturally Free: From Seeing to Being with Lady Wisdom, Prajñāpāramitā
Dates: Aug 13, 2021 - Aug 15, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Anne C. Klein (Rigzin Drolma)

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An introduction to the Great Mother, the perfection of wisdom personified. With this in mind, we will explore four distilled practices that mark the movement from dualistic seeing to the wholeness of being. You’ll receive a short practice text to support your bringing this practice home and furthering what you learn at your own pace.  

This teaching is inspired by the blessings and brief words of the incomparable Ad.zom Paylo Rinpoche of Tibet. Titled by him Sem Nyi Rang Grol (Mind Nature Freeing Itself) and Nyam Nyi Rang Grol (Self-Freeing Sameness), after he bestowed these teachings on Rigzin Drolma. 


Online Retreat: This retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 


Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering for this retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Friday, August 13

7:30 – 9:00 pm: Opening Session (this session will be recorded)


Saturday, August 14

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Session

1:30 – 4:00 pm: Afternoon Session


Sunday, August 15

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Session

1:30 – 4:00 pm: Afternoon Session


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that most sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online retreats are nonrefundable after the retreat start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the retreat will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Anne C. Klein/ Rigzin Drolma is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Religion at Rice University. She is also a Lama in the Nyingma tradition, and in 1996 co-founded Dawn Mountain, a center for Tibetan Buddhism. Her scholarly dharma training includes personal textual and contemplative study with leading Geluk, Nyingma and Bon masters. Her Dzogchen teachers include the late Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche of Nepal, who gave her rein to teach in 1994 after she completed her first dark retreat under him. Since 1999 she has been supported in her dharma teaching and personal retreats by AP Rinpoche of Tibet, who named her a Dorje Lopon in 2009.