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Seven Trainings Grounding Dzogchen Practice
Dates: Aug 12, 2022 - Aug 17, 2022
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

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

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Because our essential nature is always available, we are inspired to practice in order to experience it fully. Longchenpa, Tibet’s unparalleled fourteenth-century master of Dzogchen, offers seven simple and profound trainings aimed at facilitating such experience. These seven are our focus. In the eighteenth century, the renowned Jigme Lingpa received direct teachings from Longchenpa during retreat, became his dharma heir, and wrote an extensive commentary on these seven, including five pith practices that will also receive special attention during our time together. We will also draw from oral commentary on this teaching by a contemporary incarnation of Jigme Lingpa, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche.

Each training moves from effort to ease, taking core principles of Buddhist practice as touchstones for Dzgochen and culminating in unique trainings of non-conceptuality. 

This retreat is ideal for new and ongoing students, with time for discussion and select exploration of Longchenpa’s Dzogchen teachings. The practices you learn can be deepened at home after the retreat and can support practices you may already be doing. To enhance the crystallization of practice within us, we will maintain noble silence from after dinner through lunch each day.

Noble Silence: 

Noble silence will be observed from after dinner through lunch the following day.

Experience Level:

This retreat is ideal for new and ongoing students.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

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.