if or when a place becomes available.Many Tibetan Lamas have said that Dzogchen is the ultimate form of meditation because of its profound simplicity and its radical approach to directly accessing the Buddha within us. It is especially suited to our turbulent, difficult times.
The central point of the Dzogchen teachings is that we are all Buddha’s by nature, and that we can realize that fact through an experiential discovery of the love, wisdom, compassion and buddhaness within our own hearts and minds. Dzogchen teaching helps us explore and develop our own Buddha nature within and practices provide direct access to this inner treasure.
Whether we seek enlightenment in this lifetime, or we merely hope to spread peace and sanity in the world, Dzogchen can help us bring timeless wisdom to bear on the practical problems of daily life. Best of all, it’s a practice anyone can learn today.
The Dzogchen view or perspective is a clear-sighted, no-holds-barred vision of things just as they are.
The Dzogchen meditation of inseparable, naked, innate awareness and openness is serene, like a mountain.
The Dzogchen action of enlightened, beneficial activity is spontaneous, proactive and compassionate, appropriate to the conditions and circumstances of everyday life.
In the foundation practices, we learn how to inquire into ourselves; to explore our body and mind, psyche and soul; and to recognize the difference between our true essential nature – who we really are – and our false selves; who we think we are.
The teachings of the Yungdrung Bön tradition are said to be as vast as an ocean. Within this ocean of knowledge and guidance, the teachings of Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection, contain the highest view and the most direct path to liberation.
Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche is the principal instructor at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. He was born in 1962 in the Dolpo region of north-western Nepal in the remote Himalayan village of Chharka. He is the successor of Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
Rinpoche’s family name is “Yangton” which traces its ancestry back to Yangton Sherab Gyaltsen, born in 1077. A famous Dzogchen and Tantric master, Yangton Sherab Gyaltsen was the first to set in writing the Dzogchen Experiential Transmission (Zhang Zhung Nyam Gyud). This revered teaching is taught today by Menri Lopon as well as other well known Bön masters such as Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal.
In ancient times the Dolpo region was part of the Zhang-Zhung kingdom and is still home to the culture and language of Zhang-Zhung. Menri Lopon’s village of Chharka has
been the home of one the most precious and secret Bönpo monasteries for the lineage of Yangton lamas –
Tarzong Phuntsok Ling Monastery. When Menri Lopon was a child it was the only place people could study traditional education and the Tibetan language.
On advice from his uncle, Yangton Lama Nyima Tseten, Lopon Rinpoche completed a series of three-month retreats beginning at the age of thirteen. These retreats spanned the period from 1975 through 1977, during which he focused on the practices for the outer, inner and secret deities of the Bön. He also completed the foundation practices of Dzogchen by accumulating nine hundred thousand preliminary practices. In addition, he received various Transmissions and Empowerments of Dzogchen teachings from several masters.
In 1979 Rinpoche was brought to Menri Monastery in India by his cousin Lama Tashi. Menri is the main monastery for Tibetan Bönpo and for the exiled Bön community of India. He was ordained by His Holiness, the 33rd Menri Trizin (abbot) and His Eminence, Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. His studies focused primarily on Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen and also included Ritual, Grammar, Poetry, Astrology, Divination, Medicine, Thangka painting, Mandalas, and Stupas. He earned his Geshe Doctoral Degree from the Bön Dialectic School in 1989.
Soon after completing his degree, Rinpoche began teaching at the school and in 1992 was appointed Lopon, principal instructor, of the Bön Dialectic School by H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin and H.E. Yongzin Rinpoche. The position of Lopon is the second most revered position at this monastery.
Lopon Rinpoche continues to teach at the Bön Dialectic School where he is responsible for student training. He occasionally visits the Dolpo region to give Transmission of Preliminary practice and to teach other aspects of the Bön religion to thousands of lay people, monks and Tantric practitioners. He also regularly visits the United States and Europe where he enjoys teaching Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen to Western practitioners.
Registration fee of $145.00 includes: all teachings, handouts, tea & snacks for the weekend.
Friday, October 27, 7 – 9 pm
Saturday - October 28, 10 am – 12 noon; 1:30 – 4pm
Sunday - October 29, 10 am – 1 pm
The address of the centre for those who are not sure is 407A 5th Street (at England), Courtenay. Our entrance is from England St. – a double glass door which has our centre name above it. Parking is available in front of the building., and on England St. and 4th (behind the bldg.).
Teaching begins promptly at 7 pm on Friday evening – doors will be open by 6:15 pm. Please arrive early to get settled. Cushions and chairs are available, however if you have your own meditation cushion and would like to bring that – please do.
Please check off your name on the attendance record sheet located at the front counter.
Pease note that there are a couple of businesses upstairs which do operate on Saturday, so it is quite probable that there will be some intermittent noise of people walking back and forth during the day.
We have volunteers who will look after the tea making and snacks on Saturday & Sunday. To help with clean up, please either hang onto your tea cup and/or wash and return it to the set up place. Thanks.
There is no planned or scheduled group lunch or dinner on Saturday.
Everyone is encouraged to make their own arrangements to meet and connect with others.
Participants are responsible for their meals – there are many restaurants within a 5 minute walk from our centre.
If you are being billeted, please speak to your host about arranging breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask one of our “identified” members. A few of our sangha members will be wearing name tags.
Some billeting by local sangha is available on request. There are many hotels/motels/B&B’s in Courtenay. You can get a good idea of what and cost from this link:
www.vancouverislandaccommodations.com. Just click on the city of Courtenay in the right hand index.
There is an automatic $20.00 Administration fee for ALL cancellations, regardless of when cancellation takes place.
No refunds for “no shows. Cancellations received up to 2 weeks before event will receive full refund minus the $20.00 administration fee.
Cancellations received 1 week before event, will receive one half (1/2) of the registration fee. There will be no refund issued to cancellations received 4 days or less before retreat date.
(Our apologies, however this is due to the difficulty in advertising and filling the vacant space). Registration will be on a “first come, first served” basis and will not be complete until we have
received your payment in full. Sorry, we are not able to hold or reserve places.