Rigdzin Dupa Drubchen 2018

Rigdzin Dupa Drubchen 2018

Saturday July 14th through Sunday July 22nd 2018
with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche

We are delighted to host our fourth Rigdzin Düpa Drubchen at PPI this year, with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche serving as Vajra Master. A drubchen (‘great accomplishment’) consists of 8-10 days of practice as a group, and when undertaken with altruistic motivation is traditionally considered to bring considerable benefits, such as reducing mental afflictions, restoring broken spiritual commitments, and establishing auspicious conditions for peace, harmony and further spiritual progress — both for oneself and on a much broader scale. Guru Rinpoche said that anyone who sincerely engages in a drubchen will gain the same benefits as practising for three years in a solitary retreat.

The Rigdzin Düpa sadhana belongs to the Longchen Nyingthig (Heart Essence of the Great Expanse) cycle, which relates primarily to the teachings of Dzogchen. This sadhana is the Inner Guru practice of the Peaceful Male Vidyadhara sadhanas which contain Outer, Inner, Secret and Innermost Secret Guru practices. This cycle was bestowed upon Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798)  through a series of three visions  he had of the great master Longchen Rabjampa (1308-1363), and was soon propagated throughout Tibet, becoming one of the most influential lineages of the Nyingma tradition that continues to this day.

His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche received transmission of the Longchen Nyingthig cycle from both Khenpo Dorje and Tromge Tulku Arig, and practised it extensively during the years that he lived and traveled in Asia. Jigme Tromge Rinpoche received the transmission from his father Chagdud Rinpoche and from Khenpo Ngagchung.

Rigdzin Dupa has been practiced at Ati Ling since 2004 when we were honored to have His Eminence Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche bestow the empowerment and lead the retreat for the first time. From 2004 until the first Drubchen at Ati Ling in 2015, it was practiced as a 100,000 tsog offerings retreat. Jigme Rinpoche also holds the Rigdzin Düpa sadhana as the foundation for the annual one-month Dzogchen retreat in Brazil.

EMPOWERMENT:  Required. Empowerment will be given on the first day.

ATTENDANCE: Partial attendance is possible, but you MUST notify us by July 1st to ensure that your name is included on the boundaries list, otherwise you will not be able to participate.

TEXTS NEEDED:  Rigdzin Dupa, Galaxy of Heartdrops, Knowing One Liberates All, Red Vajrasattva Kangwas and Supplementary Protectors. All texts will be available for sale on site.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Saturday July 14th at 2:00 pm. Please allow enough time to settle in and find your seat in the shrine room (at least an hour).  The retreat will end on Sunday July 22nd in the morning.

COSTS: Include accommodations as selected and three meals a day. Vegetarian meals are offered with gluten-free and dairy-free options per advance request.


Register before June 7th for a 15% discount off listed prices.

 Full Attendance Dormitories  Tara House – Shared Double Room
(2 twins or 1 double/queen)
with Shared Bath. Price is per person.
CGF Member $370 $650
Non CGF Member $415 $740


Register online for this event:

For questions please email events@atiling.org



A traditional ceremony for the dead will be performed during the Rigdzin Dupa drubchen. This ceremony benefits the deceased, wherever they may be wandering after death or wherever they may have been reborn, by invoking their consciousness and reducing their fear and suffering. During the stages of the ceremony, the consciousness is given focus, clarity and direction, and the habitual propensities toward unsatisfactory rebirths are purified. Then, by closing the doors to all possible suffering states of samsara, the consciousness is liberated directly into the pure realm. At the conclusion of the ritual, the name of the deceased is incinerated, marking the end of their fetters to samsara.

You are invited to submit the names of any deceased relative, friend or pet to be included in this ceremony. Please email the being’s details to prayers@atiling.org indicating their full name, dates of birth and death, and a photo if you wish. Customarily, you would make a donation on behalf of the deceased to support this ceremony. 

Make an offering for
the death ceremony


During intensive practice retreats, we make offerings of tsog and butterlamps. Tsog is a most profound method of purification and for gaining realization. Offering tsog and butterlamps are said to be two of the most effective ways for accumulating merit through generosity, and it is particularly beneficial to make such offerings as a way to strengthen present and future connections with true masters and lineages. All dedications will be read during the pujas. Those who are unable to attend retreat but would still like to make offerings are also welcome to do so. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount.

Make an offering for tsog
or butterlamps