Fri Dec 6th – Sun Dec 8th 2019
with Tromge Jigme Rinpoche, Lama Trinley and Lama Dorje, and Tulku Rigzin and Khadro Kunsang
His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche tirelessly taught and propagated this particular Red Tara practice revealed by Apong Terton in the early 20th Century. HE Chagdud Rinpoche said of this particular practice, “The blessings of Tara practice come so quickly that you can regain recognition of your original non-dual awareness in this very lifetime, or at least at the moment of your death.”
All are invited to join this beautiful practice, at Chagdud Gonpa Dechen Ling in Cottage Grove, Oregon, the first center established by Chagdud Rinpoche in North America.
As practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism, empowerment is a key part of practice, authorizing the student to carry out the methods of meditation and ritual to their fullest potential.
In addition to the Red Tara empowerment, Rinpoche will bestow Vajrasattva and Guru Rinpoche for the Dudjom Tersar ngondro, as well as Dudjom Vajrakilaya, His Eminence Chagdud Rinpoche’s Green Tara, and Kathog Lion-faced Dakini. If time allows, the empowerment for Essence of Siddhi from H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Rangjung Padma’i Nyingthig will also be given.
Because these transmissions will take time, the weekend will begin on Friday morning. We will offer a tsog every afternoon within the Tara practice. The empowerments will be given Saturday and Sunday morning within the Tara practice, so if you wish to receive them, please plan to attend at those times. Because the mornings will be full, we will be running later into the evenings than most years. Partial attendance is permitted.
You can either preregister ahead or when you arrive.
$50 a day or $150 for the weekend.
We provide simple meals–a hot lunch and dinner at the Gonpa for everyone.
No one will be turned away if unable to pay
A lot of help is needed over the weekend so work/study is always welcome.
Please contact Cottage Grove ahead if you want to plug in somewhere.
There is limited dorm style “indoor camping” It is warm and dry, but no privacy and limited bathroom access. Call Sharon at 541 942-5258 for details/reserve a space.
Local motels include the Village Green, Best Western and the Relax Inn within a couple miles of the center. Sharing a room with a few others can make it more affordable (and fun)
Friday Dec. 6: 9 am-7 pm (with lunch break)
Saturday Dec 7: 9 am-9 pm (with lunch break)
Sunday Dec. 8: 9 am- 9 pm (with lunch break)
This annual practice is all about offering; tsog substances (food, drink, tea lights, flowers etc) are blessed and offered with prayers of aspiration that all sentient beings find freedom from suffering and the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. Contributions for tsog are always welcome. You can either bring them with you or donate funds to help us with our purchases.You can also make specific dedication prayers . Even if you are unable to attend, you can participate and accumulate merit from afar.
It has become a tradition for us to also collect bulk, high protein and healthy foods for our local food pantry, Community Sharing, which is in such high demand at this time of year, to help feed our less fortunate neighbors. A sizable percentage of the money we take in is used to purchase these kinds of items, which we deliver to the pantry after the weekend.
Please write checks for registration/offerings to Chagdud Gonpa Foundation and send to
198 N. River Rd. Cottage Grove, OR 97424
(if you register/donate though Paypal send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming this).