Vajrakilaya Drubchod

Vajrakilaya Drubchod


Fri 20th Dec – Sun 22nd Dec, 2019

Tromge Jigme Rinpoche will be Vajra Master for this annual retreat, and will be joined by Tulku Rigzin, Lama Padma Gyatso and Khadro Kunsang.

When Guru Padmasambhava, having journeyed to Yangleshö Cave in Nepal to accomplish the deity Yangdag Heruka, met with drought and famine inflicted on the region, he sent messagers to the Indian master Prabhahasti for the Vajrakilaya tantras. The mere arrival of these texts counteracted the adverse conditions, and the Guru and his consort both attained the realization of mahamudra. Afterwards he commented that Yangdag Heruka confers great accomplishment, but like a merchant who requires an escort, the practice needs Vajrakilaya to clear obstacles.

Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to dharma practice and activity. We apply the skillful means of wrathful compassion to the poisons and demons of our own minds.

The complete Vajrakilaya drubchen performed at Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It is said in Tibet that participation in a single week’s drubchen practice generates as much merit and potential realization as a year’s retreat. This event at PPI is not as elaborate as a full drubchen, but is still a powerful group practice that can be of enormous benefit.

Empowerment is required to attend the retreat. Please email us at if you are interested in attending but do not have the Dudjom Vajrakilaya empowerment.

Texts required for the drubchod are: Vajrakilaya, Galaxy of Heartdrops and Protectors, all of which are available for sale at PPI’s Lotus Light store.

TIME: The retreat will begin on Friday morning at 9.30am and end on Sunday evening around 5.30pm. The party will start around 7pm.


  • Meals, tsog feast
  • Overnight Accommodation (Thurs –  Sun)
  • Thursday afternoon early arrival (after 4pm)
  • Sunday night accommodation (for those traveling long distance or staying for the party. Note: self-serve breakfast only)
  • Teachings
  • Note: Commuter (day-only) is for those who arrive and depart on the same day and includes only teachings, lunch, and tsog feasts.
  • Note: Tara House has separate bathrooms for men and women and these bathrooms are shared. A ‘double’ means two people per room and the cost is per person.
  • See Doing Retreat at Ati Ling for more information about our facilities

Register before November 30th, 2019 for a $45 discount off listed event prices.


Complete Event Day-Only Overnight in Dormitories Overnight in Private Room with Shared Bath
Double (two people per room) Single (one person per room)
Standard Price $125 $240 $345 $420
CGF Member $210 $285 $345
Register online for this event.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Online registration will be available from the end of September, and you can also email any time before then to request to be put on the wait-list for a private room. Payment is now required at time of registration.

Cancellation and refund policy: please note that for any cancellation within 7 or fewer days of the event start, a charge of $25 per event day will be deducted from the refund. Thank you!

Whether or not you are able to participate in this event, it is possible to make an offering for the tsog or butterlamps, with prayers that auspicious conditions prevail for the flourishing of this practice and for the benefit of all beings. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount. There are several ways to make offerings:

1) To make an offering by credit card online follow the link below and from the pull-down “Program Designation”, select tsog or butterlamps.
2) by mailing a check made out to ‘Ati Ling’
3) by calling the events coordinator at 707-544-8029 to arrange payment by credit card.

PARTY Sun 22nd: You’re invited to join Tromge Jigme Rinpoche and the sangha of PPI – Ati Ling for our annual Holiday Party. Festivities will begin shortly after we finish Vajrakilaya puja, perhaps 7 pm-ish. We would love to welcome you for the party even if you cannot attend the drubchod. All party goers are welcome to spend Sunday night at PPI. Please feel free to bring a dish to share, but this is not required.
Please email to let us know if you will be attending the party