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Garchen Rinpoche is returning to DRC!


Our Kind Guru the 8th Garchen Rinpoche will be back to Rinchen Choling for three weeks. Aside from a closed retreat, he will bestow teaching on the 1st and the 3rd weekend. Tentative schedule as follow:
慈悲怙主 噶千仁波切將於三月底回到寶法林三週 除了中間的文殊閻魔敵閉關之外 公開的第一及第三週末有公開教授

3/22 (FRI)
Early evening talk by Rinpoche

3/23 (SAT)
Morning: Teaching by Lama Thupten Nima on Akshobhya

Afternoon: Rinpoche bestow empowerment on Akshobhya
噶千仁波切 不動佛灌頂

3/24 (SUN)
Teaching by Rinpoche: 4 Yogas of Mahamudra

3/28 (THU) - 4/3 (WED)
Yamantaka retreat (full, center closed to the public)
文殊閻魔敵閉關 (報名已滿 中心不對外開放)

4/5 (FRI)
Early evening talk by Rinpoche

4/6 (SAT)
Morning Teaching by Lama Thupten Nima (Three Wrathful Deities)
圖登尼瑪喇嘛教授 「憤怒三尊」

Afternoon empowerment by HEGR: Three Wrathful Deities (Hayagriva, Vajrapani, and Garuda)

4/7 (SUN)
Teaching by HEGR: 4 Yogas of Mahamudra


According to the “Sutra of the Buddha-land of Akshobhya”, many aeons ago a monk gave strong vows to practice and teach Dharma in the Eastern Land and not feel any anger or malice towards any sentient being until enlightenment. He proved to be unshakable in his determination and became Buddha Akshobhya. In the Akshobhya Sutra, the Buddha Shakyamuni himself extolled the patience of Akshobhya in actualizing his intention so powerfully that countless beings have been saved from the intense suffering of lower states of existence. It is said that people who are about to die will benefit great from hearing the Akshobhya mantra and prevent from falling into the lower realm.

The teaching will be based on Rinpoche’s root guru Khenpo Mensur’s writing on Akshobhya. This is a rare and auspicious opportunity.

據《阿閦佛國經》云,阿閦佛在成佛久遠之前,曾侍奉廣目如來,後萌發對眾生不生瞋恨的誓願,經過累劫的修行,即於東方妙喜世界成佛。即便為人所怨恨,也不退轉,不為嗔恚而動,是為「不動」。此佛對臨終即將墮入惡道者有大利益,其咒在臨終前讀誦將利益亡者。此次教授將以 噶千仁波切的根本上師- 堪布夢色仁波切所寫的不動佛教授為本,能在一日內得此父子傳承實屬難得!

The Three Wrathful Ones

The Three Wrathful Ones – Hayagriva, Vajrapani, and Garuda, known as the “Ta Chag Khyung Sum” – protect practitioners from the harm, obstacles and illnesses caused by malevolent spirits and naga-serpents. Hayagriva (Ta) is an emanation of Buddha’s speech, Vajrapani (Chag) of Buddha’s mind, and Garuda (Khyung) of Buddha’s body.

The teaching part will be based on the sadhna composed by the 7th Garchen Rinpoche. This is a rare teaching and auspicious opportunity to get the blessing from the 7th and 8th Garchen Rinpoche!

「馬鵬金剛手三忿合尊」是馬頭明王,大鵬金翅鳥,金剛手菩薩三尊合體本尊之名,藏語稱之為Ta Chag Khyung Sum。此修法之三尊合一灌頂、咒語持誦、及觀想修習專為保護行者免遭邪祟非人及惡龍所造傷害、障礙,及癲癇癌症等疾病。馬頭明王(Ta)為佛語之化現,金剛手菩薩(Chag)為佛意之化現,大鵬金翅鳥(Khyung)為佛身之化現。第七世噶千仁波切曾寫了此憤怒三尊的儀軌,參加此一日教授可得第7世及第8世 噶千仁波切加持,請把握機會!

Four Yogas of Mahamudra

The teaching on the Four Yogas of Mahamudra will be based on the writing composed by Lord Jigten Sungom, the Drikung Kagyu founder. Mahamudra is considered the highest practice in the Kagyu lineage. It delineates the 4 stages of attainment of Mahamudra. The stages of Four Yogas of Mahamudra include: One-pointedness, Non-projection, One Taste, and Non-meditation. This is a great opportunity to hear from Rinpoche’s view and accomplishment!

大手印所指的就是:「再無任何一法能在其上稱之為『大』;輪涅萬法皆不超越其範圍,稱之『手印』。」這不僅僅只是個修持的法門,自心的佛性即是「基位大手印」;開顯自心佛性的方法即是「道位大手印」;一般所指的大手印即是「道位」。 大手印四瑜珈有四級:專注、離戲、一味、無修。

以專注瑜珈入門,循序以進,修至離戲瑜珈,即能離一切分別與邊際,不住常斷一切之戲論,通達佛境,但尚未究竟也。唯依第一了義光明大手印之無修,而得任運安住於真心上者,即可脫輪迴之牢獄,而契入菩提。若僅能一刹那而如是定者,亦可燒盡無始所積之重罪。若能徹底明見自性(即真如,常住真心),即成佛道,決無疑也。故此光明大手印,誠為教乘中第一了義之最大明燈。本次 仁波切的教學將以吉天頌恭祖師所著為本,請勿錯過!


About Us

Drikung Rinchen Choling (DRC) is H.E. the 8th Garchen Rinpoche's main Dharma Center in southern California. It provides a place for students to practice daily and for short term retreats under the guidance of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Ven. Lama Thupten Nima. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche is one of the most revered guru in the Drikung Kagyu tradition. He is famous for his vast realization, attainment, and great compassion.Ven. Lama Thupten Nima is the current resident abbot of DRC. He served as the Disciplinarian, Chant Master, and Retreat Master in the Gar Monastery in Tibet and Garchen Buddhist Institute in Arizona

直貢寶法林由 噶千仁波切賜名, 2009年成立於加州天普市, 2013年遷入亞凱迪亞市現址。 寺院在上師 噶千仁波切與 阿闍黎圖登尼瑪喇嘛帶領指導之下, 以正信佛教, 藏傳直貢噶舉傳承來宣揚佛陀法教。 它是 噶千仁波切在南加州的主要弘法道場, 除平日共修與法會外亦提供僧團信眾短期閉關。 第八世 噶千仁波切是直貢噶舉最崇高的轉世上師之一, 他以修證境界廣大及大慈悲心著稱於世。 阿闍黎圖登尼瑪 (噶貝) 喇嘛具備完整的佛學訓練, 發願弘揚極樂淨土, 目前是寶法林住持上師, 曾任噶爾寺與噶千佛學院的戒律師、領誦師與閉關指導上師, 著有文殊閻魔敵閉關手冊。


Our Teachers

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche is one of two heads of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1946 in Lhasa, Tibet, he was recognized at the age of four as the reincarnation of the previous Drikung Kyabgon and formally enthroned and educated at Drikung Thil, the main monastery of the Drikung Kagyu order in central Tibet. During the Tibetan exodus in the late 1950s, his parents fled to India while he remained at Drikung Thil. In 1959, Communist China closed the monastery, and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche was adopted by his former tutor, His Eminence Gyabra Rinpoche. After completing his elementary and middle school education in Lhasa, in 1969 he was assigned to a countryside farm, working fifteen hours a day doing hard physical labor.

In 1975, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche crossed the Himalayan border separating Tibet from Nepal on foot and all alone except for fortuitous help from two strangers at one impassable point. He traveled to Dharamsala, India, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, where he was received by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and formally enthroned once again.

Then, after eighteen years of separation, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche was reunited with his family in the United States. He stayed for several years, completing courses in English and adult education and working after school at McDonald to practice his English.

In 1978, he returned to India, taking up rigorous Buddhist practice, retreats, and instruction from many of the greatest living masters of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1985, in Dehra Dun, India, he founded the Drikung Kagyu Institute, Jang Chub Ling, which provides traditional monastic and modern education to c. 450 monks and nuns; a meditation retreat center; and a project to collect and preserve all the Drikung Kagyu texts, as well as document the ways of life, philosophy, and religious traditions of the peoples of the Himalayas.

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo.

Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa.

Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama's wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness.

Ven. Lama Thupten Nima

Lama Thupten Nima was born in 1965 into conditions of political turmoil and exile associated with the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Lama Thupten Nima had the good fortune to receive instruction at the age of fourteen on the effects of virtuous and harmful actions by the great yogi Tamga, and he completed the four hundred thousand accumulations of the preliminary practices according to the Buddhist Yangzab terma.

His family having long been associated with Gar Monastery prior to the Cultural Revolution, Lama Thupten Nima made great efforts to travel to the Gar Monastery where he received refuge ordination from His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. He then received full monastic ordination and the bodhisattva vow from the great siddha Karma Norbu, and was admitted to the Gar Monastery. There, he trained in the ritual practices of the tantras of Old and New Schools and other diverse religious activities. He was selected for special training at Lho Lungkar Monastery, including the Eight Heruka Sadhanas, the Embodiment of the Masters' Realization, Vajrakilaya, and Essence of Great Bliss. He served as chant master and, later, as disciplinarian of the Gar monastery.

Thereafter, he received teachings from many of the great living Buddhist masters including Dzogchen trekchod and thogal from Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche, the entirety of the Drikung Kagyu protectors and the higher and lower tantra sections from HE Garchen Rinpoche, and received from Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok his own terma (mind treasure) of the Kilaya cycle of teachings. At Drigung Thil, he received from Drubpon Tendzin Nyima some of the profound teachings of the Drikung Kagyu such as the Fivefold Mahamudra and the Six Yogas [of Naropa]. He studied the Gong Chig (Single Intention), Essence of Mahayana, The Bodhisattva Way of Life, and the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices with Drigung Khenpo Namzig. Under the elder Drigung chant master Konchog Samten, he trained in the ritual practices of Chakrasamvara, Varahi, the Yangzab, Sarvavid and Akshobhya.

Thereafter, HE Garchen Rinpoche entitled him an Vajra Master and asked him to undertake a series of assignments to help reorganize and reestablish Buddhist practice and monastic discipline in monasteries throughout the region after, in some cases, a twenty-five year breach in the Buddhist practice tradition including Lho Miyel Monastery, Khargo Monastery, and later Tseri Monastery in Sichuan where he reestablished the Great Accomplishment (Drupchen) practice of Yamantaka and gave other teachings. Then, again at the request of HE Garchen Rinpoche, he served as Lama (religious teacher and minister) for two years at Tamgo Monastery in Central Tibet, the former dwelling place of Chung Dorje Dragpa, the fourth lineage holder of the Drikung Kagyu. There, Lama Thupten Nima established the summer retreat, set up a yearly teaching schedule, and appointed a chant master, disciplinarian and shrine master.

Subsequently, at Gar Monastery, Lama Thupten Nima took responsibility for instructing the nuns at the Fivefold Mahamudra Meditation Center of Gargon Nunnery. He then came to America to do a Yamantaka Retreat with HE Garchen Rinpoche. At present, he serves as the Resident Retreat Master and Chant Master for the Garchen Institute in Arizona. Furthermore, he is the founder of the Drikung Rinchen Choling Foundation in Los Angeles/CA, where he continues to oversee the center as the Resident Lama.



Drikung Rinchen Choling Prayer Book
直貢寶法林 祈願文

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Quote

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Long Life Prayer
*The Excellent Stream of the Elixir of Immortality

King of Aspiration Prayers

Shantideva's Dedication

Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas


























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