Three-Year Retreat

Dudjom Rinpoche 

Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal -Three-Year Retreat Center

Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal is a Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism Three-year retreat center in the Dudjom Tersar Lineage.  The center was established by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 1992.  The retreats have continued since then uninterruptedly.  The current retreat under the guidance of Kyabje Dudjom Yangsi Rincpoche will be completed in October 2019 and a new one will follow soon after in November 2019.


LTR at Dechen Teng


Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Vision of the Three-Year Retreat

 In the west there are many Dharma practitioners and many teachers,  but I feel that the students lack a real overview of the body of the Dharma teachings from beginning to end.  In order to serve the Vajrayana teachings I would like to open the road to understanding Dharma in its entirety. Since I will be staying in America for a long time, I would like to provide an opportunity for those willing and able, to practice this path to completion. I hope some will be able to teach this doctrine themselves, thus preserving and advancing the Dharma in the west in its original, pristine form (1997).


The Steps of the Gradual Path (read more...)

By Lama Tharchin Rinpoche






 Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche









On July 5, 2018, we experienced the sudden loss of our precious teacher, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche.  At the invitation of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche taught in Drubdra since 2006.  After Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s parinirvana in 2013 he entrusted the previous Drubdra to him.  At the request of the Vajrayana Foundation and Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche has been the Retreat Master for the current retreat under the spiritual guidance of Kyabje Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche.  A sublime yogi, he held the Dudjom lineage impeccably.  His pure devotion to the lineage was clearly evident with an auspicious timing of Kyabje Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche presence with his ku-dung (holy body) immediately after his parinirvana.  Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche guided Drubdra with profound caring and wisdom.   


Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche was the main teacher and guide for the retreatants with the help of Lama Sonam Rinpoche and Drubpon Pema Wangyal who continue to lead the retreat now under the guidance and direction of Kyabje Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche.

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche's full biography, please click here.













“Now is the time to practice. Don’t think you will have more time later. As the great masters told us, we should practice with the same urgency we would feel if our hair were on fire – we wouldn’t wait until a better time to put it out! Remember impermanence.” Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche 2014.



Drubpon Pema Rigdzin








Drupbon Pema Wangyal (Frederico Trancoso) has trained in Tibetan Buddhism for twenty-three years and has completed extensive Vajrayana retreats under Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. He is a lead ritual chanter and on the staff at Vajrayana Foundation. He is also a Chaplain and an acupuncturist with a BA in Physical Therapy. 



The Three Year Retreat Program is now accepting applications for the next retreat which will begin on Losar 2020 (February 24, 2020)

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Ways to make an Auspicious Connection 

"Through the compassion and blessing of Guru Rinpoche and our own good fortune, Drupdra has been established. Although only a few have the opportunity to practice with this kind of depth and intensity, we are all supporting them equally…Their practice and our support are intermixed like a drop of water in a vast ocean…we are all connected within the same mandala, supporters and supported alike…" 


"I hope we can all hold the retreatants in our hearts and make offerings and contributions whenever possible for all our accumulation of merit and wisdom.”

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.


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