Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal Three-Year Retreat

"The Joyful Grove that Provides Both Kinds of Accomplishments"



Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal is a three year retreat center in the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism, specifically in the Dudjom Tersar Lineage. It was was established by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 1992 as part of a far reaching vision to bring the study and practice of the Dharma in its entirety to the West and he taught there continuously, overseeing many retreats, until his Parinirvana in 2013. 

In speaking of his vision,  Lama Tharchin Rinpoche said:

"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 ... 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). 

Since Rinpoche's passing, the retreats have continued without interruption under the guidance and blessings of HH Dudjom Rinpoche III Sangye Pema Shepa, first with Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche until his Parinirvana in 2018 and now with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and Drubpon Pema Rigdzin (Frederico Trancoso).


The retreat is currently closed as we have a group of people in retreat until mid-2023.  The next three-year retreat will begin in 2023/ 2024.

If your heart feels the calling to do a long retreat, please get in touch with the retreat manager at drubdra@vajrayana.org. We have begun the process of reviewing applications and look forward to hearing from you.










Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal Retreat

 "Between the hermit meditating in the mountains and the donor who provides his or her sustenance, there is a link that will lead them to enlightenment together.  Dedication of merit is the very heart of this link."  Jetsun Milarepa

 "...We are all connected within the same mandala, supporters and supported alike... Our merit, like a drop of water in the ocean, will always increase.. until we realize stainless enlightenment together."  Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Make a one-time or a recurring donation to support the three-year retreat 

For more information about specific needs and projects contact us at drubdra@vajrayana.org.




 To make a donation by mail please send a check to Vajrayana Foundation and mail it attention Drubdra
2013 Eureka Canyon Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
All donations are tax-deductible.

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