Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal Three-Year Retreat

"The Joyful Grove that Provides Both Kinds of Accomplishments"





Wednesday May 17: Different Approaches for Retreat Practice According to Lama Sherab Dorje
From 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST

Part of the Retreat Series Talks with Drupon Pema Rigdzin

YouTube Link: https://youtube.com/live/5-LD-MKbtk4?feature=share

About the Teaching
Lama Sherab Dorje was not only the uncle and root lama of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, but also the crown jewel of the Repkong Ngagpas and an accomplished retreat master.


In retreat Lama Tharchin always quoted these words from Lama Sherab about the different kinds of practitioner:  the best practitioner practices within the inseparability of the creation and completion stage; the middle level practitioner knows the words and its meanings, and the most basic practitioner practices with faith and devotion, chanting the liturgies nicely.


In this talk we will explore what Lama Sherab meant by those three different kinds of practitioners and how we can apply that understanding to make our retreats the most effective and juicy.




Drub Nyiy Döjö Gatsal is a three year retreat center in the Nyingma School of Tibetan 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 with Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche as retreat master until his Parinirvana in 2018. Now with Kyabje Rinpoche's Parinirvana this year, the retreats continue under Tulku Thadral RinpocheLama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and Drubpon Pema Rigdzin - teachers who Kyabje Rinpoche specifically endorsed back in 2018.


Training in the three inner tantras lies at the heart of this tradtional three-year retreat program, starting with a focus on the preliminary practice, ngondro, before undertaking the disciplines of the Maha yoga three roots, the Anu yoga yogic disciplines and the Ati Yoga clear light Vajra essence. 


For a more in-depth description of the “curriculum” click here for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's comprehensive explanation of the Gradual Path given in 1997.




We are now accepting applicants for the next retreat, which will begin after Tibetan New Year in early 2024.

If you have been contemplating taking a leap with your practice and if this long-term traditional group retreat setting resonates with you, please write a preliminary letter of intent using the questions asked in the Preliminary Motivation Letter as a guideline and email it to drubdra@vajrayana.org. We have begun the process of reviewing applications and look forward to hearing from you.



More detailed information will be added to this page in the coming weeks. 




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

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