The Drikung Garchen Institute is a Drikung Kagyu center in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition under the spiritual guidance of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. We offer teachings, seminars, regular meditations and meditation retreats.
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Drubpon Tsering Rinpoche leads various retreats and meditation courses almost every month, suitable for beginners as well as for advanced practitioners.
The new Year 2015 he will start with a Guru Rinpoche day retretat on 24.1. and teachings on the Four Noble Truths on 31.1.15. Further he also guides the following retreats:
Vajrakilaya (18.-22.2.), Vajrasattva (7.3.), White Tara (10.-14.4.), Yamantaka (23.5.) and Manjushri (18.-22.6.15).
For more details please click on "program" or on "weekly meditations".
Many long time Buddhist practitioners are unaware of contemplative meditation, but it is a essential foundational practice of the Drikung Kagyu Three Year Retreat. It is a powerful method to allow the Buddhist teachings to penetrate the mind, to go from intellectual understanding to real experience and deep knowing.
We will use various methods to penetrate the heart of the teachings making them meaningful to our own lives and experience, and we will cultivate an emotional connection to them that will be the basis for real change in our behavior. Stretching and breathing practices will be incorporated to decrease discomfort common in practicing for extended periods so dress appropriately!
We are very happy to announce that Rachel Dodds will guide this retreat from March 19th till 22nd, 2015 at our center.
MAY 2015: GAR NAMROL TULKU RINPOCHE'S VISIT
We are happy to announce Gar Namrol Tulku Rinpoche's visit at our center from May 14th-17th, 2015.
He was born in Nangchen in 1972, in eastern Tibet. With the age of 15 he studied at the „Five Wisdom Buddhist College“ (Sertha Shedra) under the guidance of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog Rinpoche. Today he is the abbot of the Mahamudra Institute of Buddhist Studies in Taiwan.
During his visit Gar Namrol will guide the following program:
Vajrapani Empowerment and teachings on the 37 practices of Bodhisattvas
We are happy to announce Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche's first visit of our center in June 2015.
He will guide from June 27th till 28th, 2015 an Ushnisha Vijaya empowerment and give teachings on Yamantaka.
Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche was reborn into a aristocratic family in Tibet and is the incarnation of Lhama Phurga. After his escape from Tibet he was member of the Tibetan Parlament for 11 years as Senior Secretary to the Kashag in Dharamsala. H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang convinced him to follow H.H. to Dehra Dun where the Drikung Kagyu Institute was founded and established.
As H.H.’s private and general secretary he worked with H.H. on the history of the Drikung Kagyu tradition.
The highlight of the year is, of course, the visit of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, who is going to stay from September 9th till 27th, 2015 in Munich.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will guide the following events:
- public talk: Wed 9.9.
- teachings on the Bodhisattva vows: Thu 10.9. + Fri 11.9.
- Chod Empowerment and teachings: Sat 12.9.
- Red Chenrezig Empowerment with Drubchod: Sun 13.9. - Tue 15.9.
- Yamantaka Drubchen: Fri 18.9. - Sun 27.9.
Details of the program and his schedule will follow soon.
On Friday 16th January we start with a new study group on the "Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva" with Ulli Kupzog. Ulli has been a Dharma practicioner since 1978.
The study group will be every second Friday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche considers these practices as essential for all his students. We therefore recommend all newcomers to study in advance the teachings on the 37 practices of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche .
We invite you to our ongoing study group on Gampopa's "Jewel Path of Liberation", the gradual path towards enlightenment.
Gampopa (1074-1153) was one of the heart disciples of Milarepa and is considered the original founder of the Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
New dates for the study group in 2015:
starting from January 18,th 2015 the group will meet every second Sunday from 2:00-4:00 pm!
We are looking for volunteers for different kind of work at our center. Please contact us if you have the time and opportunity to help us. details