Introduction to Dzogchen Meditation Retreat
Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche

Topic Dzogchen Preliminaries: Zhine & Rushen
Place The Marist Brothers Center, Esopus, NY
Date May 29 – June 4, 2024
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In this fundraising event sponsored by Himalayan Bön Foundation Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche will be offering  in-depth teachings and guided practices on Zhine and Semtsol meditation, as part of the introduction to the true Nature of the Mind. This immersive training will follow Nyamzhag Gompai Laglen (Manual for Meditation), one of the essential chapters from Zhangzhung Nyengyud.

Dzogpa Chenpo, or the Great Perfection, stands as the pinnacle of meditation practices within the Nine Ways of Bön. This transformative practice consists of two key aspects—Trekchod and Thogal—and focuses on directly experiencing the essence of the mind without interference from conceptual meditation or rituals.

To fully engage with Dzogpa Chenpo, a strong foundation in Zhine (calm abiding) meditation is vital. Zhine meditation is the cornerstone of all forms of meditation, including sutra, tantra, and Dzogpa Chenpo. It quiets the mind’s distractions towards external objects, enabling practitioners to maintain single-pointed focus on the heart of meditation. This practice encompasses two stages known as Semdzin (Fixation of the mind) and Semtsol (Searching of the mind), integral parts of the Bonpo Dzogchen teachings.

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The Teaching Retreat will be taking place at: The Marist Brothers Center 1455 Broadway, Esopus, NY, 12429

The center provides limited single occupancy and multiple shared room options. If you prefer to have a single accommodation, please consider registering as a commuter and take advantage of many Airbnb options available in the neighborhood.

We will be providing updates on retreat logistics with more information on local accommodations as well as on carpooling options from NYC and the nearby airports.

Daily Teaching & Practice Schedule

May 29th  

2:00 pm                      Arrival and Check- in

4:00 pm                      Teaching

6:30-7:30 pm             Dinner

8:00-9:00 pm             Meditation & Chöd

May 30th – June 3rd

7:45-8:45 am             Sangchöd and meditation

8:45-9:45 am             Breakfast 

10:00-12:00 pm        Teaching and practice

12:30-1:30 pm           Lunch

3:00-5:00 pm           Teaching and practice

5:15-5:40 pm             Surchö

5:40-6:30 pm            Personal reflection and meditation

6:30-7:30 pm            Dinner

8:00-9:00 pm           Meditation & Chöd

June 4th

7:45-8:45 am              Sangchöd and Meditation

8:45-9:45 am             Breakfast

10:00-12:00 pm        Teaching and practice

12:30-1:30 pm           Lunch

1:30-3:00 pm             Clean up and Departure


On-Site Attendance

The registration for on-site attendance opens on February 10, 2024 at:

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:  If a registration is cancelled for any reason, all refunds will be made according to the following refund schedule:

  • 80% up to 2 weeks prior the event
  • 50% up to one week
  • 20% 3 days prior

If you are currently having financial difficulties but would still like to attend the seminar,  or any other questions concerning the online retreat please reach out to:

Online Attendance via Zoom

With Shenten Dargye Ling’s invaluable support, Zoom registration for online participation is now open at:

If you are registering via mobile phone, please note that due to display limitations, only a few dates may be visible. Regardless, you will be registered for the entire duration of the event. For a complete view of all dates, simply scroll down the session list.

After registration, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. Additionally, a reminder email is sent out every day before the teaching starts with the link to access the Zoom webinar.

For questions concerning the Zoom attendance, please contact our sponsoring host at: