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founded by Ontül Rinpoche in Dec 2001

The success of Ontul Rinpoche’s visit to Tallahassee is the result of much hard work by the greater religious and spiritual community of Tallahassee.  These faith communities received the news of Rinpoche’s visit warmly and with excitement.   In an inspiring non-sectarianism, word of Rinpoche’s visit was spread to and through the diverse tapestry of religion in Tallahassee.   There was even strong support from local Buddhist groups in other traditions.

On December 4th, 2001 Ontul Rinpoche arrived in Tallahassee Florida to confer the 1 year teachings and empowerments for the 10 year Yangzab Study Course.  Before the formal teachings began we arranged for Rinpoche to speak at Florida State University and to give a public lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Church.  Both lectures were well attended.  Rinpoche gave a talk on Tara at the University.  The lecture at the U. U. Church was hosted by the Cypress Tree Zen group and was attend by approximately 85 people from the community.   Rinpoche gave an inspired talk on the subject of Loving Kindness, which was well received by the audience at the church.

The Five days of teachings of the first year of the Yangzab Study Course were also well attended.  On any given day of the course we had between 25 and 30 people in attendance.  On the day of the formal Yangzab Empowerment we had 35 people in attendance.  Of those attending 16 took formal refuge with Ontul Rinpoche.

During the teachings we were blessed with the gift of rain.  As we have been experiencing a draught the rain was that much more precious.

On December 12, 2001 Ontul Rinpoche bestowed a great blessing by announcing that he had decided to make Tallahassee Florida a DDC center.  All of us in Tallahassee are overjoyed with the opportunity to help make the Yangzab Teaching Course a success.

For more information about our activities and for information about upcoming events please see our web site at www.lotuslake.org

The Drigung Dzogchen Community Tallahassee, America.

Community from Tallahassee, America.

Teaching & practice location :


Contact person : Paul Normann

Address: 1501 S. Magnolia Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tel / Fax : (850) 222-9103

Website : http://www.lotuslake.org

Email : pwnormann@aol.com

Drigung Dzogchen
10 Year Study Program & Schedule

First Year - Dec 6 - 12, 2001
Preliminary (Ngondro) Teachings & Practices
Four ways of Turning the Mind, Refuge, Purification, Merit Accumulation & Lama's Meditation
(incl. empowerment of of Three Roots - Lama, Yidam & Dakini).
(from Yangzab Terma revealed by Tertön Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog)

We've established regular weekly practice sessions.
Tuesday 7:30pm - Yangzab Preliminary Four Foundation Practice.
Online Audio Compilation on the Preliminary Teachings
Teachings from Ratnashri Dharma Centre Malaysia
Teachings from Manjushri Vihara Centre Malaysia
Second Year - 2002
Meditation (Deity Hayagriva) Teachings & Practices.
(incl. empowerment of Mandala of 100 Bardo Deities)
(from Yangzab Terma revealed by Tertön Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog)

Students who wish to practice the Yidam Hayagriva must attend the Shi-Thro – Mandala of 100 Bardo Deities Empowerment or the Hayagriva Empowerment. Those who miss the first year Preliminary Teaching can start the Drigung Dzogchen course from second year and progress up to the tenth year.

Those interested in joining with the rest of the 10 Year Study Group, kindly register now.

Third Year - 2003
Chöd Teachings & Practices
Cutting Through Ego & Attachment
(incl. empowerment of Chöd Mandala).
(from Terma revealed by Drigung Tertön Lho Jedrung, Orgyen Nüden Dorje)
DDC Year 2003 Group Retreat (in Tsopema India)
Guru Rinpoche Retreat (1 Week)
(incl. empowerment, teachings & practices)
(from Terma revealed by Drigung Tertön Orgyen Nüden Dorje)

Fourth Year - 2004
Introduction to Dzogchen (Great Perfection)
(teachings and practice of the Clear Light Nature of the Mind)
(from Terma revealed by Drigung Tertön Orgyen Nüden Dorje)

Fifth - Tenth Year - 2005-11
Details of program to be confirm
DDC Year 2005&7&9 Group Retreat (in Tsopema India)
Retreat program to be confirm
Note: Schedule and Programs subject to change, kindly contact the centre to reconfirm.

Dedicated to the impeccable perpetuation of the glorious Kagyu lineage and to the
success of its leaders and followers in accomplishing their commitment to
bring all sentient beings to the state of enlightened awareness.

May all mother sentient beings, boundless as the space, have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May they be liberated from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May they never be separated from the happiness which is free from sorrow.
May they rest in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.