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in Wogmin Monastery, Tso Pema (Rewalsar), Himachal Pradesh, India.
in-conjunction with the Enthronement ceremony of 
The Quality Emanation Lho Bongtul, Orgyen Dudul D.D. Pal Sangpo


Formal Enthronement of the 7th Quality Emanation of Terton Nuden Dorje by H.H. Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.

The 2nd Odiyanna Retreat & Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya and Holy Places of the Buddha with Ven. Ontul Rinpoche.

The Great Drikung Phowa Transmission and Special Teachings with H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.

Padmasambhava Guru Yoga and Yangzab Three Roots (Guru Rinpoche, Hayagriva, Vajravarahi) Retreat with Ven. Ontul Rinpoche

Amitayus and Zamkar Dupchen with H.E. Ganor Rinpoche (Emanation of Gampopa and Great Tertön)

Blessing of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche

We are happy to announce the formal enthronement  of Orgen Rangjung Drodul Dechen Dorje Pal Sangpo ( elder son of Ontul Rinpoche) 7th quality incarnation  of great Terton Orgen Nuden Dorje. This enthronement will be presided over by HH Chetsang Rinpoche who is coming to Tso Pema for this auspicious and joyous occassion. HH Chetsang Rinpoche will also bestow the Great Drikung Phowa (transference of consciousness). The Great Drikung Phowa is a rare and precious teaching through which one can attain enlightenment or rebirth in Amitabhas Pureland at the time of Death. It is the greatest of blessings to receive this from HH Chetsang Rinpoche. HH will also bless the start of  the 2nd  Odiyanna Retreat and give special teachings to the retreatants. 

Retreatants will practice either a special Padmasambhava Guru Yoga which was revealed as a treasure by Drigung Nuden Dorje or the practice of the profound Yangzab Three Roots. The Yangzab Three Roots was a treasure revealed by the great Terton Rinchen Phuntsog. Through the practice of the Yangzab Princess Mandharava and other great Masters attained the Rainbow Body. Ven. Ontul Rinpoche will continue the 2nd Oddiyanna Retreat which will conclude in one of the most sacred caves where Padmasamhava and Princess Mandarava engaged in practice together.

H.E. Ganor Rinpoche, a highly accomplished Master, will lead a special Amitayus and Zamkar (Wealth deity) Drupchen some days before the Enthronement. The retreat will be followed with a pilgrimage led by Ven. Ontul Rinpoche to Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment as well as Vulture Peak and other sacred places of the Buddha.

Drikung Dzogchen Community students shall attend the Three Roots Retreat. Rinpoche will provide detail commentary on the sadhana prior to the retreat.

Non Drikung Dzogchen Community students shall attend the Retreat 'Four Common Foundations' and  Orgyen Kalden Drendze. Rinpoche will confer upon retreatants the empowerment with teachings on the sadhana and lead students into the practices

Relating to the program details, kindly refer below.

Regional Cordinator Email
Asia Chew Pheng Chong
North America David Arndt
South America Mauricio Salinas
Germany Sabine Gerbich
Austria Elisabeth Gattringer
Estonia Lii Unt
Please organize your own group flight tickets in order to optimize on travel cost, contact your regional cordinator above.

Date Program
Feb7 Arrival of HE Ganor Rinpoche for the Amitayus and Zamkar Drupchen
Feb16 Arrival of HH Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and Amitayus puja
Feb17 Amitayus puja and arrival of retreatants
Feb 18 Enthronement ceremony
Feb 19 Morning – Phowa transmission to the public
Evening – Special teachings to retreatants
Feb 20 Farewell to HH Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
Evening – The start of the Oddiyana Retreat
Feb 21-Feb 27 Oddiyana Retreat
Feb 23 15th day of Losar – Ganachakra 
Feb 26 Butter lamp prayers
Feb 27 Morning – Practice in Guru Rinpoche’s cave
Evening – Depart for Delhi. Start of 7 days pilgrimage tour.

Feb 17 Dinner not provided -
Feb 18 All retreatants are guests of Ontul Rinpoche No charge
Feb 19-27 All meals and retreat preparation US$90
The cost of the tour does not include the cost of the 10 days in Tsopema. Meals and entrance fees to monuments are also not included in the tour price. Only the full payment for the tour is to be made before leaving your respective countries. The cost of meals and accommodation in Tsopema are to be paid to the monastery upon arrival. Also, please note that tickets for the train journeys have to be bought about 6 months in advance, so please make confirmations as early as possible.

5 units twin beds with attached bathroom US$5 per room
5 units twin beds with common bathroom US$2 per room
12 units twin beds with attached bathroom, kitchen and balcony US$7 per room
- Common dormitory available only from Feb 20 onwards donation
3 persons to a room can be arranged upon prior notice.

Date Destinations Accomodation Transport
Feb 16 Country of Origin /Delhi Tibetan Guest House Airport Transfer by coach
Feb 17 Delhi /Rewalsar Monastery By Coach
Feb 18 - Feb 27 Retreat Monastery -
Feb 27 Rewalsar /Delhi Overnight on Coach By Coach
Feb 28 Delhi /Gaya  Over night on Train Train
Mar 01 Gaya / Bodhgaya Mahayana By Coach
Mar 02 Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Bodhgaya Mahayana By Coach
Mar 03 Bodhgaya Mahayana By Coach
Mar 04 Bodhgaya / Varanasi Hindustan International By Coach
Mar 05 Varanasi / Kushinagar Pathik By Coach
Mar 06 Kushinagar / Gorakhpur / Delhi Overnight on Train By Train
Mar 07 Delhi /Country of Origin Tibetan Camp Airport Transfer by coach
Estimate costing: US$330
Single Supplementary Extra: US $ 75 

Above costing includes the following;
1. Accommodation at the hotels mentioned above.
2. Transportation by Deluxe Coach for sightseeing and transfer.
3. One escort. 
4. Train tickets -Delhi/Gaya and Gorakhpur/Delhi.

Cost Does not include;
1. Meals before & after retreat.
2. Airfare, Insurance, Airport Departure Taxes, Expenses of personal nature, Monument Entrance Fees.
3. Items that are not mentioned in the cost
Estimated Total Cost for Trip in India
Tso Pema Retreat = $150 (dependent upon what housing option chosen)
Pilgrimage = $330 (accomodation and transportation)
Meals and Misc = $100-$300 (This depends on the person and what they wish to spend on meals)

More on the Retreat with Ven. Ontul Rinpoche
Ven. Ontul Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Urgyen Kaldren Drenzye or the "Guide Leading the Fortunate". This is a very special Guru Yoga practice of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava. This practice also contains special activity rituals for healing, increasing prosperity, as well as wrathful activity for overcoming obstacles and wars. This practice is a treasure which was revealed by the 19th century terton or treasure revealer Drikung Urgyen Nuden Dorje. The first Drikung Ontul Rinpoche was the older brother of Urgyen Nuden Dorje, and since that time this practice has been passed down through their successive incarnations. To receive this practice from Ontul Rinpoche is a great blessing. Ontul Rinpoche will give teachings on this practice as well as other teachings which turn the mind to dharma so one can successfully practice. For practitioners of the Yangzab Three Roots there will be an opportunity at this time to receive further instruction from Ontul Rinpoche and do retreat on this practice. Tsopema was a very important retreat place for Guru Rinpoche, and to practice there now brings great blessings At the conclusion of the retreat Ven. Ontul Rinpoche will lead a pilgrimage to the holy places of the historical Buddha. 

Who should come to the retreat?
The retreat and pilgrimage are open to both new and old students. All those who feel a connection or have devotion to Guru Rinpoche should feel welcome. Ven. Ontul Rinpoche will teach according to the needs of all retreat participants. Please free to join the group for this once in a lifetime opportunity.We work with a wonderful Tibetan Travel Agency called Mahayana Travel who organize the transportation and accomodations in India. Mahayana Travel  is honest and very reasonable in cost and does an excellent job taking care of  the needs of participants so everyone is safe. Mahayana Travel takes care of all the logistics in India so participants can make the most of their time. India is always full of the unexpected but all of our trips have all gone smoothly. If you have never been to India this is a great way to go for the first time.

For More Information 
If you are interested or have questions please contact our Regional Cordinators.

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.