30.09.-01.10.2017 Shamata on object
09.-10.12.2017  Shamata on the breath
02.-04.03.2018  Vajra Recitation
11.-13.05.2018  9 Round Breathing with emotions
29.06.-01.07.2018  Advanced Shamata

Drubpön Rachel will offer detailed step by step guidance through all the various types of Shamata from classical Shamata to advanced Shamata and special emphasis the special shamata of vajra recitation taught by HE Garchen Rinpoche. Giorgio Savigliano will continue the practice of breathing and yoga postures for meditation.


11.-13.05.2018   9 Round Breathing with emotions

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Until 17:30 Registration
18:00 Dinner

Teachings and practice

07:00-08:00 Awakening of Body and Mind
08:00 Breakfast

Teachings and practice

12:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Teachings and practice
16:30-18:00 Hatha Yoga and breathing class
18:00 Dinner
19:00-20:30 Milarepa Guru Yoga
07:00-08:00 Awakening of Body and Mind
08:00 Breakfast
09:30-12:30 Teachings and practice
12:30 Lunch

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Fee: € 124,- / reduced € 105,-

Translation from English to German: Ani Susanne Schmidt


1st Weekend (30.09-01.10.2017)
Shamata on outer object. Using outer objects such as a stone, an image of Buddha or a deity or a statue of the Buddha. Learn the basics of Shamata. Instruction on antedotes. Practical teachings with many shamata sessions and discussion of experiences of students.

2nd Weekend (09.-10.12.2017)
Shamata on breath. We will learn difference methods of concnetration on breath. We will learn about the concept of Prana and how prana works in the body. The five main types of prana. The relationship of prana and mind.

3rd Weekend (02.-04.03.2018)
Vajra Recitation. We will learn in detail the special practice of Vajra Recitation as is taught by HE Garchen Rinpoche. How is applies to the practice of Mahamudra and Tummo inner heat meditation. We will learn special breathing connected to this practice and the principles behind it. We will discuss in detail how to practice it, how to avoid difficulties in the practice and the many benefit associated with it.

4th Weekend (11.-13.05.2018 )
9 Round breathing as a method to purify emotions. We will learn the breathing technique of the nine round breathing and connecti to to the purification of prana that supports negative emotions. Emotions exist in relation a support of prana. Mind rides prana. States of mind are strictly connected to the way in which prana flows in the body. Using this knowledge we can redirect prana to flow through paths of purification and thereby release the emotions associated with it. This is a very special technique that can be used even at the moment of the arising of a strong emotion.

5th Weekend (29.06-01.07.2018)
Advanced Shamata. Shamata on the mind itself and Shamata without object. As your practice of Shamata refines more and more, the objects of Shamata become more internal and more subtle. These forms of Shamata are particularly directed towards the practice of Vipassana and Mahamudra.

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bwheelAbout Rachel Dodds (Yeshe Zangmo)

A Letter of Introduction from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

To Whom it may concern,

Rachel Dodds (Yeshe Zangmo) has been my disciple since 1999.
From then until 2004 she attended most of the summer retreats in Chino Valley, Arizona learning Buddhist philosophy and meditation practices. She lived and worked as a volunteer at the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Arizona, engaging in daily practice and completing the 100-day solitary retreat on the four contemplations in 2002.

From 2003 to 2004 she was instrumental in initiating and organizing the first three year, three month group retreat including westerners in the Drikung Kagyu tradition, which took place in Almora India from 2004 to 2008 under the auspices of HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. The retreat was lead by Drupon Champa Rigzin Rinpoche and was conducted in the traditional monastic style and done together with Drikung Kagyu monks from various regions of the Himalayas. During the retreat she practiced in full The Five Fold Path of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa, complete with elaborate fire pujas and training in all aspects of ritual.

From 2008 to 2009 Rachel continued her study of ritual including sand mandala and torma sculpture and deepening her knowledge of various aspects of the three year retreat practices. Living at Songtsen Library in Dehradun, India - the seat of the Drukung Kagyu in exile- she was able to assist Kyabgon Chestang Rinpoche with various duties, as well as continue her study of classical and colloquial Tibetan language.

I am very pleased with the progress that Rachel has made in her practice and studies and fully support her as a teacher of Buddhadharma. I have faith in the qualities of Rachel’s outer trainings and inner practice, including her view and meditation. Because of these qualities and her true wish from the bottom of her heart to benefit sentient beings, I have been authorized by Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche to give her the title of Drupon or Retreat Master.

Konchog Gyaltsen [a.k.a. Kyabje Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche]
February 16th 2010

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