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Drubpön Konchog Chödon


DC01The retreat master (Drubpön) Konchog Chödön was born in Kham, a region in eastern Tibet. From childhood she had the desire to be a nun. Soon after joining the Drikung Kagyu Nunnery Samtenling at the age of 24 years, she undertook a Three Year Retreat in Almora under the direction of Drubpön Konchok Yeshi. Subsequently, she completed a one-year retreat under the guidance of HH the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, called Naropa Nugu Chödrup retreat. Under the guidance of Drubpön Thondrup Palden she again took part in a Three Year Retreat, this time at the holy mountain Lapchi in Nepal. The third Three Year Retreat about the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa, she completed under the guidance of Drubpön Thondrup Palden in Almora.

Drubpon Chödön received a compehensive Dharma training in the Drikung Kagyu tradition in Samtenling. Since June 2013, she is Drubpön of the Milarepa Retreat Center.




Drubpön Rachel Dodds


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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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