Seeds for the Future: Planting Trees at Dhagpo

Welcome to 2016. Even as the Western calendar rolls over, the Tibetan year continues for a little while more. Dhagpo’s fortieth anniversary carries on up through Losar , this coming February. We closed out 2015 with Jigme Rinpoche’s annual study and meditation retreat. To continue the celebration of Dhagpo’s fortieth anniversary, we took […]

Sharing History with Jigme Rinpoche

For Dhagpo’s 40th anniversary, we come together to celebrate history. And in the process, we find ourselves experiencing the next steps in the history we are celebrating. We witness the steps taken by all those who came before and we take the next steps into the future together, carrying with us all that has been […]

Day 2 : Teaching and Transmission of Bodhisattva Vows

Tuesday July 28.  The second day in the presence of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the XVIIth Gyalwa Karmapa, is dedicated to a teaching on refuge and the enlightened mind with the intention to prepare the public for receiving bodhisattva vows.  As Monday, about 1600 people are seated in the great tent, ready to receive instructions […]

Day 1 : Welcoming the Karmapa

He is here. Three years after his last visit to Dhagpo, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the XVIIth Gyalwa Karmapa, has returned to his European seat for five days of teachings, transmission and practice! This Monday morning, several hundred people arrived to partake of this exceptional opportunity being offered.

​Very early, the day began under the best […]

Khenpo Chödrak Rinpoche: An Invitation to Journey…through Study

What is there to say about some one who spent twelve years of his life studying Buddhist linguistics, dialectics, philosophy, and epistemology and then completed his knowledge with six years of study of the tantras?

What is there to say about some one who is currently one of the principal teachers of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa?

What […]

Transformation By Way Of Snails

Today we saved snails. And pigeons, too. We trekked up to a hidden hillside that I had never noticed just beside Dhagpo, rife with lupines and wild grasses, Technicolor in contrast with the sky’s somber tones.

The snails smelled like ocean and tried to squeeze their wet bodies through the mesh tubes containing them. They reached […]

Helping Each Other Out: A First Round of Life Release Practice

Today we saved lives. Over one hundred people came out to the vegetable field below Dhagpo to set free over one thousand redworms. Between the rows of recently plowed earth, people stood, holding wire-bound prayer books printed especially for this occasion, and those that will follow. Rinpoche stood at the center, unassuming as ever, chanting […]

Gather Round: Dhagpo’s Open House Round Table

April 6th marked Dhagpo 30th annual Open House, and offered a chance to look back at our shared history with the surrounding community. Doctor Paul Azoulai, mayor of Montignac from 2002 to 2008, François Bruno, mayor of Saint Léon from 2001 to 2014, Jacques Cabanel, general councilor and mayor of Montignac from 1972 to 2001, […]