A Khrid Dzogchen Transmission and Practice Part III


Sequanota Center, Boswell, PA with Tempa Dukte Lama

Friday November 13th, 10am through Sunday November 15, 2pm, 2020

Prerequisite: Attendance of the A Khrid Part I and II Teachings and Transmission

Tempa Lama will continue offering the transmission and instruction of the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen teachings. For this third and final Retreat in the A Khrid Cycle, Tempa Lama will first give teachings on how to distinguish between the ordinary mind and the true nature of the mind. Second he will offer an introduction to the nature of the mind. Third he will offer instructions on how we can stabilize this recognition through the practice of klong sgom, the spontaneous presence in the natural state.

The Bon Dzogchen teachings are the highest teachings of Bon as they offer a means to directly recognize the true nature of the mind and further attain stabilization of this recognition. Bon has three distinct Dzogchen lineages: the lineage of A Khrid, the lineage of Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud, and the lineage of Dzogchen. The present A Khrid lineage is also called the experiential Dzogchen transmission. It has been transmitted without interruption from master to student over many centuries, dating back from His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin (who gave this teaching to Tempa Lama) to the Great Master rMe’u dGongs-mdzod (1038-1096), and before him to Tonpa Shenrab, the founding teacher of Bon.

Tempa Dukte Lama

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He studied in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close, personal guidance of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of Bon. Tempa Lama is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an artist and poet and author of five books with Olmo Ling Publications, the first Bon publishing house which he founded in 2011. Tempa Lama is dedicated to making the ancient teachings of Bon available and accessible in the West, helping people bring a practice of compassion, healing and happiness into their lives.

Retreat settings

Held in the peaceful settings of Sequanota Center on 395 acres of forested land with many streams and creeks. Sequanota Lutheran Camp & Conference Center is located in a very secluded location in the Laurel Highlands in Boswell, PA about 90 minutes east/southeast of Pittsburgh on 395 wooded acres (please scroll down for directions). The Retreat is held in the “Enrichment Center” building, where we will also be staying and enjoying our meals. We will be the sole occupants of the Enrichment Center building, allowing us to immerse ourselves deeply into the Retreat experience. The Enrichment Center is directly next to extensive forests with ample wildlife, silence and bird-song.

Registration

Registration Deadline: Sunday November 8, 6pm.
We offer single rooms, double rooms, and two spacious rooms with shared accommodation for 4 people (one shared room is women-only, the other is men-only). We have a limited number of single rooms. Please consider taking advantage of the lower fee for a double room.

The fee includes two nights of accommodations (Friday night and Saturday night) and all meals beginning with lunch on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Please email us with special dietary needs, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Accommodation on Thursday night is available upon request for an additional charge of $40. You can sign up for double rooms as a single participant, we will find a same sex room mate for you.

Retreat cost:
  • Single room: $350 (Olmo Ling members), $380 (non-members)
  • Double room: $270 (Olmo Ling members), $290 (non-members)
  • Shared 4 bed/room: $240 (Olmo Ling members), $260 (non-members), one shared room will be women-only, the other men-only
  • Couple rate (members): $460
  • Couple rate (non-members): $485

Payment of half the fee is necessary to reserve your spot.

Please do not register unless you have previously attended the A Khrid Part I and II teachings.

With any questions or concerns, please contact the Olmo Ling office at 412-904-1112 or bon@olmoling.org.

Directions

From the west (Pittsburgh): Get on the PA Turnpike/I-76 and travel east to Exit 110/Somerset. Follow directions from Somerset below.

From the east (Harrisburg): Get on the PA Turnpike/I-76 and travel west to Exit 110/Somerset. Follow directions from Somerset below.

From the south (Baltimore/DC): Get on I-70 and travel west to Breezewood. Get on PA Turnpike/I-76 and travel west to Exit 110/Somerset. Follow directions from Somerset below.

From the north (Johnstown/Altoona/State College): Get to Rt. 219 and travel south to the Jennerstown/Stoystown/Rt. 30 Exit. Take a right hand turn at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 30 West. Travel about 3 miles until you reach the Dollar General at the end of Jennerstown. As you go down the hill outside of town, you will see a Sequanota sign; turn right onto Willison Road. At the stop sign, take a left and travel for about 1 mile. Sequanota’s entrance is on the left hand side – look for the green and white signs.

From Somerset/Turnpike exit: After you go through the toll booths, travel to the second stop light. There will be a Turkey Hill gas station on your right. Make a left at the light onto Rt. 601 North. Take this through town. At a BP outside of town, Rt. 601 veers right – stay straight and travel on Rt. 985 North. At the light in Jennerstown, turn left on Rt. 30 West. Travel about 1/2 mile until you reach the Dollar General. Continue, and as you go down the hill outside of town, you will see a Sequanota sign; turn right onto Willison Road. At the stop sign, take a left and travel for about 1 mile. Sequanota’s entrance is on the left hand side – look for the green and white signs.

Please do not register unless you have previously attended the A Khrid Part I and II teachings.

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