Manjushri Empowerment & Retreat
with Lama Thubten Nima

Friday January 30th thru Sunday February 1st

Please join us Friday January 29th thru Sunday February 1st for a
Manjushri Retreat with Lama Thubten Nima.

Manjushri is one of the most important practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. Manjushri represents the wisdom and knowledge
of all the Buddhas. He is depicted as being golden-orange in color and holding a flaming sword and wisdom text.

Through the unbroken lineage of realized masters going back to Shakyamuni Buddha, the blazing wisdom which cuts through ignorance has been passed down from teacher to student. According to the teachings, ignorance is the root cause of disturbing emotions, and disturbing emotions are the cause of negative karma and suffering; therefore, it is only through severing the root of ignorance that we can completely and finally dispel disturbing emotions and suffering.

It is a great blessing to be able to engage in this group practice of Manjushri. Through this practice, we nurture the seed of
wisdom that is innate within each of us, allowing it to grow into a blazing wisdom that will cut through our own ignorance
and allow our Buddha nature to gradually awaken and manifest beneficial qualities for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Manjushri's mantra is believed to enhance wisdom and improve one's skills in memory, writing, explaining and other scholarlyand literary abilities:



Venerable Lama Thubten Nima
Please join us in welcoming
Lama Thubten Nima back to Dayton.
And share in the profound and inspiring
teachings & practice of Manjushri


This event is suitable for beginning students or experienced practitioners, your participation is welcome in
all or part of the retreat.

Schedule for Manjushri Retreat:
Friday January 30th
7:00pm-9:00pm Manjushri Empowerment

Saturday January 31st
9:00am-12:00pm Manjushri Teachings & Practice
12:00pm-1:30pm Sangha Cafe'
1:30pm-4:00pm Manjushri Practice & Mantra Accumulation

Sunday February 1st*
9:00am-12:00pm Manjushri Teachings & Practice
12:00pm-1:30pm Sangha Cafe'
1:30pm-4:00pm Manjushri Practice & Mantra Accumulation
*This will take the place of our regularly scheduled
Book discussion and Sunday practice.

Retreat Fee: $25 per day
$50 for the weekend Friday thru Sunday
Registration will be at the door the day of the teachings.

If you would like to attend the retreat, but need financial assistance to do so, please contact us at sangha@gardrolma.org
or 937-252-2220. No person should fail to attend for lack of the requested fees.

During these events Gar Drolma is happy to announce that it will host two lunches of Sangha Cafe' for the benefit and
pleasure of our participants! For those of you who have enjoyed our cafe in the past, you know that this meal is a delicious
way to spend a little time with the sangha! So please, join us for a lovely vegetarian meal in the lower level of Gar Drolma!

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: $5 (Suggested donation)
RSVP: sangha@gardrolma.org To help in planning and organizing the meals please RSVP by Monday January 26th if you
know you will be joining us for Sangha Cafe'.
Thank you!

May the benefits be endless!

If you have any questions please contact us at sangha@gardrolma.org or call at 937-252-2220

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat.
May all beings benefit!


Please join us at Gar Drolma for a new study group;

Buddhist and Western Concepts Advanced Study Group.
The group will meet on the 3rd Friday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00pm


The discussions will include reflecting on Buddhist and Western philosophical thinking about the mind,
reviewing neurophysiological evidence concerning the body and mind, and discussing recent theories and ideas
from physics. We will provide web links each month that provide relevant background information on the topics
to be discussed to make it easier for anyone to participate in the discussion. The principal focus of the group is
to attempt to reconcile Buddhist ideas and concepts about the body, mind, and universe with Western knowledge.

All are welcome to attend the program


January 16th‌‌ 7‌:00‌‌ – 8‌:30pm‌‌

Bardo Discussion

A bardo is an interval between two things. It is a gap. Tibetan Buddhism postulates that there are six bardos:

1) The bardo between birth and death; or the experience of our life.
2) The dream bardo; or the state of sleep.
3) The bardo of meditation; or the experience of the state of Samadhi.
4) The bardo of the moment of death; which includes the dissolution of both the physical and subtle bodies.
5) The bardo of luminosity; or the potential for the experience of the clear light after death.
6) The bardo of becoming or transmigration, which ends when you take a new birth.

What is happening to your mind, when you experience a bardo? From one perspective, mind is a process that is dependent upon a solid or stable reality to maintain the constancy of its operation. But mind can move from one state to another as when it transitions from a conscious state to sleep, or from a normal state of consciousness to a state of Samadhi. The bardo teachings describe these transitional experiences and discuss what the mind experiences during these shifts in states.

Further, the bardo teachings describe a reality that includes a physical body, a subtle body, and theexistence of a “mind” independent of either body; a mind that can see things and react to them without any sensory or perceptual apparatus.

We will review the bardo teachings and discuss what might constitute evidence for these transitional states from a western perspective.

Background Material:
The Six Aspects of Bardo. H.E. the XIIth Tai Situ Rinpoche
6 Bardos & the Nature of Mind - A Teaching by Ven. Kalu Rinpoche (1982)



February 20 th
7:00- 8:30 pm

Shamatha and Vipashyana Meditation

Shamatha meditation practice is a way of calming and pacifying the mind. The practice of Shamatha meditation progresses
through a series of stages in which the meditator becomes progressively more skilled in quieting the mind. Traditionally,
the mind is described as being similar to an ocean where waves continue incessantly. Shamatha meditation practice works
to slow the speed of the waves and works well with both dull and agitated minds. While Shamatha practice can slow down
thoughts and improve one’s ability to concentrate, by itself, it does not lead to the state of enlightenment.

In contrast, vipashyana is a type of insight meditation that empowers the development of wisdom (prajna). It includes both
a contemplative approach through which one questions the dharma and one’s reactions to events that are occurring in one’s
life, as well as a meditative practice of developing and resting in awareness. In vipashyana practice, one uses the analytic
power of the mind to step beyond the mind and achieve enlightenment. The development of skill in shamatha meditation is
generally considered to be a necessary prerequisite to the development and practice of vipashyana meditation.

We will review and discuss shamatha and vipashyana meditation, with an emphasis on how observing one’s own reactions
helps to lessen the sense of a separate self that must be nurtured and defended. We will then discuss how western psychologists
believe a key to mental health is strengthening the ego while Buddhist scholars believe the key to achieving enlightenment is
dismantling and transcending the ego.

A Guide to Shamatha Meditation. Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche

Vipashyana Meditation in Mahamudra Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche

The group is organized by Mike Young.
Khenpo Samdup will be participating in the discussion on February 20th.

Please feel free to contact Mike if you have questions:


Audio recordings ARE now available

rinpoche meditating short



Chakrasamvara & rare instructions on the Stages of Meditation.

Now that our wonderful spring retreat with Garchen Rinpoche has come to an end, we are extremely happy to be
able to offer you the ability to experience these precious teachings through audio downloads. For those of you who
could not attend, it is an opportunity to share in Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings about the Drikung yidam,
Chakrasamvara, and his profound, rare instructions on the Stages of Meditation. For those of you who did
attend, this will be an opportunity to relive the experience many times.

These audio downloads are being made available as part of our new Vajra Speech program at Gar Drolma.
It is our wish to preserve and share the precious teachings of Garchen Rinpoche that we’ve had the privilege
to receive at the center with students around the world. In return, a sliding scale donation is requested
from $50 to $80 for both weekend’s teachings. (click here to order) to help us sustain the activities of
the center for the benefit of beings everywhere.

We are always grateful for your support and we wish to thank those who attended the retreat—often by
traveling great distances or overcoming other difficulties. In addition, we’d like to give a special thanks to
those of you who joined us by Ustream. It is wonderful to know that Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings were
able to reach 4000 students from 23 countries. You give us reason to be even more diligent in our dharma activities.

For more information or any questions, please feel free to contact us at
sangha@gardrolma.org or 513-604-3723

1329 Creighton Ave. Dayton, OH 45420 | Directions (937) 252-2220
E-mail: sangha@gardrolma.org