2014 Spring Retreat at Gar Drolma
with H. E. Garchen Rinpoche 

Chakrasamvara Empowerment April 17, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
 Chakrasamvara April 18—20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meditation Methods April 24—27, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Public Talk  April 23, 7 p.m.-9 p.m
Finding Peace & Health Through Meditation

Register Early To Ensure Your Seat 


We’re happy to announce the return of H. E. Garchen Rinpoche to Gar Drolma Choling this April.  At the request of our teacher Khenpo Samdup, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will offer instructions in a range of meditation methods, ranging from Shamata and Vipassana to the Generation and Completion Stages.In addition, Garchen Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment and teachings of Chakrasamvara, the primary yidam deity of the Drikung Kagyu lineage.

These teachings are suitable for students of all levels.


A Message from Khenpo Samdup about the Chakrasamvara Teachings

Khenpo Samdup wishes Dharma students to know that the teachings of the Yidam Deity, Chakrasamvara will be given in the context of understanding the qualities of the path. Chakrasamvara is the nature of our mind, and in order to realize this we must follow the path. This path consists of the qualities of the four thoughts, love, compassion and bodhichitta. Garchen Rinpoche will draw upon his profound dharma knowledge and instruct us in these qualities each day, showing us on how to realize them, bring an end to suffering and accomplish the path.


Chakrasamvara emanated from the Buddha Vajradhara and was the treasured Yidam (meditation deity) of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage.

For practitioners of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, it is most important and very precious to have the good fortune to receive the empowerment of Chakramsavara. The reason we do this practice is to purify the habitual tendencies of samsara and to purify all obscurations. We are also purifying the imprints of the birth process. The lineage of this practice has been sustained uninterruptedly, utterly pure and without samaya breakage, and thus its blessings have not vanished. Whoever is able to receive the Chakrasamvara empowerment will receive the blessings of this immaculate and powerful lineage and should consider themselves extraordinarily fortunate.

Detailed Retreat Schedule on Chakrasamvara
Link to Registration

Methods of Meditation Instructions & Teachings

Thursday April 24 thru
Sunday April 27,
10 a.m.—5:30 p.m. 
(lunch: noon—2:00 p.m.)

Dear Dharma Students,
As the gradual stages of meditation are of paramount importance to all disciples of Buddhism, whether new or old, I requested this program to bring about their benefit and happiness. Even non-religious people can derive great benefits from meditation practice because it helps them to cultivate peace of mind and physical well-being. From the perspective of the Dharma, through meditation, we can not only achieve temporary physical and mental well-being but we alsocan attain ultimate peace and happiness. All samsaric suffering arises from an untamed mind and meditation is nothing other than a way to tame the mind. If our mind is tamed, we will become free and attaining freedom is the end to all samsaric suffering. Because the dispositions, capacities and aspirations of
sentient beings are diverse, there is a great variety of beneficial methods of meditation. I have created this program with the aspiration that if we can offer a complete set of teachings on the stages of meditation to all the disciples, it will be very beneficial to their practice.

To receive meditation instructions from a guru who possesses the practice is a great blessing of the dharma and of the guru and it will bring many additional benefits. Therefore, receiving these direct oral instructions on meditation from Garchen Rinpoche will be one of the most meaningful events in our lives. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to receive these teachings from Rinpoche.

Kind regards,
Khenpo Samdup

Methods of Meditation Instructions & Teachings
Rinpoche will offer instructions based on his personal experiences in meditation on the following topics.  

Thursday April 24 & Friday April 25
10 a.m.—5:30 p.m. (lunch: noon—2:00 p.m
Why should we practice Shamata and Vipassana? What obstacles might we encounter during meditation practice? What are the potential errors of practice? What experiences might arise? How can we avoid the experiences of obstacles and errors? How can we identify genuine meditation? What are the benefits and results of meditation?

Saturday April 26, 10 a.m.—5:30 p.m. (lunch: noon—2:00 p.m.)
Why should we practice the creation stage? How many forms of creation stage are there? How can we cultivate a clear visualization? The three points of the creation stage: clarity, recollection, and divine pride. The fruition and benefits arise from the creation stage.

Sunday April 27, 10 a.m.—5:30 p.m. (lunch: noon—2:00 p.m.)
Why should we practice the completion stage? Can the meditation of someone whose practice is based merely on an intellectual understanding derived from reading books, who lacks the preliminary practices, and who has no guru practice true meditation? How many categories of meditation are there? Can proponents of the four tenets practice the completion stage? Are the practices of Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and Madhyamaka completion stage practices? How can we identify potential errors and obstacles and how can we abandon them? How can we be certain that our understanding of meditation is genuine?

Detailed Retreat Schedule on Methods of Meditation
Link to Registration


Public Talk: 
Finding Peace & Health through Meditation

Wednesday April 23rd,
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Students, the public, and friends and family are invited to attend this special evening at Gar Drolma. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Garchen Rinpoche in a warm, relaxed setting. His public talks inspire Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. This talk will discuss the positive impact practicing meditation can bring to our sense of inner well-being, as well as our health. There is no fee for the public talk donations are welcome

All Events Held at Gar Drolma Buddhist Center
1329 Creighton Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420

FULL ATTENDANCE Fee for each 4 day retreat: $140-300 sliding scale
PARTIAL ATTENDANCE Fees: $35-$75 per day sliding scale
There is no fee for the public talk donations are welcome

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


March - May 2014
Yellow Springs Dharma Center
Book Discussion Group

Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
As told to
Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmidt


March 20: 7:45 at YSDC                    pp IX – XX, 3 - 9

March 27: 7:45 at YSDC                    pp 25 – 40

April 3:     7:45 at YSDC                    Dharma Talk byRebecca Bradshaw

April 10:   7:45 at YSDC                    pp 79 - 102

April 17:   7:45 at YSDC                    pp 103 – 121, 129 - 134

April 24:   7:45 at YSDC                    pp 141 - 162

May 1:      7:45 at YSDC                    pp 170 - 203

May 8:      7:45 at YSDC                    pp 219 - 246

May15:     7:45 at YSDC                    pp 263 – 279, 319 - 340

Please note that there will be no book discussion on Thursday April 3.  On that evening Rebecca Bradshaw, visiting Vipassana teacher from the
Insight Meditation Society in Barre MA, will be presenting a Dharma talk.  Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

The book Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, As told to Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmidt was
published by Rangjung Yeshe Publications  and is available both locally and on line. 

Leaders of this Book Discussion Group will be Dianeah Wanicek and Robert Pryor.  For further information please call 937-767-1034.







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