Vajrasattva mantra accumulation

We are still collecting totals for the short Vajrasattva mantra accumulation. Totals submitted by May‌ 1 will be sent
by Khenpo Samdup to Larung Gar Monastery in eastern Tibet.

Each year at Larung Gar many hundred of millions of Vajrasattva mantras are recited using the sadhana that we have received from Khenpo Samdup and Khenchen Tsultrim Namdak. Our totals will be added to the accumulations accomplished there and many prayers of dedication and aspiration will be recited. Garchen Rinpoche has stated many times that if one participates in a group mantra accumulation such as this one, then one receives the merit generated from each mantra, not simply those that one has personally recited.

Even if you recite just a hundred mantras, don't miss this special opportunity to gather the accumulations!

Mantra totals should be emailed to sangha@gardrolma.org


Gar Drolma Buddhist
LEarning & Meditation center

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche returns this July!



Gar Drolma Buddhist Learning and Meditation Center is pleased to announce…
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s 2015 Summer Retreat
Bestowing for the first time in the West,

“The Essence of Mahayana” by Lord Jigten Sumgon
Weekend 1: Thur‌sday, July‌ 23—Sunday, July‌ 26th
Weekend 2: Wednesday, July‌ 29—Sunday,‌ August 2.


You’re invited to join us this summer for the joyful return of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to Gar Drolma Buddhist Learning and
Meditation Center. This year, we will be especially blessed to receive teachings from “The Essence of Mahayana”—a text not only close to Garchen Rinpoche’s heart, but one of the best known by Lord Jigten Sumgon. Through the kindness of our resident teacher, Khenpo Samdup, who requested this teaching, we will have the rare privilege of receiving it for the first time in the West from Garchen Rinpoche. For deeper understanding of the meaning of this blessing, please read Khenpo Samdup’s letter below.

More retreat details will be coming soon. We hope to see you there.
With Kind Regards,
The Board of Gar Drolma

A letter from Khenpo Samdup

This summer, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will give teachings on The Essence of Mahayana at Gar Drolma Buddhist
Learning and Meditation Center in Dayton, Ohio. This will be the first time that Rinpoche will bestow these
teachings in the West. Among all the texts written by Lord Jigten Sumgon, The Essence of Mahayana and the
Gongchig stand out as being two of his most extraordinary and most widely-known compositions.

Regarding the Gongchig (dgongs gcig), it is principally used by Dharma practitioners who have a focus on study and
contemplation, whereas The Essence of the Mahayana (bstan pai snying po) is principally used by those with more
of a focus on practice. Rinpoche has a particularly close connection to both of these texts, as these two texts
have been studied and practiced by all of the incarnations of Gar Chodingpa since the time of his incarnation
as the heart son of Lord Jigton Sumgon, up until the present day.

These days, whenever Garchen Rinpoche gives teachings, he bases his teachings on the content of the
Gongchig, The Essence of Mahayana and The Seven Supplications to Tara. The Essence of the Mahayana is a
text elucidating the stages of the path of the practice lineage (bka brgyud), and contains an explanation of
the step-by-step progression of dharma practice in terms of the Three Levels of Vows (pratimoksha,
bodhisattva, and tantric).

In regard to the vows, Rinpoche will first bestow the Lay Vows to the disciples, and give instruction on the related
precepts and details of these commitments. Similarly, he will progressively bestow and instruct on the Bodhisattva
Vows and Tantric Vows.

From within the set of tantric teachings, Rinpoche will teach on the creation and completion stage practices of Arya
Tara, based on the prayer: The Supplication to the Seven Taras.

It was with a great deal of thought and careful consideration into what would be of the greatest long-term future
benefit for disciples that I have chosen these teachings. Similarly, the disciples themselves should understand and
recognize just how precious and important it is in this lifetime to receive teachings such as these,
so I encourage you all to please come!

At this time, considering many factors such as Rinpoche’s increasing years, and also his level of practice,
all are aware there’s nothing more important than his bestowing the teachings on the ‘the essence of the dharma’
such as this. We can further look to the example of the exalted, supreme spiritual masters, who in order to
accomplish the purpose of beings, do this through bestowing the holy teachings of the essence of the dharma.
This is how it was done in the past, and this is the way it is still being accomplished today.

Khenpo Konchok Samdup


Please join us for this inspiring six week program
Meditation & Yoga Instruction
Sunday February 22nd t‌hru M‌arch 29th

If you have not had a chance to attend, this is a wonderful opportunity
to join in with the community.


Barb Morsa RYT

Sunday February 22nd thru March 29th

F‌rom 2:00-2:30 pm our resident teacher, Khenpo Samdup, will offer instruction, practice, and guidance in calm-abiding meditation; the foundation of all Buddhist meditation practice.

Following the meditation sessions, join Indigo Yoga co-founder, Barb Morsa RYT, for a six week series designed to lay a strong foundation for practice and quiet the “monkey mind” through yoga asana, pranayama (yogic breathwork), mindfulness meditation and visualization techniques.

If you are new to yoga or are returning to yoga practice after some time away from your mat, this series is ideal for you. In a compassionate and supportive environment, we will explore the foundations

Meditation & Yoga

If you are new to yoga or are returning to yoga practice after some time away from your mat, this series is ideal for you. In a compassionate and supportive environment, we will explore the foundations of hatha yoga through a progressive 6-week curriculum.

You will learn what yoga is and what it isn’t; how it supports physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. We will explore yoga philosophy and practice; including techniques to build strength, focus, and flexibility in body, mind and heart and to invite relaxation and stress relief into our busy lives. Standing, seated, supine and simple inversion poses will be taught along with restorative yoga poses; all of which can be taken away from class and into a home yoga practice. Pranayama (yogic breathwork) is the cornerstone of practice and will be explored in each session along with guided visualization and simple mindfulness meditation techniques.

Learn step by step how to engage in a safe and meaningful yoga practice that will serve you in so many ways. All adult ages, body types and fitness levels are welcome! Beginner's Mind - 6 week series (overview and syllabus for series).

Cost: $20 for the entire 6 week series or recommended donation of $4 for individual classes.

Please join us at Gar Drolma for a new study group

Buddhist and Western Concepts 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

Stages of the Path   
20 March 2015   7:00 – 8:30 PM

Macintosh HD:Users:MichaelYoung:Downloads:buddhist-mandala-wallpaper.jpgBuddhist teachings describe multiple ways to characterize the path to Buddhahood.  Two of the most commonly discussed are “The Five Paths” and “Four Stages of Mahamudra”. Of the two taxonomies, the Five Paths appears to be the more comprehensive description of path to Buddhahood, starting with the desire to overcome suffering and continuing all the way to achievement of enlightenment.  In contrast, the Four Stages   appears to start at a fairly advanced stage where one has already developed significant skill in calm abiding and special insight meditation.  Further, the Five Paths seems to describe the path in term of desired attributes of the individual, whereas the Four Stages seems to describe the path in terms of the subjective perceptual experience of the practitioner.  We will compare and contrast these two descriptions of stages to one another, and to Western ideas about spiritual growth.  In general there appears to be significant overlap in the ideals that seekers aspire to.

Five Paths: http://www.tibetanbuddhist.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Intro%20to%20Buddhist%20Path_The%20Five%20Paths.pdf

Four Paths of Mahamudra: http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=100&t=4999

Paths stages and bhumi: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/patrul-rinpoche/stages-and-path


Stages of Faith:


1 life, 16 lives, or 36 thousand countless eons of lives? 
17 April 2015   7:00 – 8:30 pm

In reading the sutras and tantras, different paths to enlightenment are laid out that can be accomplished in one lifetime, up to thirty-six thousand countless eons of lives.  What are the differences in these paths that lead to such different timelines?  Further, how does one determine which path one is on, and which path one should follow?  From reading the Buddhist literature, it seems the key parameter is the relationship of any activity to one’s sense of “I”.  If, for example, when engaging in a charitable act your attitude is: “I am a charitable person, I gave away so much money, I am such a good person”, then one is creating—as opposed to exhausting—karma, and it may indeed take a long time to traverse the path to Buddhahood because the activity is strengthening your ego.  Note, that in the above case the karma that one is creating is “good” karma that will likely lead to a good rebirth.  However, it is still the creation of karma that will have to be lived through and exhausted. 

If one reads the life histories of the lineage holders, one gets the impression that they underwent much hardship and suffering.  But perhaps the the situations they endured were exactly the situations they needed to overcome or dismantle their sense of “I”, which is essentially the same as exhausting their karma. 

In between these two extremes of strengthening and exhausting the ego are the teachings on the six paramitas.  The essence of these teachings is to engage in the practices of generosity, patience, enduring effort, etc., but to do it without building up a sense of “I”.  We will discuss the relationship between ridding oneself of the sense of “I” and potential for progress on the path. We will compare these ideas to the Western ideas of self-actualization.

Six Paramitas:

Life story of Naropa:

Life story of Marpa:



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