Dzambala Drupchen 4-Day Retreat

February 23 -26, 2017

WHITE DZAMBHALA IS THE LORD OF THE WEALTH OF LONGEVITY, MERIT, FOOD AND RICHES AND APPROPRIATELY A MEMBER OF THE JEWEL FAMILY (RATNASAMBHAVA). 

WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE THE WHITE DZAMBALA DRUPCHEN RETREAT FEBRUARY 23RD, 24th & 26TH, along with THE ANNUAL LOSAR (TIBETAN NEW YEAR) CELEBRATION AND TANTRIC LAMA DANCES ON saturday FEBRUARY 25TH AT DRIKUNG KYOBPA CHOLING IN ESCONDIDO.

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Program Specifics:

The daily program for Thursday, Friday and Sunday February 23rd, 24th & 26th will be 9:00am – 5:00pm for the Dzambala DrupChen.  After dinner, we will have Chod practice.

On Saturday, February 25th will be the Losar celebration and the Tantric lama dances. The program will begin at 8:30am with Long Life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and HHDK Kyabgon.  The lama dances will begin at 10AM.  There will be a 4am early morning monastic ceremony that you are welcome to join.  We will also have our annual silent auction.  

We will have a daily potluck lunch or if you have a specific diet you can bring your own lunch or go out.  If you would like to sponsor a dinner or lunch for this Drupchen, or mandala and tea offering for the monks and nuns please contact us.

Cost for the retreat:

We run by donations that (we try to) cover our expenses and small offerings to the monastics, thus we do have a suggested (sliding scale) donation for this program.  For the full 4 days: $100 or $30/day (Thursday – Saturday) and $20 for Sunday.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  You may pay a less amount if this does not work within your financial means.  We also need volunteer help.

We will have overnight accommodations.  For a shared bedroom, it will be $25/night that includes breakfast (that will be cereal, toast or oatmeal).  If you have a special diet, please bring something for yourself. Please plan to go out for dinner or you can use the microwave in the downstairs kitchen or the retreat cottage.

Here is Drupon Samten Rinpoche's explanation about this retreat.  “During these times, I feel that it is very important practice for us to engage in the practice of White Dzambala. When we do the Dzambala practice, people often think about money and getting rich.  Everything we see and everything touch, feel, eat needs the blessings of Dzambala.  White Dzambala is a manifestation of Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig) and also an embodiment of Amitabha and the 5 family Buddhas.  Dzambala is importance is seen through his embodiment the 5 family Buddhas.  In order to have wealth, you have to bring the 5 elements into balance.  Thus, the Dzambala Drupchen will not only benefit you, but the benefits and blessings will reach the entire universe, other galaxies and all beings.  Dzambala practice re-energizes the elements if they have declined due to various distractions and harmful chemicals.  Dzambala benefits visible beings; such as animals in the forest and the fish in the oceans, but also gives benefit to those we cannot see in the invisible world.  That is why this great compassion practice deity is so important when there are so many wars, earthquakes, fires and floods going on these days due in part from various consequences due to not respecting the elements in nature.  Therefore, everyone needs theses prayers to dispel hunger and thirst around the world and other difficulties, both physical and mental.  Many distractions and consequences come with illness therefore we will engage in this Drupchen not just for those practitioners who have found a good job and have a good living. This Drupchen goes beyond that.  We must pray for all living beings, including the trees and flowers in nature, they also need the prayers of Dzambala that provide good nutrition and substance for both people and plants.  If the earth is calm and peaceful, all sentient beings who live here will experience joy and happiness.  Therefore, I request you to please participate in this Drupchen and dedicate your practice to bring good fortune and prosperity around the world.   Then on the last day of this retreat, we will have the sacred tantric lama dances to bring important blessings to everyone and the environment.  In Tibet and India many people come from long distances to attend these practices and receive the special blessings.  We are very fortunate to have these rare and precious lama dances in the West every year with such qualified monks and nuns.