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Geshe Lobsang Khenrab in Residence from April 20th to May 11th, 2004

Geshe Lobsang Khenrab will in residence at Wood Valley Temple from April 20th to May 11th. Geshe Khenrab is one of the philosophy teachers at Nechung Monastery in India. He has a unique teaching style and allows ample time for audience participation and Q&A. 

Three consecutive weekend retreats (Saturdays & Sundays - 10 am to 5 pm) are scheduled at the temple:

April 24 & April 25 and May 1 & May 2 
"Birth, Dying and the Intermediate State"

Teachings will be based on A Prayer written by Panchen Lozang Chogyi Gyaltsen titled
"The Courageous Hero who gains Liberation by overcoming the fears of the narrow passage of the Intermediate States"

The four subjects covered in this 17 verse prayer include:
1. The Path of the Ordinary Preliminary Practices
this covers Refuge, the special opportunities of a human life and the transitory nature of existence

2. The Intermediate State of the Near Death Process
Instructions on (A) Meditations on how to dispel negative hindrances to the dying process, and cultivating the mind for favorable spiritual conditions (B) Actual Meditation Techniques at the time of death, description of the dissolution of the elements and various inner and outer signs.

3. The Intermediate State between Birth and Dying
The subtle mind of clear light immediately rises in this intermediate state - how best to direct the Bardo consciousness; and to recognize that the numerous symbolic images that appear are of an illusory nature, transforming them into the purity of bliss & emptiness.

4. The States of Birth and Becoming
Instructions on attaining a higher Rebirth by applying one's familiarity with the two meditation stages of Generation and Completion; and rising in the perfect states of awareness in the transitional phases of Birth, Death and the Intermediate State.

May 8 & May 9 - "The Heart Sutra"
Meditations on the nature of mind and the essential teachings on the wisdom of emptiness. This concise Sutra is important to all schools of Mahayana Buddhism (Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Zen...), teachings on the relative and ultimate reality of the physical aggregates, sense faculties and their corresponding outer sense objects.

COURSE FEE: $150 per weekend, $75 per day per person, includes lunch

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for attendance at all 3 weekend retreats: $375 per person

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: $35/dorm, $50/single occupancy, $75/double occupancy

ADDITIONAL MEALS for overnight guests: please bring food for breakfast/dinner, a shared kitchen is available.

REGISTRATION: please contact the temple at 808-928-8539 or email: 


Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche's visit December, 2003 to February, 2004

Rinpoche will visit the two Nechung centers in New York and San Francisco in early January, returning to the temple in the middle of the month. 

Saturday, January 31 - Sunday February 1, 2004, 10 AM to 5 PM each day A weekend meditation retreat with Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche. The subject will be on "Cultivating Bodhicitta" the altruistic aspiration to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of sentient beings. The instructions will be based on one of the two major systems of instructions "The Seven-Point Cause and Effect Method".


Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, January 2000

Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, January 2000 

photo by Michael Schwabe

Sessions of meditation will be dedicated to this method, an essential practice, along with the wisdom realizing emptiness, for the achievement of omniscience. $150 for the two-day retreat, includes lunch. Lodging at the retreat center is available for those who wish to spend the night.

Saturday, February 21st, 2004 - Losar, Tibetan New Year, begins 10 AM. Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche will be here for a special celebration before returning to India. This is his will be his first Losar at the temple,so it is very auspicious! The Raffle Drawing will take place, pot luck lunch and Tsok Offering, please join us!

Losar at Temple 2000

Losar at Temple 2000, 

photo by Michael Schwabe

Lama Kunga Rinpoche's Thanksgiving 2004 Visit


Thanksgiving Vajrayogini Retreat, with Lama Kunga Rinpoche Thursday, November 25 to Sunday, November 28, 2004 (Restricted to practitioners who have previously received a Major Annutarayoga Empowerment such as Chakrasamvara or Hevajra, followed by the Vajrayogini Blessing in the Naro Khachod Tradition.)

Retreat Schedule:
Thursday, Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Dinner at 5 PM Friday, Nov. 26 & 27 - three daily meditation sessions Sunday, Nov. 28 - Morning session, Afternoon Fire Puja, Tsok & Dinner

Entire retreat, including meals and accommodations through Sunday Tsok & Dinner is $350. Sunday night accommodations are $50 extra. Gift offerings to Rinpoche are separate and appreciated at the completion of the retreat.

Lama Kunga Rinpoche was born into a noble family in Lhasa Tibet in 1935. At the age of 7, he was recognized as a reincarnation of one of the heart disciples of Milarepa, Tibet's great 11th century poet-saint. He entered Ngor Monastery in the Sakya Tradition, at the age of 8, and became one of Ngor's Abbots prior to escaping Tibet at the time of the Chinese Communist invasion in 1959. Rinpoche came to America in 1972 and established Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center in Kensington, California where he resides.
His quick insight, gentle presence and endless patience has touched and benefited the lives of many students.


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