Thursday Evening Meditation

Open Dates
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Weekly evening meditation practice will be held at the Padmasambhava Meditation Center from 7-9 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including beginners and more advanced practitioners.  Chhoje Rinpoche will provide meditation instruction whenever his schedule permits.  Meditation sessions will be led by senior students when Rinpoche is not available.  During these sessions, we will listen to recordings of Rinpoche’s teachings, do a session of meditation practice, and have a short discussion at the end.  See our calendar for updates. Attendance is free and no registration is required. We are pleased to announce live streaming of Rinpoche’s meditation instruction. Please click here for more information. A link to a video of the most recent teaching given by Rinpoche on our center can be accessed on the Thursday Meditation Livestream page.

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Summer 2015 Urban Retreat – all inclusive

with His Eminence Soktse Rinpoche

July 19 - 29, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Schedule of Events

July 19
4:00 pm to evening: Teaching topic and conclusion time to be decided
Doors open at 2 pm for retreat check in

July 20 (Free Event)
Great Wheel Day LhaSang fire puja offering ceremony and Shower of Blessings Tsok

July 21 to 24 from 9:00 am to 12 pm & 2 pm to 4:30 pm: The Mountain Retreat Dzogchen Meditation Teaching from HH Dudjom Rinpoche
(must attend all 3 days, it is recommended to attend meditation practice at the center on July 23rd)
Doors open at 8 am on July 21st and 8:30 am the following days

July 25
10:00 am to about 1 pm: Soktse Rinpoche will confer Vajrayana Empowerments: Dudjom Troma and Long Life (doors close at 10 am sharp, arrive by 9:30 am),
Doors open at 8:30 am

July 26
10:00 am to about 1 pm: Soktse Rinpoche will confer the Vajrayana Empowerment: Sampa Lhundrub (doors close at 10 am sharp, arrive by 9:30 am),
Tsok practice in the afternoon – times will be announced that morning
Doors open at 8:30 am

July 29 (free event)
9 am to 4 pm: Soktse Rinpoche will be doing a Vajrasattva Blessing Ceremony for consecration of statues, protection cords, and ritual items

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Teaching Topic to be Announced

with His Eminence Soktse Rinpoche

July 19, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center
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The Mountain Retreat Dzogchen Meditation Teaching by HH Dudjom Rinpoche

with His Eminence Soktse Rinpoche

July 21 - 24, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

9 am to noon: Soktse Rinpoche will teach on “Great Perfection” Dzogchen meditation, giving the transmission and explanation of HH Dudjom Rinpoche’s Extracting the Essence of Accomplishment, also known as the “Mountain Retreat Teachings.” This is an extraordinarily clear and detailed introduction to the practice of Trekchod (“Cutting Through”), which is the essential core practice of the Dzogchen tradition.

2 pm to 4:30 pm: Chhoje Rinpoche will guide us in meditation practice

If you wish to attend this teaching you must be there for the entirety – from the morning of July 21st to the evening of July 24th with the exception of a rest day on July 23rd.

Since these are advanced teachings, please email with a description of your Dharma history. This may include your practice, teachers, and other centers you have attended. If you are a member or you regularly attend events at the center, there is no need to include this in your registration since we already know who you are!

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Vajrayana Empowerment: Dudjom Throma

with His Eminence Soktse Rinpoche

July 25, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Throma is the utmost secret nature of the Dakini principle, the feminine expression of the basic goodness which pervades every being.  This cycle of practices and instructions  was revealed by the extraordinary visionary master Dudjom Lingpa during the middle of the 19th century.  Through these practices 13 direct disciples of Dudjom Lingpa achieved the rainbow body – meaning that their bodies dissolved into light at the time of death, and they achieved total exhaustion of all dualistic obscurations of gross and subtle phenomena.  Many practitioners have achieved the enlightened state through this practice, not just in the distant past but continuing in the present generation. Rinpoche explains that this is a very important empowerment to receive, particularly for those wishing to accomplish the Throma Dakini practice. This is a rare opportunity to make a profound connection with one of the most revered esoteric teachings of the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism.


Vajrayana Empowerments: Sampa Lhundrub and Long Life

with His Eminence Soktse Rinpoche

July 26, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Soktse Rinpoche will give empowerment on Terton Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche’s Mind Treasure Sampa Lhundrub, which Soktse Rinpoche received directly from the previous Yongdzin Rinpoche, the Terton, who revealed the teaching. Sampa Lhundrub is a Padmasambhava practice described as  “Spontaneously Wish Fulfilling.” Padmasambhava gave this sacred practice to his 25 foremost disciples. Even though the sadhana has yet to be translated, Soktse Rinpoche will give us this amazing empowerment as H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche recommended this practice to be highly beneficial for beings living in this difficult and degenerate time. The practice includes a magnificent tsok in which each of Guru Rinpoche’s eight manifestations is made a specific tsok offering. The Longevity Empowerment of “Thangtong Gyalpo,” a manifestation of Padmasambhava, is a revelation which combines the long, short, and extremely short lineages. This initiation can dispel obstacles to life and to vitality. In the afternoon Soktse Rinpoche will perform a tsok offering that all are welcome to attend