Namdroling. All of the ordained sangha in Namdroling have begun the summer retreat known as “Yarné” on 4 August this year. The retreat dates from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha when monks went from house to house with bowls collecting alms from supporters. During the rainy monsoon season, wildlife and insects are abundant, so the possibility of harming a creature is very high. As a result, Buddha instructed the monks not to go out of the boundaries of the monastery, but to wait until rainy season was over. This tradition continues today with our summer retreat. In Tibetan the word “Yarné” is composed of “Yar,” meaning “stay,” and “Né” meaning “in one place,” so the word has come to mean “summer retreat.” The retreat in Namdroling lasts for 6 weeks and consists of daily taking eight vows and remaining in practice for the full day.
China. The Nyingma Kama is currently being granted in Baiyu County at Palyul Monastery by Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche. Read his biography here. The Kama teachings were collected by Terdak Lingpa and his brother Lochen Dharmashri (1654–1717/8) were later expanded in the monasteries of Dzogchen and Palyul, and finally published in forty volumes by Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche. (From Rigpa Wiki).
United States. The summer retreat that lasts from July 10 to August 10 will conclude. The retreat was lead by HE Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, Tulku Ajam Rinpoche and Tulku Dawa Gyalpo Rinpoche. HE Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche will attend the closing day ceremonies. To find out more, please visit http://retreat.palyul.org.
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