Fall Seminar 2017:
Registration: November 16, 2017
Seminar: November 17 - 23, 2017
Break Day: N/A
Retreat: November 24 - 26, 2017
Welcome to the information page for the annual RYI fall seminar on the theories and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Specifically designed for a Western audience, the seminar is held in the spacious main temple at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath. Teachings are offered each morning for ten days by the monastery's abbot, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. These talks are translated from Tibetan into English by a skilled interpreter. Depending on the availability of additional interpreters, simultaneous translations may also be made into German, Danish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese.
Despite his reliance on an interpreter for communicating the more subtle intricacies of Buddhist philosophy, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, an incarnate high lama of the Kagyu tradition, has a strong command of the English language. For more than thirty-five years, Rinpoche has been instructing a large and growing number of students of nearly every nationality in meditation and Vajrayāna practices. With a concise, lucid, and humorous approach, Rinpoche imparts the very heart of the Buddhist teachings, revealing the natural simplicity of the enlightened mind.
During the first half of the seminar, Rinpoche provides the audience with an introduction to the fundamental teachings of Buddhist practice and philosophy common to all Buddhist schools. During the latter half of the seminar, participants are guided through the more esoteric and profound perspectives, applications, and doctrines of both Mahayāna and Vajrayāna traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, including a clear explanation of the viewpoints of Madhyamaka, Mahāmudra, and Dzogchen.
Throughout the seminar, Rinpoche encourages questions and manages, even with large audiences, to engage listeners in lively personal dialogue. In this way, the listener is able to readily understand the very quintessence of the Buddha's message.
Daily Program Schedule
The teachings take place in the mornings as follows:
|9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.||Teachings and meditation practice with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche|
|10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Tea break|
|10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Teachings with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche|
This schedule is subject to change and is to be confirmed at the start of each year's seminar.
Registration for the seminar will be possible from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the day preceding the seminar in the courtyard outside the old prayer hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept seminar or retreat registration prior to this date. Seating will be mostly on cushions on a carpeted floor, however, for those who do not wish to sit on the floor, chairs will be made available at the back of the temple hall.
The seminar is free of charge, but donations to help with expenses will be greatly appreciated.
Fall Retreat with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
After a few days of rest, a separate two or three day practice-intensive retreat program is offered. This takes place in the quietude of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling's hermitage, Nagi Gompa, located in the foothills of Mt. Shivapuri overlooking the Kathmandu Valley or at Asura Cave Retreat Center in the hills overlooking the Pharping Valley. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche leads the retreat and decides on its theme, whether emphasizing Dzogchen, Mahāmudra, or both. Daily teachings focus on guided meditation instruction and group practice. The teachings will be interpreted by a skilled oral translator.
Overlooking the Kathmandu Valley at Nagi Gompa
Daily Program Schedule
The program schedule for the retreat will be announced during the early days of the main seminar at the monastery. Attendance at the retreat is possible only if the participant has also attended the main seminar; there are no exceptions to this.
Tuition for the retreat will be approximately US$85 payable at the time of registration, or half-way through the main seminar.
Practical Information on Travel, Accommodations and Meals
Unfortunately, our overcrowded monastery is unable to provide daily living accommodations for seminar participants. However, clean, comfortable, and reasonably-priced guest houses are conveniently located within a five-minute walk from the monastery. Moreover, the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel is a short drive or a ten-minute walk from the monastery.
For valuable information on the area, lodging, health advice, and so forth, click here. If you are planning to attend the retreat, please bring a sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
Should rooms be available at the retreat center, accommodations will be quite basic. Camping is welcome if the retreat is held at Nagi Gompa, but will not be possible if it is held at Asura Cave in Pharping. If you require more privacy than can be found sleeping inside the temple hall with other retreatants, please consider bringing a tent.
For additional information regarding the seminar or retreat, contact us.