Summer Retreat

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Summer Retreat: June 23–July 7, 2019

Tummo: Inner Fire of Realization, Part 2 OF 3

with His Holiness Lungtok Dawa Dargyal Rinpoche and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

We are honored to have His Holiness, the 34th Menri Trizin (abbot of Menri Monastery and spiritual head of the Tibetan Bön tradition), join Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in teaching the practice of tummo (inner heat) at Serenity Ridge’s Summer Retreat. Tummo teachings include both tantric and dzogchen support practices to burn away subtle obscurations and cultivate bliss.

Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat, which is Part 2 of a three-part series that will be completed in summer 2020. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche encourages participants to attend both weeks, if possible. If you are only able to attend one week, however, Rinpoche recommends that you attend the first week.

His Holiness will join Tenzin Rinpoche in teaching the practice of tummo during both weeks of the retreat. The tummo teachings come from the text Ku Sum Rang Shar (Spontaneous Arising of the Three Kayas). This text is by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a Bön master who achieved the body of light, or rainbow body, in 1934. Over this summer and the next you will be guided to engage body, speech and mind with the Tibetan yogas of tsa lung and trul khor, and with the prayer, mantra, visualization and inner breath practices of the tummo.

The retreat will include teachings on the three Great Mantras. In addition, during the last two days of the second week (July 6–7), His Holiness will give teachings and empowerment on “The Knowledge and Wisdom of Longevity: Teachings from the Tsewang Jarima.”

Preparation for Tummo Retreat, Part 2 of 3

To prepare for these sacred and profound teachings, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche asks that each participant commits to practicing the Nine Breathings of Purification and Tsa Lung movements for one month prior to the start of the Tummo retreat, from May 22–June 22, 2018.

For those new to these practices, and others who are interested:

Join Marcy Vaughn on February 23 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time for instruction and guided practice on the Nine Breathings of Purification and Tsa Lung movements. Information on how to connect via will be sent to those who have registered. If you are unable to join the live webcast, register for the retreat after the video instruction or want to watch the recording again, all registered will be sent a link to the video recording.

Recommended reading: Awakening the Sacred Body by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Hay House, in the U.S. and U.K.; El Despertar del Cuerpo Sagrado (Gaia Editiones, in Mexico)

Rinpoche also recommends that new students, or those wishing a refresher, register for the free online course, “Starting a Meditation Practice,” offered through Ligmincha Learning.The self-paced course offers instruction videos by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche on the following topics:

Section 1: Connecting with Your Inner Stillness and Silence
Section 2: Using the Breath to Calm the Mind
Section 3: Expanding Your Meditation Practice through Calm Abiding
Section 4: Awakening the Sacred Body with Tsa Lung

Rinpoche suggests that prior to the retreat, we practice the Nine Breathings and Tsa Lung twice daily. If that is not possible, then practice at least once each day. This will prepare us well for the retreat. As a support to enter this upcoming retreat, the mp3 audio recordings from the first week of the Tummo, Part 1 (2018) summer retreat will be available for purchase via digital download. At the beginning of February, a link will be sent to those registered with instructions.

Please note: These practices involve breath retention for significant periods of time. Therefore, anyone with physical, emotional or psychological medical conditions should consult with their physician before engaging in these practices.


Week 1: June 23–30, 2019 (arrive after 4 p.m. June 23, dinner at 6 p.m., teaching with Rinpoche at 7:15 p.m. in the gompa; accommodations the nights of June 23–29)
Week 2: July 1–7, 2019 (new participants arrive after 4 p.m. June 30, dinner at 6 p.m.; retreat begins at 9 a.m. on July 1; accommodations the nights of June 30–July 6)
The annual summer fundraising auction will be held during Week 2 on Friday, July 5.

His Holiness Lungtok Dawa Dargyal Rinpoche was appointed the 34th Menri Trizin (abbot of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, and spiritual leader of the Tibetan Bön tradition) on January 1, 2018, following the passing of the 33rd Menri Trizin, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the previous September. The 34th Menri Trizin Rinpoche was born November 29, 1972, in Amdo, Tibet. At age 17 he became a monk at Gamal Monastery in Amdo, and at age 18 he joined the Bön Dialectic School of Gamal Monastery. When he was 22 years old, he met the 33rd Menri Trizin, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and he received his geshe degree from Gamal Monastery at age 24. After traveling to Menri Monastery in India when he was 25 years old, Geshe Dawa Dargyal joined received his second geshe degree from Menri in 2012. He spent many years serving the 33rd Menri Trizin, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and played many important roles in the monastery, most recently as general secretary (administrator) of the Yungdrung Bön Monastic Center Society at Menri. In February 2018, Bönpos worldwide joined in celebrating the selection of the 34th Menri Trizin at Menri Monastery. On September 6, 2018, a formal grand enthronement ceremony took place at Menri.

Organized by Ligmincha International, His Holiness is undertaking a three-month teaching tour of Europe and North America, where he will teach at Ligmincha centers in Poland, Mexico and the United States, as well as other Bön centers. His two-week teaching at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, in Shipman, Virginia, is the first stop on the North American portion of this tour.

In addition, a benefit dinner and special musical healing and meditation concert—including a master flute player from Nepal and a professional Tibetan singer—will be held at Serenity Ridge on June 22, the day before the start of Summer Retreat. The concert tour also will be coming to Houston, Texas and three locations in Mexico. 

If you are registering for Summer Retreat and Sa Le Õ, register for both using the links below.

 New! Add a Personal Practice Retreat immediately following Summer Retreat, at a new lower price.

June 22nd @ 6:00pm

Summer Retreat Cost (includes meals; accommodations extra):

Week 1: $705 received by April 24; $775 after April 24

Week 2: $705 received by April 24; $775 after April 24

Both weeks: $1,250 received by April 24; $1,390 after April 24

For those attending Week 1, check-in for accommodations, including tenting, begins at 4 p.m. on June 23, followed by dinner and evening teaching. Retreat registration includes meals beginning that evening and ending with lunch on the final day of the retreat. If you also wish to attend the Sa Le Õ fundraising dinner and concert on June 22 (cost: $108), register below using the same link; you will be offered free accommodations the evening of June 22.

For those arriving for Week 2, check-in for accommodations, including tenting, begins at 4 p.m. on June 30, followed by dinner. Registration includes meals beginning that evening and ending with lunch on the final day of the retreat.

To begin the registration process, click on the “Register” button. Fill out the form. On the following page, click on your choice of accommodations (“commuter” if not staying onsite), fill out the form to include any discount code or donation, enter your credit card information, and then click on the REGISTER NOW button to complete your registration.

Please note: Room reservations are confirmed once payment has been received. If for some reason we do not receive your payment, your registration will be forfeited. If the room option you prefer is unavailable, you will automatically be returned to the Registration Form to select another option. Your registration will not be successful until you have completed the payment process. If you would like to be put on the wait list for a room, contact our registrar.



June 23, 2019 - July 7, 2019 (All Day)(GMT+00:00)


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560 Drumheller Ln, Shipman, VA 22971

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