March, 2022

25MarAll Day27FeaturedRetreat—The Twenty-One Nails, Part 1 of 6with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal RinpocheBerkeley, CA, US


Event Details


The Twenty-One Nails

with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

To attend this retreat in Berkeley, California, pre-registration is required. Please have your payment arrive by March 18th, 2022 (see below)

The Twenty-One Nails is one of the most cherished texts within the Dzogchen Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung. It is among the innermost secret cycles of dzogchen, directly cutting through doubts about one’s natural state of mind by tracing the nature back to its own source.

The Twenty One Nails can be understood as the most direct expression of enlightenment, a Buddha’s own natural condition. Each nail describes this state from a different point of view. The views are called ‘nails’ or ‘seals’ because they stabilize the experiential understanding of the natural state. For one who understands this, nothing else is needed. The Twenty-One Nails teachings will be taught over 6 weekends in Berkeley, California.

These teachings are said to have come directly from the primordial Buddha, Kuntu Zangpo, passed by mind to mind transmission to nine successive Buddhas, and then transmitted orally to twenty-four human Bön lineage holders, all yogis and siddhas. Around the seventh or eighth century, we have these teachings in written form. Gradually, they were transmitted in an unbroken succession down to our teachers of the present day: Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

The teachings and practices presented by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche at this retreat are an exceptional gateway for new students to experience both the wisdom and practicality of the Bon teachings. For those already connected to Bon, this is a precious opportunity to be with Rinpoche and deepen their study and practice. We welcome everyone to join us for this series of teachings on the Twenty-One Nails.

TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE is a master of the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet, a Bön lineage holder and a highly respected and beloved teacher to students throughout the United States and the world. Fluent in English, he is known for his clear and insightful teaching style and his ability to make Tibetan practices easily accessible to his students. He is the director of Ligmincha International, founded in 1992 in order to preserve and introduce to the West the teachings and arts of the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. He has authored numerous books and has an active on-line presence on Facebook and

Schedule, March 25-27, 2022
Friday, March 25: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 9:30 a.m–5:30p.m.

$185.00 Regular.
$125.00 Low Income

Central Berkeley. To be provided upon registration.


  • Masks worn at all times indoors. Surgical or KN-95/ N95
  • 6 feet of social distancing at all times indoors
  • All participants must be fully vaccinated and Show proof of vaccination
  • Negative COVID test taken 24 hours prior to retreat with proof of result

Please complete the pre-registration form by clicking here.

Please make your check or money order to LIGMINCHA INTERNATIONAL and mail it to:
Susan Killian
6040 Arlington Blvd.
Richmond, CA 94805

Please have your payment arrive by March 18th, 2022.

There will be NO walk in registration.

During this retreat, we will be requesting silence in the Meditation Room for the entire retreat. We will also be requesting silence in the morning as a way to deepen our practice and understanding.

There will be chairs available for seating as well as floor space provided. You will need to bring your own cushions. The room the retreat is in will have adequate outside ventilation.

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March 25 (Friday) - 27 (Sunday)


Berkeley, CA, US