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Dzogchen meditation practice retreat


Dzogchen meditation retreat

according to Zhang-Zhung Nyamgyü

For the past few years, a week-long retreat held at Shenten Dargye Ling at the end of August has been devised as practice based. This format has attracted many participants keen to deepen their experience of Dzogchen meditation under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced Tibetan masters.

Dzogchen, which means the Great Perfection, is traditionally considered to be the most profound and effective vehicle to liberate the mind from its dualistic grasping into its original pure state. The teaching of Dzogchen is understandable to all people who are ready for spiritual development, independently of their cultural background.

This year, the teaching of the retreat will follow Nyamgyü Dringpo or Medium version of Experiential Transmission of Zhang-Zhung Nyengyü, the most precious cycle of Dzogchen teaching in the spiritual tradition of Yungdrung Bön. Its lineage of transmission has been unbroken until now.

The corpus of teaching of Zhang-Zhung Nyengyü is classified in Kagyü and Nyamgyü. While Kagyü contains canonical words of transmission, Nyamgyü – which has an extensive, medium and short version – transmits core instructions of the lineage masters of the cycle based on their practice of Dzogchen, including the 24 masters of oral transmission who all attained the supreme realization.

Tapihritsa, the 25th master of the unbroken lineage of Zhang-Zhung Nyengyü, is a key figure of Yungdrung Bön. Depicted as naked and without any ornament, he has become an emblem of the common man who can reach the complete awakening by following the instructions of their teachers and putting them into practice.

Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, founder of Shenten Dargye Ling and the most senior master of the Yungdrung Bön tradition, who is venerated and loved by thousands of western students, graciously offered teachings on the complete Zhang-Zhung Nyen Gyü in different occasions at Shenten and before the center was founded in 2005. Rinpoche always emphasizes the importance of the practice as well as proper understanding of the teaching based on one´s experience.

Everybody is therefore welcome to attend this retreat and follow Rinpoche´s recommendations. The teaching will be carried out by two of his closest disciples, Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche and Khenpo Gelek Jinpa.

The teaching sessions of this retreat are reduced to one hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon and opportunities to ask questions and answers will be given. The day schedule includes four meditation sessions.

Besides that, four daily rituals will be performed every day, in accordance with the traditional program of meditation schools in the monasteries: a smoke offering (sangchöd) in the early morning, water offering (chutor) in the late morning, burnt food offering (surchöd) at 5pm, and symbolic body offering (chöd), at 9 pm.

The retreat is open to newcomers as well. They will be supported by the teachers and other more experienced practitioners throughout the retreat.

If you do not receive any automatic feedback by e-mail after you send your registration form, please try again or contact us because your registration was not successful.
If you already registered for any other retreat of this year and did not receive any confirmation, please contact us. We can guaranty your place only if you received the confirmation.

Registrations will be open on May 22th at 7pm

You can find these informations on our web site : summer retreat

Useful information


The retreat will take place at the Shenten Dargyé Ling, a center of Yungdrung Bon study and practice located near Blou. Retreats usually start on Sunday morning at 10 am and end on Friday afternoon around 4 pm. We recommend you to arrive on Saturday afternoon, if you can. For the schedule of the retreat see bellow.


The nearest train station is in Saumur. From there, you have to take a taxi. If this option is too expensive, send us an email to We usually organize a pick up service on Saturday and others days upon availability.


To register, from the May 22th please fill out this registration form on the retreat page of our website. In case of problem please contact us We will send you a confirmation, within a few days, as well as additional information about the retreat.
If you do not receive any automatic feedback by e-mail after you send your registration form, please try again or contact us because your registration was not successful.


Accommodation is available in single and double rooms, rooms with 3or 4 beds and in a dormitory. Information about prices depending on your income are on our web site.


We offer both vegetarian and non vegetarian meals.  We recommend to take a full board (3 meals a day) if you stay on site, but you can also take only lunch or dinner. Check the price in Retreat tariffs section of our web site.


We apreciate very much if participants of retreats dedicate up to 1 hour per day to work which necessary to the organization of the retreat, such as dishwashing, cleaning bathrooms or preparing breakfast. You can choose what you want to contribute with.

We look forward to meeting you soon.



  • 06:30 – 08:00 Sangchö and 1st Meditation session
  • 08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast
  • 08:45 – 10:00 Personal time
  • 10:00  - 12:15 Teaching and 2nd Meditation session
  • 12:15 – 12:45 Chutor
  • 12:45 – 13:30 Lunch (last call at 13:25)
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Rest
  • 15:00 – 16:00 - Individual accumulation for experienced practicioners.
    - Additional practice instruction for newcomers and for those who need guidance will be provided in the Gompa.
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Teaching and Meditation
  • 17:00 – 17:20 Surchö
  • 17:30 – 18:30 3rd Meditation session
  • 18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 – 20:00 Personal time
  • 20:00 – 21:20 4th Meditation session and Chö Practice

Those who cannot follow this request and need to speak, should do so behind the dinning hall, in respect of other practitioners.
Please do not bang the doors loudly, and try to be mindful of your fellow practitioners so not to disturb them
Please do not use computers or other electronic devices (phones, tablets, etc.) after 10:00pm in shared rooms or dormitories, in order not to disturb other practitioners.
Please switch off your mobile phones in the Gompa.
Thank you and have a great retreat !!

All participants are kindly requested to follow the timetable and to maintain silence during the break times of the teaching and meditation periods. You are also requested to keep silence in the rooms and corridors during the day, especially after 10:00 pm.

People who are working and have to speak, should keep it to the minimum while trying to be not too loud.