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2023 Shenten Dargye Ling Calendar

This programme is subject to change without notice. Please check this website regularly for details and any changes for the seminar you are interested in.  

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January 4th until January 8th 2023

Teaching retreat on Kunzang A Sal 

with Drubdra Khenpo Tenzin Tsultrim

only on Zoom

  • Drubdra Khenpo is the abbot of the meditation school in Triten Norbutse Monastery. He is widely respected for his skill in meditation, ritual expertise and teaching capability.

  • We are pleased to announce Drubdra Khenpo has accepted to start teaching a dzogchen text that so far has not been taught in western countries, the Kunzang A Sal Nyamlen Hga Kor or The Five Practices of the Clear A of Kuntu Zangpo.

  • The intention is for Drubdra Khenpo to continue transmitting this text in the coming years.

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February 5 , 2023

Practice of the Limitless Aspirational Prayer to the Buddhas (Dersheg Monlam Thaye) to celebrate the birthday of Tonpa Shenrab 

  • The celebration of the birthday of Buddha Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, founder of the precious Yungdrung Bön tradition, is one of the most important ceremonies around the time of the Tibetan New Year. Blessings are manifold and multiplied during this holy occasion.  The community at Shenten will make the preparations and share the process on Facebook. We will also upload a report and photos to the website. On 06 February, we will perform the practice of the Limitless Aspirational Prayer to the Buddhas (Dersheg Monlam Thaye) as a ceremony for auspiciousness and the well-being of our friends, families, and the world at large.


February 18th until February 21st 2023

Practice of Sherab Djamma to celebrate Tibetan New Year.

  • As a celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, the community in Shenten will perform the Gutor ritual to purify negativities collected throughout the previous year. The ceremony is based on the practice of the Loving Wisdom Goddess, Sherab Chamma.

  • Schedule to celebrate Losar:

  • 18 February: preparation of the Gutor ceremony

  • 19 February: the Gutor ceremony

  • 20 February: meditation practice and preparation for the New Year celebration

  • 21 February: welcome the New Year with a Sang-offering and prayer flag ceremony in the morning, followed by lunch.

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March 18th and March 19th 2023

Tibetan magical movements or yoga

with Géshé Lungrig Namdak

Limit of 10 participants accommodated (all in the pavilion), but no limit of participants in the temple.

The primary Dzogchen cycles and 'The Mother Tantra' all include physical exercises like 'yoga' practices – Trulkhor, “magical movements” or “delusion-reversing movements”.


April 2nd until April 7th 2023

Course on the preliminary practices

with Geshe Samten Tsukphu

Limit of 10 participants accommodated (all in the pavilion), but no limit of participants in the temple.

  • The Ngöndro teachings are the fundamental base for any meditation practice according to the Yungdrung Bön tradition. They serve as an introduction to the Dzogchen teachings and support the practitioners on their spiritual path. This seminar will follow the Atri Ngöndro text and focus on the explanations of self-awareness.


April 9th until April 14th 2023

Dzogchen practice and teaching retreat 

with Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche.

We are delighted that Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche has accepted to continue with his transmission and explanations of the Dzogchen teachings based on the 'The Golden Instructions of Drenpa Namkha' (Drenpa Serdam). The cycle is a compilation of several Dzogchen texts and teachings that Kuntu Zangpo directly transmitted to the great master Drenpa Namkha.


May 7th until May 12th 2023

The Three Proclamations (of the Word of Buddha)

With Ponlob Tsangpa Tendzin Rinpoche

  • It is a great honour to welcome Pönlop Rinpoche to Shenten to start teaching a new cycle: “The Three Proclamations (of the Word of Buddha)”. More details will follow.

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May 14th until May 19th 2023


with Khenpo Gelek Jinpa


  • Chülen, literally translated, means “taking the essence”. “Essence” refers to the body constituents as the Chülen practice is based on how Traditional Tibetan Medicine sees the human body. During this retreat, the participants will reduce their food intake and learn to live on the essence of the elements. It is a combination of inner and outer practice based on the interdependence of our external and internal conditions.


From 10 June to 23 June 2023


with Khenpo Gelek Jinpa

This is a multi-year programme with an intensive approach to a comprehensive understanding of Yungrung Bön philosophy. The group will continue with the same topic, the Salam.

This retreat is only open to those who have participated in previous years.


July 4rd until July 7th 2023

Teaching on and practice of ‘The Mother tantra’ 

with Lama Sangye Mönlam

'The Mother Tantra' (Magyud) is one of the primary practices of our beloved root master Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. It is a key text in the Yungdrung Bön tradition, and many core ideas and practices are based on this text. It includes the six practices of the 'inner fire' and the practices of body offering, consciousness transference, dream yoga, sleep yoga, and intermediate state. 

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July 14th and July 16th 2023

Self-healing from wind energy disturbances

with Geshe Dennyi et Amchi Nyima

This seminar focuses on the basic foundations of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) according to the Yungdrung Bön Tradition and Tibetan massage


July 23th until August 11th 2023

 ‘The Eight Chapters’ from Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyü

With Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche

  • We are happy to announce that Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche has accepted to teach ‘The Eight Chapters’, during the summer retreat.

  • ‘The Eight Chapters’ constitutes the secret cycle of Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu. This cycle emphasizes the visionary aspect of Dzogchen practice. 

  • People are invited to either participate for the whole retreat or for one or two weeks.


August 25th until August 29th  2023

Dzogchen meditation retreat and Lishu Tagring initiation

with Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche

  • Khenchen will lead the Dzogchen meditation retreat and give teachings to support our meditation.

  • Note that this year the Dzogchen meditation retreat will start on Saturday (rather than Sunday) and two weeks (rather than one week) after the summer retreat

  • The last two days will be reserved for the initiation of Lishu Tagring. 


August 30th until August 31st 2023

Initiation of Lishu Tagring 

with Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche


  • We are delighted that Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche has accepted to grant the initiation of Lishu Tagring. It will be the first time that Khenchen Rinpoche gives an initiation with an extensive ceremony at Shenten Dargye Ling and the day of the initiation is auspicious as it will be both full moon day and the soul-day of Yongdzin Rinpoche.

  • This initiation is required for participants of the Meditation School (Gomdra) and is open to all Sangha members. It is planned as a grand ceremony, with the preparation on 30 August and the actual initiation on 31 August. 


September 3rd until November 11th  2023

Fourth year of the Meditation School

with Khenpo Gelek Jinpa

This is a multi-year event and only involves participants from previous years. Please understand that new registrations are not possible.

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