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Heart of Compassion

Heart of Compassion with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang
July 24 - 27, 2015

Hosted by Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo and Khenmo Nyima Drolma
Sunray Peace Village: Lincoln, Vermont

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Friday July 24

10 AM- 3PM Interfaith discussion of Compassion: H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Native American Elders:Mike Bastine (Algonquin) Marguerita Nunez Garcia (Chichimeca), Gerard Saggasige ( Ojibwe) Diane Longboat (Mohawk)

Saturday July 25
10 AM
Nature of Reality: Public Dialogue with HH Drikung Kyabgon and Dr. Rudy Schild (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysicis) Dr. John Carlton Foss (Strategic Energy Systems)

3pm Interfatih Compassion dialogue by Native Elders

7 PM Ywahoo Lineage Healing Ceremony Sacred Healing Ceremony from the Ywahoo (Ani Yun Wiwa/Cherokee) Lineage with ancient songs and dances.

Sunday July 26
10 AM - 5 PM
Nairatmya blessing empowerment and teachings. Female Buddha known as "Lady of Emptiness" or "She Who Has Realized Selflessness" Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows will be offered. Details...

Monday July 27
10 AM Drikung Ekajati and Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerments: special Dharma protectors dedicated to assisting all beings. Details...

3PM Restricted Teachings: Students who have completed Ngondro and Yidam retreat may apply: email info@vajradakininunnery.org

Details on the Empowerments
Details on the Heart of Compassion Event

We are offering these teachings with no charge. We wish to make a generous donation to HH Drikung Kyabgon to support his many worldwide Dharma activities as well as prepare for the comfort of his retinue. From renovating and painting his room and bathroom to renewing the Peace Stupa and Tara temple - all will be made shining and ready to receive him. You can help sponsor the teachings and preparations!


Path and KenchenA Moment of Peace for You

We receive requests for prayers daily. Thinking of the many hardships occurring in so many lives, we send aspirations for the release of all beings from suffering in our meditations. We are also inspired to to send you a moment of peace from the nunnery grounds, as though you were walking with us on the new contemplative path.

This is definitely an amateur video - but new technology made it possible for Ani Yeshe to film a portion of the path, and with added help, we inserted Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen's beautiful chanting.

Be sure to turn on your sound.

meditationCalm Abiding/Shamatha Instructions
from Khenpo Choephel

Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche gives comprehensive instructions on meditation. This clear lecture is useful for beginners and advanced meditators.

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We are very pleased to announce
that we are now formally affiliated with 

Drikung Samtenling Nunnery

of the Drikung Kagyu Institute

in Dhera Dunn, India. 

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Loving Kindness meditation

Part One
Part Two

Khenmo Drolma’s Dharma talk on Loving Kindness. Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu was famous for his kindness and the capacity of that kindness to heal all who came to him. This talk illuminates his profound wisdom with the practical application for these times.

Vajra Dakini Nunnery
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Imagine a place where peace is possible in an environment of wisdom and compassion. Imagine a "Compassion College" where one can study and practice ways of peace based on 2,500 years of Buddhist wisdom and a lineage of highly realized teachers—all with an engaged commitment to benefit the world. This is the vision of the first Buddhist nunnery in North America, established in 2004 in Lincoln, Vermont, under the auspices of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Vajra Dakini Nunnery is a contemplative residential community of nuns and a place of training and practice for aspiring monastics and lay practitioners, men and women, old and young.

Vajra Dakini Nunnery provides spiritual programs and retreats for the public. These include:

  • Public meditation: Sunday 9:30am (beginners welcome)

  • Inter faith events and public presentations

  • Retreats such as: Opening our Hearts; Strong Emotions as a Source of Wisdom; Sacred Art and Exploring Monastic Life

  • Meditation seminars for in depth learning including our Women of Wisdom series

Our nuns are always available for prayer requests for your family and friends.

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Women's Wisdom Series Excerpt
Women of Wisdom Seminar

We began with the blessings and patronage of HH Drikung Kabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. Pema Sangzin Khandro (Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo) vowed to root the Dharma in North America through the creation of this nunnery in Lincoln, Vermont. The nunnery is led by Khenmo Drolma, the first western Abbess in the Drikung lineage.

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, known to the Tibetans as Pema Sangzin Khandro, and recognized as a master, is an extraordinary spiritual teacher of three wisdom paths—the AniYunwiwa (Cherokee), Drikung Kagyu and Nyingma (Tibetan Buddhist).

"The commitment to benefit all beings still rings out in Sarnath and Lumbini...We are most fortunate in connecting to a long line of beings committed to attaining Buddhahood and eliminating the suffering of all beings." — Pema Sangzin Khandro

Seated as Abbess by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, Khenmo Drolma is the first female abbess and the first westerner of any gender to hold this responsibility in our lineage.

"Our world and all that is alive responds to prayer like a tuning fork. The nuns of Vajra Dakini will maintain prayers for peace and harmony among all beings. Monastics are ordinary people who dedicate their lives to exploring how to embody compassion through mindful community life."
— Khenmo Drolma

A time of great opportunity...
This is a time of great spiritual opportunity for women!
Click here to read more about Firsts for Women.

It is also a time of great opportunity for Vajra Dakini Nunnery, as we have the opportunity to purchase our first home.
Click here to read more about Visions and Plans.
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