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empowerment postponed

Given the rising rate of corona virus infections in Oregon and Washington and the increasing risk of serious illness to retreat participants, Rinpoche has decided to postpone the Chod and Phowa Empowerment until September.

Rinpoche asks that each of us keep up our meditation practice and take care of ourselves, families, and community by following the advice of public health officials. He is holding each of us in his daily practice.

You may check for the latest updates regarding the retreat. We will also post the new dates here as soon as we have them.

chod and phowa empowerment

April 2020 in Vancouver, Washington

Rinpoche will give the empowerments for Chod and Phowa in Vancouver, Washington on April 4th and 5th of this year.

We will receive teachings on two of Rinpoche’s heart practices, Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini Chod and the Phowa Which Accomplishes Buddhahood Without Meditation. Please join us for this rare opportunity to learn Chod and Phowa from an authentic master and yogi.

The retreat will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The retreat organizers have reserved a limited number of discounted rooms at the hotel, which you may reserve by using this room reservation link or calling the hotel and asking for the Lama Wangdu courtesy room block.

Visit or contact Betsy Bergstrom at for more information and to request a registration form for the retreat.

chod empowerment in los angeles (update)

Rinpoche will give the empowerment for the chod practice of khandro gay gyang (bellowing laugh of the dakinis) from the Longchen Nyingthig cycle during his visit to Los Angeles.

Rinpoche will visit Pure Land Farms in Topanga, California on February 13th where he will bestow the chod empowerment and lead practice afterwards. There will be an opportunity to offer a khata to Rinpoche at the conclusion of his visit.

To learn more about the event and register to attend, please visit the Pure Land Farms website by clicking this link.