Lama Wangdu Rinpoche has returned to the United States and is currently at his residence in Portland.
He is currently leading Chod and Cham practice at The Movement Center. You can find information on scheduled practice days and times for Chod on their website.
When we have additional information on RInpoche’s teaching and travel schedule, we will post it here and to the email list.
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Lama Wangdu Rinpoche will be in Los Angeles from December 17th – 22nd. There are no formal teachings scheduled but he will be meeting with students and friends. If you would like to meet with Rinpoche while he is in town, please contact Tinley Dhondup at email@example.com.
Lay practitioners are always welcome to visit the monastery and observe or join the regular Chod and Cham practice sessions, which are normally held each evening. The schedule is somewhat flexible and it is always best to stop by the monastery to learn the schedule for any given week.
As noted elsewhere on this site, Rinpoche rarely gives teachings in Nepal and doesn’t offer formal instruction in Chod or Cham. If you wish to learn or practice, just show up and jump in. One of the monks or another lay practitioner will probably have a copy of the text, called Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini, that you can use if you don’t have one with you. You will often meet other practitioners that speak your native language, especially if you are American, German or Russian (who knows why?) so you can ask questions. Mostly, though, RInpoche encourages practitioners to learn how to practice by practicing and that certainly applies here.
Several times a month, the monastery will offer the Chod practice from RInchen Trengwa. This is an extensive sadhana; from start to finish a practice session can run up to seven hours. Again, there are often English language versions of the text around (with transliterated Tibetan) that will help you follow along. Rinchen Trengwa practice typically takes place on feast days and there will often be a crowd of observers along with a group of lay practitioners, joining the monks.
The evening Chod practice sessions are led by one or more of the senior monks, or one of the junior monks that is training in a particular shrine hall position. Senior monks also lead the opening practice in Rinchen Trengwa and are joined by Rinpoche for the main practice and feast offering when he is in residence.
While Rinpoche is in residence in Portland, Oregon, he leads regular Chod and Phowa practice sessions at The Movement Center. Cham, Chod and Phowa are practiced on Saturday evening. One Hundred Handprint Chod – a healing practice – is offered on Friday evening. You may attend any practice session as a participant or observer. Please arrive ten minutes before the scheduled start of practice in either case.
Rinpoche also leads monthly practice sessions for Queen of Great Bliss and Long Life of the Vidyadharas at the Movement Center. Practitioners need to have the requisite empowerments to participate but observers are always welcome.
You can find information on the schedule for Chod and other practices by visiting the Movement Center website.
New information on his teaching schedule in the United States will be posted here as we receive it.