Yogi Lama Gursam
Yogic Transformation Retreat
Vajrapani/Hayagriva/Garuda Healing Empowerment
Tsa Lung Tigle Healing Retreat

  Achi Dharma Tara Empowerment
Smoke Offering Teachings/Practice
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment
Calm Abiding Meditation Teachings
Milarepa -Nature of Mind Retreat
July 16-25, 2010
Bristol, Vermont

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 Yogi Lama Gursam
Retreat Schedule

Yogic Transformation Retreat

Friday, July 16
Vajrapani/Hayagriva/Garuda Empowerment
This special empowerment was prophesied by Padmasambhava to be particularly beneficial during our present degenerate age, where various disease are increasing. The three wrathful deities of Vajrapani, Garuda, and Hayagriva are combined to form a powerful antidote to purify all types of diseases. Receiving this empowerment is especially healing for those people who suffer from cancers, blood disorders and other chronic diseases. This practice is especially useful for healers and health care practitioners.
Time 7 PM
Sug. Don. $20
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

Saturday-Sunday, July 17-18
Tsa Lung Tigle Healing Retreat:
Channels, Winds and Drops
Teachings and Practice

Yogi Lama Gursam will share precious teachings on the channels, winds and drops based on his own practice experience. A focus will be on healing the subtle energy body. Besides receiving pith instructions there will be the opportunity to practice and ask Yogi Lama Gursam questions. Yogi Lama Gursam will work with students based upon their needs, whether they are new or more experienced practitioners. There will also be an opportunity for private interviews if needed so as to further deepen and individualize these teachings for each student.

Time: 10-12 & 3-5 PM
Sug. Don. $100
Location: 2 Elm St., Bristol, VT

Monday, July 19
Achi Dharma Tara Empowerment
Achi Chokyi Drolma is the enlightened protrectress of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.  She is an emanation of Tara and Vajrayogini. It is said that anyone who prays to her will be freed from obstacles and unfavorable conditions. It is said she first appeared in Udiyanna as as Vajradakini making a commitment to protect the Buddhas teachings and especially the Buddhas tantric teachings.  In Tibet, she first appeared in the eighth century when Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) first began his enlightened activities of spreading and establishing the Buddhas teachings in Tibet.  Although Guru Rinpoche meditated in many places all over Tibet, the Ti-dro cave in the area of Drigung is where he spent the longest time (7 years).  While at Ti-dro, Achi Chokyi Drolma manifested as the chief Karmadakini and promised to Guru Rinpoche to protect the tantric teachings of the Buddha as taught by Guru Rinpoche. She also appeared in the eleventh century to Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Lineage, and promised to protect his teachings. She can be practiced as the Lama, Yidam or Dakini.
Time: 7 PM
Sug. Don. $20
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

Tuesday, July 20
Creating Favorable Conditions for Dharma:
The Practice of Smoke Offerings

When we practice Dharma many obstacles can arise that can make practice difficult. The practice of smoke offerings can be very helpful in creating the right kind of conditions where our practice will be more successful. These practices also bring about worldly benefits. As well as receiving these teachings we will also get the chance do  a smoke  offering outside at a private location in Lincoln, VT.
Time:  9:30-11:30
Sug. Don. $20
Teaching will take place at private location in Lincoln, VT. Please contact us at ddcv@gmavt.net or 802-453-3431 for address and directions.

Thursday, July 22
Finding Inner Peace and Healing
 through Calm Abiding Meditation
Time: 7 PM
Sug. Don. $10
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

Friday, July 23
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment
Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava is known as the second Buddha who turned the wheel of Vajrayana and overcame the demonic obstuctors to the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet. He was prophesied by Shakyamuni Buddha as one who would come who would be much greater than him. 

From Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo root text, opening verses:

"The essence of all the Buddhas of the three times , the supreme sovereign of all power-wielding Vidyadaras , the all-encompassing lord of the ocean of peaceful and wrathful yidams, the chief of the gatherings of all the dakas and dakinis, the great being who by his splendor outshines all the vajra protectors of the Dharma and the haughty forces of appearance and existence, is the one renowned throughout the infinite realms of the teachers of the Three Kayas as Mahaguru Padmasambhava."

Time: 7 PM
Sug. Don. $20
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol VT

Saturday-Sunday July 24-25
Nature of Mind Retreat:
Meditation Instructions & Practice
from Songs of Milarepa
Yogi Lama Gursam will teach  from the songs of Milarepa on the Nature of Mind and how to realized its true essence. Milarepa is known as one of the greatest meditators who was able to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. Milareapas songs contain his pith instructions that open the door to liberation. This retreat will include teachings and meditation as well as the opportunity to ask questions. This is a very special opportunity to receive special teachings that Yogi Lama Gursam has practiced and which are dear to his heart.
Time: 10-12 & 3-5 PM
Sug. Don. $100
Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT

 For those attending the complete Retreat
(July 16-25) the suggested donation is $250.

To Register please email  ddcv@gmavt.net
 or call  802-453-3431
Work Study and Scholarships Available
We work hard to make these teachings availabe for those in difficult financial situations. Please contact us in advance if you need work study or a scholarship.

If you are able to pre-register for these teachings
that is very much appreciated.
Registration checks should be made out
to DDCV and sent to:
PO Box 252
Bristol, VT 05443
You can also pay by Paypal.
Our Paypal account is ddcv@gmavt.net
To pay by credit card click here

Community Housing
Inexpensive community housing is available for 20-$25 per night. For housing ddcv@gmavt.net or 802-453-3431. For other housing options click here

Train/Airport/Bus Pickups
We can also arrange pickup from Burlington to the teachings or your housing.

Teachings  will take place at 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT 05443.
Teachings on July 20 will take place at a private location in Lincoln, VT, those coming for this day should email or call for directions.

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Yogi Lama Gursam Brief Bio

At the age of six, Lama Gursam entered Drikung Kagyu Monastery in Tso Pema, India, where he completed his basic education and studied Buddhist philosophy, practice, ritual and conduct. In 1981 he began his college education at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (University) in Sarnath, Varnasi, India. He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1988 in the Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan, and English languages and in Buddhist philosophy. Pursuing graduate study at the University, he was President of the student union, and served two years as a Kagyu Committee member. In 1990 he received his Master's degree in advanced Buddhist philosophy. Upon graduation he also received a special award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

After graduation, Lama Gursam was requested by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche to come to the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, India, at a critical time where there was a great lack of teachers and funding for education. There he served as a volunteer for five years, teaching Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and history. He also held the posts of Instructor, Head of Examinations, and Assistant Director while serving as secretary to His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. During this time, he also did a one-year meditation retreat and received Dzogchen teachings and empowerments from Khenchen Thupten Rinpoche and other lamas of the Nyingma lineage. He also studied with Dr. Pema Gyaltsen, a specialist in the Tibetan language.

In 1995, Lama Gursam was sent by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche to the United States, where he taught Buddhist philosophy for five years. Lama Gursam worked as a resident teacher in a Tibetan Meditation Center, also serving as director of North American Drikung Kagyu Center. Then Lama Gursam met His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, whom he considers to be the second Milarepa. Under H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's guidance, together with the Venerable Traga Rinpoche, he became a yogi, and in 2002 he completed a traditional three-year retreat in the United States, practicing Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa. After a nationwide teaching tour, he then traveled to India, Nepal and the border of Tibet, where he completed a six-month retreat in Milarepa's cave at Lapchi. Lama Gursam continues to return every year to India for teachings and retreats, and every year to the United States and Canada to reunite with friends and students for teachings. His current sanghas are located in Vermont, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Arizona, as well as Montreal and Sault Sainte Marie, Canada. Additionally, every 2-3 years, Lama Gursam leads a pilgrimage to Buddhist holy places in India and Nepal. In 2006, Lama Gursam founded The Bodhichitta Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization officially recognized by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The Bodhichitta Foundation benefits the West with teachings, a future center and retreat land, and the East, preserving ancient texts, Tibetan culture, education, women's rights, and health.